Advent and Christmas 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. In addition, we have two Sundays to celebrate, Christmas as well as the Day of Epiphany. 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.

Advent Evening Prayer on the Ridge

This year we will join other Lutherans “on the ridge” for shared midweek Advent services. Please come for Advent prayer on Thursday evenings with our sisters and brothers at Luther Memorial Church and St. John United Lutheran Church. Each service begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception. Here’s the schedule and themes:

Dec. 2 – Luke 1:68-69 at Luther Memorial (13047 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle)
Dec. 10 – Isaiah 2:2-6 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle)
Dec. 17 – The O Antiphons at St. John United (5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle)

Advent Memorial Service

All are welcome to the Chapel on Sunday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. for the annual Advent Memorial Service. This service is especially for those who grieve the death of loved ones or feeling some sense of loss. The service will center on the promises of God and the light that the darkness cannot dispel.

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 from the Gospel of Luke 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 and Epiphany Worship

December 25, 11:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Holy Communion – The Nativity of our Lord is celebrated around word and meal. John’s Gospel provides the focal point this day: “The Word became flesh and lived among us full of grace and truth.”

December 27 – The First Sunday of Christmas, Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Our celebration of Christmas continues as we gather this morning for the Service of Lessons and Carols.

January 2 – The Second Sunday of Christmas, Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11:00. Christmas continues still with the unfolding mystery of the “Word made flesh,” God revealed among us in human flesh.

The Epiphany of our Lord, Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. – Our celebration of Christmas culminates with the celebration of the Epiphany at which time we will celebrate the beginning of a new ministry with the Installation of Pastor Van Kley.


Holy Week at Phinney

Palm SundayPassion Sunday – March 29, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Holy Week begins on the Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday).  Beginning with the blessing of the palms, we enter into the worship space singing praises. Then the shouts of “Hosanna” turn to listening to the Passion story from Mark’s Gospel.  We enter into Holy Week prayer and reflection with the message of the second lesson sounding in our ears and filling our hearts – “Have the same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself…”

PrayerMonday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week are days set aside for prayer and meditating on the story of Jesus’ Passion.  You may choose to read and reflect on the Passion story (Mark 14:1-15:47) or the assigned Psalms: Monday, Psalm 36:5-11; Tuesday, Psalm 71:1-14; Wednesday, Psalm 70.

The Great Three Days Begin

Maundy ThursdayMaundy Thursday – April 2 at 11:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

With the proclamation of forgiveness at the outset of this service, our Lenten journey comes to a close and we begin our journey into Easter.  On this day we hear of Passover, the establishment of the Lord’s Supper, and Jesus’ demonstrating love in the washing of the disciples’ feet.  There will be opportunity for foot washing.  We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and as the lament of Jesus from Psalm 22 is chanted, the worship space is stripped bare.  There is no final blessing.  We leave in silence.  The service continues the next day…

Good Friday – April 3

Good FridayNoon – Stations of the Cross
7:00 p.m. – Adoration of the Cross

We enter in silence just as we departed in silence the previous day.  At the noon service we journey with Jesus to the Cross, pausing at each station to listen and pray.  At the evening service we hear the Passion story from John’s Gospel where Jesus, unlike the other Gospel accounts, reigns from the Cross in glory.  At this service we pray for the needs of all, gather around the Cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.  We leave in silence and return the next evening for the great Vigil of Easter …

The Great Vigil of Easter – April 4, 6:30 p.m.

Easter VigilThis is the night in which the chains of death are broken, for Christ is risen.  This is the night in which heaven and earth are joined, things human and things divine.  We begin outside for the blessing of the fire and follow the Paschal Candle into the darkened worship space to give praise to the light of Christ.  We hear the great stories of God creating and recreating the world.  We come to the waters of rebirth as children will be baptized in our midst and several adults will reaffirm their baptism.  We share Eucharist and receive anointing in remembrances of our baptism.  There is no other night like this one.  It is not to be missed.  We pass with Christ from death to life.

Easter Sunday – April 5, 8:30 and 11:00

EasterThe splendor, wonder, beauty and joy of the previous night spills over into Easter morning with a festival celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.  Christ is risen.  Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Breakfast will also be offered from 9-11 am on Easter morning. This breakfast—a tasty spread consisting of scrambled eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee—is the largest single fundraiser of the year for the Parish Outreach Fund, and your generous free-will offering will be much appreciated! Come join the fun down in Fellowship Hall either before or after the Easter morning service of your choice.

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!