Worship in April and May 2018

April 1        Easter Day, With the women at the tomb we are amazed

April 8       2 Easter, With Thomas we seek to touch the Wounded Risen Christ

April 15     3 Easter, Eating with the Risen Christ

April 22    4 Easter, The Risen Christ is the Good Shepherd

April 29    5 Easter, The Risen Christ says, “I am the Vine”

May 6        6 Easter, The Spirit imparts the work and love of the Risen Christ

May 13      Ascension Sunday, Christ present in all times and places

May 20     Pentecost, Breathing life into dry bones


Sunday Worship in November

Christians never seem to worship alone.  Sunday morning makes it abundantly clear that we worship with others.  Yet, even as we utter prayer in the silence of our home, we join a conversation that takes place throughout earth and heaven. Each week, in the words of the preface we pray: “And so with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name …”

On All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017, we remember that we worship with quite a body – the saints beside us and those who have gone before us. Be sure to bring pictures of your sainted loved ones. Tables will be available for you to share their memory with the entire congregation as you place their picture and light a candle.

The Gospel readings on November 12 and 19 are the wonderful parables of the wise and foolish bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1-13) and the Talents (Matthew 25:14-10).  We are reminded that we are surrounded by the faithful of every time and place as we celebrate Christ’s coming now and look to Christ’s coming again.

On Christ the King Sunday, November 26, 2017, we gather to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death.  How different is the reign of Christ from the reigns of most mortal monarchs!   We catch the vision of a humble ruler when we look over the shoulders of those with whom we share common prayer and the common feast of victory.


The Great Three Days

Along with many other Christian traditions, Lutherans have rediscovered the richness of the Three Days and its central place in the Christian Liturgical Year. All other celebrations and, in fact, Sunday itself, flow from this central event.

Together, the liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil form a single unified celebration of Christ’s Passover from death to life. Come to worship each day so that you may dwell deeper into the Mystery.

Maundy Thursday

April 13, 2017 – 11:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tonight we cross over from Lent and into the Three Days. We hear the story of Passover, Paul’s proclamation of the first Eucharist, and John’s account of the Last Supper, where the account of Jesus sharing bread and cup is missing, but something else is there: the washing of feet. You may, if you wish, take part in the foot washing. Tonight, Jesus commands us to love others as God loves us. We leave in silence and return on Good Friday.

Individual Confession and Forgiveness
On Maundy Thursday, April 13, Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley will be present before each service for individual confession. This is an opportunity to confess sins that burden you and receive the assurance of God’s forgiveness through spoken word and laying on of hands. This may also be a time for shared conversation, prayer and a time to hear comforting words from scripture. The times for individual confession are 10:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Feel free to come during these times. The pastors will be in the chancel area and in the chapel.

Good Friday

April 14, 2017 – Noon and 7:00 p.m.
While there is nothing “good” in what humanity did to Jesus, there is everything good about what Jesus did. This is a day for reflection and prayer at home and at church. We gather in silence. We leave in silence.

The Stations of the Cross at noon – As on a pilgrimage, the ministers process to each station in the worship space, guided by music and prayer. Each station is a meditation on the Passion of Christ.

The Adoration of the Cross at 7pm – The evening service finds us marveling at the mystery of the Cross. We hear the Passion story from John’s Gospel, pray for the needs of the church and world, reverence the cross, and meditate on the “solemn reproaches.” Tonight, we behold the great paradox – an instrument of death becomes an instrument of healing and redemption.

The Great Vigil of Easter

April 15, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
This is the most important liturgy of the year. Tonight, we are immersed in the mystery of death and resurrection. We get to experience, all over again, the reality that Resurrection is now, bringing new life to those who will be baptized and the entire assembly as we renew our baptismal promises. We do not leave worship on this night without recovering the “alleluia!” Our hearts are filled with new praise and gratitude at the victory of God’s love.

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2017 – 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The celebration of the Three Days concludes with a most joyous festival Eucharist. Today is a day for feasting and relaxing. We have been renewed! Yet, Easter has not come to an end. We pass from the Three Days into the great Fifty Days of Easter.


Holy Week at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church



April 10, 11, and 12, 2017

A simple service of Holy Communion in the chapel at noon
This is an opportunity to participate in in the days between Passion/Palm Sunday and the Great Three Days in a quiet space and in a liturgy that should last no longer than 30 minutes. All are welcome!

The Great Three Days

April 13, 2017: MAUNDY THURSDAY

Individual Confession and Forgiveness* at 10: 15 am and 6:00 pm
Holy Communion at 11:15 am and 7:00 pm

*Individual Confession and Forgiveness
On Maundy Thursday, April 13, Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley will be present before each service for individual confession. This is an opportunity confess sins that burden you and receive the assurance of God’s forgiveness through spoken word and laying on of hands. This may also be a time for shared conversation, prayer and a time to hear comforting words from scripture. The times for individual confession are 10:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Feel free to come during these times. The pastors will be in the chancel area and in the chapel.

