Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish is the home of St. James’ Lutheran Church and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Karen Erskine-Valentine leads worship services at both churches.
- Sunday Mornings at 9:00AM- St. James in Uvilla.
- Sunday Mornings at 11:00AM- St. Peter’s located in the heart of Shepherdstown.
Easter Vigil Service, St Peter’s Saturday 7:45 pm April 20th
Since the first centuries of the Church, Christians have traditionally gathered at sundown on Holy Saturday to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ with an Easter Vigil service. This year at St. Peter’s, we will be experimenting with this ancient Christian tradition. Our worship will begin at sundown with a service of Light: an outdoor gathering around a small fire, where we will light our new paschal candle for the year. We will then process that candle into the sanctuary, blessing it for use in the new year. After this service of Light, we will have an elongated service of the Word:
We will feature several readings and responses that capture the entire story of salvation history- From Genesis 1 through the Resurrection.
Afterwards, as always, we will celebrate Holy Communion.
The service will begin at 7:45 PM and will last approximately two hours. We will not be remaining at the church in shifts through the night, though some worshipping communities do participate this way. This worship recognizes that Jesus was resurrected in the night and that in Jewish culture (and subsequent Christian culture) of the first century, days began at sundown. The day of Easter begins at sunset! Easter Vigil is often described as the most powerful worship experience of the year.
We hope you will join us!
We want you to visit St. James’ and St. Peter’s!
Holy Communion is a part of our worship service every Sunday
Karen Erskine-Valentine is our Pastor…Learn more
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