Easter & Holy Week

News | February 24, 2016


March 19 | Saturday worship at 5:30 p.m.
March 20 | Worship at 8, 9:20, & 11:45 a.m.

With festive palm branches waving, the mood turns somber as we realize that Jesus goes on to die. Pastor Katy Warren preaches at 5:30/8:00, Pastor Peter W. Marty preaches at 9:20/11:45 a.m.

Please consider worshiping at the 5:30/8/11:45 services, to avoid crowding that’s possible at 9:20.


March 24 | Worship at 12 noon & 7 p.m.

In scripture, liturgy, and song, we mark Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Pastor Sara Olson-Smith preaches.

Our fourth-graders culminate a period of preparation with their First Communion at the 7 p.m. service.


March 25 | Worship at 12 noon, 4:30, & 8 p.m.

12 noon: A 45-minute contemplative service. Pastor Liesebet Gravley preaches.

3:30 p.m. pretzel-making: Children are invited to Fellowship Hall to form big bread cross-shaped pretzels. Anticipate hot-out-of-the-oven pretzels after 4:30 p.m. worship.

4:30 p.m. Family service for all: Featuring a children’s message; Jubilate and Cantate choirs sing.

8:00 p.m. Tenebrae service of darkness: Peter W. Marty preaches for this somber and meditative service of readings and music. The Chorale sings.


March 27 | Worship at 6, 8, 9:45, & 11:30 a.m.

No Saturday service
* Note different service times

With shouts of Alleluia!, rumbling timpani, and triumphant brass, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Holy Communion is included in all services. Childcare offered at 8, 9:45, and 11:30.

6 a.m. sunrise: We begin outside around a fire in the Memorial Garden, with a procession into the Sanctuary. Candlelight transforms the dark early hours. Pastor Amy Diller preaches.

8 & 9:45 a.m. festive services: Choirs, brass, and organ fanfare mark these services. Pastor Peter W. Marty preaches.

11:30 a.m. contemporary: With the Open Spirit ensemble leading, Pastor Marty brings the message of resurrection joy.


Parking: On Easter please be mindful of people who need to park nearest to the church, and of guests who are new to St. Paul. If you’re able to walk a short distance, please park at Madison School, St. Ambrose University, Vander Veer Park, or residential side streets.

Crowds: You can help with the anticipated crowd at the 8/9:45 a.m. services on Easter Sunday by considering attending an alternative service. Easter Sunday overflow will be in the Chapel.

Sunday learning for children and adults will not be held on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. Learning will resume Sunday, April 3, 10:45-11:30 a.m.

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