Music and Worship
Gluten Free Communion
We now have gluten free communion wafers available upon
request. Please check with the pastor before the service or simply ask for during the distribution.
Contemplative Communion Service with prayer, scripture, reflection, &
Service of Holy
Communionwith children's message &
healing prayers with
Healing Services 2nd
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
1 Corinthians 3:10-11,
In today’s first reading we hear, “You
shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Yet we know we cannot achieve perfection. Our attempts to
love neighbors and even our enemies fall short of what God desires for us. Yet in Jesus we see one who loved
even those who persecuted and killed him. We are made holy in baptism, and forgiven at the table of God’s
mercy. As a people made holy by God, we go in peace to love as we have been
Today’s festival is a bridge between the
Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several
days. On the mount of transfiguration Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his
baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem.
We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside
the alleluia at the conclusion of today's liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season
of Lent and will be sung again at
Lent begins with a solemn
call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. As we hear in today’s
readings, now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord. During Lent the people of God will reflect on the
meaning of their baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality
and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are
washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows
from the springtime Easter feast to come.
Season of Lent
Join us during this Lent Season on Wednesday
evenings starting March 8 through April 5 at 6:00 p.m. for fellowship and Soup Suppers. Bring your favorite pot of soup to share! Followed
by Bible Studies and Prayer at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday March 5, 2017
First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Today's gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation
in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a
time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the
meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s
mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days
Sunday March 12, 2017
Second Sunday in Lent
During Lent we journey with all those
around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. In today’s gospel Jesus tells Nicodemus that he
must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are given a new birth as daughters and sons of God. As God
made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life. From worship we
are sent forth to proclaim God’s love for all the
Sunday March 19, 2017
Third Sunday in Lent
In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks
Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing
from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen
baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the
resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s
Sunday March 26, 2017
Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment.
The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. I was blind, but now I see,
declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved sons and
daughters. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to
bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily
Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday
Procession of the Palms 10:45 a.m.
Thursday - Communion Worship 7 p.m.
Joy of Christ Lutheran Church
784 Kamehameha Hwy.
Pearl City, HI
We gather as the disciples did in the Upper Room with
foot washing as we remember the Last Supper, and the altar is stripped
Friday Prayer Vigil
6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday Joint Worship
Joy of Christ Lutheran
Church @ CLC 7:00
Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day
Sunrise Service 7:00
Communion Worship Service 10:45 a.m.
Passover Seder Meal
God's Work Our
Hands, Faith in Action
year we expressed our gratitude to our local First Responders by providing lunches to 120
local Fire Fighters, Police Officers, and EMS
workers, made by our voluteers.
Blessing of the
In remembrance of all our
Saints in our lives.
Service and Studies Wednesdays at 7 PM
Candlelight Services 6 & 8
Midweek Advent Services
Contemplative Bible Study and Responsive Prayer Service.
We meet in the sanctuary and use the “lectio divina” and reflect upon the Gospel readings of the season. Bring your