Our streaming services are really about home worship. Sign in alone, gather with your family and join in. These services are interactive, involving sharing together, praying together, discussing the God’s Word together, and – if you desire – singing together. The live stream is here to guide and support your worship in your home.
The live stream worship will involve a live text chat. This is an important part of connecting with each other and sharing our input, feedback and prayer needs.
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM
The name “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means “command.” The traditional gospel reading for this service is the account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. He then gives them the command, “Love one another, as I have loved you (John 13:34).”
Jesus also showed His love by giving His disciples, then and now, the gift of the Lord’s Supper. We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper this Maundy Thursday as we gather online. Please refer to this video (https://youtu.be/WNK0XJhQzRQ) in which Pastor Mike explains what this means. Also go to this page (http://stjohnslutheran.net/the-lords-supper-at-st-johns-during-the-covid-19-crisis/) which goes into more detail, including how to prepare for this celebration.
Preparation: Prepare for the Lord’s Supper. Set out the bread and the wine as described on the page mentioned above.
Please click below to download the Worship Notes Handout (pdf or Word)
Good Friday, April 10, at 7:00 PM
We will commemorate our Savior’s death on the cross by celebrating our traditional Tenebrae service. By means of a series of readings, hymns, and songs, we will follow Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to His burial in the tomb.
The Tenebrae service also typically includes a gradual darkening of the sanctuary, by lowering the lights and extinguishing the Tenebrae candles. This year, we will celebrate the Tenebrae in our homes, so we will need to gather the lights in our homes.
Preparation: Gather eight light sources. They can be candles, fake candles, lamps, flashlights, camp lights, etc. As we progress through the service, you will be invited to put out one light after another. You may also want to gradually darken the lights throughout your house. The service concludes in darkness as we meditate on our Savior’s death and burial.
Easter Vigil, April 11, at 7:00 PM
The Easter vigil service is the first celebration of the resurrection. The service includes a series of readings chronicling the story of salvation in the Old Testament, beginning with the creation.
Regarding lighting, Easter Vigil begins where Good Friday leaves off, in the darkness. We will reverse Good Friday darkness by gradually bringing the lights back on as we walk through the readings
The Easter Vigil also includes a baptism remembrance. We will be affirming and celebrating God’s gift to us in our baptism. Our usual practice is for worshipers to come forward to the baptism font for a blessing in celebration of their baptism. This year, we invite worshipers to use water in their homes for this remembrance.
Preparation: Gather the light sources from Good Friday once again. You will gradually turn them back on. We recommend that you start with your house lights dim as well. They will be turned on with the announcement of the resurrection. Also prepare a small bowl with water. We will be invited to mark each other or ourselves with this water in celebration of God’s gifts in Baptism.
Easter Sunday, April 12, at 9:30 AM
We celebrate our Savior’s victory over death and the hope that is ours because of the resurrection. This is an especially important truth to celebrate this year. Nothing in this world can undermine the hope that we have in Christ. Death itself is overcome in Him. The new creation has begun in Him.
We will not be able to make the Easter Flower Cross this year. But we invite you to take a picture of yourself with flowers you could have brought for the cross. Any flower will do! Even a dandelion! In addition, you may want to decorate your home worship space with flowers.
Preparation: Please send a picture of yourself with a flower or flowers from your yard. Send to Pastor Mike at email@example.com. We will include them in a slide show for our Easter Streaming service. It will be good to celebrate the beauty of the flowers. It will be even better to see one another on this day of hope.
Please click go to this page for an explanation regarding how we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper at St. John’s during this time of COVID-19. At present the only communion service scheduled is for Maundy Thursday, April 9, at 7:00 PM
Preparing for Live Stream Worship
Normally when we prepare for worship, we need to shower, get dressed, get in our cars and drive to the sanctuary. You don’t need to do any of that for the home-based streaming worship at St. John’s. But there is still some preparation (which won’t take as long as the items mentioned above!)
- Download the worship notes for the service. The worship notes contain the reading and other items for worship. The notes also include the reflection and discussion questions, as well as suggestions for singing. If you will be participating on your phone or pad, you should print the handout because you will not be able to switch windows and keep the youtube live going.
- Sign up for a google or gmail account if you do not already have one. In order to take part in the Live Chat with You Tube, you need to have a google or gmail account. It doesn’t take long to set it up. For a guide to signing up, please go here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/56256?hl=en If you don’t want to see the chat feed, or you want to turn it off for part of the service, just click the “hide chat” button at the bottom of the feed. When you want to see the feed again, click the “show chat” button at the top.
- Prepare a comfortable place to worship. Plan to be totally engaged. Remove other things that may distract you. You may want to light a candle or use some other means of recognizing that this is a time for worship.
- Pray that the Lord prepare your heart. Perhaps the most important step. This is an very different way to worship, so we should pray for the Holy Spirit’s present and guidance.
If you need help with any of these steps, please contact Pastor Mike. He or someone else will assist you.