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.
Today we have our last look at the sermons within our Lenten theme of "The Lies of Lent." Pr. Julian LaMie of St. John Lutheran of Beecher (Eagle Lake) is our preacher today. The sermon title is "Entertainment is Always Entertaining" based on Luke 23:8-9. You may watch the service using this medium or come to ZION, 540 Oak Park Ave. at either 2 OR 6:30 pm to worship with us in person. A time of fellowship with light desserts will be available after the evening service.
In his epistle to the Philippians, Paul says that all his self-made "righteous acts" are "skubala." Furthermore, he says the same about YOUR "righteous acts" that you do on your own. We consider this in this sermon entitled "It's ALL Skubala!" based on Phil. 3:4-12.
We continue with our special Midweek Lenten Services using our theme "The Lies of Lent." Today we consider the "leaders" of the church and how they were used by Satan ("the father of lies" as Jesus called him) to lie and help bring about Jesus' crucifixion.
In Luke 15, Jesus tells the well-known and equally loved parable of the prodigal son. In this service we consider that parable in light of OURSELVES. And, to assist this effort, we use the hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" (#686) to do so. The sermon title is: "A Life Squandered; A Life Restored."
Peter finds out the hard way that "little by little" Satan works to pull people into his ugly orbit of sin and death. In today's service, we'll see how Satan acted to take Peter from being a stalwart disciple of Jesus to be one who turns his back on Christ. Pr. Craig Meissner of Immanuel Lutheran, Steger, is our guest pastor today. You may also attend this evening at 6:30 at St. John Lutheran Church, 28054 S. Yates Ave., Beecher.