WORSHIP, SUMMER 2022: We have returned to indoor worship without masks and have begun “sharing the peace” from our seats. We now have the option of going up to the altar for communion or using a “Communion Set” at your seat. We are also gathering after worship for Fellowship. We have returned to our regular schedule with Sunday School being held right after fellowship each Sunday.
LENT WORSHIP SCHEDULE, 2022: Palm Sunday 2022: On Sunday, April 10, we celebrated Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem waving palms.
Good Friday, 2022: We held a memorable Tenebrae Service, or service of “darkness”.
Easter Sunday, 2022: We celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on April 17, at 9:30 a.m. with the return of our wonderful choir, blooming flowers and our traditional butterflies waving from the ceiling. Following worship we enjoyed a casual Easter breakfast and Fellowship. Many thanks to our cooks!
Christmas Eve was celebrated on Friday, December 24 2021, at 7 p.m. with carols, special music and candlelight. All are for this special evening to honor the birth of Christ.
We are asking worshippers to wear masks for the time being. We worship every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with fellowship and Sunday School following. All are welcome!
WORSHIP IS AGAIN OUTSIDE, DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER, 2021:
It will be decided every Sunday, after checking weather reports, if we will worship outside, or inside separated and wearing masks. If you join us on an outdoor Sunday, please bring a lawn chair. Communion will be offered with individual cups that include the bread and juice. We will continue to video tape the worship which will be available on Facebook and You Tube. Our worship begins at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday School is being offered to our children following worship.
REMINDER: MOVE YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD SATURDAY NIGHT OR YOU WILL BE LATE FOR CHURCH!
INDOOR WORSHIP BEGINS AGAIN ON SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021 9:30 AM:
Our sanctuary has been rearranged to provide a safe service for our congregation. The service will be printed on a sheet of paper, an offering plate will be available for your donations, and we will continue to use personal communion cups. Masks will be required, there will be no fellowship and chairs have been marked with names and family groups.
It will be wonderful to see our church family at worship together in our sanctuary. Please keep in your hearts our members who will not feel safe to join us yet. Keep in touch with those missing from our Sunday morning worship.
We have been worshipping outside under the covered entry since August 9. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. In case of bad weather, you should receive an email by 8 a.m. Or you can call the church, 330-723-6046, and there will be a message if there has been a cancellation. The service will still be available online with a you-tube prompt from Pastor Elizabeth on email.
Please bring a lawn chair, and an umbrella for sun, water and your face mask. There will be no fellowship before or after the service. Communion will be served in the little cups we have been using for the drive-thru communion. The service will be on paper. Please pick up these two items before you take your seat, along with family members, 6 feet from others.
This service will be different, but we will still be worshiping and praying – the two most important things.
We hope to see you in person or online. Stay safe and wear your mask.
THE SEASON OF LENT – 2020:
ALL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES CANCELLED:
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, April 5, at 9:30 a.m. as we gather outside and enter the sanctuary waving palms to represent greeting Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem.
The week continues with a Maundy Thursday worship which remembers The Last Supper. This is a combined worship held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Pearl Rd., Brunswick. The service begins at 7:30 pm.
Living Word’s Good Friday reflective service will be held on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday will begin with “He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed” and lots of hallelujahs as we end the solemn time of Lent and celebrate the Risen Christ. Our celebration will continue with a wonderful brunch. All are welcome!
WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDY BEGINS FEB. 12: Mark Taylor has offered to lead a weekday evening bible study based on the 23rd Psalm. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. Mark has ordered books for the study which cost $10 each. Please sign up in the church entry and check when you pay Mark. He would like all of us to read the first chapter before class begins. ( It’s been a long time since I have been assigned homework!!)
CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING: We hosted Holy Trinity and Our Saviour for our annual Thanksgiving worship on Tuesday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. In addition to giving thanks and enjoying special music, the service was followed by fellowship with coffee and lots of wonderful pie.
