Lent & Holy Week Schedule
February 14, at 7:00 PM with Ashes & Holy Communion
Supper in Bible Classroom at 5:45 PM (with a Valentines flair)
- FELLOWSHIP will serve: Fried Catfish Filets, chips, hushpuppies, cole slaw, salad, dessert
The first day of Lent is called “Ash Wednesday” in all Christian countries of the Western world from the historic ceremony of imposing blessed ashes in the form of the cross on the foreheads of the faithful. In the ancient tradition the pastor pronounces the words of Genesis 3:19 as he places the ashes on the penitent’s forehead. “Memento homo quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris.” (Remember, man, that thou art dust and to dust shalt thou return.) The ashes used are obtained from the burning of the blessed palms from the previous Palm Sunday. The designation of this holy day as “Ash Wednesday” dates from the 10th century. Ash Wednesday is a day of solemn confession when the congregation laments the sins of God’s people and makes a commitment to observe the Lenten season as a time of repentance and prayer in preparation for the joyous celebration of the Lord’s resurrection. The ashes of this somber observance are a reminder of our human frailty and mortality and a sign of our repentance, sorrow, and need for grace.
February 21, 28, March 7, 14, & 21
Service at 7:00 PM
Supper in Bible Classroom at 5:45 PM
- Feb. 21 - MEN ALIVE will serve: Baked Potato with chopped beef, salad, dessert
- Feb. 28 - OSL SCHOOL FACULTY will serve: Pork Roast Loin, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, salad, dessert
- Mar. 07 - LWML will serve: Spaghetti w/Meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert
- Mar. 14 - EVANGELISM will serve: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, chips, cole slaw, salad dessert
- Mar. 21 - ALTAR GUILD will serve: Chicken & dumplings, fried okra, salad, dessert
Palm Sunday Festival with Confirmation
March 25, at 9:30 AM
followed by the Processional Drama outside
Palm Sunday, the gateway to Holy Week, is the first memorial to our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. This festive parade was His wedding march as He proceeded to seal with blood His Bridegroom’s love for the human family. It is, furthermore, a feast in honor of Christ the King. This is the first time during His earthly life that He allowed royal homage to be paid Him. On the basis of His kingship He was convicted and sentenced to die. He was a martyr to His royal title. But Palm Sunday brings us face to face with suffering, for it introduces us to Christ’s sacred Passion. The service ends with “The Procession,” in which the worshipers, carrying palms, follow out of the church into the world. The symbolism is this: as soldiers and martyrs of Christ, we accompany the Lord and King of martyrs into the strife (herein lies the real significance of the palms). This is a procession to honor the Conqueror over death and hell as He proceeds to the battlefield. Christians are marching with Christ, a train of heroes and conquerors!
Confirmation is the ceremony when our 8th Grade Catechism Students (Confirmands) come before the altar and make their vows of faith. Each Confirmand will be given a special Bible verse through the blessing from Pastor with the Confirmand's family standing close at hand.
- After the service everyone will go outside to watch Jesus riding on a donkey in a celebratory procession to the main church doors, where he will meet with the high priest, heal the lame, and drive out the money changers.
March 29, at 7:00 PM
with Holy Communion & Gethsemane Drama
The main reason the Christian Church remembers and observes Maundy Thursday is that Jesus instituted His Holy Supper on this day (mandatum). The Lord’s Supper is a Means of Grace - Holy Communion can be regarded as the Sacrament of “Strengthening.” The purpose of this Sacrament, therefore, is to strengthen our already existing faith in Jesus as we “remember” Him in this Sacrament and what He did for us to make this possible. He gave His life into death; He offered His own Body; He shed His own Blood - for the remission of our sins. Thus as we partake of His Body and Blood in this Sacrament, we receive the blessings which His suffering and death earned for us - forgiveness of sins. This, in turn, strengthens our faith so that we remain close to God.
- Before the service beginning around 6:40 PM, as you are walking into the sanctuary watch Jesus and his disciples as they partake of the Last Supper and the washing of feet. After the worship service, we will walk outside and look over the stone wall into the Garden of Gethsemane and watch the betrayal and capture of Jesus.
