Maundy Thursday - March 29 (4:30 p.m. in Cataract; 6:30 p.m. in Black River Falls)
Maundy Thursday marks a unique place in the church calendar. Just as Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, so Maundy Thursday marks the end of Lenten preparation and the beginning of the three holy days of Christendom, called the Triduum.
The name for this day comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment.” It refers to the command our Lord gave to His disciples on this day: “Love one another.”
It was also on this day that our Savior gave us the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Therefore, at this service we are reminded of the reconciliation we have because of Christ’s body and blood given for the forgiveness of our sins, and the example of self-giving love shown by our Lord as he washed the feet of His disciples.
In this service we will strip the altar. The action of ceremonially stripping the altar prepares the chancel and the congregation for Good Friday. There is no blessing, closing hymn or postlude. Rather, the two services flow into one another as the congregation disperses in silence to reassemble on Good Friday.
Good Friday - March 30 (4:30 p.m. in Cataract; 6:30 p.m. in Black River Falls)
On this day our service will be a service of Darkness or Tenebrae. This service focuses us on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Candles are progressively extinguished throughout the service, symbolizing the life of Christ ebbing away.
In this service we will recall the last hours of our Savior’s life as recorded in the Gospels. These eyewitness accounts bring us to stand at the foot of the cross. The readings recount the physical and spiritual torment Jesus endured as he atoned for the sins of the world.
The sounds and sights of this Tenebrae service are intended to be dark and contemplative, but you will also notice notes of hope and anticipation. As worship nears an end, a single candle, a symbol of our Lord himself, is carried out of the worship space (symbolizing Christ being placed in the tomb). Then the silence is broken with a loud, resounding noise called the strepitus. That sound not only marks the closing of the grave, but also foreshadows Christ’s tomb exploding open in triumph on Easter morning. With quiet drama the candle returns as the darkness of Good Friday will yield to the undying light of Easter.
Easter - April 1 (8 a.m. in Black River Falls; 9:45 a.m. in Cataract)
Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone of our Christian faith. It proves that our Savior is true God and that all he promised is true: our sins really are forgiven! We are at peace with God! Heaven is our eternal home! One day we too will rise!
This Easter service will begin with lighting the Paschal Candle. This large candle is a symbol of Jesus, the Light of the World. It reminds us that Christ has destroyed the darkness of death and brought light and life for today and for all time in heaven. This candle is lit during worship throughout the Easter season and again at every baptism and funeral. We are “buried with Jesus through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)
Jesus Cares Worship at the Cross
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."(Mark 16:15)
Faith Lutheran Church of Black River Falls is excited to announce a new program called Worship at the Cross. The Worship at the Cross program will provide individuals with special needs the opportunity to hear God’s Word, participate in activities and engage in fellowship with family members, volunteers and community members.
The Worship at the Cross program is a simplified service that follows a format appropriate for people with a cognitive disability, including people with forms of dementia. Pictures and symbols lead participants through the parts of the service.
We are very excited to share God’s word with individuals in Black River Falls, and this Worship at the Cross program will allow us to bring the Gospel to individuals with disabilities, their families and community members. It will truly be a unique program designed to inspire and impact.
The Worship at the Cross program is part of Jesus Care Ministries (JCM). JCM is a ministry of The Lutheran Home Association and provides Christian community outreach for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. To find out more about JCM check us out at www.tlha.org, follow @TLHAword on Twitter and “Like” Jesus Cares Ministries on Facebook.
Lutheran Women's Missionary Society - Spring Rally
Worker Training Around the World
The Spring Rally of the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) Scenic Coulee Circuit will meet Thursday, April 19. The meeting will be held at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in South Ridge. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 1 p.m.
Our guest speaker that day will be Pastor James Korthals as he presents Worker Training Around the World. Since 1863 the professors at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) have been preparing pastors for service in American congregations and as missionaries on foreign fields. You see the results of this work every week because your pastor is a product of that training. What is less well known is our seminary's involvement in the training of pastors in foreign countries. Professors from WLS regularly go overseas to help prepare native pastors for service in their own countries. Professor Korthals has had the opportunity to assist in the training of pastors in East Asia and in Africa. At our LWMS gathering he will give you insights into this very important work as we go into all the world with the gospel message.
FiSH Aquaponics Tour
Learn to Grow with FiSH!
FiSH is a social group sponsored by Faith Ev. Lutheran Church geared toward recreation activities for adults, single or married, younger or older. To learn more, click here.
The next FiSH activity will be Saturday, April 21 and we will tour the Floating Gardens near Mindoro - a grain farm family that became aquaponics greenhouse growers. After the tour, we'll head over to Top Dawgs for lunch (maybe try one of their 108 different burgers).
Here are the nitty gritty's: When: Leave the BRF church building at 9:30 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. (You can meet the group at Floating Gardens (N8985 County Road C, Mindoro) at 10:30 if you wish. What Else: Bring $5 for the tour and money for lunch