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Holy Week celebrated at Shepherd of Sierra Lutheran

by E.D. Thyr

Instead of sending members to neighboring churches to observe the special moments of Holy Week, Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church will observe Holy Week in its own recently completed facilities.

The Holy Week schedule will being with a special Maundy Thursday service on April 20. Considered one of the most important services of the week, Maundy Thursday is a service of Holy Communion which celebrates the anniversary of the institution of this Sacrament by Jesus Christ “on the night he was betrayed.” Jesus gathered his followers in an upper room to observe Passover, and after supper, he established what has been know ever since as the Lord’s Supper or The Sacrament of the Altar. Members and friends of SOS will gather at 7 p.m. for this anniversary celebration.

The following evening – Good Friday – Shepherd of the Sierra will offer a special service commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This service will feature the church’s new choir and a message by the pastor which focuses on the real meaning of Christ’s death, as he asks, “What is finished?” A new altar parament will be used for the first time during this service – commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.

Easter morning will give the community two opportunities for worship – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. With child care provided at each service, families with young children may participate, since the children’s message for the morning will involve a “feat of magic” by the pastor to demonstrate the excitement of the resurrection of the Lord. The senior choir will sing at both services, and a special gift will be offered to all in attendance while the supply lasts. the pastor’s message is titled, “He touched the world with love.” Trumpet fanfares will highlight the festive occasion, and the songs by the worshippers will include both popular traditional hymns and new praise songs as well.

To help people realize that the building with the huge flags seen on Highway 395 is not the local post office (as not a few have suggested), members have placed a large cross at the front edge of the property to identify the building as youth/education center of Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church.

For more information, call 267-3680.