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY, 2019, was celebrated on Sunday, September 8. An outdoor worship was followed with an ice cream social and games for all the kids, young and old. Sunday School classes for young and not-so-young will begin following Fellowship on Sunday, September 15.
HE IS RISEN, INDEED, 2019: Our cheerful yellow daffodils greeted us as we arrived on Easter Sunday to celebrate the end of our solemn season of Lent. We enjoyed waving our beautiful butterflies to the sounds of Alleluia, were treated to special music and hosted a wonderful brunch after worship.
CHRISTMAS EVE, 2019:We celebrated the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve, with lots of Carols and Candlelight. Pastor Elizabeth shared a depiction of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. On Wednesday evenings in December, we held Advent services in preparation to this special time of celebration.
READ BELOW FOR PREVIOUS EVENTS IN OUR WORSHIP LIFE
HOLY WEEK – 2018:
HOLY WEEK began on Sunday, March 25, with a drama, “Mary, The Mother of Jesus” presented by Pastor Elizabeth. We shared a combined Maundy Thursday worship at Holy Trinity in Brunswick on March 29.
Good Friday worship was a Tenebrae service, with quiet and reflection, held at Living Word on Friday, March 30.
EASTER MORNING will began with the much awaited, “Christ Is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed”. We hosted friends and family as we celebrated with the sound of trumpets, singing and beautiful flowers. Following worship we shared Easter breakfast.
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR LENT, 2018:
We marked Ash Wednesday with a joint service at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, on Rt.303 in Hinckley, on February 14. This special service included communion, the imposition of ashes, and a joint choir.
To prepare for Holy Week, Good Friday and the resurrection of Christ, we will hold midweek services at Living Word on Thursdays from March 1-22, at 7:30 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP, DECEMBER 24, 2017:
Advent services were held on Thursdays, December 7, 14 and 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. using the Holden Evening Prayer Service.
REFORMATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017:
On this day we celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses which began the Protestant Reformation. We also had to say goodbye to Pastor John Butchko who has been leading us in God’s Grace for two years. We will all miss him greatly.
Happily, we welcomed pastor Elizabeth Hadler as our new interim leader. We said both farewell and welcome with a great soup lunch.
2017-CELEBRATING THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE REFORMATION:
Our Cluster of six Medina County churches planned events for worship, learning and serving to commemorate this important anniversary throughout the year. We met on Sunday evenings, once a month, at different churches with dinner provided by the host church, and worshipped together with each service focusing on a part of Luther’s Catechism.
April 30: 5-7 pm. New Horizons, Homerville – Ten Commandments
May 21: 12:30 pm Our Saviour Lunch, Hinckley, GWOH Work Day, 6 pm, Living Word, Medina – Apostles’ Creed
June 25: 5-7 pm Holy Trinity, Brunswick – The Lord’s Prayer
July 23: 5-7 pm St. Matthew, Medina – Baptism
Aug.27: 5-7 pm Our Saviour, Hinckley – Communion
MIDWEEK LENTEN SOUP AND SERVICE, 2017:
Each Wednesday in Lent our midweek services began at with soup and concluded with a short service.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE – 2017
April 9, Palm Sunday: Our worship began with a procession into the sanctuary with palms and a solemn look at the week ahead.
April 13, 2017, Maundy Thursday: A combined worship service was held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Brunswick, with our combined choirs and special music.
April 14, Good Friday: We held a quiet, reflective service to remember the sacrifices made for our forgiveness.
April 16, Easter Sunday: Our colorful celebration began with lots of joyous music. After worship, we all enjoyed a beautiful Easter brunch.
OUTDOOR WORSHIP AND POTLUCK PICNIC: Was held on Sunday, July 17, 2016. We enjoyed our potluck picnic outside in the shade under our entry way.. There were lots of good food and good people.
We observed Pentecost with wind and fire and wore red to honor this special day in the church year.