St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School (WELS, Citrus Heights, CA)
ONE DAY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING: EASTER SUNDAY The Resurrection of Our Lord  Sunday, April 12, 2020

ONE DAY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING: EASTER SUNDAY The Resurrection of Our Lord Sunday, April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020
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.

Presiding Minister: Pastor Brock Groth
Musical Accompanist:   Lisa Thiesfeldt
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The Service of Darkness Friday

The Service of Darkness Friday

April 11, 2020

ONE DAY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING: GOOD FRIDAY

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. 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. 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 strepitushas 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.

Presiding Minister: Pastor Brock Groth

Maundy Thursday – New Command

Maundy Thursday – New Command

April 9, 2020

Maundy Thursday – New Command
April 9, 2020

Worship Focus: In the Gospel of John, chapter 20, we are told, “But these are written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
It is because of this truth we are gathered here once again to hear how Jesus Christ has made such a
life possible. It was not an easy feat. The way to our having a life that goes beyond the day to day
routines of this life and which holds certainty beyond this life came at a great price. Jesus had to die,
or we were going to end up dead. This is important because there is a death beyond the physical. The
death Jesus enables us to be free from meant he had to go to war. During this time of Lent we will be
looking at, from various vantage points, this war he entered so we could have life in his name. The
Lord deepen your appreciation for this life you have been given as you hear for the first time or the
how many times the length Jesus was willing to go with you in mind. THE SON OF GOD GOES
FORTH TO WAR.

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.
Sermon: Pastor Jonathan Kolander
Accompanist: Rosemarie Boushek

Baptism - Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Baptism - Last Sunday after the Epiphany

February 23, 2020

Baptism - Last Sunday after the Epiphany - Transfiguration February 23, 2020

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.

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP
Worship Focus: There are a good number of people vying for our attention from family to work, from commercials to social media. How do we determine who to give our attention? As we contemplate this, keep in mind another person who is to have our attention. Jesus is to have our attention. He gets it through the Bible. The Bible has answerswe need, and we do benefit from such when we pay attention to what Jesus has to say. Stay connected to Jesus Serving at Worship!

Presiding Minister: Pastor Jonathan Kolander
Musical Accompanist: Adrienne Bengel
Choir Director: Rosemary Bouchek

Adult & Teen Bible Studies—Today at 9:30 a.m.
Theology of the Cross: Led by Pastor Kolander in the church sanctuary.
Available on video: Go to stmarkslutheran.com: hover over media: Video Bible Class
Available on audio podcast: Go to stmarkslutheran.com: hover over media: Audio Services and Classes

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

Skultety Wedding

Skultety Wedding

January 5, 2020

The marriage of David Skultety and Cheryl McLagan.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2019

New Year’s Eve - December 31, 2019
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:
Was it the best year ever? Or was it the opposite due to health or job or the loss of a loved one? Through the good and the not good there is at least one constantin this life. Our Bible Readings for this Worship Service of Reflection and Renewal point to what that constant is in life. The Lord refresh you through His Word by keeping you focused on the Christ, our Light and our Salvation.

Serving at Worship:
Presiding Minister: Pastor Jonathan Kolander
Musical Accompanist: Lisa Thiesfeldt

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

Christmas Day December 25, 2019

Christmas Day December 25, 2019

December 25, 2019

Christmas Day December 25, 2019

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 puts the ‘merry’ in ‘Merry Christmas’? Presents are nice to receive, and to give out. Family gatherings are special times. It is more than such, isn’t it? What makes Christmas a time to be merry is the message associated with CHRISTmas. Jesus came to earth as promised. He has won our needed peace with God. The peace we have been given and are to share with others makes this a merry time of year, a feeling that can carry on throughout the year. We gather today to hear such good news yet again, and to show our thanks. Merry Christmas!
Serving at Worship Presiding Minister: Pastor Jonathan Kolander 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

CHRISTMAS EVE December 24, 2019

CHRISTMAS EVE December 24, 2019

December 24, 2019

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: Because of sin, guilt, and death, everything seemed eternally hopeless. Then God sent Jesus. As promised and prophesied, God sent our only hope of eternal life with him. This child born for us would win the forgiveness we all need. Let us celebrate the birth of God made flesh, Immanuel,the Prince of Peace—the world’s Savior. Hope is born!

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

Children’s Piano Concert

Children’s Piano Concert

December 15, 2019

Piano concert before the start of the Children's 10:45 Christmas Service.

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

Children’s Christmas 8:00 am Service

Children’s Christmas 8:00 am Service

December 15, 2019

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.
Prayer: Gracious Lord God, as travelers in this sinful world, the search for peace seems like an impossible dream. We see unrest all around, in our country, in our schools and workplaces, and in our homes. Our minds are often filled with restless thoughts that rob our joy and happiness. Today our children present a message filled with your blessing of peace; peace that came to earth long ago in the Bethlehem manger. This was not an earthly peace, which is only fleeting, but heavenly peace that sets our hearts at rest. Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts and show us the true peace between you,our perfect God,and our sin-filled souls. Teach us to treasure the peace that is ours through the sacrifice of Jesus, our Savior, who is the Prince of Peace, and in whose name we pray. Amen.

Presiding Minister: Pastor Brock Groth
Musical Accompanist: Marty Puckett
Children’s Accompanist: Lisa Thiesfeldt
Violin: Vincent Beiderbecke and Dawson Waterman

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