God's people come together to observe "Good Shepherd Sunday." The 4th Sunday of Easter always has the theme of Jesus as our Good Shepherd who saved us from our sins & is ever with us, leading & guiding us day by day. The sermon is based on John 10:22-30 & is entitled: "The King of Love... Is Mine Forever!"
Saul was persecuting those who belonged to "the Way" that is, he pursued Christians with the idea of destroying them. Jesus, however, converted Saul to also be a member of "the Way." In this service we consider our journey as part of Jesus' very own on our way to eternal life with Him. The sermon title is: "A Member OF 'the Way' While ON the Way" based on Acts 9:1-22. Confirmation is held during the 10:30 am service.
God's people gather AGAIN around their Savior, Jesus, even though the Festival of Easter was last week! This week we see 10 of Jesus disciples in great fear in the Upper Room. It's the evening of Easter & Jesus appears to them. What a powerful moment! Will He scold them, or do something else? Great Easter hymns are sung as we receive God's Gifts to us in Word & Sacrament. The sermon title is: "Believing IS Seeing!" based on John 20:19-31.
God's people come together to rejoice at the fact of Jesus resurrection from the dead! Because He lives, we too, shall live! Some of our youth participate in this service! The sermon on Easter is entitled: "1883, 2022, ____" based on Luke 24:1-12.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia! God's people come together to rejoice at the accomplishment of our salvation from sin, death, & everlasting punishment. Gorgeous Easter hymns handed down to us from those faithful ones who have gone before us are sung. Our choir also sings. The Easter sermon is entitled: "1883, 2022, ____" based on Luke 24:1-12.
Again this year for our evening service on Good Friday, we use the historic office of Tenebrae. We as God's beloved ones observe that Day of days when God in Christ saved us from sin, death, & hell. This service has gradually increasing darkness as it progresses.
The Tre Ore Good Friday service has its roots in Peru several hundred years ago. Seven homilies are preached to God's beloved ones - each homily based on one of Christ's "Seven Last Words" spoken from Calvary's Cross. Preachers: Pr. Cory Estby, Zion Lutheran, Grant Park Pr. Mike Stein, St. Paul Lutheran, Beecher Pr. Craig Meissner, Immanuel Lutheran, Steger Pr. Kevin Werner, Risen Savior, Manteno Pr. Matt Dubensky, St. Paul Lutheran, Chgo Hts Pr. Julian LaMie, St. John Lutheran, Beecher Pr. Ron Rock, Zion Lutheran, Beecher
Judas asked Jesus: "Lord, is it I?" when Jesus told them that one of their group would betray Him. And, even knowing that, Jesus continued to love all of them. We consider that in our Holy Thursday worship where Jesus gave Himself to His people who He "loved unto the end."
Palm Sunday ushers in the Week of weeks; that is, the week where the purpose of Jesus' entrance into our fallen world comes to fruition. The sermon title is "It Begins... For Us!" and is based on Luke 23:1-56.