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LASAGNA DINNER!

 

We are getting ready to host another FAMOUS LASAGNA DINNER!

For decades this has been a wonderful evening of great food and warm fellowship.  But, did you know that the proceeds from the dinner go to buy dinner for someone else? Over the last few years, St. Luke’s has donated over $16,000 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as a result of the dinner.  Help make this our best year yet!  You can help by selling tickets, making lasagna and working the night of the dinner.  Sign up sheets are in Will Hall.  Please speak to Ernie Doeden if you have questions.

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 5 PM to  8PM (Public Is Invited)

Menu: meat or vegetarian lasagna, salad, garlic bread, desserts, milk and wine

Adults $10

Children $5
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE NORTHEAST IOWA FOOD BANK

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Singing our way through Advent

Singing our way through Advent

“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.”
~Song of Zechariah

“Surely, it is God who saves me;
I will trust in him and not be afraid.”
~First song of Isaiah

And, now, this Sunday…

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
~Song of Mary

Songs have long been a way to express joy, offer praise, express grief, and even speak resistance. As we continue to sing our way through Advent, what songs are you singing?

Leave a post here to let us know the tune that’s tumbing around in your heart these days.

If you’re able, join us for conversation (and maybe some singing!) at Tuesday’s Lectionary at Lunch. There’s always room at the table!

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Tuesday’s Lectionary at Lunch

It was a night like any other for those shepherds minding their flock. Some would have been chosen for the night watch, keeping their eyes and ears alert to any potential threat to the herd – bandits and wild animals were among the many dangers. The others would have been searching for a comfortable spot to sleep and stay warm.

In those days, shepherds held little in common with the cute kids we usually see on Christmas Eve – the ones wearing bathrobes and draping towels on their heads and waving to loved ones from the chancel steps.

Shepherding was hard and dirty work; it was lonely and often ostracizing. So, when the angel appears to them with a message that the Messiah has come it must have been a little perplexing to this group of outcasts. What should they do? Oddly enough, they wasted no time in going to “see this thing that had taken place.” And, once they saw the Christ Child, they went with haste to let others know what had been told to them.

“Haste” isn’t a word that’s used much in everyday conversation. It means “speedy,” “rush,” “acceleration,” and “quickness.” Most of us have been moving with great haste this month (or perhaps longer), trying frantically to get ready for family and gift giving and holiday feasts for the Christmas season. While those are all good things for sure, how is operating in haste working for you? Would you like a few moments to ponder some treasured stories? Would you cherish some time to wonder and praise and savor the gift of Christ’s birth?

Join us Tuesday at 11:45 AM. There’s room for you at this inn. The gift of your presence is requested!

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Easter Celebrations

The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 15 at 8:00 PM
The first service of Easter Day is the Vigil observed after sundown on Saturday night. We begin in semi-darkness as the new fire – the Paschal candle – is lit from the prairie burn and processed into the church. We hear stories of deliverance and God’s fierce love for us. We renew our baptismal promises. And, then the church, still in relative darkness, witnesses the “rebuilding of the altar” which has been bare since Maundy Thursday. The Altar Guild brings out the cross, linens, candles, flowers, EVERYTHING! The lights come up, the music sounds, the people sing, and we proclaim “ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN!” Then, we celebrate the first Eucharist of our joyful Easter!

Easter Day Sunday, April 16 at 9:15 AM
Our joyful Easter observance will continue with celebrations of Holy Eucharist and Baptism. This is truly a festival Eucharist, giving thanks for Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the gate of everlasting life opening for us. An Easter brunch follows worship.

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Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Palm Sunday Sunday, April 9 at 9:15 AM
The story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels. The first service of Holy Week finds us waving our palm branches and singing “Hosanna!” much like the crowd that gathered that day so long ago. But our rejoicing will fade quickly, again like the crowd’s, into somber contemplation of what lies ahead.

Agapé Meal Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 PM
This Agapé (“love-feast”) recalls the meal Jesus and his disciples shared in the upper room. Join us for a simple meal of Mediterranean fare before the Maundy Thursday service.

Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 13 at 6:45 PM
“Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment we hear from Jesus in John 13:34, “to love one another.” On this day we enter the Triduum (the three days), the time from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. The liturgy celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, the foot washing, and the institution of the Eucharist. At the conclusion of the service the altar is stripped of all liturgical elements and remains bare and empty until the Easter Vigil. (Note: participation in the foot washing is optional.)

Gethsemane Watch Thursday, April 13 from 9 PM until Friday Sunrise
Throughout the night we will hold a vigil in the church. Join fellow pilgrims as we watch with Christ in the Garden before His trial and execution. Judas left during the Last Supper, but Jesus and the other disciples went to Geth-semane, where Jesus prayed – and the disciples kept falling asleep. Can you stay awake for just one hour for Christ?

