Holy Week and Easter at St. Paul’s
Holy Week continues as we gather at 7:00pm this Thursday, April 18, for worship. “Maundy Thursday” is the first of the “Three Days”, and its name likely comes from the Latin word “mandatum” (or “commandment”). That command is one of Jesus’ last words to his disciples – “Love one another as I have loved you,” – and it is exemplified in Jesus’ service to his disciples in the washing of feet and his self-giving love on the cross. On Maundy Thursday we gather to hear these words, to receive the word of forgiveness spoken to us as as a body and as individuals, and to receive in Holy Communion a tangible sign of that grace and forgiveness. The schedule for the rest of our Holy Week and Easter services is as follows:
Thursday, April 18 – Maundy Thursday
7:00pm – Worship with Holy Communion and Individual Absolution with Anointing
Friday, April 19 – Good Friday
7:00pm – Tenebrae Worship (Service of Shadows)
Sunday, April 21 – Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter)
7:00am – Sunrise Service with Holy Communion (featuring contemporary music)
8:00am – 9:30ish – Easter Breakfast
9:00am – Easter Egg Hunt and Sunday School Activities
10:00am – Festival Worship with Holy Communion
Sunday School for youth aged 3-18 begins at 9:00 a.m.
Worship with Holy Communion begins at 7:00 a.m.
There is a place for you at St. Paul’s!
Thursday’s Scripture Readings: Exodus 12:1-14; Ps. 116 1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Lent – Wednesday, March 6 – Saturday, April 20: Lent is a season of preparation and introspection, stretching from the observance of Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). Traditionally, the forty days of Lent have not included Sundays, which are always regarded as celebrations of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, even though the mood of these celebrations might be somewhat subdued for a time; thus we refer to the Sundays “in” Lent rather than Sundays “of” Lent. Lent is marked by a renewal of spiritual disciplines like fasting, prayer, study, almsgiving, and service, and is intended to prepare the hearts of believers to celebrate rightly the Great Fifty Days of Easter. Lent is set off from other seasons by the prevalence of the color purple, which signifies both Christ’s royalty and the spirit of repentance to which believers are called.
“We Are Lutheran” Sermon Series
Check out the links to our five-part series on the “solas” (“onlys”) of the Reforming movements that lead to the establishment of the Lutheran Christian tradition.
Week 1 – Sola Gratia (“By Grace Alone”)
Week 2 – Sola Fide (“By Faith Alone”)
Week 3 – Sola Scriptura (“By Word Alone”)
Week 4 – Solo Christo (“In Christ Alone”)
Week 5 – Soli Deo Gloria (“Glory to God Alone”)
We are Church, joined in mission for the sake of the world!
St. Paul’s partners with 245 congregations and over 100,000 Lutheran Christians as a member congregation of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Click below to learn more about the ministry we share!
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is around 4,000,000 members strong, working through nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States and the Caribbean to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ for the sake of the world God made and loves. Click below to explore how the ELCA is doing “God’s Work” with “our hands” every day.