Good Friday • March 30
Noonday at 12:00 PM
Tenebrae (Service of Darkness) at 7:00 PM
followed by Crucifixion Drama Outside
The day upon which our Lord died is the most solemn day of the Church Year. There is no event in all the long history of man that matches His crucifixion. The Gospel accounts of the crucifixion paint the awful picture in brief, bold strokes. One can almost feel the oppressive darkness closing in. To impress upon the hearts and minds of the faithful the awful consequences of sin and the magnitude of the Savior’s sacrifice, the ancient church held a series of special services during the final days of Holy Week called “Tenebrae.” “Tenebrae” is a Latin word which means “darkness.” It refers to the ceremonial darkening of the sanctuary which is the center of these unique worship services. As the church grows dimmer, we remember the darkness which fell upon the earth for the last three hours of Christ’s agony on the cross. Remember why that agonizing sacrifice was necessary and savor the richness of God’s love for you, a sinner.
- After the service, we walk outside to the hill of Golgotha and witness Jesus' walk to the cross and crucifixion.
Easter Sunday • April 1
Breakfast at 8:00 AM (cafeteria)
High School Youth will serve up Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Fresh Fruit, Coffee & Juice
(Freewill offering to fund the Youth trip to the Higher Things Conference)
Festival Worship at 9:30 AM
A Festival Service for the Feast of the Resurrection Of Our Lord!
with Orchestra, Choir & Holy Communion
After the service, experience the Empty Tomb Drama at 11:00 AM.
- Outside in the courtyard, visit the Angels at the empty tomb, and see Jesus greeting the women. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
Egg Hunt outside for the kids
Bring your Easter Basket (for kids 18 months-old through 6th grade) and search the playground for Easter Eggs!
Help celebrate the joy of our risen Christ with flowers in memory of, or in celebration of loved ones, or a special occasion. Your dedication will be printed in the Easter bulletin, on April 1. Email your request & dedication to Debbie. Each lily or mum is $10.00. Checks are to be made out to OSL. Flowers may be picked up after the Easter Service, or from the church office Tuesday - Friday, April 3-6. Dedication deadline for the bulletin is Sunday, March 25.
40 Days For LIFE
On Monday, March 5th & Tuesday, March 6th, many members of Our Savior will participate in the “40 Days Spring 2018 Campaign.” Some of those participating are not members of Houston Lutherans for Life, but they ARE Pro-Life. They will volunteer to stand (or possibly sit) in front of the Pro-Abortion Planned Parenthood facility on the Gulf Freeway and Pray for God-Given Life for 2 Hours. The 40 Days Campaign has proven to be very effective, through prayer, in closing many Planned Parenthood Abortion Facilities across our nation, through guiding the expectant mothers to a Crisis Pregnancy Center (a.k.a. CPC) or, in Houston, to the Big Blue Bus for an ultrasound, which overwhelmingly results in the Baby being born.
WOULD YOU PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER PARTICIPATING? (Be assured you will “receive” much more than you “give.”) Remember you do not have to be a member of Houston Lutherans for Life to participate – just a protector of the Life which God gives us.
To participate please email: Gary.
MOTHER DAUGHTER BANQUET 2018
The Altar Guild at Our Savior cordially invites you to join us for an evening of Magic and Illusion at our 27th Annual Mother Daughter Banquet on Saturday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. The evening begins with a Deliziosa Italian Dinner followed by the Magic of Magician Robby Bennett. Get your Moms, Daughters, Sisters, and Girlfriends together for a fun night out. Tickets are $25 per person. Tables of 10 are available. Tickets will go on sale February 11, after Church outside the Bible Class Room. All proceeds from this Banquet enable the Altar Guild to enhance the beautification of our Sanctuary to the Glory of God.
Help the Babies & Mommas
Our Gabriel Project is in need of volunteers to help prepare layettes for our expectant mothers, and any monetary donations are always welcome. Contact the church office 713-290-9087.
Get to know your fellow members and vice versa via NAME TAG identification – They may be ordered by contacting Dalton Noack personally. The cost per name tag is $6.50. When receiving it there is no charge, but some people want to pay this amount forward and will be received with thanksgiving to bless someone else. The magnetized name tag will have: Our Savior Lutheran Church; Your name; Your birthplace (As a talking point with people you meet). Click here for the form.