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.

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CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH  

                          Please join us at the church

    for services  

 Adult Bible Study  9:15am

    Worship with Children's Church at 10:30am

512 S Bernard St
Spokane, WA 99204
Office: 509-624-9233
 

For the scriptures for this Sunday, scroll down!

 

 
To hear some of the latest preludes and postludes by Alice and to hear recent bell choir prelude and choir anthem, click here Music Selections.


Help is needed for the Easter Breakfast.  You can help by providing

casseroles, fruit, muffins or milk/juice. 

Please click here to volunteeer for one of these items:  clspokane.ivolunteer.com
                 

Holy Week 

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
 

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.

Tuesday, March 31

Psalm 71:1-14

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me. Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

I have been like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all day long. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent. 10 For my enemies speak concerning me, and those who watch for my life consult together. 11 They say, “Pursue and seize that person whom God has forsaken, for there is no one to deliver.”

12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! 13 Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed; let those who seek to hurt me be covered with scorn and disgrace. 14 But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.

 

Refuge. A place of shelter, protection and safety. She came to us as a surprise. An American Staffordshire terrier; aka a pit bull. Her owner had to give her up and the dog needed a home. I called dog shelters and

rescues, but she was turned away. This breed of dog comes with societal baggage. Their tremendous loyalty and bold nature have been exploited by dog fighting rings. But in the hands of loving owners, and given the right amount of socialization, training and love, they are docile, affectionate family dogs. After a month of searching, I found a home for this dog. A refuge … somewhere safe with someone good.

 

God is our refuge; safe and good. “You, O God are my strong refuge” (Psalm 71:7). We know Jesus as friend, the trustworthy compassionate presence. Our refuge, our rock, our redeemer. Sink into this in times of refuge. Count them as grace. Bless them as gift. Rejoice in that safe place.

 

God, our salvation, our vast, granite fortress: thank you for your tremendous loyalty, tenacity and bold nature to shelter and protect us. Your heart is our home. Amen.

 

Wednesday, April 1

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.

At our congregation’s annual meeting, we share, celebrate and confess the ministry of the previous year, we assess our current mission and ministry and we look forward to what is coming. We also do the less romantic work of the church. We argue about finances. Someone asks where all the young people are. Young people ask why there’s no childcare during the meeting. Another

suggests we sing “The Old Rugged Cross” each Sunday. Paul’s invitation to set aside sin and engage what is before us begins with the announcement that the church is not just those who show up, but witnesses: a great cloud of witnesses who don’t just observe, but who visibly, vocally and publicly witness to the resurrection of Christ for the sake of the world. Our witnessing may not always be bold, beautiful, clear, inspiring and uplifting, but we’re church together, a cloud of witnesses looking at what is set before us and trusting Christ.

 

God, we thank you for the cloud of clarity that the church brings through her witness to Christ. 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:  Soup at 5:45 PM and Service at 7 PM

April 2 – Maundy Thursday – Jesus and Lamb Stew

 

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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)

Thursdays through March 26

 

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

 

“Rainforest Adventure”

 

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 5th 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, New Vanjust 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.

 

Photo Galleries

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!)

 

 

Looking ahead to Sunday, April 5
Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day

 

Introduction

 

This year may be the one in which John's resurrection account is likely to be chosen over Mark's, perhaps because Mark's gospel ends so abruptly, with astonishment and fear rather than joyful proclamation. Yet Mark may speak to our experience more directly than the other gospels. Corinthians and Acts fill out the story by telling of appearances of the risen Christ. Peter says we "ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead." And so do we, in a foretaste of the mountaintop feast where death will be no more.

 

Readings

 

Acts 10:34-43
    God raised Jesus on the third day
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
    This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
    Witnesses to the risen Christ
Mark 16:1-8
    The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement

Middle of the Story
Literarily and theologically, Mark's gospel ends awkwardly at 16:8. The women are astonished and afraid, and what most scholars consider the original ending of Mark seems more like the middle of the story than its end. What about appearances of the risen Christ? What about the joyful proclamation that death has not had the last word? Mark's gospel is problematic for those anticipating the more complete story of resurrection recounted by other gospels. For some circumstances, however, Mark's ending hits just the right note—especially for those who aren't sure about resurrection themselves, or whose own lives are in an awkward, unresolved limbo.

In Mark's version, all we have to depend on are Jesus' earlier words, the realization that the women must have shared their experience eventually, and the intriguing possibility of the empty tomb. Somehow the women's fear must have eventually become courage, but Mark leaves it up to his readers to wonder how. Still, Mark's "ending" contains hope: even in times of uncertainty and fear, we can live the story of resurrection, depending on Jesus' words, the church's testimony, and the intriguing possibility of new life in Christ.

As we too are still in the middle of our life stories, Mark's gospel is a good companion. Most of the time we live with an awkward, unresolved mix of fears and possibilities, in which resurrection is hinted at rather than completed. This is true for the church as well; this story may appear to be the end, but it's really just the middle. The story of the risen Jesus continues in the mission of the church, Christ's body. The possibility of resurrection draws us into a community that lives out the middle of its story in the hope and witness of Christ's new life.
 
 NURSERY OPEN

The nursery is open and staffed with  our nursery attendants…Sicily, Selena, and Emily…are doing a great job.  The nursery is open from 9-11 each Sunday during the worship service!  Whether you have kids for the nursery or not, why not stop in and chat with our nursery staffers on Sunday! 

 

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.

Read More >>

 

Our Newsletter

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. Alan's sermon from Sunday, March 22nd, and Pr. Dave's sermons from Sunday, March 29th and Sunday, March 15th are available by clicking here.

 

 
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