Good Friday – Liturgy Friday, April 14 at Noon
At this traditional liturgy, the Church remembers the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. What first strikes our senses is the unfamiliar barrenness of the worship space. There is nothing to distract our attention from the Cross and the saving events we commemorate. We hear the Passion narrative and contemplate Jesus’ deep redemptive love.

Tenebrae Friday, April 14 at 6:30 PM
Tenebrae is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows.” Coming from the monastic tradition, the Tenebrae liturgy uses Scripture to recall the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the Passion of Christ. It is a deeply moving service with solemn hymns, readings and responses. The church gradually darkens as candles are extinguished after each reading.

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Ash Wednesday Services

Holy Lent

Ash Wednesday Services

February 18

Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist

Noon & 6 PM

 

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!

Our annual “let’s get ready for Lent” pancake supper…It’s fun for the whole family!
Tuesday, February 17
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Suggested donation $5 Adults/ $3 Children
All proceeds go to support the J2A June Mission Trip!
Activities for children!pancakes

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Christmas Worship!

Christmas is a time for gathering. Christmas is a time for love. And Christmas is a time for thanks. Come join us do all these things at our holiday services!

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Labyrinth

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Labyrinth Ministry

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St. Luke’s has a permanent outdoor labyrinth, created by one of our young parishioners as an Eagle Scout project, but completed through significant donations of time, talent, and material and financial resources of many in the congregation and community.

 

The labyrinth provides a sacred space to walk slowly, contemplate, and pray.  A long, winding walkway leads from the parking lot to the semi-secluded space of the labyrinth.  A walk through arbor provides a visual cue that one is transitioning from the walkway to the meditative path of the labyrinth.  Memorial benches surrounding the labyrinth provide another way to enjoy the serenity of the space.

 

The labyrinth is open to the community, and the Labyrinth Committee is working on ways to expand its use.  The committee is adding signs to help draw people to the outdoor labyrinth.  All ages enjoy using the labyrin

 

 

St. Luke’s also has a portable indoor canvas labyrinth.  This labyrinth is like the one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  We have had two guests lead workshops on the labyrinth, a guest speaker from Wartburg College speak about labyrinths, and yearly times during Advent and Lent for parishioners and the public to walk the labyrinth.  Music and meditation ideas are available as well as finger labyrinths for those who cannot physically navigate the circuitous path.

Special thanks to Bill Witt and Curt Ritter for these photos!

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Community Meals

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Monthly Community Meals

 

 

Every third Sunday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church serves dinner to anyone who is hungry or alone for whatever reason.  Co-chairs Diane Lyman and Sharon Kelleher organize about 30 volunteers to cook, decorate and set tables, greet guests, package bags of staple items, bake desserts, and wash dishes.

    

 

“The meals, which began a little over two years ago, started because we knew that there was hunger in the community. We also knew that people needed companionship,” says Lyman.  She was inspired by a sermon at church to become involved.  “I just felt challenged to get out there and serve others. This is a way to use one of my gifts, hospitality, cooking and entertaining guests.”  Other volunteers feel the same way.

 

   

 

Dinner guests come from all over Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and surrounding communities.  We serve families with children, all the way up to seniors,” Lyman says. “And we get singles who come regularly.” Relationships have developed; regular diners coordinate transportation to the meals among themselves and look out for each other.  In addition, a number of guests are on the parish prayer list.

  

 

Guests arrive early and stay late. “Some people sit around the table and talk long after they’ve finished their meal,” offers co-chair Kelleher. “They’re getting more than food.  People are developing friendships and community here.”

 

Guests are greeted at the door and asked to find a table at which they would like to dine.  The night’s menu is explained and each diner’s meal is brought to him or her rather than asking people to go through a serving line. Dinner is always served on porcelain dinner plates with real utensils, in an effort to make the meal more home-like and to keep with the church’s ecological efforts.

 

 

Most of the food served and that goes into the take-home pantry bags is purchased through the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, of which St. Luke’s is a partnering member. Some vegetables come from the church’s expanding community garden.  In addition to serving dinner at the church, St. Luke’s hosts a meal at the Catholic Worker House in Waterloo on the third Monday of each month.  “We cook once and serve twice,” says Sue Fread, coordinator of CWH ministry at St. Luke’s.

Special thanks to Bill Witt for many of these photos!

 

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St. Luke’s Famous Lasagna Dinner!

St. Luke‘s Famous Lasagna Dinner is Friday, October 3!

