A CENTENNIAL OF OUR MUSICAL HERITAGE: CONCERT AT FAITH LUTHERAN, OREGON
The choirs of Bethany Lutheran College will present a concert of sacred and secular music at Faith Lutheran Church, Oregon, WI on Monday, May 14 at 6:30pm. Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, is a Christian liberal arts college owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The synod was organized 100 years ago as the spiritual heir of the Norwegian Synod which originally was founded near Stoughton, WI in 1853. The concert will highlight the musical heritage of that organization. The concert is free and open to the public. (An offering will be received to support the work of the choirs.) Members of the audience will be invited to join the choir in singing Alfred Fremder’s arrangement of “On My Heart, Imprint Thine Image.”
Faith Lutheran Church is located at 143 Washington St., Oregon, WI
The concert begins at 6:30pm on May 14. A reception sponsored by the college will follow the concert
For additional information, contact Rev. Jeff Hendrix: (608) 835-3554 | Pastor@faithlutheranoregon.com
40 Days after He rose on Easter, Jesus ascended into heaven.
On Thursday May 10 at 7:00pm we will have a special Divine Service at Faith to celebrate Jesus’ exaltation.
Faith has a new Paschal Candle. It was dedicated and lit for the first time on Easter Sunday. It is in memory of Dorothy Harding.
What is a Paschal Candle?
Just as the candles of the Advent Wreath bring wonderful meaning to the celebration of Advent, so the Paschal Candle is intended to add meaningful symbolism to our celebration of Easter, Baptisms, and Christian funerals. It actually predates the Advent Wreath by over a thousand years (it was first used only 300 years after Christ)!
The Paschal Candle is a special candle used at every service during the Easter season (from the Easter Vigil to Ascension) and at Baptisms and Christian Funerals year-round.
The Paschal Candle symbolizes the resurrection victory over the darkness of sin and death. It emphasizes the presence of the resurrected Christ and the link between a believer’s baptism and the resurrection (Romans 6). It is lit traditionally for the Easter Vigil during a special service that begins outside the church building. A fire is lit from which the paschal candle is then lit and then carried into a dark sanctuary. As the candle is carried in procession into the dark nave, so Christ lights our way out of darkness. During this procession, the bearer of the candle lifts it high and sings, “Jesus Christ is the Light of the world” to which all respond, “The Light no darkness can overcome.”
The name Paschal comes from the Greek, pascha. Before the time of Christ, this word was used for Passover; after Christ, Christians took to using the word when referring to the Festival of the Resurrection (The term Easter came into use in later centuries).
On the Paschal Candle are a variety of symbols, usually a depiction of the Jesus as the Sacrificial Lamb of God, a cross, the means by which we are saved through our baptisms; and two Greek letters, an Alpha [Α] and an Omega [Ω], which remind us of Jesus’ words in St. John’s Revelation (1:8; 22:13), that He is the Beginning and the End.
The Paschal Candle traditionally stands near the Baptismal Font to visually connect Baptism with the resurrection, proclaiming the message of Romans 6:3-5 (which is also used at the beginning of a burial service): In our Baptism we have already died and been raised with Christ.
The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer Jesus taught us to pray. He wants us to pray, and He even gives us a certain way we are to pray. He does this to show His grace and promises. Each petition is not only a request we make to God, but a promise He makes to us.
In Lent, Jesus fulfilled each one of these petitions and promises. See how in this video series.