Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, Director of Missions for the NALC
We welcome the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, Director of Missions for the NALC, this weekend as our special guest speaker for Consecration Weekend! He will preach at each of our Worship services.
Dr. Buba will also lead Reformation’s first “Church Planting and Renewal Conference” on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 am – 4 pm. Along with his presentations, there will also be workshops on the basics of church planting, developing a congregational prayer ministry, discipleship 101, and using what you have to renew your existing congregation. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, there is still time to sign-up! Call the church office at 540-825-1376 or email email@example.com right now. We expect participants from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania!
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We’re asking for your help! This weekend as you attend our Easter Services, we’d love for you to take a selfie of you or your family and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #RLCEaster2016 & #CulpeperRLC #deadmanwalking2016. Here’s how:
- Take your selfie(s) of yourself and/or your family
- On Facebook, add photo and type in the hashtags listed above, going to our Facebook page and posting under ‘Visitor Posts’
- On Twitter, select your photo, tag us typing in our Twitter handle @CulpeperRLC & the two hashtags listed above
- On Instagram, select your pic and in the text area, tag our Intagram account by typing in @culpeperrlc and the two hashtags above
We will compile all of the pics uploaded and put them into a complete album on our website and social media accounts!
We can’t wait to see all of your pics!
The Resurrection of Our Lord
2016 Easter Weekend
“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad it.” God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree.” Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear “to us who were chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia!
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 65: 17-25
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Easter Sunday – The resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. In the early morning of the first day of the week (Sunday), as several women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, they found the stone to the cave entrance rolled away. At first, they and other disciples were quite fearful that Christ’s body had been stolen. But these fears were quickly erased as the risen Jesus made himself known to Mary Magdalene and the others. The physically resurrected Jesus had defeated the 3D’s- Death, Darkness and the Devil! For the next 40 days before his ascension into heaven, the Lord would reveal himself to many, and command the church to witness him and make disciples.
Good Friday Tenebrae 2016 – 1 Good Friday Tenebrae 2016 – 2
Good Friday Tenebrae 2016 – 3
Good Friday Tenebrae 2016 – 4
“Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a Christian religious service celebrated in the Holy Week within Western Christianity, on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Tenebrae is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms are chanted or recited.” Info from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenebrae
Pastor Brad washes Ken Tomayko’s feet during Maundy Thursday Worship service. Ken is Vice President of Church Council.
This tradition is from the Book of John, in which Christ washes his Disciples’ feet during the Last Supper.
1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2During supper, when the devil had alread put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you under- stand what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
March 25, 2016
At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.
Almighty God, we ask you to look with mercy on your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and to be given over to the hands of sinners and suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Good Friday – We remember Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. After being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, being betrayed by one his own disciples, Judas Iscariot, abandoned by those closest to him, he was wrongly convicted by the religious leaders, and received massive physical abuse. Once sentenced to death by the Roman leader Pontius Pilate, Jesus receives the worst punishment-crucifixion on the cross. Even on the cross our Lord was abandoned by the Father God who could not stand the sins of the people taken on by Christ. That’s why Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” After his death, Jesus’ body is laid in a never-used garden tomb.
March 24, 2016
With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world.
Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Maundy Thursday – On this day, we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples in the Upper Room. In the midst of that gathering, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples to show the example of service and humility for his believers. During this meal there is a transition. It begins as a Passover celebration, but becomes our understanding of the Holy Communion. We are inheritors of eternal life through the new covenant, the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In Latin, the word Maundy means “Command.” Christ also gives us a new commandment to “love one another.” At the end of the Maundy Thursday worship, we move into the silence and darkness of Good Friday.
Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016
Today’s liturgy begins with a palm procession, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Quickly the tone of the service changes as we meditate upon Jesus’ passion and death. Because this story is so central to our faith, we hear Matthew’s account of the passion today and John’s version on Good Friday. Though Jesus is obedient even unto death on the cross, he is exalted by God. We gather to remember his offering for the life of the world, and to be fed by his life-giving mercy. This holy week will culminate in the celebration of the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.