Christ the King Lutheran Church
Holy Week Worship Updates from Hillary
March 27, 2020

Friday greetings to my friends at Christ the King!
 
I write to you today with some reminders about upcoming worship services you can access online, including special requests for Palm Sunday and the Easter Vigil, but more on those items in a moment…
 
1 . Sunday morning worship : Remember that you are welcome to tune-in to online worship during your regular Sunday service times of 8:15, 9:30, or 11:15 a.m. We have heard from some of you that this has made you feel more connected in spirit to your CtK family. If this is true for you, wonderful! However, if tuning in at a different time other than Sunday morning works better for you and your family, that is equally encouraged!
 
All you have to do is access CtK’s homepage from your computer, tablet, or smart phone in three easy steps:
           a. Visit www.ctkluth.com
           b. Click on the white box on the left side of the page that says “Worship on the Website”
           c. Click the red & white play button
 
3. Palm Sunday worship : While we are not meeting in-person on Palm Sunday, we still have plenty of palm branches to give away. (When COVID-19 happened, we tried to cancel our order, but it was too late!) This is where we could use your help. Beginning this Monday, March 30, we will leave two buckets of palm branches inside the double doors that lead into the Narthex and another inside the doors that face Cleveland Road.
 
You are encouraged to:
           a. briefly stop by the church & grab a few palms sometime next week (or, if you have green, leafy things at home or in your yard, feel free to get creative!)
           c. take a selfie or a fun family photo while waving palm branches
           d. send your photos to Chuck Trundle at catrundle@yahoo.com no later than Friday, April 4 at 12:00 p.m.
           d. make an appearance in our upcoming Palm Sunday worship video!
 
We hope these photos will provide some light-hearted levity during this uncertain time, plus, it gives us a chance to “see” each other again.
 
3. Holy Week Worship: Pastor Brad, Pastor Caroline, and myself are currently finalizing worship plans for the Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. All three of these services will be available to you during Holy Week through the CtK website:
           a. Maundy Thursday, April 9 , will include scripture readings, a sermon from Pastor Caroline, a hymn, intercessory prayers, Holy Communion, and the traditional stripping of the altar during the chanting of Psalm 22.
           b. Good Friday, April 10 will be a service of Tenebrae featuring the seven last words of Christ interspersed with music and singing. Pastor Brad will carry the cross into the sanctuary while verses of There is God’s Garden are sung.
           c. The Great Vigil of Easter, April 11: This is where all of Y-O-U come in again! In lieu of the traditional lectionary readings for the Vigil, we want to hear from you – what are those timeless passages of scripture that you return to year after year? What part(s) of the story of our faith do you hold close to your heart?
 
You are encouraged to:
           a. Think of one of your favorite passages of scripture
           b. Old Testament, New Testament, the psalms – everything is fair game
           c. Visit this link where you can record your favorite passage:
            d. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 6
 
As Pastor Caroline says, the Bible is the story of God’s love for God’s people. As part of our Easter Vigil celebration, we want to hear from you and the stories that God has used to reveal his love and grace in your lives.
 
4. Adult Faith Formation : Please don’t forget that Pastor Steve will still offer his ‘Parsing Scripture with Pastor Steve’ (PS 2 ) on Sunday mornings via our CtK website. Tune-in on Sundays beginning at 10:30 a.m.!
 
And finally, I wish you all God’s grace and peace over the coming weeks. My prayers continue to be with you and your families. May we all be well and continue to love and serve our neighbors so that all may sense the presence of God in the kindness of our words and actions.
 
And of course, keep singing!
 
Hillary Doerries
Director of Music Ministries