Wednesday Worship in Lent March 6 - April 10, 2019
Holy Week and
We worship at 6:30 pm on each Wednesday in Lent. Wednesday services are in addition to the Sunday services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am. The worship messages on the Wed. services will explore how the Lord's Prayer applies to today's life challenges along with possible responses. Lent is the forty-day season (excluding Sundays) to reflect and prepare for the Three Days of Holy Week and Easter.
Here are the message themes, each relating to the Lord's Prayer--
March 6: Ash Wednesday: "Lord's Prayer and real life"
March 13: Life Situation Response: Knowledge
March 20: Life Situation Response: Relationships
March 27: Life Situation Response: Deep Disappointments
April 3: Life Situation Response: Grief
April 10: On this day a guest speaker from "Jews for Jesus" will lead a service on the Passover and Christian faith.
April 14 - Palm Sunday. Worship services will include the Passion Reading from the Gospel of Luke.
April 17 - Holy Wednesday. This 6:30 pm service will be interactive remembering Holy Week and the experiences of Jesus. This will be a "first communion" service.
April 18 - Maundy Thursday. Service is at 6:30 pm and will have foot / hand washing and communion. The end of the service will conclude with the "Stripping of the Altar".
April 19 - Good Friday. Worship service is at 1:00 pm. This somber service will have a Passion reading from the Gospel of John.
April 21 - Easter Sunday. Two worship services at 8:00 am with organ / piano and at 10:30 am with band and lead singers. There is an Easter breakfast between the services.
Worship at Mt Calvary
Every worship experience is intended to give praise to God. Therefore, we have acknowledged that all of the styles of worship that we share together may achieve that goal.
This service with weekly communion has a structured form of worship. It uses the ELW* book of worship liturgies and hymns. The music is usually accompanied by organ or piano. This style of worship has been handed down through history and is regarded as a gift.
*Evangelical Lutheran Worship
This service has songs that are more contemporary accompanied by a band and lead singers. It follows a similar "liturgical" pattern of worship as the 8 am service but in a less formal style. Communion is received weekly.
The mid-week worship service has hymns accompanied by organ or piano. There is weekly communion. The Wednesday sermon is typically the same as the upcoming Sunday.
We believe that God's presence is made real in the sacraments. In the Lutheran church, we believe that there are two sacraments:
Baptism is a powerful connection to God. Through God's love, which we do not deserve, God claims us as a child of God and adopt us into the family of God. Often infants are baptized because this is a radical understanding of God's grace in that there is nothing that an infant, or any of us, can bring to deserve or earn our relationship with God. Having said that, we baptize people of all ages. Normally, baptism precedes the receiving of communion.
Holy Communion is received in the bread and wine of this sacrament. This commitment on Christ's part is done so that we may be strengthened and nourished for our daily faith journey. Since the Holy Spirit can be at work in the life of all people, all are welcome, even if they are not members of the church, to come forward and receive the gift of communion. Communion is celebrated at most worship services. We provide gluten free bread for those who require it as well as offering both wine and grape juice for any who prefer or need those elements.