God is present and active in all aspects of our lives, even outside Sunday and beyond the walls of our church building. We strive to make these connections with several special worship services.
All Hallow’s Eve
Did you know that, before Trick or Treating, before Halloween as we know it, there was a Christian Holiday called All Hallow’s Eve? For hundreds of years All Hallow’s Eve was a Christian Festival which recalled the lives of the great saints of Christian history as well as loved ones who had died. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church marks All Hallow’s Eve with an annual worship service that focuses on the promise of the resurrection future which Christ has won for us.
For some people, the joy of Christmas may be overshadowed by the loss of a loved one or some other difficult times in life. They may feel as if the joy and festivities of Christmas are not for them. The Blue Christmas worship is a time and place to offer our grief to God and to realize the true reason Christ came in to our world-to bring forgiveness, healing, and hope. It is a quiet, peaceful worship which focuses on the light Christ brings into our darkness.
Blessing of the Bikes
We kick off summertime by setting aside a weekend when we offer a prayer for a blessing of the bikes during each of our worship services. Cyclists of all ages wheel bikes of all shapes and sizes into the sanctuary for the blessing. Motorcycles are also offered a blessing following the 10:15 a.m. worship.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Every autumn, near the beginning of the school year we hold a blessing of the backpacks during our worship services. Students, teachers, and anyone else who desires to take part, are invited to come to the altar with their backpacks and briefcases to receive a prayer and blessing for the year of learning, teaching, and working to come. A token reminding us of God’s love is given to attach to bags.
Blessing of the Pets
The Blessing of the Pets acknowledge God’s love, care, and concern for all of creation. The blessing takes place in the churchyard on or near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th. All animals are welcome! In the past, horses, rats, tortoises, parakeets, goldfish, cats, and dogs have been part of this joyous event!