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 Starts May 25

On May 25 we will begin our summer schedule of worship, with two services every Sunday — but one will be at 8:30 and the other at 10:00. The second service will meet one hour earlier than it does during the school year, and Sunday School and Adult Forum will be on hiatus through Labor Day.


Summer Worship Times and Office Hours

Don’t forget that on Sunday June 3, Holy Trinity Sunday, our worship times will change to 8:30am and 10:00am

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.


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!



Worship Times Changing for Summer

Summer is almost upon us, and that means a change in the time of our Sunday morning worship.  Please read carefully, as there are important details here not only about the change in worship times through the summer, but a change in the service time for the celebration of Pentecost on Sunday, May 27.

On Sunday, May 27, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.  This year, there will be just one service on Pentecost, held at 10 a.m.  Our Pentecost liturgy will be led by the Gospel Choir, and Pastor Hoffman will preach and preside.  There will be baptisms celebrated, and a wonderful, festival liturgy is planned.  That’s one service only on May 27— smack dab in the middle of the Memorial Day weekend.  Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m.

Beginning Sunday, June 3 and continuing through Labor Day weekend, there will be two services each Sunday morning:  8:30 and 10:00 a.m.  Between the services, meet in Fellowship Hall with other members for a half-hour time of coffee and fellowship.  The latte cart will be up and running, and you are welcome to bring any sort of treats that you might like to share with other members of the congregational family.  The two services of worship will be identical in style and content.


Holy Week 2012: Remembering Christ’s Death and Resurrection

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
PASSION SUNDAY, APRIL 1 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

The joyful, triumphant procession with palms turns somber at the chanting of the prayer of the day.  We read the Passion according to St. Mark, receive the Eucharist, and prepare for the events of the week ahead.  Liturgy is led at both 8:30 and 11:00 by the Chancel Choir.


This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 5 at 11:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

With humility Christ knelt at the feet of his disciples on the night of his arrest and betrayal.  Having shared with them a final meal, he prepares to be handed over.  We remember his beloved words with foot-washing, preaching, Eucharist, and the stripping of the altar.


Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Stations of the Cross at 12 noon

The final walk of Jesus’ life is recalled in this service of meditation and prayer.


By your cross you have redeemed the world.
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Adoration of the Cross at 7 p.m.

Christ’s final triumph for the renewal of all creation is celebrated.  Pastor Hoffman preaches and the Chancel Choir leads with selections from John Rutter’s Requiem.


We shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Light, readings, baptisms, Eucharist:  the richest celebration of fullness of life in Christ of the entire liturgical year.  This year four adults and six children will enter the waters to be reborn in Christ and a multitude of adults will affirm their baptisms.  This is the night!


Christ is risen!  Christ is risen indeed!
Easter Sunday, APRIL 8 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Festival liturgies of the Easter Gospel open to us the Great Fifty Days of celebration.  Pastor Piro preaches.  Musical leadership is provided by the Chancel Choir, with brass, timpani, and hand bells at both services.  A bountiful Easter breakfast in Fellowship Hall with donations benefiting our Outreach Fund will be held throughout the morning.


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!

Evening Prayer This Sunday

Could you use a calm and restorative beginning to your week?  Our monthly evening prayer service with our friends on Aurora will take place this Sunday evening, January 22,  at 7pm.  As always, we’ll meet at the Aurora Commons at 8914 Aurora Ave N (parking available behind the Commons off of 90th).  Individual healing prayer and anointing with oil will be available.


What a Month of Sundays!

November is just a four-Sunday month, but what a month it will be!  It is completely filled with wonderful celebrations of our church year.  Each of them different.  Each of them unique and spiritually enriching.

All Saints’ Sunday
Even as we remember those who have died within our congregational family, we come before the Eternal God to sing our praises for the gift of everlasting life.  Bring pictures of your departed loved ones as a reminder of the communion of saints; prepare to celebrate the gift of baptism at 11 a.m.; hear the children’s choirs at 8:30 and the chancel choir at 11; celebrate as memorial gifts are dedicated; and come to the communion table newly adorned with new communion vessels that are memorial gifts given by the families of those who have recently lost a beloved saint in our congregational family.

Pledge Sunday
On this day we joyfully offer our commitments for the mission and ministry of our congregation in the new year that is about to dawn, 2012.  Pledges for the General Fund and this Sunday’s regular offerings will be received in a festival offertory procession and dedicated to God’s glory.

Christ the King Hymn Festival
If you’re new to our congregation since last November, you probably aren’t aware that as the church year ends we “sing our way through the church year” on Christ the King Sunday.  Beginning with Advent, winding our way through Christmas and Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, a narrative sermon and beloved hymns tell the story of Jesus’ life and ministry.  The chancel choir leads at both services.

The First Sunday in Advent
We gather in a darkened church, silently praying for the light of Christ.  Just so, the ancients prayed for the coming of the Messiah.  In these darkest of winter days, Christ’s promise is kept!  The light is brought before us, planted on the advent wreath, and as the Saving Word of God is read from the Scriptures the church bursts into the fullness of light that can only come from Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.  Between services on this day, the annual Advent Event will be held in Fellowship Hall.