Ash Wednesday, March 2 – 7:00 pm

On Ash Wednesday we begin our forty-day journey toward Easter with a day of fasting and repentance. Marking our foreheads with dust, we acknowledge that we die and return to the earth. At the same time, the dust traces the life-giving cross indelibly marked on our foreheads at baptism. While we journey through Lent to return to God, we have already been reconciled to God through Christ. We humbly pray for God to make our hearts clean while we rejoice that “now is the day of salvation. ” Returning to our baptismal call, we more intentionally bear the fruits of mercy and justice in the world.

Lenten Worship

Holden Evening Prayer is a vespers service written by Lutheran musician Marty Haugen during the winter of 1985-1986 at Holden Village in the Northern Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

“Vesper” comes from the Greek word that means evening. Even before the 4th century there is evidence that early Christians gathered at sunset to pray.

Monastics, particularly the Benedictines, maintained this practice, even while it was largely left behind by the Holy Roman Empire. At the time of the

Reformation, Martin Luther and the other reformers restored the practice of stopping to pray together in the evening.

We invite you to join us this Lent in the ancient monastic pattern of psalm (word) and prayer.

Wednesday, March 16 — 7:00 pm — Learn and Practice Holden

Evening Prayer with Vonda and Pastor Matt

Wednesday, March 23 — 7:00 pm — Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, March 30 — 7:00 pm — Holden Evening Prayer

Holy Week Worship

Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 10, 2022 — 10:30am

Today we follow Christ from triumphal entry to the cross, each waypoint of the journey marked by Jesus’ compassion for those who would betray, mock, accuse, or do violence to him. Though persecuted and beaten, Jesus the Son of God is not disgraced; instead, he asks forgiveness for those who put him to death. We have walked the Lenten pathway these forty days, each of us invited through baptism to “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” We enter this holy week accompanying Jesus to the cross with both grief and thanksgiving in our hearts, trusting in God’s redeeming love.

Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 14, 2022 — 7:oopm

This evening our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Tonight we remember Christ’s last meal with his disciples, but the central focus is his commandment that we live out the promise embodied in this meal. As Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, so we are called to give and receive love in humble service to one another. Formed into a new body in Christ through this holy meal, we are transformed by the mercy we have received and carry it into the world. Departing worship in solemn silence, we anticipate the coming days.

Good Friday – Friday, April 15, 2022 — 7:oopm

Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. In John’s passion account, Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we pray for the whole world in the ancient bidding prayer, as Christ’s death offers life to all. We gather in solemn devotion, but always with the promise that the tree around which we assemble is indeed a tree of life. We depart silently.

Resurrection of Our Lord – Sunday, April 17, 2022 — 10:30am

“The last enemy to be destroyed is death,” Paul Today Christ is risen, and we gather together with astonishment and joy. Christ is risen, and we have been set free from the bonds of death. Christ is risen, and we are forgiven. Christ is risen, and with the women at the tomb and Peter, we are amazed. Let us rejoice: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!