Worship is the Central Act of the Christian

Everything we do and are as followers of God find its beginning in worship.  A worship life necessarily leads us deeper into lives of fellowship, discipleship, and service.  We are nourished, refreshed, and energized to be the presence of God in the world today.


Along with our regularly scheduled, weekly worship opportunities, there are several times in the year when we purposefully set aside specific time to worship in very important ways.  Here you will find our yearly Schedule and some words about the special worship services and their meaning in the course of our life together.

Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday closest to Reformation Day (October 31 of each year) October 31 is the date that Luther posted his 95 theses (propositions for debate) on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517


In 2021, Reformation Sunday falls on Reformation Day!  Reformation Sunday is a time in our Lutheran heritage where we remember and honor the rev. Dr. Martin Luther (1492-1546) who broke with the Catholic Church and began the Protestant Reformation of the Church.  


We celebrate during our regularly scheduled Sunday Morning Worship (9am and 11am)  Services and encourage everyone to wear Red in honor of the day!


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Thanksgiving Eve

Part and parcel of the Christian life is being thankful.  The Christian idea of Stewardship (routinely associated only with fundraising) is a recognition that everything we have is a gift from God.  The national day of giving Thanks is a time for our nation to remember how blessed we all are - and on the Eve of Thanksgiving, the people of Faith✟Journey gather to dedicate specific time, centering our hearts and minds on a posture of gratitude.  


This year's celebration is November 24, 2021 at 6:30pm with a Pie Potluck Social following worship.


Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Advent

Advent is the first season of the church year and it precedes Christmas.  We bring special attention to this time of preparation by planning unique and relevant worship opportunities during our Wednesday Evening Program.  The Theme for this year's time of Advent is, "O, Holy Night."


The youth of Faith✟Journey assist with this service, we celebrate communion and worship using Marty Haugen's, Holden Evening Prayer.  We also continue the tradition of taking time for individual prayer at the altar and lighting of candles.


This year we celebrate Advent beginning on November 28.  Wednesday worship is at 6:30pm

Christmas Eve

The culmination of the season of Advent is, of course, Christmas Eve or the Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord.


Second only to Easter in importance, we gather on Christmas Eve to be reminded, once again, of the incredible lengths God has gone to dwell with us and be present in our lives.


We tell the story, again, as if it is the very first time we heard it - recapturing the awe and the majesty of the holiest of nights.


We will celebrate with story, song, candles, Holy Communion, singing Silent Night, and celebrating the love of God with family and friends.


Christmas Worship Schedule

December 24, 2021

11am, 3 pm, 6 pm and 10 pm


December 25 (Christmas Day) 

Worship @ 10 am


Epiphany

The word "Epiphany" literally means to suddenly see or understand something.  Epiphanies are the "ah, ha" or "eureka!" moments of life.


For the Christian, the season of Epiphany centers our minds around ideas of the revealing, unveiling, the realization that Jesus is the Son of God - the Messiah.  It begins on January 6 which is the day that we commemorate the visit of the Magi as the first unveiling of Jesus as the long awaited Messiah.


While there are no special worship services in Epiphany - we do visit the theme of the revealing of Jesus as the Word of God, the Messiah, the manifestation of God's love for all creation in Sunday sermons and song.

Ash Wednesday/Lent/Palm Sunday

Ash Wednesday ends the Season of Epiphany and begins the Season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday is a deeply holy night. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. 


The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the ashes are applied to a person's forehead,  the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." are spoken to remind us that we are indeed mortal.


Lent is the season of self examination and reflection as we prepare, as best we can for Easter.  Like Advent, the Wednesdays of Lent have a special them and reflect the the themes of faith, repentance, and being penitent.  The Worship Services of Lent are moving, spiritually deep, and reflective.


Lent ends on Palm Sunday which is the celebration of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem - the begging of Holy Week and the march of Jesus to the Cross.


Ash Wednesday is March 2, 2021 worship services @  12 noon, 4pm

and 6:30 pm.


All Midweek lenten services will be at 6:30 pm


Palm Sunday is April 10, 2021

Holy Week

Holy Week, also known as the Great Three Days or the Tridiuum (literally three+days) consist of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday (or Easter Vigil)


Each of these days has their own significance - together they are the last two days of Jesus earthly ministry and one day of anxious anticipation.


Maundy-Thursday is the night that Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, washed the feet of the Disciples and gave the great Commandment to love others as God has loved us. April 14, 2021 @ 6:30pm


Good Friday - the day of Jesus' death on the cross. April 15, 2021 @ 6:30pm


Holy Saturday - a day of uncertainty waiting to see if the promise of resurrection is true. April 16, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Easter

Although it may not seem like it, the entire life of the worshipper revolves around Easter!  It's is the BIG ONE in the Christian faith for Easter celebrates God's victory of death and the grave and the opening of eternal life with God to all.


We celebrate Easter on Easter Sunday, this year falling on Sunday, April 17, 2021.  We really pull out the stops on Easter as a reflection of our awe and excitement in what God has done.


Worship Services on Easter

 

7am, 9am and 11am

Pentecost

Pentecost is seen as the "Birthday of the Church."  It was on Pentecost that the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples - the same disciples that were huddled in fear in the upper room.  Pentecost Sunday opens the longest season of the church year.  The season of Pentecost focuses our attention on the work of the church in the world as the physical presence of Jesus. Together we do what Jesus would do, say what Jesus would say, go where Jesus would go - making a difference in the lives of those in need.


Pentecost Sunday is Celebrated at our regular Sunday morning Worship.

Everyone is invited to wear red to commemorate the work of the Holy Spirit.  Pentecost 2022 is June 5, 2022