Calling everyone from St. John's Lutheran Church & School - Members and Students!
You can help us make a virtual Palm Sunday procession like we've never done before!
Since we are all stuck at home as we enter into the holiest week of the church's year to celebrate our Lord's passion, death, and resurrection, we're going to think of some unique ways that we can celebrate.
This week we're going to put together a virtual Palm Sunday procession. Here's how you can participate:
Making the Palms
Our palm branches are not going to be delivered this year. So let's make our own.
Click here for one "Palm Branch" project idea. You can also search the internet or use your own ingenuity to produce some palms for our parade.
Singing a Song
With your newly minted palm branches, take a video of you and your family singing "All Glory, Laud, and Honor" (click here for music and words).
To keep it simple (and the file sizes small) record the refrain and each verse separately. Here are the assignments:
Pre through 1st: refrain & verse 1 (practice video)
2nd-3rd: refrain & verses 2 & 3 (practice video)
4th and up: refrain & verses 4 and 5 (practice video)
Everyone else: Refrain and pick your favorite verse or two
We'll compile all of our videos together into one song for Palm Sunday. Don't worry about singing well; we want to make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Click here to upload your video files. (This will work best if you transfer your videos to your computer first, and then follow the link through your web browser).
Join the Parade!
This coming Sunday, take your palms on a procession around your block, around your yard, or around your house. Sing our Palm Sunday hymn if you'd like, but make sure to take a picture and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll post a "virtual Palm Sunday Procession" later on Sunday.
Service will be live streamed on Facebook live Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. at
and archived on our Youtube channel:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. -Hebrews 10:24-25
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” -Mark 2:27
We have gathered as the Body of Christ. We have received the Body of Christ. Now in our scattering, let us be the Body of Christ and seek Christ in our neighbor to serve Him. -Rev. Bill Cwirla
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:20-25).
Continued Ministry at St. John’s during “Social Distancing”
We will continue to have all regularly scheduled worship services at St. John’s during the week of March 15. In addition to our 8 & 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services, we will live stream our 11 a.m. service for those who are unable to attend in person. Lent services will continue on Wednesday at 4:30 & 7 p.m. We will suspend our coffee hour and Lent soup suppers for at least the next 30 days. Adult Bible class will continue between Sunday morning services. Children’s Sunday School will be suspended until after Easter.
While we want to avoid panic and rest in the assurance of our faith, we also want to take reasonable precautions.
What we are doing to facilitate “social distancing”:
What you can do to facilitate “social distancing”:
Because the news and recommendations from health officials are constantly changing, we will avoid making any decisions prematurely. We will continue to post an update every Saturday concerning our services for the following week. In addition, we will provide resources for individual and family devotions, especially for families who find themselves at home for the next several weeks. We will also provide some opportunities for meditation and prayer at St. John’s or online over the next several weeks. Please check back often at www.stjohnschicago.church/blog or follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsLutheranChicago for updates.
Let us pray. Lord God, heavenly Father, You have daily and richly blessed us with all that we need to support our bodies and lives. Give us confidence that you will continue to deliver us from evil. Let us receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. Quiet our hearts and show us opportunities to love and serve our neighbors in this time of uncertainty. Protect us from all that would harm us, through Jesus and in His name. Amen.