Holy Week Update
The Tomb is Empty... Really!
One of the hymns in the new hymnal is called, "The Tomb is Empty." One of the reasons I enjoy the hymn is that the end of first phrase is always repeated. "The Tomb is Empty, is empty!" It's as if we need convincing. "No, really, the tomb is empty! It's empty!"
We do need convincing, don't we? We're not so different from Jesus' followers on the first Easter. They, like us, lives in a world that seems to repeat over and over, "The tomb is coming, is coming! Death is scary, is scary!"
So the disciples on that first Easter received multiple announcements in multiple ways to reveal the impossible: the tomb really was empty! Death lost, and Jesus won.
This week, we have many ways to hear this message repeated and to rejoice in the message that gives us hope: Christ died for our sins, and Christ rose because we have been declared free from sin. Death has been swallowed up in victory! Through faith in Christ, we, too, will rise to everlasting life!
Gather this week for the antidote to the hopeless drumbeat of messages of sin, death, the devil, and the world. Gather again and again, on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, because--really--who can hear it repeated enough? Who can take for granted this opportunity we have to celebrate in this special way (which we didn't have last year!)? I can't wait, can't wait!
The tomb is empty, is empty!
Come and meet the risen Christ our Lord
in whom we have, we have
in whom is life restored.
+ Holy Week Worship +
Maundy Thursday is 3:30 (Mask-required) & 6:30 (Livestream)
Good Friday Service of Darkness is at 1:30 (Mask-required) & 6:30 (Livestream)
Easter Sunrise at 7am (Livestreamed) is open to the congregation as well as school families. Since that service will be more crowded, please plan ahead to attend one of the other services if this would be more comfortable for you and your family.
A completely different Easter Festival service with communion will be held at 9 & 10:30am. The 9am service will be mask-required. The 10:30 will be livestreamed. Since the celebration of the resurrection is the highest festival of the Christian Church year, we will celebrate in a special way that the risen Lord is among us and gives us his immortality in his Supper.
Between Easter services there will be an Easter Breakfast at the school (8:15-9:45). The menu will be breakfast burritos. Men will assemble the burritos the day before and they will be available for "grab and go" in the main school hallway or for "grab and sit" in the Cafeteria if you're comfortable. Please contact Pastor Buelow or Ryan Busman if you're willing to help day before (10am) and/or day of. Two hopeful side-effects of the breakfast will be:
1) Starting a St. Paul's men's group that gets together monthly for projects/fellowship/Bible study
2) The freewill offering will be for restarting a St. Paul's/Saginaw area youth group.
*** There's still time to invite friends, coworkers, and family. Pray that their eyes may be enlightened through the gospel to see true hope! ***
Simple Devotion Plan for Lent & Other Devotional Material (With added little blurbs for the readings)
--Find good Holy Week devotions from Martin Luther College here: https://mlc-wels.edu/publications/seasonal-devotions/
Simple Devotion Plan
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Week of Lent 6 (March 29-31, then Holy Week)
M: 1 Peter 2:21-24 -- Peter explains the implications for us of Christ innocently suffering to heal us by his wounds
Tu: 1 Timothy 6:12-14 -- Paul explains the implications for us of Jesus' good confession before Pilate (that he was the Son of God)
W: Jeremiah 15:15-21 -- Jeremiah prays to God both in the joy of God's Word and in the distress of the suffering that God's Word has brought into his life. God calls Jeremiah to repent of his doubt and strengthens him through his promise of rescue. We repent of our doubt and cling to God's promise of rescue during the remaining days of Holy Week.
Lord’s Prayer and possibly other prayers:
Monday: Missions; Tuesday: Congregations & Schools; Wednesday: Families; Thursday: Country & Work; Friday: The Suffering & Those Who Care for Them; Saturday: For Jesus to Bring us Quickly to the Joys of Heaven
The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us, the Lord look on us with favor and give us peace. Amen.
Other Devotional Materials:
WELS Daily Devotions: https://wels.net/dev-daily/
Family devotions: https://wels.net/family-devotion/
Jesus' Passion: 40 days of Bible readings with one of our Seminary professors can be found at forwardinchrist.net or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/109950283839877/132177868707885/