Lent & Holy Week
A 40-day journey to the cross.
Worship, prayer, nourishment, and service guide us along the road to Easter.
March 6, 12 noon & 7 p.m.
On this solemn day you’ll receive, if you’d like, an ashen cross on the forehead reminding us of our frailty and sin. It’s an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.
March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10
Worship | 12 noon-12:30 p.m.
Chapel gatherings will include music, silence, a pastoral reflection, and Holy Communion. These more contemplative services will center on the same theme as Wednesday evening worship, A Tree Planted.
Suppers | 5:30-6:55 p.m.
Enjoy a meal in community. Catered by Hy-Vee, there will be a different menu each week to feed stomachs and a sense of togetherness. A freewill donation of $8/ person or $25/family is welcome to cover the cost. Volunteers bring cookies to share.
Red Apron Crew: This crew offers the warmth of hospitality and service. Put on an apron and help fill drinks, clear tables, and offer conversation to those who come. To help, sign up at stpaulqc.org/signups. Or, contact Ann McGlynn at email@example.com.
Green Apron Crew: Scrape some plates, make some friends. The Environmental Team will scrape and wash dishes to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. Scraps will be composted, too. To help, contact Steve and Jane Strittmater at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-370-7166.
The Final Week of Jesus’ Life | 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Enjoy a five-week conversation with Pastor Peter Marty around key events that shaped Jesus’ final week, viewed through the eyes of a brilliant Jewish professor of New Testament. Participants will discuss different risks Jesus assumed as he got closer to death. Advance reading assignments are 20 or less pages/week (easy reading). The resource, Entering the Passion, by Amy-Jill Levine, may be purchased in the Book Corner for $12. Reading assignments will be posted on the online calendar and in Connections. In Luther Loft. No need to sign up, just come.
Worship | 7-7:35 p.m.
A service in the Sanctuary features the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, led by the Youth Choir. A Tree Planted is the unifying theme. The message will be centered on a different concept each week, including forests stick together, budding generosity, the witness of rings, and growing pains. Using the rooted nature of trees, pastors will guide our minds and hearts to think about deeper meaning this Lenten season. Children encouraged to worship; childcare also available.
March 13: Forests Stick Together with Josh Kestner
March 20: Budding Generosity with Katy Warren
March 27: The Witness of Rings with Sara Olson-Smith
April 3: Strong but Tender with Peter Marty
April 10: Growing Pains with Kelsey Fitting-Snyder
Saturday, April 13 – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 – 7:45, 9, 11:15 a.m.
With festive palm branches waving, the mood turns somber as we realize that Jesus goes on to die.
Thursday, April 18 – 12 noon & 7 p.m.
In scripture, liturgy, and song, we mark Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Our fourth-graders culminate a period of preparation with their First Communion at the evening service. Childcare will be provided for the evening service.
Friday, April 19 – 12 noon, 4:30, & 8 p.m.
The church gathers to remember the suffering and death of Jesus. Pretzel-making: Beginning at 3:30 p.m., children are invited to Fellowship Hall to form cross-shaped pretzels.
Sunday, April 21 – 6, 8, 9:45, & 11:45 a.m. No Saturday worship.
With shouts of alleluia, rumbling timpani, and triumphant trumpets, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.
Holy Communion is included in all services. Childcare from 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. The largest crowds are often at the 8/9:45 a.m. services on Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday overflow will be in the Chapel.