40 Days For LIFE
TUESDAY, MARCH 19th - 6:30 am to 6:30 pm:
Plan now and “Mark your Calendars” to stand/sit and pray for 2 hours at Houston Lutherans for Life/OSL DAY, at Planned Parenthood on the Gulf Freeway, on TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH. This is the SPRING 2019- 40 Days effort to save the Life of unborn Babies which our Heavenly Father has created.
PLEASE PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING - What two-hour time period meets YOUR schedule?
To participate please sign up here: Houston Lutherans for Life. Thank You!
What’s an Awesome Way to Spend an Evening?
Answer: Quiz Night at OSL!
Your high school youth group, The 4:12, would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Quiz Night on Saturday, March 30th, at the OSL school cafeteria. The night will begin at 6 pm and finish at 9pm.
For those who have never been to a quiz night event, let me explain. The evening will consist of 10 rounds of trivia. Questions are answered by teams on forms provided. The forms are collected and tabulated after each round and team standings will be announced during the evening. Each round will have a different focus, including American Presidents, Art, and the Bible, just to namea few. There will be prizes awarded after each round to the winners and various chances to win cash, throughout the night. At the end of the evening a QuizNight Champion will be crowned. Will last year’s winners, The Back PewSinners, repeat? Or will a new champion be crowned? Sign up to find out!
The evening, apart from being great fun, raises money for The 4:12 Higher Things Youth Conference this July in California. Quiz teams consist of 6 people at a cost of $20 per person (which can be paid the night of). A light supper and snacks will be available for purchase duringthe evening. There are excellent prizes up for grabs throughout the night and for the winning teams. We would love it if you could enter a team in the quiz, or if you cannot please consider sponsoring a round. Child care will also be available for the evening. Please RSVP by March 20th. For questions or to RSVP, contact Pastor Krieg. Let’s find out who the smartest members of the OSL community are!
Lent & Holy Week Schedule
March 6, at 7:00 PM with Ashes & Holy Communion
Supper in Bible Classroom at 5:45 PM
- LWML will be serving: Baked Potatoes with chopped brisket, 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.
March 13, 20, 27, April 3, & 10
Service at 7:00 PM
Supper in Bible Classroom at 5:45 PM
Mar 13 - FELLOWSHIP will serve: Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Garden Salad, Chips, Cookies
- Mar 20 - OSL SCHOOL FACULTY will serve: Fettuccini Chicken Alfredo, Caesar Salad, dessert
- Mar 27 - ALTAR GUILD will serve: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad, dinner roll, dessert
- Apr 03 - MEN ALIVE will serve: Crispy Tacos, dessert
- Apr 10 - PARISH ED / YOUTH will serve: Hamburgers and chips, dessert
Palm Sunday Festival with Confirmation
April 14, 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.
April 18, 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 • April 19
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 21
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 21. 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 23-26. Dedication deadline for the bulletin is Palm Sunday, April 14.
Our Savior Lutheran Church supports the BLUE BLOSSOM Pregnancy Centers with The Houston Coalition For Life. This maternal assistance office offers the Curriculum of Life Program to new mothers, expectant mothers and young women who need help. They offer Life Classes, Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasounds, Confidential Counseling, and Referrals, ALL for FREE. They also operate 2 mobile units that offer free assistance to mothers considering abortion, that they might choose life for their babies.
For more information: 713-395-1330 or visit The Houston Coalition For Life
Get to know your fellow members and vice versa via NAME TAG identification – They may be ordered by contacting Debbie in the church office. 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.