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.
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.
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.
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.