On Maundy Thursday we begin the celebration of the Three Days. On Thursday we remember Jesus sharing the last supper with his disciples before his betrayal and arrest in the Garden Gethsemane. The service will include confession and absolution, readings, a homily for the day, Holy Communion, and the stripping of the altar. We invite you to have communion elements at hand so to share in this fateful and holy moment so transformed for our sake by Christ.
Good Friday: Passion Reading, Bidding Prayer, Adoration of the Cross
Friday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.
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On Friday, we enter into the drama of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial with the chanting of Passion according to John. The cross, the instrument of imperial cruelty, stands as the central image for our worship at this mid-point in our three day journey. Through our Adoration of the Cross, we intone our confession that just as we all have participated in Jesus’ crucifixion, so too do we all expect to participate in the gift of life that comes from his death. With our bidding prayers, we lift up our expectation of God’s salvation for a world in need of healing.
Holy Saturday: Canonical Hours
Saturday, April 3 beginning at 12:00 a.m. (midnight)
The Canonical Hours mark the course of Holy Saturday, every three hours. This year they are prayed in the comfort of worshipers homes. All are invited to participate. Canonical Hours are short prayer times consisting of readings, a psalm and prayer. A hymn is appointed to each prayer hour which can be read or sung as desired. The Canonical Hours commence Saturday at midnight, 12:00 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. before sunset.
Those who like to pray with the church community may join Deacon Ben Remmert via Zoom for each of the seven prayer times: 12 a.m., 3 a.m., 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
Day of Giving Drive-Thru & Drop-Off items
Saturday, April 3 at noon-2:00 p.m., parking lot
Drive-thru and drop-off towels, bar soap, and nail clippers for LWR personal care kits and non-perishable food items for CCSC Emergency Services food pantries.
Most needed food items: Ready-to-eat food (granola bars, etc.), Hearty soups, Peanut butter, Boxed dry cereal, Pasta sauce, Bottled water, Canned tuna or chicken, Canned fruit, Canned vegetables, Crackers
Easter Vigil marks the night when the church celebrates Christ’s victory over the tomb by his resurrection. This interactive digital liturgy allows for an individual, group, or house church to celebrate the Vigil with prayer, story, music, and baptismal remembrance. Click on the link below to download the Easter Vigil liturgy as a .pdf file. For smart device users, one may use a QR scanner application or their phone’s built-in camera to engage with the digital resource. For those without a device, use the link below to access the digital media playlist associated with the readings and Hymns of Easter Vigil.
Easter Morning Breakfast Tacos and Flowering of the Cross
Sunday, April 4 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
All families and friends are welcome to help celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by participating in the Flowering of the Cross. Please plan to bring lots of lovely flowers for your children to use as we make our Flowering Cross.
Come and grab a breakfast taco (or two) on Easter Sunday and support the Luther League youth that are going to Colorado this summer for a week of adventure and faith formation. We will have a COVID-19 safe breakfast taco table for families and friends to have a good breakfast on Easter Sunday.
Drive-thru communion in the front parking lot at Rice Blvd from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This Sunday, Easter Sunday – Sunday of the Resurrection! We celebrate the fulfillment of hope upon hope! Come and share in the grace and power of love from God so to live fully now. Our celebrative worship will be enhanced by the brass ensemble, visual beauty, and choral inspiration.
There is no limit to attendance for outdoor worship, but we do ask still that you make your intentions known with a reservation to the church office by Saturday, April 3, at 12 pm (noon).
Overflow parking will be on the Rice stadium lot. You may access the lot by pushing the call button at the entrances off of Rice or Greenbriar Dr. and telling the attendant you are attending worship at Christ the King Church. They will raise the arm upon entry and exit.
For Outdoor Worship on Easter Sunday, please come wearing your mask and bring a lawn chair. Upon arrival, we request that you see the usher at the sign in station. We will contact all in attendance in the case an infection with COVID is reported to us.
Osterandacht – German language Easter Service
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Andacht für die Osterzeit mit Musik gespielt von Kantor Rick Erickson und Ansprache von Pfarrerin Karin Liebster. *Aufgezeichnet im April 2020.
Pastor Karin Liebster and Cantor Rick Erickson greet our German-language community with Easter music and reflection. *Recorded in April 2020.