Dinner is served from 5 PM to 8 PM
Tickets $10 adults/ $5 children
Proceeds benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank
Meat and vegetarian lasagna available

 

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Walk the Labyrinth!

Pilgrims and seekers have been walking labyrinths for over 5000 years.  In the ongoing search for life’s meaning, for comfort, for healing, for wisdom, for direction, for communion with the Divine, people have turned to the labyrinth as a spiritual tool, a sacred place to meet God. As we draw near to Holy Week, we invite you to experience this ancient form of contemplative prayer.

Our indoor labyrinth is open to the public this week on the following days:

Monday – Friday:  9 AM – 1 PM

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A Narrative Description of Holy Week Services

The purpose of Holy Week is to re-enact, re-live, and invite us to participate in the events leading to the Passion of Christ.

Palm Sunday April 13 9:15 AM

The story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels. The first service of

Holy Week finds us waving our palm branches and singing “Hosanna!” much like the crowd that gathered that

day so long ago, but our rejoicing will fade quickly, again like the crowds, into somber contemplation of what

lies ahead.

Journey to the Cross Wednesday, April 16 6:30 PM

This service is designed especially to help younger ones (and not-so-young!) remember important moments

in Jesus’ life. Beginning with Mary’s discovery that she is to be the bearer of the Christ child, through Jesus’

childhood and his adult ministry, and finally through his last days, this is a hands-on worship experience

especially suited for families.

Agapé Meal Thursday, April 17 5:45 PM

This Agapé (“love-feast”) recalls the meal Jesus and his disciples shared in the upper room. Join us for a

simple meal of Mediterranean fare before the Maundy Thursday service.

Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 17 6:30 PM

The name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment we hear

from Jesus in John 13:34, “to love one another.” On this day we enter the Triduum (the three days), the time

from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. The liturgy celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his

disciples, the footwashing, and the institution of the Eucharist. At the conclusion of the service the altar is

stripped of all liturgical elements and remains bare and empty until the Easter Vigil. (Note: participation in the

footwashing is optional.)

Gethsemane Watch Thursday, April 17 9 PM – Friday Sunrise

Throughout the night we will hold a vigil in the church. Join with fellow pilgrims as we watch with Christ in

the Garden before His trial and execution. Judas left during the Last Supper, but Jesus and the remaining

disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed – and the disciples kept falling asleep. Can

you remain awake for just one hour for Christ?

Good Friday -Stations of the Cross Friday, April 18 Noon

The remembrance and commemoration of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion mark this day as the most

solemn of days within the Christian calendar. Following the Stations of the Cross (also referred to as Via

Delarosa “Way of grief” in Latin) is an ancient practice that recalls the last events of Jesus’ earthly life:

betrayed and beaten, condemned to death, given his cross, his long walk to Golgotha, his crucifixion, and

death. Using the icons in our worship space, we, too, will make our pilgrimage to the Cross.

Good Friday – Liturgy Friday, April 18 6:30 PM

The origin of the term ‘Good Friday’ is unclear, but the meaning of the day is without doubt – it is the Friday

on which the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ – the Great or the Holy or the

Good Friday. The first thing to strike our senses is the unfamiliar barrenness of the worship space. There is

nothing to distract our attention from the Cross and the saving events we commemorate. We hear the Passion

narrative and contemplate Jesus’ deep redemptive love.

The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 19, 8:00 PM

The first service of Easter Day is the Vigil observed after sundown on Saturday night. We begin in relative

darkness and watch as the new fire – the Paschal candle – is lit from the prairie burn and processed into the

church. We listen to stories of deliverance and God’s fierce love for us. We renew our baptismal promises.

And, then the church, still in relative darkness, witnesses the “rebuilding of the altar” which is still bare from

Maundy Thursday. The Altar Guild brings out the cross, linens, candles, flowers, EVERYTHING…the lights

come up, the music plays, the people sing, and we proclaim “ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN! The first

Eucharist of Easter is celebrated!

Easter Day Sunday, April 20 9:15 AM

Our joyful Easter observance will continue with celebrations of Holy Eucharist and Baptisms. This is truly

a festival Eucharist, giving thanks for Christ’s resurrection from the dead and opening for us the gate of

everlasting life. An Easter brunch follows worship. We are also serving a Community Easter Meal that

evening. Alleluia! Christ is risen!

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Holy Week & Easter Services

Palm Sunday                      April 13          9:15 AM

Journey to the Cross    April 16          6:30 PM

Maundy Thursday         April 17          6:30 PM  (5:45 Agapé Dinner)

Good Friday                        April 18           Noon & 6:30 PM

Easter Vigil                          April 19           8:00 PM

Easter                                      April 20          9:15 AM

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