Easter Schedule

Please join us for Holy Week Services:

We invite people to come and join in any of our Holy Week and Festival Easter worship services. 
We preach Christ crucified and Risen from the dead. Jesus is our true Lord and Savior!

Lent is a 40-day season of preparation for Easter. Ash Wednesday begins our season of penitence and reflection. The word Lent comes from a middle English word “lente” meaning “spring.” For Christians, Lent is a time of “spring cleaning,” of facing up to our sinful selves and repenting before God’s wonderful throne of grace. It is also a time for the discipline of learning and growing in the faith. For many Christians this is a time marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These acts of self-denial help to focus on Christ’s sacrifice as we ask God to “create a right spirit within us.”  However, Sundays are not considered part of the season of Lent.  We still joyfully celebrate the resurrection of Jesus every Sunday as we enjoy Jesus’ victory over sin and death.

Every Wednesday during this season of Lent, we will journey through some of the most familiar teachings of Jesus from The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  Our theme will relate to the events surrounding Christ’s life, death and resurrection. During Lent our midweek worship services will powerfully reveal that the cross itself is the ultimate sermon on the mount for our journey of faith in this sacred season.

Please pick up your copy of a Lenten devotional entitled “Sermon on the Mount.”  These daily devotions will supplement our Wednesday night meditations (one per family, please). They are located on the table near the church entry. You are welcome to join us for our Wednesday Lenten Meal served from 5:30pm -6:30pm in the Gathering Room.

PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP

Palm Sunday Worship: Pastor Steven Maske's Message, "Voices of Passion"

Celebrating the Passion of our Lord! with the cantata "What Love Is This?"

Blended Palm Sunday Worship Service: Saturday, April 13th at 5:00 pm featuring the cantata "What Love Is This?"
Traditional Palm Sunday Worship Service: Sunday, April 14th at 8:30 am
Contemporary Palm Sunday Worship Service: Sunday April 14th at 10:00 am featuring the cantata "What Love Is This?"
This weekend we recall the welcoming and triumphal celebration of Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem.  Greeted by children shouting "Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!" and waving palm branches, we go back in time and reflect on the beginning of a week that starts boldly and ends with the death of Jesus. Special music at all services this weekend!

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Pastor Martin Balzer's Message, "In Remembrance of Me"
Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday is the day set aside during Holy Week when we recall the story of Jesus and his disciples in the "upper room". This is where Jesus shared bread and wine with them. Jesus also washed the feet of his disciples in a symbolic sign of love toward them. It would be the last time they would be together before Jesus would be crucified. The worship service will recall the moments of unending love, betrayal and arrest. Shepherd’s Voice Choir and the Handbell Choir will ring. The Sacrament of the Altar will be celebrated and the service will end in silence with the stripping of the altar and the reflective reading of select Psalms.

GOOD FRIDAY

Pastor Steven Maske's Message “You Will Be With Me"
Friday, April 19th at 7:00 pm
The day Jesus Christ was crucified, God proved his love for his people by letting Jesus, his Son be crucified by the sins and wrongdoings of mankind. The darkest day of the church year is Good Friday. Good Shepherd will recognize and mourn the murder of Jesus with a special Tenebrae worship service. Special scripture readings, music from Shepherd's Voice and hymns and songs from the congregation will be the elements of this service of darkness. Jennifer Silk will perform special music with violin and viola, accompanied by music director and organist Gary Lichthardt and John Douglas. The Good Friday service engages all who come to worship and honor our Lord for what He has done. 

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP

Pastor Steven Maske’s Sermon, "Called by Name"
Sunday, April 21st at 8:00 am
The celebration of the glorious resurrection and new life of Jesus Christ will be celebrated with a sunrise service of worship at 8:00 a.m. in the Worship Center. The service starts in darkness as special readings retell the early morning story of the empty tomb. Shepherd's Voice Choir will sing songs of praise and alleluias and will lead the congregation in songs of celebration. We will have a brass choir and handbells directed by Gary Lichthardt, Director of Music. Gary will conduct the choir and serve as organist. Traditional Easter hymns and liturgy will be used to celebrate the Risen King! 
Sunday, April 21st at 10:00 am
Festival Contemporary Worship featuring a service that proclaims "Alleluia to the Risen King", led by our Pastor Steven Maske. Special music by the Shepherd's Praise Ensemble and the “Shout to the Lord Kids” directed by John Douglas.

EASTER BREAKFAST

Join us for a meal & fellowship from 8:30-12:00 in the Gathering Room sponsored by the Haiti Mission Team.