Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

On this Holy Saturday, we invite you to join us each hour to hear, in new voices and in new ways, 12 stories of salvation from Hebrew Scripture, held together with song and prayer. This year, we offer a series of short devotional readings as short videos on each hour of the day from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., when Pastor Bradley, by a fire, will lead us in devotion. Each is a story of liberation and hope.

In a normal year, we would gather at night to celebrate the church’s greatest liturgy, the Easter Vigil. Today, Christ lay in the tomb. We live with that grief today. For centuries, the church has kept vigil in the strange and mysterious hours between Good Friday and the dawn of the third day. The faithful gather hour by hour, praying and recounting the ancient stories of redemption and salvation. Tales of creation and rescue, freedom and deliverance, hold us in the hope of new life; invite us to dream of the restoration of the entire cosmos. Yet, even in sorrow and suffering, we remember that God has acted to save God’s people in the past and promises to do so in the future.

We invite you to check back throughout the day to pray and remember all the ways God has saved the people throughout the ages. At 8:00 p.m., we will gather with Pastor Bradley for devotion by a fire and prayer for the coming light of resurrection. We will light candles and mark the sign of the cross on our foreheads with water.

What you’ll need: a few minutes each hour between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; candles and a small bowl of water for the 8:00 p.m. service.

8:00 p.m.
Closing Devotion by the fire with Pastor Bradley E. Schmeling
Click this link for the devotion: https://youtu.be/p4JpltT63lQ

7:00 p.m.

Daniel 3:1-29, “Deliverance from the fiery furnace” told by the Dan and Carol Maurer family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/8OGvjjj52qg

6:00 p.m.

Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11, “Clothed in the garments of salvation” told by Pastor Javen Swanson
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/0GcAQj_nDzk

5:00 p.m.

Jonah 1:1—2:1, “The deliverance of Jonah” told by the Rick and Ahna Logan family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/T9U2WMT1anw

4:00 p.m.

Zephaniah 3:14-20, “The gathering of God’s people” told by the Julie and Heidi Robole family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/Z9xie5Fe4Do

3:00 p.m.

Ezekiel 37:1-14, “The valley of dry bones” told by the Kyrstin and Keith Schwartz family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/MdNIqpVOm4w

2:00 p.m.
Ezekiel 36:24-28, “A new heart and a new spirit” told by Penny Langguth Thorkildson
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/g9h-lcmZm4E

1:00 p.m.
Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6, “The wisdom of God” told by John and Jane Stendahl
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/jJSYDDn1ge4

Noon
Isaiah 55:1-11, “Salvation freely offered to all” told by Katie LeClair
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/zZbsD41xYTk

11:00 a.m.
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21, “Deliverance at the Red Sea” told by the Sarah and Joel Erkkinen family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/md5esbNj-xk

10:00 a.m.
Genesis 22:1-18, “Testing of Abraham” told by the Beth Ann Ahlers & Don Fulton family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/3nXZ3UIHl14

9:00 a.m.
Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13, “Flood” told by the Andy Wilkowske & Erika Taibl family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/ySG7WglnuvM

8:00 a.m.
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a, “Creation” told by the Brad & Rachael White family
Click this link for the story: https://youtu.be/fsFwNigAnjc