Special Worship Services
The Divine Service
The Chief Service of the Lutheran Church is the Divine Service. It is celebrated traditionally on Sundays, since that was the day of Christ's resurrection from the dead. The name "Divine Service" is from the German Gottesdienst, which means "service of God." "Divine Service" describes both God's service to us in the Gospel and Sacraments and our sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise in response. Prince of Peace Lutheran's Divine Services are Sundays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m.
Advent comes from the Latin adventus, which means "approach, coming." This is the first season of the Church Year, which begins on the Sunday closest to the festival of St. Andrew (November 30) and concludes on December 24. Advent comprehends the three comings of Christ: His first in the flesh, His final in glory, and His ongoing in Word and Sacrament.
This Advent Midweek services for 2023:
Advent meals are offered at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Lent, which means "forty days," is the penitential period of preparation before the celebration of Jesus' bodily resurrection. Its 40-day duration (not including the Sundays in Lent) begins on Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent has historically been a time of intense instruction for those making final preparations for Baptism at the Easter Vigil.
The Lenten Midweek services for 2024:
February 14 (Ash Wednesday) at 7 p.m.
February 21 at 7 p.m.
February 28 at 7 p.m.
March 6 at 7 p.m.
March 13 at 7 p.m.
March 20 at 7 p.m.
March 28 (Maundy Thursday) at 7 p.m.
March 29 (Good Friday) at 7 p.m.
March 30 (Easter Vigil) at 7 p.m.
Lenten meals are offered at 6 p.m. each week, except for Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil).
The Ascension of our Lord is the feast day that celebrates Christ's bodily ascension into heaven (Acts 1:1-11). In the Church Year, Ascension, like the event, falls 40 days after Easter, which is always a Thursday.
Ascension Day 2024:
Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
The word Thanksgiving comes from the Greek "Eucharistia," or Eucharist. We give thanksgiving to God for giving us salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Thanksgiving Eve 2023:
Wednesday, November 22 at 7 p.m.