Good Friday 7:00 PM

March 30, 2018

Good Friday Service of Darkness

 

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Friday, March 30, 2018

Citrus Heights, California 7:00 p.m.

 

On Good Friday, the Christian Church remembers the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. Although our remembrance is solemn, it is not a message of gloom. It is a message of adoration toward Jesus, the Lamb of God. On this day almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus offered up his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.

The Service of Darkness—often called Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”)—guides us to reflect deeply on Jesus’ sufferings for our sake as well as the great cost of our forgiveness. Tonight’s service is centered on the last seven “words” (statements) Jesus made from the cross. With each word Jesus spoke, we come to a deeper appreciation of his love and his heart for us sinners.

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 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 pointing forward to Easter morning amidst the darkness that necessitated Good Friday.

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Good Friday 1:00 PM

March 30, 2018

A Good Friday Service

Meditation on the Cross of Christ

 

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Friday, March 30, 2018

Citrus Heights, California 1:00 p.m.

 

On Good Friday, the Christian Church remembers the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. Although our remembrance is solemn, it is not a message of gloom. It is a message of adoration toward Jesus, the Lamb of God. On this day almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus offered up his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.

 

The Service of Meditation on the Cross of Christ guides us to reflect on Jesus’ sufferings for us and leads us to celebrate God’s grace in forgiving our sins. Today we will see how God’s work of forgiving our sins was pictured in the Old Testament sacrifices, which show us the seriousness of sin but also God’s gracious love to work out our salvation. We also reflect on the words Jesus spoke before he died: “It is finished.” We can take heart and celebrate today that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was enough—and more than enough—to pay for our every sin. It is finished! There’s nothing left for us to do to earn salvation. Jesus completed the work for us on Good Friday.

 

How do we know the work of our salvation was fully completed by Jesus? Because God proved that Jesus’ sacrifice was accepted by raising him from the dead on Easter Sunday. So as we solemnly look to the cross today, we are also naturally led in joy to Jesus’ empty tomb three days from now.

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Maundy Thursday March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018

Church Year: Maundy Thursday +++ March 29, 2018

 

The word ‘Maundy” is of Latin origin.

It has to do with the mandate Jesus gave His disciples (see John 13:34).

He who is love wants us to love one another.

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Do We Have To Talk About Money

March 25, 2018
“Do We Have To Talk About Money?”: Led by Pastor Kolander 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
Audio-Video Questions? please email to av-crew@outlook.com
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Palm Sunday Sixth Sunday in Lent March 25, 2018

March 25, 2018
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 you will be strengthened by the good news about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness to us through Jesus.
Worship Focus: On Palm Sunday we celebrate our Lord’s glorious and yet humble entry into Jerusalem the week he was going to die for the sins of the world. This is the perfect day to see who Jesus really is: the most glorious king and yet the most humble servant. While he may have been humble enough to ride into town on a donkey—on a colt, the foal of a donkey—we join with those believers from that first Palm Sunday and praise him for who he truly is: the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Serving at Worship
Presiding Minister: Pastor Brock Groth
Musical Accompanist: Marty Puckett
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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Sixth Wednesday in Lent

March 21, 2018

Jesus Serves At A Great Altar
Guest Pastor Josh Hanson, Christ in Lodi

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Fifth Sunday of Lent - Baptism

March 18, 2018
Fifth Sunday of Lent - Baptism
March 18, 2018 10:45 am Service
 
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 you will be strengthened by the good news about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness to us through Jesus.
 
Worship Focus: What is a word when used in church settings can cause the blood pressure of people to rise? It is the word ‘stewardship.’ People associate this word with ‘asking for money.’ While money is a part of what is included with the word ‘stewardship,’ stewardship is so much more than money. It is about God-pleasing management of all that God has put into our life, this includes our time and talents. Today we are reminded of the bigger use of the word, along with the motivation behind God-pleasing stewardship.
 
Serving at Worship
Presiding Minister: Pastor Kurt Lueneburg
Musical Accompanist: Susan Lueneburg
 
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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Bible Class - Talents

March 18, 2018

“Talents within the body of Christ”? Led by guest Pastor Kurt Lueneburg 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
Audio-Video Questions? please email to av-crew@outlook.com

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 18, 2018
Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 18, 2018
 
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 you will be strengthened by the good news about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness to us through Jesus.
 
Worship Focus: What is a word when used in church settings can cause the blood pressure of people to rise? It is the word ‘stewardship.’ People associate this word with ‘asking for money.’ While money is a part of what is included with the word ‘stewardship,’ stewardship is so much more than money. It is about God-pleasing management of all that God has put into our life, this includes our time and talents. Today we are reminded of the bigger use of the word, along with the motivation behind God-pleasing stewardship.
 
Serving at Worship
Presiding Minister: Pastor Kurt Lueneburg
Musical Accompanist: Susan Ann Lueneburg
 
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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Fifth Wednesday in Lent

March 14, 2018

Lent Mid-Week 5
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Sermon Text ... Hebrews 10:19-25
Hebrews 10:5-12 New International Version (NIV)

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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