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Worship Matters






Worship Matters...

Our Wednesday evening services have engaged us in living out the church’s mission statement.We join in fellowship around a meal beginning at 5:00, and move into worship at 6:00. Duringour worship service, we take time to actively live out our mission as a church in community.

“We, the people of Hope Lutheran Church,Share God's Word, Show God's Love, and Serve God's World."

This season is a time for all of us to reflect and explore more deeply how our faith calls us tofollow Jesus. As we journey to the cross of Good Friday and the Resurrection of Easter Morning,we will become actively engaged in how we can concretely make a difference in God’s world.

When we join in celebration of the Resurrection on Easter morning, we realize that ourmissional journey doesn’t end with Lent. We are still being called to actively share God’s word,show God’s love, and serve God’s world.

Schedule of Worship Dates, Readings, and Themes

March 30 – Lent 4: We continue to walk with God and one another as we hear of true sight and vision through the story of a blind man.
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

April 2 – Serve God’s World: What have we to offer? What have we to give?
An alternative offering will be taken during worship to collect items for the
people and organizations we are connected to in mission. A list of items is
provided on the next page.
Romans 12:9-11

April 6 – We see a preview of the hope and promise of the resurrection through the miraculous
raising of Lazarus.
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

April 9 – Journey to the Cross: How do we follow Christ in these last days of Lent? Howdo we continue to walk faithfully beyond this season through the rest of the year? Romans 14:10-12

April 13 – Palm Sunday: We hear the story of Jesus triumphal entry
into Jerusalem. Even as palm branches wave and crowds
cheer, we can see the pain and suffering that is to come in the
week ahead as Jesus makes his journey to the cross.
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday April 17 – We share in Holy Communion, and we listen as
Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment at the Last Supper.
Good Friday April 18 – Stations of the Cross (12:00noon—Calvary Cemetery)
and Tennebrae (6:00pm—Hope Lutheran) remember and reflect on Jesus’
final hours.

Easter Sunday April 20 – Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
We share in the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
Holy Communion, song, and fellowship with one
another mark this joyous occasion. In this day our
hope is realized; our Lenten journey is made complete.

April 27 – Holy Humor Sunday: The celebration of
Easter continues as we join together for this
light-hearted and laughter-filled worship.
Come as you are—or a little sillier than you
are—to share in the gift of joy and humor.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Alternative Offering

During our Wednesday evening worship service, we will be exploring how we can serve God’sworld. Hope Lutheran is connected to many charity and service organizations. As one way toserve the world around us, we will have an alternative offering processional. During the offering, the congregation will be invited to come forward and leave their donations at the foot of thecross. Items collected by Hope Lutheran are as follows:

Soap slivers
Box Tops for Education
Wrapped full bars of soap
Aluminum can tabs
Household items and clothing for Orphan Grain Train
Cancelled Stamps
Magazines and soft covered books for the Waushara County Jail
Non-perishable food items for the Waushara County food