Welcome - to the virtual home of Central Lutheran Church!
In real life, we are located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. We hope you will take a look around and learn a bit about us and then choose to visit us in person on a Sunday morning. As you visit us here or in person, you’ll learn that we are a vibrant faith community passionate about justice and sharing God’s love for all people. We are a place where you can engage questions of faith and explore life’s deeper meaning. We’re a place where you can find community and support. We’re a place where you’ll find great music and joyful worship. Gay, straight, single, married, young or old, you are welcome here and we look forward to meeting you.
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Please join us for Holy Week and Easter at Central Lutheran!
We hope you can join us for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, both wonderful, joyous celebrations of worship. But if you want to experience the journey of Jesus that last week of his life and journey with him to the cross, you will want to join us for all of the Holy Week worship opportunities here at Central Lutheran.
Here is just a reminder of some of what happens at each service in case you are attending one for the first time, or as a reminder of how we as participants of worship participate also in the acts of Jesus that first Holy Week:
Sunday March 29 Palm Sunday with Procession: Join us in the parish hall at 10:45 am for the blessing of palms and procession into the sanctuary. This year we will again be using sustainably harvested ‘eco-palms’ purchased through Lutheran World Relief.
We gather in the parish hall to bless palm branches and march in a celebration of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week. Palm Sunday service always starts with a celebration. We march into the church sanctuary and lay down our palm branches. Then the tone of the service changes as we read the story of Christ’s passion and death (we hear Mark’s account of the passion on Passion Sunday this year and John’s version on Good Friday).
Thursday April 2: Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm
“Maundy” comes from the Latin for “commandment.” In this service, we read how Jesus gives us a new commandment – to love one another. He demonstrates that love by washing his disciples’ feet. There is a time at the beginning of the worship service to come to the altar for forgiveness of sins and laying on of hands by the minister, and again near the end of the service to share in communion. At the end of the service, the altar is stripped. Through this ritual we recall that Jesus was abandoned by his followers, stripped of his dignity, and left to face the cross alone.
Friday April 3: Good Friday Service at 7 pm
We read the passion according to John, celebrating Christ’s “victory” from the cross. We pray the ancient Bidding Prayer, offering petitions for the whole world. Finally a large cross is carried in procession through the church as solemn reproaches are sung. Once the cross is placed in the altar area, worshippers may come and kneel at the altar or reverence the cross.
Sunday April 5: Easter Sunday
The high holy day of the Christian calendar! Come, bring your friends and family, and join us in the Feast of the Resurrection!
Pancake Breakfast at 9:30 am
Easter Egg Hunt following breakfast
Easter Service at 11 am
***NOTE: No Easter Vigil service this year
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