"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Holy Week Services
The worship opportunities during this Holy Week offer a special occasion to ponder the suffering, death, and resurrection of God's Son, who came into the world to save us from our sins. There are many customs connected to the worship services of this week. As we strive to properly prepare our hearts to hear our Lord's law and gospel in worship, it is helpful to review the meaning of these days so we might devote our full attention toward our merciful God and his plan of salvation.
Palm Sunday April 14 Sunday 10:00 a.m.
Palm Sunday recalls Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before he was crucified. This Sixth Sunday in Lent has been called “Palm Sunday” since the 4th century when churches in Jerusalem began the custom of blessing palm branches.
Please note: Those who wish to proceed into the church during the opening hymn are encouraged to meet in the downstairs fellowship hall. If you cannot manage the stairs, please gather in the narthex to join the procession from there. The Lord’s Supper will be offered. Please depart the service contemplating how Christ displayed his true might and glory by coming to serve as our sacrificial lamb. Those who wish to receive a palm frond after the service may get one from Pastor.
Maundy Thursday April 18 Thursday 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday recalls both Christ’s command to his disciples to love one another and his institution of Holy Communion. This Last Supper took place in the upper room on the night Jesus was betrayed. During the Passover meal, Jesus gave the disciples his body and blood together with the bread and wine.
Please note: As the commemoration of Christ's death approaches, worshipers are asked to enter and leave the church in silence. The Lord’s Supper will be offered. There will be no pre or post service announcements or music. At the end of the service the altar will be stripped of its belongings.
Good Friday April 19 Friday 7:00 p.m.
Friday in Holy Week is the anniversary of Jesus’ crucifixion. It is the most solemn day of the Church Year, and spent in quiet contemplation. The day is also sometimes referred to as ‘Black Friday.’
Please note: In keeping with the solemn nature of this day, there will be no pre or post service announcements or music.
Holy Saturday April 20 Saturday 8:00 p.m.
In the ancient church the celebration of the Lord’s Easter triumph was anticipated in a service of watching and waiting called the “Great Vigil of Easter.” Beginning at nightfall, the faithful gathered in darkness broken by the light of the Paschal Candle to hear of the deliverance of God at Easter prefigured by the Flood, by the Exodus, and in the voices of the prophets. The service focuses heavily on our baptismal grace in Christ.
Please note: The service will begin in silence and darkness. Worshippers are asked to arrive early and meet in the downstairs fellowship hall before the service. The congregation will process up the stairs and into the darkened church by candlelight. Those who cannot manage the stairs are asked to meet in the narthex and join the procession from there. The church will gradually grow lighter as the service goes on, as our joy and anticipation for Easter reaches a fever pitch. The Lord’s Supper will be offered. Joyful Easter music will be played as you depart.
Easter Dawn April 21 Sunday 6:30 a.m.
Easter Day April 21 Sunday 10:00 a.m.
On Easter Sunday, the Church celebrates the resurrection of Christ from death and the restoration of life to those born dead in sin. All who have been buried with Christ through baptism are united with him in his resurrection and walk in newness of life. The Resurrection of Our Lord is the culmination of God’s plan of redemption in Jesus’ life and work and a reminder that the Church shares in Christ’s victory over death. The Lord’s Supper will be offered at each service.
Please note: There will be different readings, hymns, and sermons for each service.
Sunday | April 21 | 7:45-9:30 am
All members and friends are invited to enjoy breakfast in the church fellowship hall between our two Easter Sunday services.
Easter for Kids
Sunday | April 21 | 9:15 am
Children from birth to 12 years old are invited to the church balcony on 9:15 am on Easter Sunday to hear the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection and to receive a special Easter gift. All members and friends of this age group are invited, and parents and grandparents are encouraged to join them.
Christian Estate Planning Seminar at Nain
Saturday | May 11 | 10:00 - 11:30 am
On Saturday, May 11th, Nain will host Rick Kneser, a giving counselor from WELS Ministry of Christian Giving. He will lead us in a seminar on Christian Estate Planning from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Mr. Kneser also will be available during and after his presentation to answer any questions you have about planned giving to support the ministry of the gospel. An insert with more information is available on the countertop in the narthex. There is no cost for the seminar. Refreshments and materials will be provided for you free of charge. If you would like to attend, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex no later than April 28. Please speak with Pastor Berg if you have any questions.
Monday Evening Services Discontinued
Please note that after several months of discussion, Pastor Berg and the Board of Elders have decided that it is best for our congregation that we discontinue holding a worship service on Monday evenings. Members who are unable to worship on Sundays are encouraged to look into worshipping at one of our sister congregations. A list of service times offered by local WELS congregations is available in the narthex, and more information about these congregation is found at https://yearbook.wels.net. If you have any questions about this decision, please speak with Pastor.