Lent and Easter 2019

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The burning of the palms, Transfiguration Sunday 2018. As you can see, we’ll burn those suckers rain, snow, or shine! 

Preparing for Lent: TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY
March 3, 2019
We celebrate Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop.
9AM
– Sunday school for children and adults
10:15AM – worship
We’ll also have some sugary treats (as some of us prepare to give stuff up for Lent), bury our “alleluias” until Easter, AND burn the palms from Palm Sunday 2018 to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday 2019! 

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LENT
A Season of Refocusing, of Turning Around and Trying Again
Lent mirrors Jesus’ forty days of being tempted in the desert, and the first Sunday in Lent always celebrates that story.

You’ve probably heard of people “giving up things” for Lent — and you’re welcome to do that too! Give up chocolate, meat, cursing, being negative – anything you want! – that reminds you that this is a special season where you can get a fresh start with a little focus. Alternatively, you can also take something on: a time of prayer, exercise, anything. Or you can just join us for worship!

Lent begins every year on Ash Wednesday and lasts for Forty Days.
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Ash Wednesday falls on March 6, 2019.
We will have a service at 6:30PM where we will hear a sermon, take communion, and receive ashes on our foreheads. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we are mortal; when we receive ashes, we hear a rephrasing of the “dust to dust” phrase from Genesis that is often spoken at funerals: “remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The service lasts no more than an hour and is a great way to commit yourself to the discipline of Lent.

You can also join us for Lenten soup suppersEvery Wednesday in Lent at 6:30PM. IMG_0121
Lenten soup supper dates for 2019: March 13, 20, 27, and April 3 and 10, all at 6:30PM.

Dinner is provided by kind people in the congregation, so come, be our guest!
This Lent, we’ll be focusing on the Creed – what is it, where did it come from, and does everyone around you in worship actually believe everything they say on Sunday mornings? Come find out! During ancient times, new Christians would study the Creed during Lent as they prepared for baptism at the Easter Vigil. This year, we’ll do the same as we prepare for the big party of Easter!

ADULT EDUCATION: GENESIS
We’ll also continue to explore our faith’s roots in Genesis. Join Pastor Anna in the fellowship hall every Sunday at 9AM as we discuss the book of Genesis and all the questions (both silly and existential) that it raises. The series will continue every Sunday through the end of May, with the exceptions of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (April 14 and 21, respectively).

Lent is forty days long and culminates in Holy Week.

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HOLY WEEK
We accompany Christ to the cross.
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Good Friday shadow drama, 2016.

You’ve heard the story of Jesus’s last days – but have you lived it?

Palm Sunday, 2018.

Palm Sunday (April 14, 2019) begins Holy Week. Our celebration will begin at 10:15AM. Meet us in the narthex (what Lutherans call a “lobby”) and get ready to wave some palms and shout some Hosannas! 
Note: THERE WILL BE NO 9AM ADULT EDUCATION ON PALM SUNDAY.

During Holy Week, the Triduum (“Three Days”) Service at the end of Holy Week is observed, as the name indicates, over three days. Though we most certainly go home at the end of each part and gather again the following evening, we do not officially dismiss one another until after the Easter Vigil. Join us for this life-altering journey as we accompany Christ from the Last Supper table, to the Garden to pray, to the cross, to the tomb – and out of it!
The 2019 Triduum at OSLC
Maundy Thursday: April 18, 2019 – 7PM
A dramatic retelling of the Last Supper through Word, Table, and voluntary foot washing.

Good Friday: April 19, 2019 – 7PM
A remembrance of the crucifixion through word and song.

Easter Vigil: April 20, 2019 – Gathering at 7PM. Worship begins at 7:15PM.
Easter Vigil is a special celebration of storytelling and resurrection that you have to see to believe! This service is for both children and adults. Refreshments and celebration to follow the service.

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EASTERFifty days of joy and resurrection!

Easter Vigil celebration, 2018

The First Sunday of Easter (commonly called Easter Sunday): April 21, 2019.
Join us at 10:15AM for a service of Word, Table, and celebration!
Note: THERE WILL BE NO 9AM ADULT EDUCATION ON EASTER SUNDAY.

Miss the big day?
Don’t worry! Good Lutherans know that EASTER IS FIFTY DAYS,  not one!
We will continue celebrating Easter every Sunday at 10:15AM from April 21 through June 2. That’s fifty days and seven Sundays of joy and hallelujahs! 

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We’ve been known to announce the news to the whole community! 
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ASCENSION
The feast of the Ascension happens Forty Days after Easter and celebrates Jesus ascending from a mountaintop. Our Savior’s celebrates with a hike (or a drive, if that’s more your speed) up Mt. Holyoke for a picnic lunch and a reading of the Ascension account.
Stay tuned for details!
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Ascension Hike, 2017.

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PENTECOST
We end our Easter celebration by telling the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ ascension. Pentecost (“fiftieth [day]”) ends the Great Fifty Days of Easter.
The color of the day is red – think fire! 
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Our Savior’s flaming Pentecost setup, 2018.
Pentecost 2019: June 9
Join us for a service of Word, Table, and celebration at 10:15AM. Wear red!