THE NEWSLETTER THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH Holy Week + In the Year of Our Lord + 2011
From the Pastor The Christian Church on earth is about to enter Holy Week. Like the celebration of the birth of Jesus which we call Christmas, the Day of Resurrection, which is called Easter, has been usurped by the secular world. Jesus Christ, His suffering, death, and resurrection has been replaced by bunnies, chocolates, colored eggs, and peeps. On Sunday, April 17th, we will celebrate what is traditionally known as Palm Sunday or the Sunday of the Passion. This is the day on which Jesus rode into the holy city of Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to the cheers and praises of His followers. It is also, by tradition, the day that the Gospel reading tells of the trial, crucifixion, and burial of our Lord. We must be careful that we do not fall into the same thinking of those who welcomed Jesus as King. They hailed Him on that Sunday, but as the week wore on they became disappointed in Jesus because He failed to live up to their self-centered expectations. His glory would not be the triumphal entry, but the hoisting of the cross on Calvary. On Thursday night we will, with reverence, remember the institution of our Lord’s Supper. This is the same night on which He would be betrayed into the hands of those who hated Him by one who had professed his love. It is also the night on which He would be abandoned by His followers and denied by one who had said to Him, ―Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.‖ We give thanks on this solemn night for the Sacrament of the Altar, the very body and blood of our Lord, which is given to us to eat and to drink for life, salvation, and the forgiveness of our sins. On Friday we gather, not for a funeral of Jesus, but to remember His death on a day we call Good. It is indeed ―good‖ because without this death on the cross of the onlybegotten Son of God, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, we would all wallow in our sinful separation from God, facing eternal condemnation and damnation. We remember His death and burial in anticipation of His promised resurrection. Sunday, April 24th, we will gather as the family of God to rejoice. Jesus lives! The victory has been won! He has conquered sin, death, and the devil. We have been set free from slavery to sin. The resurrection of Christ is two-fold in purpose: it gives us the true sign of God the Father’s satisfaction in the blood sacrifice of His Son for the redemption of the world, and it is the promise to all who believe that they, too, will be raised on the Last Day. Death has been defeated. I urge you – all who read these words – to, if it is possible, come, join us on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Day of Resurrection. Remember, there could be no celebration of Christ being raised from the dead if there had been no crucifixion.
The Crucifixion, Antonella da Messina, 1475
Inside this issue: PRIVATE CONFESSION
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
UPCOMING EVENTS 4
To God be all glory. He has loved you enough to send His Son to die and rise for YOU!
Pastor von Hindenburg
The Newsletter Preparing for Easter Holy Week — this year April 17-23 — is an especially appropriate time to make a private confession. Remember that all confessed during this time is kept in strict confidentiality. If you would like to make a sacramental confession during Lent, please contact Pr. von Hindenburg at email@example.com. He may also be reached through the parish office at 310-671-7645.
A note on our Holy Week Services On Maundy Thursday, the service will begin as usual with the invocation, but will not close with a benediction. On Good Friday, there is no invocation. The services from Maundy Thursday through Holy Saturday form one complete liturgy. Please note that, because of this, the congregation will enter and exit in silence for these two services. A special thanks to the Altar Guild for the solemn ritual of the Stripping of the Altar on Maundy Thursday, A special thanks to all those who donated lilies for our celebration of The Feast of the Resurrection.
A note on the Newsletter After a brief absence, the Newsletter is back! We hope you enjoy this abbreviated edition, and we look forward to bringing you the next full edition in May—and updating the website! Page 2
We have a number of different services scheduled this year for Holy Week and Easter. Plan to attend as many of these as possible as we journey through the Passion of Jesus. Palm Sunday
April 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Isaiah 50:4-9A Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 27:11-66 All Glory, Laud and Honor—LSB 442 A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth—LSB 438 Ride On, Ride On in Majesty—LSB 441
April 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Exodus 12:1-14 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 John 13:1-15 Jesus Comes Today With Healing—LSB 620 Go to Dark Gethsemane—LSB 436 Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:4
April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Hosea 6:1-6 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 19:1-42 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded—LSB 449 Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted—LSB 451 Were You There? - LSB 456 The Feast of the Resurrection (Easter)
April 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Acts 10:34-43 Colossians 3:1-4 Matthew 28:1-10 Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds—LSB 465 Christ has Arisen, Alleluia—LSB 466 Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven—LSB 477
Preaching God’s Word to Inglewood and beyond since 1935 THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH 902 S Maple St. Inglewood, CA 90301 310-671-7644 Royce Morton, Administrative Assistant
+ Join Us for Liturgical Worship + Reverend Bruce J. von Hindenburg, Pastor Sunday morning Adult Bible Class—8:30 a.m. Sunday Divine Service—10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning Bible class—10:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Class/Midweek Service—7:00 p.m. Private Confession and Absolution—By Appointment +++
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Remember to visit the LWML/Altar Guild boutique after church on Palm Sunday!
There will be a Church Council Meeting after the Divine Service on May 1.