Easter at PLC
Ash Wednesday will be celebrated on Feb. 14 at Peace Lutheran at 7 p.m. with Pastor Kevin Nelson leading the
service and with the traditional placement of the symbol of the cross on participants forehead. The ashes used
come from the ashes of a palm tree burned on Palm Sunday of the year before.
Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a
40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration.
The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan
tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season
of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
Lent Service and Fellowship
We will again gather every Wednesday evening during Lent to share a Soup and Sandwich fellowship meal prior to our Wednesday evening Lent Service. We will gather at 5:45 p.m. and start serving at 6 p.m. with the goal of being done serving at 6:45 p.m. The confirmation students will be serving and cleaning up. The Lent service will begin at 7 p.m. (students will be expected to attend). Please SIGN UP to bring a soup and sandwich or whatever you want to bring to share. This year’s dates are: Feb. 21 and 28, March 6, 13, and 20. Free will offering will be taken.
Lent Round Robin Services
Lent Round Robin Schedule: We will have guest ministers/lay persons coming to Peace during the Lent Season. Peace Lutheran will be participating with First Lutheran of Bismarck, Wing, Steele and Almont in Round Robin Preaching during the Lent Season, which means we will have a guest minister every Wednesday evening. Services will be at 7p.m.
Here is the Schedule for 2023:
Feb. 21 – Pastor Brian Knudson from First Lutheran in Bismarck
Feb. 28 – Pastor Allen Wagner from First Lutheran in Bismarck
March 6 – Mrs. Kathy Mauch from Peace in Lincoln
March 13 – Pastor Bill Dodd from United Lutheran in Almont/Sims
March 20 – Mr. David Clinton from First Lutheran in Bismarck
Give it Up for Lent
We will have the “Give It Up” slips of paper by the cross again this year. Individual’s are encouraged to write a message of a burden you have a “NAIL” it to the cross, giving that burden up to God.
Holy Week Services
Passion/Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m.
The children’s procession with palm branches is a common observation on Palm Sunday. They entered the church carrying and waving Palm Branches to commemorate Jesus entry in Jerusalem, where he would be crucified five days later. According to the Gospels, Jesus rode into town on a donkey as exuberant crowds hailed him as the Messiah and spread out palm branches and cloaks in his path.
Men's Easter Breakfast - Sunday, March 24 from 8 - 9 a.m.
The Men of Peace will prepare, but this year the kids going to National Youth Conference will be serving Easter Breakfast on Palm Sunday morning from 8 - 9 a.m. on March 24. So roll out of bed and come to church for breakfast and then attend church and round out the morning with the Annual Easter Egg Hunt following church. Lewis Schock is the chair of that event. Let him know if you are able to help.
Maundy Thursday Service - Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.
This service will be a somber service with readings from key people close to Jesus Christ. We will have a light meal, replicating the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples. We will celebrate Holy Communion during this service and attendees will have the opportunity to partake in a foot washing ceremony if they desire. The service will end with the Altar being stripped. We will leave the church deep in thought and silence.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service - Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
Good Friday Service is also a somber service of the light. The purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story, so this is not supposed to be a happy service, because the occasion is not happy. The flames of these candles are extinguished one by one as Scripture readings are shared to tell the story of the last seven words of Jesus Christ. After the last verse is read, the last candle is put out, and the room is plunged into darkness. A loud noise will be sounded in the blackness, to represent the closing of Christ’s tomb.
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service - Sunday, March 31 at 7 a.m.
For Christians, the reason for timing a service to coincide with the rising of the sun is simple: It was dawn when the first believers went to the tomb of Jesus, found the rock rolled away from the entrance and the body of Jesus gone. Then realize the Christianity belief that the Lord has risen, defeating death and bringing salvation and eternal life to everyone who puts their faith in him.
Easter Morning Service - Sunday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m.
Join us at our regular service time on Easter Sunday!