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Church of the Reformation - Lutheran

Church of the Reformation - Lutheran LCMS
Affton, Missouri
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  -Easter 2015-


Worship Services

Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.

Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:30 a.m.

 Holy Week Services 2017

Easter Vigil, April 15th - 8:00 p.m.

This Service begins in darkness in the narthex with the lighting of the Paschal Candle from a new fire. When you come to the Easter Vigil , bring any kind of bell for use in the service.

Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of Our Lord

8:15 & 10:45 a.m.

A Procession of the victorious Cross will introduce our worship of Christ. Please bring any kind of bell for use in the service. Holy Communion is celebrated in both services.

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A Message from Kantor Gerike:

A Week to Remember

How soon we forget our history, our roots, our heritage! It is so easy to forget our past, especially our personal past of sin, hurt and harm we have caused others, our rebellion against God, against family member and neighbor. We had a home once, and we lost it. We had a fellowship, and we broke it. We had a love, and we forgot it. In a very real sense, we all suffer from a spiritual Alzheimer's disease-forgetting the source of our hope, our love, our forgiveness, life, and salvation.

But this is a week to remember! We may half-heartedly wave palms of praise as on that first Palm Sunday and many since then-but do we remember where it all ends up? We may show up for worship services under a sense of duty, but we forget the unending, lavish, prodigal love of God. A week to remember, yes, even when we forget-for it is God's remembering that counts. As our Savior Christ rode through the throngs of Hosanna-singing, palm-waving people, He remembered that His ride would take Him to His death-His death on the cross for our salvation, for our forgiveness, for our life.

To help us remember this week, the Church reads to us the story of our Lord's Passion-this year from Evangelist Matthew's Gospel-all within earshot of the Hosannas sung at the beginning of the service. On Thursday of this week (Maundy Thursday) we hear and taste of our Lord' love for us as He gives us His Body and Blood for the forgiveness of all our sin. To help us remember, the Church on Good Friday reads to us the Passion account from Evangelist John's Gospel. The Easter Vigil readings we hear on Saturday evening help us by reminding us that all of this week-all of the promises of God, all of His actions, including the death of Jesus-was done for us.

Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord-what a week to remember! Samuel Crossman (c. 1624-83), in his hymn, My Song Is Love Unknown (LSB 430) gives words to our thoughts and gratitude.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine!
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my friend,
In whose sweet praise
I all my days
Could gladly spend!

Good Friday, God's Friday

This day, Good Friday, is part of the Church's sacred Triduum, the three-day observance of Christ's Passion (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil). While this day was originally known as "God's Friday," this day certainly is also "good" because of the good gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation that Christ has won for us with His death on the cross.

Despite appearances, this day is not a funeral for Jesus; it is a day of repentance over our sin and a day of restrained joy and praise for the redemption Christ accomplished for us on His cross. The great amount of silence before, during, and after this service along with a minimal amount of music provide us with time to reflect on the profound love of God for us.

This service of Tenebrae is based on the traditional service of darkness that includes the extinguishing of candles and lights throughout the service. With this darkness we remember the darkness that cloaked the land that first Good Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Mt 27:45).

This service is a time for prayerful meditation. There is no preservice music. The altar, that was stripped at the end of the service on Maundy Thursday, remains bare. There are moments of extended silence for meditation on the magnitude of Christ's sacrificial love.

We hear from John's Gospel the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. After each reading candles are extinguished. The last candle points to Christ and remains lit as a foreshadowing of the joy that awaits us on Easter.

Because this service is a continuation of the one that began last night, there is no closing blessing. After the closing hymn, the congregation may remain for prayer and meditation. Because of the nature of this day, please leave God's house in reverent silence, to return and gather tomorrow night for the Easter Vigil.


Church of the Reformation - Lutheran
7910 Mackenzie Road       Affton, Missouri 63123
Phone: (314) 352-1355