Happy Easter from Abiding Presence Lutheran Church!

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 20th

Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter DayEaster

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 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: Colossians 3:1-4
Raised with Christ to seek the higher things
Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
Proclaim the resurrection
Liturgical Color: White or Gold

Calendar for the Week of April 27th

Sunday, April 27
8:30am—Contemporary Worship
9:40am—Sunday School
11:00am—Traditional Worship
5:30pm—APE Kids

Monday, April 28
9:00am—1:00pm—APPLESeeds
6:00pm—9:00pm—SAFEchild—Fellowship Hall
6:30pm—Worshipful Dancers

Tuesday, April 29
9:00am—1:00pm—APPLESeeds

Wednesday, April 30
9:00am—1:00pm—APPLESeeds
10:00am—11:30am—OWLs
5:30pm—KOINONIA Meal and Programs Format

Thursday, May 1
9:00am—1:00pm—APPLESeeds

Friday, May 2
9:00am—1:00pm—APPLESeeds

Saturday, May 3
8:30am—11:30am—Camp Agape Work Day

Sunday, May 4
8:30am—Contemporary Worship
9:40am—Sunday School
11:00am—Traditional Worship
3:00pm—SWFCA’s Fourth Annual ChoirFest

New Member Orientation

Pastor Ingold will lead a new member orientation class for those interested in joining with the discipleship of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church. The class will meet at 7pm for three consecutive Wednesday evenings – May 7, 14 & 21. New members will be received on Sunday, June 1. Register for the class at the Sign-up Station in the Narthex.

This Week in Worship – for Friday, April 18th

Good Friday Good Friday

Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) was the name given to the medieval predawn morning prayer celebrated by monks during the last three days in Holy Week.

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. 

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

Yard Sale Donations Needed

Is it time to clean out your closets and your attic? Is the garage so full that you can’t park your car in it anymore? Finally willing to get rid of those clothes in the closet that you have not worn for 5 years? This is your opportunity to get rid of those items. The Columbarium Committee is hosting a Yard Sale on May 17th to help raise funds. We have secured a storage unit where we can house donated items until we are ready for the sale. As a matter of fact, if you get your items together, we will even come and pick them up from you. In addition to having the yard sale, we will be having much more, so mark your calendars and watch for more information. It will be a fun family day! For more information please contact Debbie Worden at 919-757-5810.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Looking for a summer activity? Sign up starting April 13 for our June 8 trip to the Durham Bulls for a Sunday evening game at 5:05pm against the Norfolk Tide (AAA team of the Baltimore Orioles).  The tickets are $9.99 a piece (for children two and under there is no charge but they are NOT assigned a seat; if you want them to have a seat, it is $9.99).  We will depart from APLC at 3:45pm to arrive in time for the 5:05pm start.  Contact Tad Doering (thetaddoerings@aol.com or 919-772-3441) if you have any questions.

This Week in Worship – for Thursday, April 17th

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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

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, April 13th

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday PalmSun_Year APalmSun_Year A

 Today’s liturgy begins with a palm procession, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Quickly the tone of the service changes as we meditate upon Jesus’ passion and death. Because this story is so central to our faith, we hear Matthew’s account of the passion today and John’s version on Good Friday. Though Jesus is obedient even unto death on the cross, he is exalted by God. We gather to remember his offering for the life of the world, and to be fed by his life-giving mercy. This holy week will culminate in the celebration of the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.

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: Matthew 26:14–27:66
The passion of the Lord
Gospel (Alternate): Matthew 27:11-54
The passion of the Lord
Liturgical Color: Scarlet or Purple

Sermon for April 6, 2014

Fifth Sunday in Lent 
Sermon by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold
Gospel: John 11:1-45