Book of James

April 23, 2017

Book of James: Led by Pastor Schmidt in the church sanctuary.

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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School
7869 Kingswood Drive
Citrus Heights, California 95610
Phone: (916) 961-7891  
Website: www.StMarksLutheran.com

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How to Study the Bible

April 23, 2017

How to Study the Bible: Led by Paul Baker in the Luther Room.

If there is any way our church and school can serve your spiritual needs, please contact one of our pastors or our school principal;
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School
7869 Kingswood Drive
Citrus Heights, California 95610
Phone: (916) 961-7891  
Website: www.StMarksLutheran.com

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Second Sunday of Easter

April 23, 2017
Second Sunday of Easter
April 23, 2017 
Welcome to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church & School!
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we welcome you to St. Mark’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness to us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
 
Worship Focus:  The resurrection of Jesus Christ almost sounds like it’s too good to be true. But the amazing nature of this miracle does not change the fact that it is fact! Today the risen Jesus comes to us in his powerful word to dispel the doubts that assault our faith and to assure us that he has risen indeed—and one day, we too will rise from death to eternal life at our Lord’s side. Presiding Minister:  Pastor Jason Schmidt Musical Accompanist: 
Presiding Minister: Pastor Jason Schmidt
Musical Accompanist:  Jorie Baer
Choir Director: Rosemarie Boushek
 
If there is any way our church and school can serve your spiritual needs, please contact one of our pastors or our school principal;
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School
7869 Kingswood Drive
Citrus Heights, California 95610
Phone: (916) 961-7891  
Website: www.StMarksLutheran.com
Audio-Video Questions? please email to av-crew@outlook.com
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Easter 10:45 am service

April 16, 2017

The Festival of the Resurrection of Our Lord

Easter Day

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Blessed Easter to You!

In the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and God, we welcome you to St. Mark’s. If you are our guest this morning, we would like to take a moment to thank you for spending a portion of your Easter Day at St. Mark’s. We pray that the Holy Spirit will bless you through the good news about our resurrected Savior. We invite you to return and worship with us again. If you have questions about St. Mark’s, or if there is a way our congregation or school (grades K-8) can assist you or your family, please feel free to speak with Pastor Schmidt. He would be delighted to meet with you and encourage you in your faith and life.

 

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Easter Sunday 9am

April 16, 2017

Worship Focus: In the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and God, we welcome you to St. Mark’s. If you are our guest this morning, we would like to take a moment to thank you for spending a portion of your Easter Day at St. Mark’s. We pray that the Holy Spirit will bless you through the good news about our resurrected Savior. We invite you to return and worship with us again. If you have questions about St. Mark’s, or if there is a way our congregation or school (grades K-8) can assist you or your family, please feel free to speak with Pastor Schmidt. He would be delighted to meet with you and encourage you in your faith and life. 

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Easter Day

April 16, 2017

Worship Focus: In the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and God, we welcome you to St. Mark’s. If you are our guest this morning, we would like to take a moment to thank you for spending a portion of your Easter Day at St. Mark’s. We pray that the Holy Spirit will bless you through the good news about our resurrected Savior. We invite you to return and worship with us again. If you have questions about St. Mark’s, or if there is a way our congregation or school (grades K-8) can assist you or your family, please feel free to speak with Pastor Schmidt. He would be delighted to meet with you and encourage you in your faith and life. 

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Good Friday 7:00 PM

April 14, 2017

Good Friday Service of Darkness

On Good Friday, the Christian Church remembers the crucifixion of our Lord. Although our remembrance is solemn, our message on this night is not one of gloom, but of adoration of Jesus, the Lamb of God, as he offers up his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Good Friday is part of the larger celebration of salvation begun yesterday, Maundy Thursday, and culminating in the Festival of the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Day.

The Service of Darkness—often called Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”)—is a dramatic service, but it is not a drama. We have not gathered to reenact Good Friday’s events, but to ponder our salvation during an austere time of reflection, intercession, adoration of the Lamb of God, and quiet meditation. We gather to celebrate the sacrifice of the cross.

Many variations of the Good Friday Service of Darkness exist. Some versions of the service, including tonight’s service, are built around the seven words or statements that Jesus made from the cross. Other versions are modern adaptations of medieval versions of the service. A common thread in all versions of the Service of Darkness is the gradual extinction of candles and the loud, symbolic sound at the end of the service.

