Worship Details - March 2014
Sunday Worship 8:30 and 11:00 am
March 2 — Transfiguration Sunday, Sunday School musical: “Good Leaders Come in Small Packages,” 1st/2nd graders lead the passing of the peace (11 am) “Burying” of the Alleluias, baptism of Silje Mae Anderson (11 am)
“Good Leaders Come in Small Packages” is a first testament story of a boy who becomes king. Some of our Pilgrim children have been working very hard on a presentation of this story to be presented during both worship services on this Sunday. Through story and song and dance, we will explore what it is to be a bad leader, a good leader, and the wisdom of trusting in God to help us do our best.
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 pm — Ash Wednesday Service of Holy Communion
and Imposition of Ashes, Pastor Carol Tomer preaching
“Grounded By All That Is Below: Our Graves, the Earth, and Whatever We Think Is Beneath Us” will be the theme of our Ash Wednesday worship service this year. This re-visioned, yet ancient, worship service will invite worshippers to turn around, literally and figuratively, as all will sit on the elevated chancel platform and will come down to receive communion and ashes at the altar table below.
March 9 — First Sunday in Lent, Holy Communion, 5th/6th graders lead the remembrance of baptism (11 am), Pajama Day (all Pilgrims are invited to wear pajamas to worship, if you’d like), music will include a few post-Edwardian hymns from England, Pastor Carol Tomer preaching on “Beyond Downton: A New Century in Eden?”
** Daylight Saving Time begins — Set Your Clocks Ahead!
On this Sunday, the sermon and the worship service will weave together the stories of Adam and Eve being tempted in the garden of Eden, of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, and of life in the post-Edwardian Downton Abbey (the PBS Masterpiece Theater series; season 4 has just concluded) and in our own 21st century. Two of the most iconic British hymns, which are found in our ELW hymnal, will be included in the service.
March 16 — Second Sunday in Lent, Holy Communion, Saint Paul Area Synod Bishop Peter Rogness preaching
On this Sunday, we will give thanks for Bishop Peter Rogness, celebrating his leadership among us, as he prepares to retire this summer. He will also lead the forum on this day.
March 23 — Third Sunday in Lent, “Melting Heart and Earth: Lenten Songs of Forgiveness and Renewal,” Point for Pilgrims, 3rd/4th graders read the lessons, ritual of blessing for the youth mission trip pilgrims, reflections by Emily Kahnert and Guy Olson
The theme of this service is grounded in one of the meanings of the season of Lent, deriving from the root of the word “Lent”: “This word initially simply meant spring (as in the Dutch lente) and derives from the Germanic root for “long” because in the spring the days visibly lengthen.” The service will be centered around our hymn of the season “As the Sun with Longer Journey,” and two Pilgrims will pick a hymn each and reflect on “how this hymn speaks to you of God’s forgiveness for you and the whole creation.”
╬ 8:30 Seasonal Peace Meditation
March 30 — Fourth Sunday in Lent, Nordic Morning Prayer, Point for Pilgrims, guest preacher — The Rev. Lynda Johnson, retired Congregational minister and mother of Pilgrim member Drew Johnson
Pilgrims include a variety of “p.k.’s” (preacher’s kids — and relatives), and we have enjoyed welcoming these loved ones into our pulpit. The Rev. Lynda Johnson is a graduate of Luther Seminary and retired this past summer after serving Church of Peace in Norwood, MN for 12 years.