Holy Week Schedule:
Maundy Thursday: Worship at First Lutheran at 11:30 am. Worship in homes at 5:30 and 7:00 pm – contact the church office for more details.
Good Friday: Worship at 7:30 pm focused upon the passion account from the Gospel of John.
Easter Vigil: A bi-lingual (Spanish/English) Worship service at 7:15 pm. With candles, stories of deliverance, baptism, and Holy Communion we celebrate Christ’s Passover from death to life.
Easter Sunday: Worship at 8:15 and 10:30 am, with a pot-luck breakfast and children’s egg hunt in between the services. The 8:30 service is more intimate, the 10:30 service more festive.
Regular Schedule: Worship at 8:15 and 10:30 am. (Last Sunday of the month, one service at 9:30 am followed by a fellowship or service event)
April 28, May 26: One service at 9:30 am
Summer Schedule with one worship service at 9:30 am begins on June 9.
La Santa Misa: Sundays at 5:00 pm worship in Spanish through our sister congregation Santuario Luterano
About our Worship:
In worship, we believe that past, present, and future connect: we look back, retelling the Biblical stories that culminate in Jesus’ death and resurrection; we look forward, singing the end-time song of when God’s ultimate plan of restoring creation is complete; and we look to God revealed in Jesus Christ, who by the power of the Holy Spirit – in community – through water, bread, wine, and Word – forgives, feeds, and empowers us in the present.
We are liturgical (from the word liturgy which means work of the people). Thus, aspects of our worship are ancient, having been handed down from generation to generation for nearly 2,000 years. At the same time, as in every age, we seek to to take the ancient form and keep it fresh. We sing a lot, and our hymns and service music are chosen with all members in mind, including our children.
Children in Worship:
We welcome and encourage children to attend worship, believing that as the words, symbols, rituals, and music wash over us they have a power to shape us all, regardless of age. Each Sunday, we invite the children forward for a children’s sermon which is centered on the Gospel reading appointed for the day. Children receive communion at an age deemed appropriate by their family, some as early as age 2 and others not until they are older.
For Communion Bread Recipe: Click Here
Our orientation is toward the cross of Christ, where human violence and the love of God meet. You will not encounter sermons focused on what you must do to receive God’s blessing or how you ought to live in order to be a ‘good person’ (as if). Instead you will find a whole worship focused on what God has done and continues to do through love, made known to us most centrally in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is this Good News that washes over us, and like a flowing stream has the power to wear down our resistance and reshape the course of our life.