Lenten Daily Devotional
Our annual Lenten Devotional is available in the church atrium or click the cover image to read online.
Beginning Ash Wednesday, forty days of devotions written by the community of First Lutheran for your encouragement and shared prayer throughout Lent. If you are not yet a subscriber of our digital publications, you can sign up to receive the daily email devotion and weekly congregational eNews by clicking the Subscribe button above.
Special Lenten Worship Event
Throughout the worship services on Wednesday, Feb. 21, artist and pastor Paul Oman will paint a larger-than-life sized mural of the day’s theme, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” The story will unfold artistically, musically, narratively and scripturally during this extraordinary worship service. Invite a guest to attend, as we all become more deeply “drawn to the word” through this memorable experience. Click the image above to see a demonstration video of Paul Oman's work.
from Pastors Lars and Katherine Olson
"We’ve been attending Mount Carmel Family Camp in Alexandria, MN for the past eight years and have enjoyed several memorable worship experiences with pastor and artist Paul Oman during his residencies in that special place. We pray, we sing, we read, we listen and watch as Paul’s brush strokes fill up the canvas in meaningful and unexpected ways. Thoughtful silences are built into the worship service, which help the worshipper reflect on what has been proclaimed and what is taking shape before everyone’s eyes. Worshippers of all ages will be transfixed! We can’t wait to share this experience with all of you here, in this special place we call our church home – First Lutheran Church."
Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday, March 25
8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Preacher: Pastor Lars Olson
Maundy Thursday, March 29
Noon & 7 p.m.
(Fifth-grade First Communion at 7 p.m.)
Preacher: Jeff Backer, Intern Pastor
Good Friday, March 30
Noon & 7 p.m.
Preacher: Pastor John Christopherson
Easter Vigil: Saturday, March 31
5 p.m. Sanctuary, Holy Communion
Preacher: Pastor Katherine Olson
Easter Sunday, April 1
6, 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Preacher: Special Guest, Dr. Steve Paulson
Luther Seminary, Professor of Systematic Theology
“I AM...” Lent 2018
The gospel of John has seven famous “I Am” sayings of Jesus. Each week in Lent the First Lutheran community will gather around Wednesday worship and daily devotions to hear how Jesus claims to be God in the flesh who provides care, compassion, and his very life for the world.
...the Way, the Truth and the Life – John 14:6
...the Resurrection and the Life – 11:25
...the Bread of Life – John 6:48
...the Light of the World – John 8:12
...the Door – John 10:9
...the True Vine – John 15:1
...the Good Shepherd – John 10:11
Wednesday Lenten Schedule
February 14 – March 28
Worship: 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Meals: Soup & bread lunch - Noon
Evening meal - 5 p.m.
(No meals on Ash Wednesday)
Ash Wednesday Worship – Feb. 14
11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Imposition of ashes and a solemn reminder of both our mortality and God’s eternal life for us. (No meals served)
Feb. 21 – Drawn to the Word. Two very special Lenten services will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Lunch - Chili
Supper - Spaghetti, tossed salad and French bread
Feb. 28 Lunch - Chicken noodle soup
Supper - Pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans
Mar. 7 Lunch - Ham and bean soup
Supper - Chicken, cheesy potatoes, corn
Mar. 14 Lunch - Pasta fagioli soup Supper - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas
Mar. 21 Lunch - White chicken chili
Supper - Taco bar
Mar. 28 Holy Week - No worship services or meals