Pentecost Vigil and Day 2016

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The Vigil of Pentecost and the Day of Pentecost
May 14 & 15

Remember to wear RED on Pentecost Weekend

We are having a joyful Pentecost this year as always.  Added to the high joy of this festival will be two special things related to the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

1 – we will recognize Baptismal Birthdays at both the Vigil and Day of Pentecost services – Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 9 a.m.  We will celebrate those who were baptized in May in previous years.

2 – we will have three baptisms at the Vigil of Pentecost, 2 adults and 1 child.

 

Regarding the Vigil of Pentecost and the Day of Pentecost

This Church Year we continue celebrating the Three Great Festivals of the Church. We are also including the Three Great Vigils of the Church Year. These are:

The Nativity of our Lord – Celebrating the birth of Jesus

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Celebrating Jesus rising from the tomb

The Day of Pentecost – Celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Each of these three major Church Year festivals has a vigil service on the evening before the festival day. These are times of prayerful waiting and preparation for the joyous celebration of the Festivals. Each vigil service includes readings, prayers, singing and, more often than not, Holy Communion. The Vigils of Easter and Pentecost also include a special emphasis on the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. The most well-known vigil here at MLLC is the Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord, also known as Christmas Eve.

The Day of Pentecost and its vigil are taking place this month. You are invited to participate in both of these unique worship experiences. The liturgical color of both these days is red. Therefore, you are invited to wear RED in celebration of the gift and outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

The Vigil of Pentecost

Saturday, May 14   6:00 p.m

We will hear readings about the Holy Spirit. The congregation will be invited into a deeper time of prayer, including prayer for the newly confirmed youth of the church.

Here is what a noted worship writer says about the Vigil of Pentecost:

“From history, we know that Easter and Pentecost were the first two and only feasts of the original Church Year from apostolic times. We also know that the ancient church celebrated a vigil with Easter as early as the second century and with Pentecost universally from the fifth century, likely earlier in various places. We further know that baptisms were also a part of these services, given its promise of resurrection with Christ and gift of the Holy Spirit. Easter, having the earlier vigil, was clearly preferred, with those not baptized then being transferred to Pentecost. If a baptism occurred at some time other than Easter or Pentecost, it not only was highly unusual, but actually limited access to holy orders in the church.

The purpose of the ancient Vigil of Pentecost therefore would have been an awaiting of/preparation for/rehearsing of the great themes of the Day of Pentecost, meaning primarily the Holy Spirit and the Christian life lived under the power and guidance of that same Spirit. You could add to that the idea of the birth of the Church as well.”

– (Pr. Thomas L. Weitzel)

The Day of Pentecost

Sunday, May 15     9:00 a.m.

The Day of Pentecost of the fiftieth day of the Easter season. On that fiftieth day we celebrate God the Holy Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. We give thanks for the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples as they were gathered in one place in Jerusalem. On that day the Holy Spirit came as a rush of violent wind and as tongues of fire on the disciples. They were then sent out by the Spirit to proclaim in various languages the mighty acts of God, specifically the saving work of Jesus through his death on the cross and his rising from the dead. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism.

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Scriptures for Pentecost Weekend

Read ahead as your devotions for the week leading up to May 14-15

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Genesis 11:1-9

Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Joel 2:28-32

Psalm 130

Romans 8:14-17, 22-27

John 14:8-17 [25-27]

 

Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Romans 8:14-17

John 14:8-17 [25-27]

 

Remember to wear Red on Pentecost Weekend.

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Confirmation Sunday

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Join us for a special event, Sunday, May 3.

We will gather for worship and to support five youth from MLLC who are affirming their Baptism in the Rite of Confirmation.  You are invited to worship with us on this very special Sunday.

Note this special change of our Sunday Schedule for this Sunday only:

Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m.

Worship will be at 10:15 a.m.

We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of May 9-10.

Here is our usual schedule:

Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School at 10:10 a.m.

Worship on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 6 p.m.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered at our regularly scheduled Sunday morning and Saturday evening worship services.

The worship service on May 3 – Confirmation Sunday – will be filled with joy and prayer as these young people formally say “yes” to God has first done for them in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

Please keep these young people in prayer as they grow in their faith and service in Christ.

These students are:  Faith, Jed, Dana, Aaron, and Dylan.

The Confirmation Program at MLLC includes the following:

A school year of study of God’s Word.  Included in this is a general survey of the story of Scripture with an emphasis on how it fits together.  Our relationship with Jesus Christ is emphasized.

A school year of study of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Theology and the Lutheran movement of Christianity.  Our relationship with the people of God is emphasized.

A Summer Camp experience at Lutherhill Camp near La Grange, TX.

Joyful Baptism on Sunday, August 24

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We had another joyful Sunday at MLLC.  We welcomed Kannon, the son of Tanner and Brittany.  Kannon was joined to the saving work of Jesus Christ through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at our 9 a.m. worship service.  When a person is baptized at MLLC he or she also joins the congregation.  We rejoice in God’s grace which has been brought into Kannon’s life through this sacrament.

See more about this baptism and our other new members at MLLC on our New Member page – click this link.

Triple Baptism – April 19

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At the Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 19, 2014, we welcomed three new Christians into God’s family:  Tonia, Ally and Judd.  Each of these received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at the Vigil.  We are very thankful for God’s gift of faith and the work he is already doing in the lives of these three.  As newly baptized Christians they are also new members of MLLC.  Ally and Tonia also received the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time as Christians at this service.  It was a joyful evening for all involved.

Check out this page to learn more about our Great Vigil of Easter.

 

The Great Vigil of Easter is the ancient time when New Christians have been baptized.  Every year, including 2014, thousands of people are baptized all over the world at  Great Vigil of Easter services such as we had at MLLC.  Many congregations also use this special service to receive new members into the congregation.  My own son was baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter in 2004 at the congregation I served in North Liberty, Indiana, at that time.

 

Here are some more photos from the baptisms of Tonia, Ally and Judd on April 19.

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