Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Deep thanks to David Sims, Ann Schrooten, Pastor Angela Khabeb, and the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Children’s Choir, who all enliven today’s festival worship service. After the shelter-in-place order was declared, we stumbled upon Easter Sunday recordings from 2017, which allow us to be surrounded by the community’s voices, even as we sing in isolation.
Click here to participate in Easter Sunday worship: https://vimeo.com/406395021. (This is a simple video link. Just click and watch.) We are celebrating Holy Communion. We invite you to find bread or crackers, wine or grape juice (or any morsel of food and sip of liquid) in your house and celebrate God’s meal with all of us.
Member, friend, and visitor, wherever you are on your journey of faith, we are glad that you are here. Together we remember that even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Keeping vigil on Easter eve is an ancient practice for the church. The liturgy is multifaceted, rich, and playful. Twelve readings are appointed, not all of which are read each year, but as a whole they lift up some of the greatest moments of the history of God’s salvific work. This year, we hear: “In the Beginning” sung by Ann Schrooten; “Deliverance at the Red Sea” told by Rob and Sharon Englund; “The Valley of Dry Bones” told by Scott and Stephanie Cole; “Deliverance from the Fiery Furnace” told by John and Kay Buzza; and “The Resurrection Story” from the Gospel of Matthew.
The Easter Vigil worship service can be found here: https://vimeo.com/405939910
The Good Friday liturgy tells the story of Jesus’ Passion. We meet Jesus at the foot of the cross. As we grieve his death, we voice our lives’ laments. This year, congregants offer laments for Indigenous land loss (David Berg), COVID-19 (Melanie McRae), unintended pregnancy (Anonymous), pandemic racism (Keith and Libby Olstad), and the ecological destruction of the border wall (Marianna Hefte). Immanuel Davis (flute) and Kathe Jarka (cello) share their gifts of music. Rob Englund serves as our gospel reader. Even in the sorrow of this day, we trust in the resurrection promises given to us.
The Good Friday worship service can be found here: https://vimeo.com/405430812