Yearly we gather on this day to hear the good news that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia!
Weekly we celebrate Resurrection Day as each Sunday is a reminder that Jesus lives.
Daily our lives reflect the resurrection as we drown the Old Adam so that the New Man in Christ Jesus might arise and live before God in the New Life revealed at the empty tomb.
With the vaccine distribution reaching more people and us returning to the sanctuary in April, Pacific Hills will begin having music ensemble rehearsals again. All who have interest are welcome to join either the bell choir or choir!
Due to COVID, please use your own judgment/comfort in your call to rejoin/ join. Masks will be worn during rehearsals and during service. Once we return to the sanctuary, choir members will be spread out throughout the balcony to follow social distancing. Until then, we will rehearse in Acker Hall spread out.
Choir will rehearse on Sundays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Acker Hall until we return to the sanctuary, which we will then be in the balcony. Please contact me if you have interest in joining or feel free to pop in at a rehearsal!
Every year, many of us go through the tradition to "give up" something during Lent. Some people choose to give up chocolate, while some people choose to give up meat. There is no right or wrong answer as to what to give up, but it is generally expected you give up something with some meaning as a form of personal sacrifice. There are a large variety of things one can choose to give up for Lent, but do you know what the liturgy at church "gives up?"
The Lenten season is the fourth season in the church year (after Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany). It begins with Ash Wednesday and is the oldest season of the church year. The original period of Lent seems to have been 40 hours. It was spent in fasting and contemplation on the sufferings of Christ. Later it became 30 days, then 36, and finally, in the reign of Charlemagne (about 800 A.D.), 40 days. Lent originally had one purpose — to prepare candidates for Baptism. For hundreds of years, the Baptism itself took place late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning before the dawn of Resurrection Day, during an all-night vigil.
While certain things may have changed, observing Lent as a time of contemplation, repentance and faith has not. Plan now to join us each week, beginning February 17, 2021 for our journey to the cross and empty tomb.
Here is some more insight into the liturgy elements that Pacific Hills does every weekend!
The Psalmody is the singing/recitation of the Psalm text from biblical verses, similar to a Gregorian chant line. The use of the Psalmody dates back to biblical times, but was not as formal as it is currently. The Psalmody used to be sung strictly between the clergy and the choir. During the reformation, the Lutherans believed that the Psalmody should involve more than just the clergy and choir. They pushed to have it further involve the congregation, which is currently done here at Pacific Hills!
January is regarded as Sanctity of Life Month and January 24, 2021 will be observed as Sanctity of Life Sunday. Our Lutherans for Life theme will be, “From Invisible to Indispensable,” based on 1 Corinthians 12:22. “On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable...”
This year we are once again partnering with Essential Pregnancy Services of Omaha in our effort to make a difference in the lives of at-risk mothers and their unborn and newly born children. As such, you are encouraged to support our Yahweh fund, which will then directly support the ministry of EPS.
The Essential Pregnancy Services “Glow” Banquet is scheduled for Sun- day, March 21, 2021. This year, due to COVID, the event will be a virtual event. This year you are invited to invite a small number of friends to your home in support of EPS. Your voice, your donation and your personal invitation to family and friends will go a long way in making a difference to inspire young mothers to choose the gift of life.
You can look for updated information by going to www.friendsofeps.org
Since an old year is about to disappear forever and a new year is about to begin, it is appropriate that we consider together what God has to tell us about time. Time is part of the created world. Time is measured by created things. The earth rotates on its axis and a day has gone by. The world revolves around the sun and a year has gone by. Sometimes we measure time by significant events. Isaiah’s vision recorded in Isaiah chapter six is dated by the death of King Uzziah. We often date events by the birth of children. The things of this world and our life in this world cannot even be considered except in terms of time.
As 2020 ends, the solar system has decided to provide us with a cosmic Christmas miracle that has not been witnessed in nearly 800 years. On Dec. 21 (aka the December solstice), Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely in the night sky that they will almost appear to collide from our vantage point here on Earth, creating a radiant point of light often referred to as the “Star of Bethlehem” or the “Christmas Star.” You would have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky.
Did you know that St. Nicholas, the man who is behind Santa Claus in Western culture, dates to the third century? Every December 6 is remembered as St. Nicholas Day in cities all over the world, with the largest celebrations taking place in Europe. Images of St. Nicholas vary considerably, but none of them look much like the red-cheeked, white-bearded old man seen everywhere in our society today.
The original saint was a Greek born in the late third century, around 280 A.D. He became bishop of Myra, a small Roman town in modern Turkey. Nicholas was neither fat nor jolly but developed a reputation as a fiery, wiry, and defiant defender of church doctrine during the Great Persecution in 303, when Bibles were burned, and priests were made to renounce Christianity or face execution.
Pacific Hills Lutheran Church held it's annual Rake & Run this past Sunday 11/22/2020. It was a beautiful fall afternoon to help our neighbors with their yardwork. This year's event had a small but mighty group of workers. We found and helped our neighbors who had recently moved into the neighborhood. Thank you to everyone that helped!
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