Welcome to the Central Lutheran Church website. (If you'd like to check out our Facebook page, click here.) We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. Central has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.
CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Please join us at the church
Adult Bible Study 9:15am
Worship with Children's Church at 10:30am
512 S Bernard St
Spokane, WA 99204
For the scriptures for this Sunday, scroll down!
SUN, MAR 8TH MOVE CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR
Thursday, February 26th – Lenten Midweek Services Begin
We’ll be using the same schedule we did last year: 5:45pm – Soup Supper; 6:15pm – Bell rehearsal; 7:00pm – Worship; 7:30pm (or so) – Chancel Choir
Our devotional this Lent is provided by Luther Seminary and is entitled “There in God’s Garden.” The devotions are written by various graduates of Luther’s “Children, Youth and Family Ministry” program. If you would like a complete copy of the devotional, click here.
Saturday, Feb. 28
“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” LW 241
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood;
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.
There’s a beautiful recording of this hymn by the group Ordinary Time. Banjo, violin and piano accompany human voices in a musical journey through the mystic, haunting and hope-filled story it tells. A story we can’t hear enough. Time and time again God made covenants with us, such as that which he struck with Abram. But sadly these promises weren’t enough. Humanity proved too fragile to uphold them. And so God did the unthinkable. God came as the Word, Jesus Christ, and entered our world wrapped in nothing but human skin. And he chose to come, as we all do, through the vessel of a mother. Why? To save us from death, granting us life by offering himself, in order that it might be possible for all the ends of the earth to find their way to God. Christ our Savior, your wisdom comes to us through word, deed, sound and song.
May we slow down enough in our busy lives to remember your story, hear your promise and revel in your love each and every day. Amen.
Sunday, March 1
“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” (See above)
“As the light of light descending from the realms of endless day.” This is a bold and beautiful image of Christ. Perhaps we each have light to share, hope to give. But Jesus was and is the light of lights, the only one capable of once and for all vanquishing the power of death and destroying the darkness that seeks to cloud our vision. It’s hard to imagine what it was like for him to enter this world fully aware of the suffering he would endure. Even his disciples, as mere witnesses to his pain, refused to hear the truth until after it unfolded. It’s a complex mystery that is both beautiful and harrowing. But it is the story of our God’s unyielding love for all of creation. And it is a story for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and all times, even the ordinary ones. Light of lights, you bore the greatest of all burdens, entering the world in the humble vessel of a child, and marching slowly toward the cross which in this season of Lent looms not far ahead.
Lift our weak bodies, open our eyes and guide us by your light of love, that united with you and all the heavenly host, we can share in the difficult task of loving all your creation. Amen.
LENTEN JOURNEY BEGINS
In the Old and New Testaments we find many references to breaking bread together as a sign of fellowship. Lent is that time when we gather as a community to be fed by our Lord through study, worship and, traditionally, an actual meal. God and two angels visited Abraham and Sarah by the great trees of Mamre (Genesis 18). Abraham hurried to prepare a meal for his guests to feast on. As he served them bread and a roasted calf, he heard the Lord give him a promise of a son to be born. Jesus broke bread with his disciples and friends on many occasions. As they shared in a meal, Christ’s followers heard their Master speak many promises. As we come together in a time of sharing a meal of bread and soup, we will be fed as a community with food and spiritual promises.
May our Lenten journey be one of great nourishment as we feast on the Word of God and have communion with our Lord and one another.
We started with an Ash Wednesday Service on February 18th and continue our weekly Lenten Worship Services on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM. These Lenten services will highlight notable figures from biblical history and the role they played in God’s salvation story. We’ll also connect them to the “Soup of the Week”, sometimes directly and sometimes symbolically. These services will be part of a special evening for our church family. See below for the evening and weekly schedule.
LENTEN MIDWEEK SERVICE: Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM
Soup Supper: 5:45 – 6:45 Bell Choir: 6:15 – 7:00 PM Chancel Choir: 7:35 PM
Please see the sign-up sheet in the Fireside room to pick an evening to provide soup/bread.
PEOPLE AND SOUPS:
Feb. 26 – Jacob and Lentil Stew
March 5 – Moses and Vegetable Soup
March 12 – Joshua and Chicken Soup
March 19 – Elisha and Potato Soup
March 26 – John the Baptist and Beef Barley Soup
April 2 – Maundy Thursday – Jesus and Lamb Stew
Children's Church -- Click here Children's Church to see some of the work done by our children during the Children's Church on Sunday mornings!
Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - tri fold June 7A 2014.pdf
Volunteer for Church Activities -- clspokane.ivolunteer.com -- we use this site for all our volunteer needs at Central, from activity sign-ups such as helping with Sunday mornings! Check it out!!
Here's what's going on at central...
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Midweek Soup Suppers (5:45 pm) and Lenten Services (7 pm)
February 26 through March 26
Game Night at Central
Friday, March 20th @ 6:30 pm
Any and all ages are welcome!
Bring your favorite game,
a snack to share and join in the fun!
Every Sunday in worship the church celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit gathers us to receive again the gifts of God that come to us through Christ, the saving Word. On several key days at the center of the church year, however, worship takes a particular shape. These central days have come to be known as the Three Days, recalling Jesus' own words to his disciples that he would be handed over to death, and that "after three days he will rise again" (Mark 10:34). The Three Days encompass the time from Maundy Thursday evening through the evening of Easter Day. In particular, the services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter unfold in a single movement, as the church each year makes the passage with Christ through death into life.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Sunday, March 29th – Palm Sunday
9:15 am Education Hour
10:30 am Worship w/ Holy Communion
Thursday, April 2nd — Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm Worship
Friday, April 3rd — Good Friday
7:00 pm Worship
Saturday, April 4th — Easter Vigil
7:00 pm Worship — The Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 5th — Easter
8:45 am Easter Breakfast
10:30 am Worship with Holy Communion
11:45 am Fellowship & Easter Egg Hunt
Vacation Bible School at Central
June 29th – July 2nd
VBS at Central is on the horizon! It will be held Monday, June 29th through Thursday, July 2nd, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. VBS is FREE of charge and open to those 3 years of age to 2nd grade.
Central Concert Series
Northwest Sacred Music Chorale presents "Elijah" -a Choral Masterpiece
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3:00 pm
"Le Donn" Concert (new women's choir)
May 6, 2015 7:00 pm
We have taken delivery of the “new” van and its already in use. If you would like to have it pick you up for Central activities like Sunday services, midweek services, concerts and events, just call the office and let us know. And if you get stuck for a ride to a doctor appointment or eye exam, call us for that, too! And contrary to the picture, it’s not really as big as the sanctuary so call early if you want to be sure to get a spot! And don’t forget…it’s lift-equipped so wheelchairs and scooters are no problem! Help us spread the word to those in the congregation who may not have email that they can now get a ride to church if they want one!
NURSERY STAFF AVAILABLE FOR HOURLY CHILDCARE -- Our capable nursery staff are available for offsite childcare as your needs arise. Their contact information is available on the bulletin board at church. If you’ve enjoyed and appreciated their service during the service, why not give them a call when you want a night out?
Sounds of Music and Bells
Want to hear the sounds of music? To listen to the sounds of music at Central -- the Chancel Choir, the Bell Choir, the new Carillon and Alice playing various organ pieces click here and scroll down the listing.
Take a look at the new "Photos" -- "Children's Church," "It's A Wonderful Life," "Dishman Mica Hike," "Outdoor Services," "ABC Picnic," "Summer BBQs", "Seven Last Words of Christ Presentation," "God's Work Our Hands," Scandinavian Bazaar," "Decorating the Church for Advent/Christmas," and "Advent Fair" by clicking here.
Pastor Dave's "Weekly Update"
Check out Pastor Dave's "Weekly Update" by clicking here.
You can now make a contribution to the work of Central Lutheran through our website by clicking here. You may use your PayPal account or the credit/debit card of your choice. (And thank you!)
Meet Pastor Dave
Our Pastor, David Kappus, has been an inspiration to our community and our congregation (just ask him, he'll tell ya!). Pastor Dave's sermons often include insightful stories that have real-life meaning, scriptural relevance, and even the occasional reference to Star Trek.
Want a good look at what's going on here at Central? Click here to see our latest newsletter! (It will open a new window and download a .pdf file for you to view or print. Simply close the newsletter window when you're finished reading or printing.)
Listen to Recent Sermons
Pr. Dave's sermons from Sunday, February 22nd and February 18th (Ash Wednesday) are available by clicking here.