This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 19th

Third Sunday of Easterimage041915

 On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!

First Reading: Acts 3:12-19
Health and forgiveness through the risen Jesus
Psalm: Psalm 4
The LORD does wonders for the faithful. (Ps. 4:3)
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-7
The revealing of the children of God
Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48
Eating with the risen Christ
Liturgical Color: White


This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 12th

Second Sunday of Easter image041215

The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.

First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
The believers’ common life
Psalm: Psalm 133
How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)
Second Reading: 1 John 1:1–2:2
Walking in the light
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ
Liturgical Color: White

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 5th

Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Dayeaster

This year may be the one in which John’s resurrection account is likely to be chosen over Mark’s, perhaps because Mark’s gospel ends so abruptly, with astonishment and fear rather than joyful proclamation. Yet Mark may speak to our experience more directly than the other gospels. Corinthians and Acts fill out the story by telling of appearances of the risen Christ. Peter says we “ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.” And so do we, in a foretaste of the mountaintop feast where death will be no more.

First Reading: Acts 10:34-43
God raised Jesus on the third day
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
On this day the LORD has acted, we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Witnesses to the risen Christ
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8
The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement.
Liturgical Color: White or Gold

Easter – Christ is Risen!

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

This Week in Worship – for Friday, April 3rd

Good Friday good friday

At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died. Today’s liturgy culminates in the Easter Vigil tomorrow evening.

First Reading: Isaiah 52:13–53:12
The suffering servant
Psalm: Psalm 22
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Ps. 22:1)
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:16-25
The way to God is opened by Jesus’ death
Gospel: John 18:1–19:42
The passion and death of Christ
Liturgical Color: None

This Week in Worship – for Thursday, April 2nd

Maundy Thursday thursday

With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world.

First Reading: Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14
The passover of the LORD
Psalm: Psalm 116:1, 10-17 (Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 NRSV)
I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. (Ps. 116:11)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
The service of Christ: footwashing and meal
Liturgical Color: Scarlet or White

“Good News” Newsletter – April 2015

The April 2015 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – April 2015

In this issue:

  • Pondering Pastor: Transitions
  • Faith Milestones
  • Sticky Notes and Pancakes
  • Thank You from Troop 1800

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at

Holy Week Schedule

  • March 29 Palm Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
  • April 2 Maundy Thursday / Stripping of the Altar 7:00p.m.
  • April 3 Good Friday / Tenebrae 7:00p.m.
  • April 5 Easter Sunday / The Resurrection of Our Lord 8:30 & 11:00 a.m

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, March 29th

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sundayimage032915

The first and second readings and psalm are the same this Sunday every year: Christ emptying himself of divine power and protection, willingly becoming vulnerable to those who struck him and put him to death. With Christ we lament his suffering and all human suffering, but expect God’s final vindication. Mark’s passion story begins with an unnamed woman anointing his head, perhaps to proclaim him Messiah, and Jesus saying she has anointed him beforehand for burial. Mark’s Easter story will begin with women going to anoint Jesus for burial, only to find that he has been raised, God’s living Anointed One.

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
The servant of the LORD submits to suffering
Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
Into your hands, O LORD, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Humbled to the point of death on a cross
Gospel: Mark 14:1–15:47
The passion of the Lord
Liturgical Color: Scarlet or Purple

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, March 22nd

Fifth Sunday in Lentimage032215

God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross. Our baptismal covenant draws us to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s light and truth into our hearts. We see God’s heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
A new covenant written on the heart
Psalm: Psalm 51:1-13 (Psalm 51:1-12 NRSV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God. (Ps. 51:11)
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
Gospel: John 12:20-33
The grain of wheat dying in the earth
Liturgical Color: Purple