Good Shepherd Hosts Community Easter Vigil Worship Service

Good Shepherd is one of four area Lutheran churches that have planned a community Easter Vigil Worship Service. It will be held on Saturday evening, April 19, at Good Shepherd. The pastors and congregations of First Lutheran, Washington Prairie, Glenwood/Canoe Ridge, and Good Shepherd invite the community to participate in the ancient traditions of this dramatic service.

Easter Eve begins with a fellowship gathering. Light refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall, or outside near the bonfire in the church’s backyard, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The Vigil worship service begins at 8:00 pm when the Paschal Candle is lit from the bonfire in the church’s backyard. It is carried at the head of the procession into the darkened church. Worshipers process from darkness into light as they light their individual candles from the Paschal Candle when they enter the sanctuary. The service includes Affirmation of Baptism and Holy Communion.