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Bright Sunday

Pastor Kevin, Pastor Dennis & Pastor Blair with their official liturgical paraphernalia

The people of Resurrection observed Bright Sunday (sometimes known as Joy Sunday) with laughter and a bit of silliness in worship on April 15th. Rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord we passed out “liturgical paraphernalia” to help everyone in worship be reminded that we don’t need to take ourselves so seriously after Jesus’ victory on the cross.

Holy Week Worship

Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7:00pm
From the Latin mandatum, or mandate, we gather to recall Jesus’ command to “Do this in remembrance of me.”  In addition to celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion we welcome the youth who have completed preparations for their first communion with us.

Good Friday, April 6, 7:00pm
This service of remembrance is based on the ancient Tenebrae service of readings. Over the course of the service the entire story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion will be told with time to reflect quietly and in song after each part of the story is told.

Easter Sunday, April 8,8:15 – A traditional Easter worship service with brass and organ
9:45 & 11:00 –  An Easter celebration with contemporary Christian music
At all three of our Easter morning worship services we will celebrate Holy Communion and hear the sermon “A Garden Surprise.”

Easter Brunch: Sunday 9:00-11:00
Fresh cinnamon rolls, egg bakes, fruit salad, juice, coffee & milk will be served in the Fellowship Hall for a free-will donation. All proceeds support the 44 people going to serve on the high school mission trip this summer in Minnesota.

Note: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection believes that all people are welcome at Holy Communion. If you commune at a home church you are welcome to commune with us. If you have no church home and simply desire the presence of God that is found in the bread and wine you are also welcome to receive the sacrament.

Worship in January

In the weeks after Christmas and before Ash Wednesday the church observes the season of Epiphany. The chosen readings are meant to shed light on the One  who is Light for the World. We begin this new year with a sermon series that looks at Jesus of Nazareth, the claim that he is God’s anointed one (the Christ) and what that means to each of us.

Jan 1 & 4: Looking for Peace
The search for peace has been a long and broad effort by many. Nation struggles with nation. Family members experience conflict.  Individuals are unsettled.  The story of Jesus presentation in the temple tells us that true peace comes through seeing God. For this  reason, God has sent Christ to us – that we might know God and know real peace.

Jan 8 & 11: A Voice from Heaven
As Jesus comes out of the water at his baptism he sees the heavens torn apart and hears a Voice that says, “You are my Son. I love you. I take pleasure in you.” Not only does the Voice clue us in to the identity of Jesus, but it reveals the message that God wants us to hear for our own lives and what it means to believe in this man, Jesus.

Jan 15 & 18: Come and See
Jesus of Nazareth comes on the scene, calling disciples to follow him. When Nathanael doubts whether anything good can come out of lowly Nazareth, Philip  invites him to come and see Jesus for himself. In our day, we can be like Philip and invite others to “come and see” Jesus at work in the life of our congregation.

Jan 22 & 25: This World Passing Away
Faith in Christ frees us from the dominant ideologies  of our culture to see that our relationships, emotions and possessions, while part of our life, are no longer allowed to dictate our existence.

Jan 29 & Feb 1: Trouble in the Sermon
The power of the Holy Spirit was at work in both     Jesus’ authority as a teacher and healer of a man possessed by a demon. Jesus’ teaching transforms human lives, then and now, as we move from knowing some things about Jesus to actually experiencing his liberating power.

Christmas Worship

Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2011
3:00, 5:00 & 7:00
The traditional service of Lessons and Carols will be observed at all of our Christmas Eve worship services. The story of the Messiah’s birth will be retold in the readings of scripture and in the singing of favorite Christmas hymns and songs. Each service will include a special candlelight singing of Silent Night and Holy Communion will be offered.

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2011
9:45 – A Global Christmas
A special Christmas Day worship service will take the place of our regular Sunday morning worship schedule. Christmas Carols from different nations around the world will be the theme as we celebrate the birth of the Christ with brothers and sisters in faith around the world. Holy Communion will be offered at this service as well.

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection recognizes that Holy Communion is the Lord’s supper and we are the servants at his table. Guests and visitors who desire the presence of God that comes in the sharing of bread and wine are welcome to take part in Holy Communion with us. 

Worship in December

The season of Advent begins this year on November 27. Advent is a season of remembering God’s presence in the person of Jesus and preparing for Christ to come into our lives every day. In addition to our regular worship schedule there will be several special worship events to recall the events of salvation and prepare our hearts for Christ’s return.

Sunday, December 11 at 9:45 & 11:00: Youth Christmas Sunday – Jesus is Born. Youth from the SS Discipleship and Praise Island Sunday School programs will present the story of Jesus’ birth in readings and song.

Saturday, December 24 at 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 – Service of Lessons and Carols. Join us for a traditional Christmas Eve worship service that includes readings from the prophets and gospels, beloved Christmas hymns, a candlelight version of Silent Night and Holy Communion.

Sunday, December 25 at 9:45 – Christmas Day Worship. Celebrate Christmas Day with a special worship centered around the newborn Christ. Add you voice to the choir of angels that sing throughout time to herald the presence of God among us. (Our regular Sunday morning worship schedule will not be observed on this special day.)

