Book of James

April 30, 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 30, 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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Third Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2017
Third Sunday of Easter
April 30, 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.
 
Focus of Today’s Service: The Easter celebration continues today with the powerful assurance that our Lord will abide with us until the evening comes. Then, in his mercy, he will take us to his mansions where we will reign with him forever. Thanks be to God!
Presiding Minister: Pastor Jason Schmidt
Musical Accompanist:  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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Book of James

April 23, 2017

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

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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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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