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WORSHIP HOURS

Mid-Week Lenten Worship

During this season of Lent, as we journey toward Holy Week and the Resurrection, we invite you to join us for mid-week worship every Wednesday.

Mid-day worship at 11:15
Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, 2018
We will gather in the Chapel for Word, hymns, and Holy Communion, followed by a soup lunch.

Evening Worship at 6:50
Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, 2018 (no service on Feb 21)
We will gather in the Sanctuary for Prayer Around the Cross, a service of word, prayer, light, and songs from the Taize Community. (You are also welcome to attend Bread for the Journey’s weekly dinner at 6:15. It will be served in Fellowship Hall prior to worship.

Holy Week and Easter

Palm/Passion Sunday — March 25, 2018
Worship at both the 8:30 and 11:00 liturgies begins with the palm procession recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and then turns to contemplation upon Jesus’ passion and death.  This year, the Passion story is from Mark’s Gospel.   This service is one of sharp contrasts.   A joyful procession gives way to a story that is filled with the dynamics of human sorrow and suffering.  Jesus empties himself of power and becomes vulnerable to those who put him to death.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week—March 26, 27, & 28, 2018
Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services will take place in the Chapel on these days during Holy Week.  Please join in the rhythm of Daily Prayer.  Come to either or both at 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.

THE THREE DAYS

Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, and our journey into the great Three Days begins. These days are also known as the “Triduum,” a Latin word meaning “three days”.  The Triduum officially begins on the evening of Maundy Thursday and lasts through Easter Sunday evening.  Though it spans three days, it is really one event.

Maundy Thursday — March 29, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
“Love one another as I have loved you.”  This love is demonstrated in Jesus’ gesture of washing the disciples’ feet and is sealed in his journey to the Cross as the suffering servant who is revealed for us in the mystery of his abiding presence in the Eucharist.   Tonight, after the stripping of the altar, we leave in silence.  There is no final blessing because the service extends into the next day.

Good Friday — March 30, 2018 at 12:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Today we celebrate the mystery of salvation with meditation and reflection. The Stations of the Cross are prayed at noon.  The evening liturgy includes the Passion story from John’s Gospel, Bidding Prayers, the Adoration of the Cross, and Prayer around the Cross.  There is no final blessing because the service extends into the next day.

The Great Vigil of Easter — March 31, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
The Three Days culminate in tonight’s liturgy.  This is the night of Christ’s Passover from death to life.  Tonight, we celebrate birth, light, re-created earth, rejuvenated heavens, and reborn people.  We light the Paschal Candle from the new fire.  We tell the great stories of the Bible.  Some are baptized, and some reaffirm their baptismal promises.  We share the thanksgiving meal of the Risen Christ, and are anointed as a reminder of our baptism.  This service is the “night of nights.”  It is like no other!

The Resurrection of Our Lord — April 1, 2018 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday is the conclusion of the Three Days.  At the previous night’s Vigil, we celebrated the mystery of Christ’s resurrection in the darkness of night and with those to be baptized.  On Easter Sunday morning, we gather in the bright morning of new life to celebrate the mystery again.  It is a day for feasting and resting.

 

Sundays

September-May: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
June-August: 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.

Worship is central to our lives and all that we do at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. We welcome and encourage you to join us as we praise the God who created us, gives us new life in Christ, and is with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our worship is enriched by the participation of the community, find out how you can part of worship.

Word, Bath, Meal

At the center of our faith stands the Word of God. We believe, teach and preach from this dynamic revelation of God’s presence with us – ancient words for a contemporary age. In our community of faith the Scriptures are understood as the authoritative Word from God and the interpreted Word for a changing, questioning, hungering world.

Entrance into the community of faith comes as it has throughout the ages, through the cleansing bath of Holy Baptism. In the center of our worship stands a filled font, into which water is poured with each baptismal remembrance. Like the bloodlines that unite relatives, we believe that the “waterlines” of this sacrament bind us together in a community of faith with both gifts and responsibilities for those who would follow Jesus.

Open Table

Holy Communion is celebrated at every service, every Sunday. We welcome all who believe in the power of the Risen Christ and who find in the sacrament our Lord’s presence for the forgiveness of sins and the renewal of life.

Everyone is welcome at the table. It is Christ’s feast and the invitation comes from him, not from us.

While our communion celebrations vary according to service and season, they are always reverent, inclusive, and grounded in the hope of Christ that the Scriptures promise.

Nursery Care

At PRLC we do not expect little ones to sit still and be quiet during worship services. We invite you to grab a book or two from the library or a busy bag from the Narthex and bring the whole bustling family to worship together. However, for our smallest members (from birth to 5 years old) nursery care is also available on the 300 Level, down the hall from the Sanctuary, during Sunday morning services, meetings of The WAY, and during Bread for the Journey on Wednesday evenings. In addition to a paid attendant, the nursery is staffed by adult and youth volunteers. Questions regarding childcare for specific services? Contact the church office for more information, 206-783-2350.