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Lent is a season of the church year follows Jesus from transfiguration to the cross. Therefore it is a natural time to reflect on the cross of Christ, his death, the reality of sin, repentance, etc. Easter puts an end to Lent with Christ’s resurrection. Our Lenten theme, “Here I Stand” is the common phrase for Luther’s confession at the Diet of Worms where he would not recant his writings that were deemed heretical, but in the face of excommunication and probable death, Luther confessed that his conscience was captive to the word of God.

"I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen."

Lenten daily Devotional 

First Lutheran’s Lenten Devotional, written by our First Lutheran community including pastors, staff, and members young and old. Click to read the Lenten Daily Devotional online.

Larry Olson

Larry Olson

April 1 Devotion by Larry Olson. Listen to his song, 
"Child of the Water"

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 9
8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Preacher: Pastor Lars Olson

Maundy Thursday, April 13
12 noon & 7 p.m.
Holy Communion
(Fifth-grade First Communion at 7 p.m.) 
Preacher: Pastor Katherine Olson

Good Friday, April 14
12 noon &  7 p.m.
Preacher: Pastor Lars Olson

Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 15
5 p.m. Sanctuary, Holy Communion
Preacher: Pastor Katherine Olson

Easter Sunday, April 16
6, 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Preacher: Pastor John Christopherson

Lenten Worship Services

Wednesday Lenten worship services will be held at
11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1. (No meals will be service on Ash Wed.)

Lenten Meals

Meals and fellowship provide an opportunity for our congregation to gather together both around God’s Word and in community to share in faith with our neighbors. Join us for soup lunch or family dinners in Reformation Hall. $5 per adult, $3 per child under 6.

• Noon Soup Lunches will be served from 12 – 1 p.m.
• Evening Meal will be served from 5 – 6:15 p.m.

Lent 5, Wednesday, April 5
Worship: 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Lunch: Chef's choice soup, bread
Supper: Potato bar, fresh fruit

Artwork by Gary Gaede (Inspired by the stained glass alter piece at Blue Cloud Abbey)

Artwork by Gary Gaede (Inspired by the stained glass alter piece at Blue Cloud Abbey)

Lenten Lecture Series – J.S. Bach’s "B Minor Mass"

Sundays,  March 19–April 9, 6 p.m.
Please join South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) Music Director Delta David Gier for a series of lectures on Bach’s monumental "B Minor Mass," four Sunday evenings during Lent. This great masterpiece represents the only time Bach, a Lutheran, set the full text of the Latin mass. Why did he do so - and at the very end of his career, at the height of his powers, with no commission nor occasion for performance? Knowing that the vast majority of Bach’s works were intended for corporate worship, how should we experience this piece today? 

Joining Maestro Gier for the series:

  • Zachary Rygiel, Director of Worship & Music at First Lutheran
  • Father Charles Cimpl, Pastor at Holy Spirit Church and the Vicar Genera of the Diocese of Sioux Falls
  • J. Mark Bertrand, novelist and teaching elder at Grace Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Dr. John Christopherson, Senior Pastor at First Lutheran
  • Dr. James Johnson, Chorus Master of the SDSO

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will perform the "B Minor Mass" on April 22 and 23 at the Washington Pavilion. Concert tickets are available at sdsymphony.org.