In the chancel burns a seven-fold candelabrum in the shape of a crown of thorns. The candles will be extinguished as the service progresses, one after each of Jesus’ seven last words is read. At the end of the service, the final candle is removed from the chancel, leaving the sanctuary in tenebrae for silent prayer. The service is closed by a loud sound, called the strepitus (Latin for “crash” or “loud noise”). The strepitus has been interpreted by worshippers in a number of ways. Some see the it as a symbol to remind us of the stone that was rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb to shut it; others see it as a statement of the cataclysmic nature of Christ’s sacrifice; still others view it as foreshadowing the rending of Christ’s tomb at his resurrection on Easter morning. The final candle, which is still burning, is returned to its place at the end of the service before the congregation departs the church, leaving a symbolic glimmer of gospel hope amidst the gloom of Good Friday.

The mood of the service is most solemn, encouraging worshipers to reflect deeply upon their own lives in the light of the Passion of our Lord. No closing blessing is pronounced and the congregation disperses into the night, leaving the darkened church in silence, yet remembering the Light which lingers and casts hope through the gloom of Good Friday.

 

A Good Friday Service of Darkness

on Jesus’ Seven Words from the Cross

Presiding Minister:  Pastor Jason Schmidt Accompanist:  Shannon Schmidt

Organist & Choir Director:  Rosemarie Boushek Oboe:  Fred Beiderbecke

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Good Friday 1:00 PM

April 14, 2017

A Good Friday Service of

Meditation on the Cross of Christ

On Good Friday, the Christian Church remembers the crucifixion of our Lord. Although our remembrance is solemn, it is not a message of gloom, but a time of adoration of Jesus, the Lamb of God, as he offers up his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Good Friday is part of the larger celebration of salvation begun yesterday, Maundy Thursday, and culminating in the Festival of the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Day.

 

The Service of Meditation on the Cross of Christ is dramatic, but it is not a drama. We do not gather to reenact the crucifixion of Jesus, but to reflect on his sufferings for us which took place on this very day and at this very hour. Our Good Friday service is an austere time of reflection, intercession, adoration of the Lamb, and quiet meditation. We gather to celebrate the sacrifice of the cross. The service presents a series of Scripture readings and liturgical texts on our Lord’s crucifixion and repentance over our sin that caused it. Through Scripture and through the texts and ceremonies developed by our Christian ancestors, Good Friday’s message of our sin and God’s grace is communicated powerfully to both head and heart.

 

Good Friday is unique among Christian holidays because it is the only day when the main service of congregations has historically been held in the afternoon. Christians gather during the hours of the crucifixion when darkness hung over the earth (Matthew 27:45) and our Savior was forsaken by his Father in heaven.

 

Good Friday is prepared for by the solemn stripping of the altar at the close of the Maundy Thursday service. The altar is among the most prominent symbols of Christ in the church, and stripping the altar powerfully recalls Christ’s abandonment before his passion. The congregation gathers on Good Friday before the bare altar, which continues to symbolize the stark abandonment of our Lord—not just by his disciples (Matthew 26:56), but also by God the Father (Matthew 27:46).

 

The congregation gathers and departs in silence. As on Maundy Thursday, there is no concluding blessing in the service. This underscores the connected nature of the services of Holy Week. When the service concludes, please exit the church in silence. Worshippers may remain after the service for private meditation if they desire. May the Lord bless your meditation.

 

Presiding Minister ........................................................................................................................... Pastor Jason Schmidt

Musical Accompanist.............................................................................................................................. Adrienne Bengel

Soloist .................................................................................................................................................... Isabella Peperkorn

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Maundy-Thursday

April 13, 2017

Tonight’s Worship

Just as Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten time of preparation, so Maundy Thursday marks the end of Lenten preparation and the beginning of the three holy days that conclude Lent, called the Triduum, a Latin term meaning “three days” and customarily referring to the services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

To underscore the end of the Lenten time of preparation, and to recall Jesus’ discourse with his disciples at the beginning of the original Maundy Thursday Passover celebration (John 13-14), the service begins with an address that reflects much of the content of Jesus’ discourse. The service and sermon progress, emphasizing the events of Maundy Thursday and especially the institution of Holy Communion. The post-communion portion of the service takes us to the Garden of Gethsemane in preparation for Good Friday. The altar, which is one of the most prominent symbols of Christ in the church, is solemnly stripped of its vestments in memory of the abandonment of Jesus in Gethsemane. Psalm 88 is sung as the altar furnishings are removed.

The service ends in silence. The congregation hears no closing blessing. Rather, the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday service naturally flows into the Good Friday service and previews the tone of that service. The congregation disperses silently and reassembles again on Good Friday evening.

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How to Study the Bible

April 9, 2017

* How to Study the Bible: Led by Paul Baker in the Luther Room

If there is any way our church and school can serve your spiritual needs, please contact one of our pastors or our school principal;
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School
7869 Kingswood Drive
Citrus Heights, California 95610
Phone: (916) 961-7891  
Website: www.StMarksLutheran.com
Audio-Video Questions? please email to av-crew@outlook.com.

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