April 14, 2017:  GOOD FRIDAY

Stations of the Cross at noon
Adoration of the Cross at 7:00 pm


Light, Word, Baptism, Eucharist at 6:30 pm

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Festive Eucharist at 8:30 and 11:00 am
Easter Breakfast served 8:30-11:00 am



Finding Light in the Dark of Winter

Finding Light in the Dark of Winter

– a time to remember the losses we carry –

Sunday, January 8, 2017


12:30 – Soup lunch and conversation with Rosemary Raynaud, Licensed Counselor and Pastoral Therapist
2:30 –   Worship in the chapel

Winter is a difficult season for many people. Perhaps you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the absence of family, or another sadness in your life. All are welcome for an afternoon of personal reflection, learning, comfort, and worship. Together we will find light in the darkness. Contact Pastor Van Kley if you have questions.


Advent and Christmas 2016 at Phinney

In the darkness of winter we pray for coming of light. The promised return of the sun has been reinterpreted by Christians to be Jesus the Christ. With the gradual lighting of the candles on the Advent wreath we wait and watch and wonder. The arrival of Jesus means more than one thing and comes with a host of images in Scripture and Liturgy. On the first Sunday in Advent we meditate on Christ’s “coming again.” In the midst of Advent we look for Christ’s presence among us now and to be attentive to that presence often requires a change of heart. So we listen to John the Baptizer proclaim “repentance.” In other words, the community of faith is beckoned to turn toward the light by embarking upon new journeys of faith and trust. As Advent winds down we remember Christ’s first coming among us in the child born in Bethlehem.

When we gather on Sundays in Advent, the light is ritually brought into the darkened worship space. There will be room for silence. Much of our praying will be sung during the prayers of the people and at the table. And the liturgical color blue symbolizes the color of the night just before dawn. The four weeks of Advent are a small transition between darkness and light and the color blue has become an emblem of hope and a visual reminder of our collective prayer, “Come Lord Jesus.”

For twelve days Christians celebrate the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh, the appearance of God among us in the birth of Jesus. Special liturgies occur on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  The days of Christmas are filled with a kind of joyful exuberance. It is a time to feast and make merry for the good news is that God’s saving grace is near and made tangible in Jesus, God with us.

Christmas Eve Worship

Join us on Christmas Eve for festive worship …
5:00 Holy Communion Family Service – Leading the proclamation of the good news of Jesus’ birth are the Children’s Choir and the Youth Choir. A very special service that lasts only one hour!

10:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Music led by the Chancel Choir

11:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Festival Holy Communion – The story of the Nativity is surrounded by candlelight and carols, echoing the words of the prophet: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. On them light has shined.”

Christmas Worship

December 25, 11:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Holy Communion, ONE SERVICE ONLY – The Nativity of our Lord is celebrated around word and meal.

January 1 – The First Sunday of Christmas, ONE SERVICE ONLY. Holy Communion at  11:00 a.m. Our celebration of Christmas continues as we gather this morning for the Service of Lessons and Carols.


LYONS Holden Evening Prayer

Join us here Wednesday evening July 9 at 7 pm to participate in the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer, followed by small group discussions led by Phinney’s young adult group. This event is sponsored by LYONS (Lutheran Youth of North Seattle) and is open to the entire community. After small group discussions, we’ll come back together for refreshments and fellowship.

Summer Worship Schedule

Begins Sunday June 3, 2012
Sunday morning services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am

Don’t forget that on the first Sunday of June, Holy Trinity Sunday, our worship times will change to 8:30am and 10:00 am.  The church office schedule will be changing too, with the office closed on Fridays.

This schedule will last through Labor Day weekend.  Begin your week attending life-giving worship with your Phinney friends and family.


Festival Pentecost Worship May 27 at 10AM

Sunday May 27 will be a rare “One Service Sunday” at PRLC.  As the people gathered together in one place at the first day of Pentecost, we will gather together in one service at 10 am to hear the stories, recall our baptism through a baptism of new members, and share the meal.

Led by Pastor Hoffman and the Gospel Choir, we will liberally use fire, water, music, spoken word and the color of the festival (red) to engage all of our senses to experience this service, which symbolizes a new beginning with the unleashing of the Holy Spirit.

We invite you to wear RED to worship!



Sunday Worship Is NEVER Cancelled!

We’ve been slammed with some unusual winter weather this week, and even had to take the extraordinary measure of cancelling last Wednesday’s Bread for the Journey.

Remember, though, that Sunday morning worship is NEVER cancelled. The snow is supposed to be gone by then, but even if it isn’t, we’ll be here celebrating the Eucharist – and we hope to see you there!