2011 Confirmation Worship

The 2011 Confirmation Class will affirm their baptisms at a special worship service Sunday, October 30, at 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the worship which will include the laying on of hands and prayer, Holy Communion and a blend of musical styles representing the various worship settings at Resurrection.

2011 Confirmation Class
Front Row: Emilie Reider, Julia Fiance, Brenner Latham, Matthew Wempen, Hannah Lancaster, Colton Busch. Middle Row: Taylor Peyton, Austin Isaacs, Jay Halverson, Brittany Winch, Kallie Kriegel, Bonnie Morrison, Lauren Bisgard. Back Row:  Greyson Dolezal, Seth Schlotterbeck, Will Versteegh, Noah Menken, Grant MacNider, Mitchell VanDyke. Not available for photo:  Emily Edaburn

Summer Nursery Help

On July 24th we are in need of adult nursery supervision for the 8:15 AM and the 10:15 AM services.  Our regular adult supervisor will be on vacation.

We are still looking for an adults to cover the nursery during the 5:30 Wednesday night services.  Here are the dates needed: July 20th or any Wed. in August ( 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31.  If your confirmation student is volunteering in the nursery this summer please consider coming and helping us out as an Adult.

If you can cover any of these dates please call the office 377-4689 or send me an email at

Summer Worship Series

What is the Kingdom of Heaven? What is it like? How can we describe it? Jesus used parables to invite people into an experience of the Kingdom of Heaven. But he also showed people what the Kingdom of Heaven is like with everything he did. Beginning July 3 and running through August we will be exploring Matthew’s vision of the Kingdom of Heaven revealed in the person of Jesus.

July 3 & 6 The Kingdom of God Revealed
A person of faith believes that there is more to this world than meets the eye. Jesus reveals the “hidden” kingdom of God and invites us to participate in that kingdom today and forever.

July 10 & 13 The Spreading Word
In this familiar parable of the sower, the seed goes all over the place, on good soil and bad. The focus is on the grace and reckless generosity of the One who pours out the word of the kingdom on all people. It’s not about us and what kind of soil we are; it’s about God, who sent us Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

July 17 & 20 The Weedy, Wheat-filled Kingdom
Jesus describes a kingdom where the master has a different attitude towards the presence of weeds than his workers. What does it take for us to think more like the master and less like the workers who want everything perfect right now?

Sunday, July 24 – Guest Speaker: Joy Waughtal
Joy is returning from a year of volunteer mission work in South Africa as part of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program of the ELCA. Come and hear Joy speak about her experiences at both the 8:15 and 10:15 worship services as well as a special family education forum at 9:15

July 31 & August 3 You Feed Them
Jesus called his disciples to feed the multitude. Though they may have doubted their ability, when they did what he commanded they discovered the power that Jesus had given them. We too are called and empowered for ministry. Ours is not to doubt but to do.

Holy Week/Easter Worship

As we observe the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection there will be several worship opportunities, each with its own significance this week. Family guests and community members are welcome to join us for any or all of these worship services.

Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm Thursday, April 21, 2011
Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples in what turned out to be his last supper with them before his crucifixion. We share in that supper through our participation in Holy Communion. This is also the worship in which the 4th grade students who have received instruction will participate in their First Communion.

Good Friday – 7:00 pm Friday, April 22, 2011
Good Friday worship is a somber, meditative service in which we recall through readings and song, the crucifixion of Jesus.

Easter Sunday – 8:15, 9:45 & 11:00 am Sunday, April 24, 2011
We celebrate Jesus’ triumph over death with shouts of, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”  We sing “Alleluia” with angel choirs and believers across time and around the world. We no longer need to live in fear because Jesus goes ahead of us ready to welcome us into a new day and a new life.

Easter Brunch – 9:00-10:45
Join us for Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall before or after worship. A free-will offering will be taken and proceeds will support the youth participating in the summer mission trip. Egg bakes, fruit, juice, milk and coffee will be served along with other baked goods.

Lenten Worship

This year Resurrection will offer two Lenten worship services on Wednesday evenings; at 5:30 and at 7:00. A light Lenten meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall from 5:45 – 6:45 for a nominal donation. Each week a different ministry group will provide the meal with proceeds going to support those ministry programs. If you would like to assist with any of the worship services as Greeter, Usher or by running the power point please contact Marcia at the church office or stop by the Welcome Center window on Sunday morning.

All Lenten services are open to the members of the community looking for a quiet, meditative worship experience during Lent regardless of church affiliation or membership.

A traditional service of repentance which will include the imposition of ashes (receiving an ashen cross on the forehead) and Holy Communion.

In the weeks following Ash Wednesday we will use the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, a calming, melodic liturgy of chant and response. It will be led by Pastor Blair and Lyn A’Hearn. Each week we will look at one of the “I Am” statements of Jesus taken from the gospel accounts of his life. Members of the Small Group leadership team will share their reflections and thoughts on these ways Jesus reveals himself to the world.

March 16: I am the Bread of Life. Thoughts by Dan Tegtmeier

March 23: I am the Light. Thoughts by Rick Siefkens

March 30: I am the Good Shepherd. Thoughts by Tatum Buse

April 6: I am the Resurrection and the Life. Thoughts by Cathy Soppe

April 13: I am the Vine. Thoughts by Bob Read