Service Times

"The reason people come to the liturgy/Divine Service is to receive these gifts. They come to be freed of their sins, released from the guilt and shame under which they labor and struggle. They come to join their life to the life of the Son of God, a life that began in the waters of Holy Baptism, continues at the table of His body and blood, and will be consummated at the marriage feast of heaven. They come to be saved, rescued from enemies they know and fear, and enemies they know not." (Arthur A. Just, Heaven on Earth, 3).

Divine Service

Sundays 9:00 a.m.

 

Seasonal Services

Advent Evening Prayer

Wednesdays during Advent @ 7:00 p.m.

Lent Evening Prayer

Wednesdays during Lent @ 7:00 p.m.

Holy Week Services

Holy (Maundy) Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday @ 12:00 noon & 7:00 p.m.

Easter Vigil @ 8:00 p.m.

             

Feasts & Festivals

We regularly celebrate the following Feasts & Festivals that usually fall on days other than Sundays:

Christmas Eve (December 24) - 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Day (December 25) - 9:30 a.m.

Epiphany of Our Lord (January 6)

Ascension of our Lord (the 6th Thursday
after Easter) - 7:00 p.m.

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The legend of the pelican was adopted into Christianity by the 2nd century, when it appeared in the Physiologus, a Christian adaptation of popular animal legends and symbols.

The little pelicans strike their parents, and the parents, striking back, kill them. But on the third day the mother pelican strikes and opens her side and pours blood over her dead young. In this way they are revivified and made well.

So Our Lord Jesus Christ says also through the prophet Isaiah: 'I have brought up children and exalted them, but they have despised me' (Is 1:2).  We struck God by serving the creature rather than the Creator. He deigned to ascend the cross, and when His side was pierced, blood and water gushed forth unto our salvation and eternal life.

Theodore Steinmeyer, the architect of Hope Lutheran Church, wrote: "The altar's center is richly carved in high relief, showing a mother pelican feeding her young in a nest, sustaining their lives by plucking into her own breast for blood, of which the young partake. This is one of the finest symbols of the Christian Church, bringing to mind that we have life eternal through the blood of Jesus Christ, shed by Himself, for us" (January 18, 1931, Dedication of Hope Ev. Lutheran Church and School).

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