Lent & Holy Week

A 40-day journey to the cross.

Worship, prayer, nourishment, and service guide us along the road to Easter.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 12 noon and 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.

Lenten Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1

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 themes as Wednesday evenings.

Suppers | 5:30-6:55 p.m.
Enjoy a meal in community. Catered by HyVee, 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, signup at stpaulqc.org/signups.

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 Duane Haas at dhaas.dh@gmail.com.

Liturgy of the Ordinary | 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
In her book, Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren invites us to explore our daily routines and encounters as God moments. We are God’s people 24/7. How do our habits and the necessities of life both reflect our faith life and help to shape it? Beginning on March 4 with chapter 1, “Walking,” we will work with one chapter of Warren’s book each Wednesday evening. The books is available in the Book Corner for $10. Pastor Peter A. Pettit. In Luther Loft. Sign up for daily devotionals written by Peter Pettit.

Choir rehearsals | 6 p.m.
All choirs will rehearse during Lent. Children’s choirs: 6-6:45 p.m., March 4-April 1. Youth Choir: 6-6:45 p.m., March 4-April 1. Chorale: 6-6:55 p.m., March 4-April 1 and 6:30-7:30 p.m., April 8.

Confirmation | 6:30-7 p.m.
Seventh-graders will participate in a mentoring relationship with a member of the congregation. Eighth-graders will engage in a large group experience centered around answering big questions of faith each week.

Worship | 7-7:35 p.m.
A service in the Sanctuary features the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, led by the Youth Choir. Home Reimagined is the unifying theme. God has come to be at home with us, transforming what we can imagine home to be. Our Lenten journey will take us to various homes, both physical and imagined, to deepen our appreciation of the lush, vigorous potential of “home” to give meaning to our lives and to nourish our spirits. The message will be centered on a different concept each week: sweet home, home base, dream home, motor home, and divided home. Children encouraged to worship; childcare also available.

Devotional book | Wondrous Love
Wondrous Love: Devotions for Lent 2020 highlights readings from the gospel of Matthew from Ash Wednesday to Easter. This accessible and colorful format makes it easy to incorporate into your Lenten journey. Wondrous Love explores Jesus’ journey from baptism to the cross and the empty tomb. The wondrous love shown by Jesus guides us on our baptismal journeys and inspires us to sing, serve, and share God’s love with others. The book is available for $3 in the Book Corner.

Special Offerings  World Hunger
By providing immediate relief to those who are hungry, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) World Hunger organization meets basic needs and recognizes the universal human right to food. But ending hunger is about more than food. By connecting people with education, health care, and sources of income, long-term, sustainable change can be accomplished. The ELCA is active in 60 countries through World Hunger. All Midweek Lenten offerings at St. Paul (in envelopes or cash) will be given to fight hunger. St. Paul aims again to exceed $20,000. If you would like to make an additional Lenten offering towards this cause, please earmark your check memo line with “World Hunger.”

Palm/Passion Sunday

Saturday, April 4 – 5:30 p.m.  and Sunday, April 5 – 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.

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 11 – 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.

Good Friday

Friday, April 10 – 12 noon, 4:30, & 8 p.m.

The church gathers to remember the suffering and death of Jesus. Pretzels and prayers: Beginning at 3:30 p.m., children and their families are invited to Fellowship Hall for this Good Friday gathering.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 12 – 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.