Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services

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Maundy Thursday worship, March 24 at 7:00 pm, will be observed at Good Shepherd with Personal Absolution, Holy Communion and Stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday worship, March 25 at 7:00 pm, will feature the choral work “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” by Heinrich Schütz.  Lasting approximately 15 minutes, the work was originally scored for 5-part chorus (SATTB), a handful of accompanying instruments, and several soloists, who sing the part of the Evangelist, Jesus, and the thieves crucified with him. At Good Shepherd, the chorus parts have been revised so that they can be sung by our standard SATB configuration, along with two vocal soloists, organ, and four instruments.

Soloists include congregation member Jonathan Struve, adjunct faculty member at Luther College, who will sing the role of the Evangelist. The role of Jesus will be performed by Andrew Last, Assistant Professor at Luther. The instrumental parts will be played by members of the Good Shepherd congregation, assisted by keyboardist Kathryn Reed, Instructor at Luther. Good Shepherd’s Music Director is Brooke Joyce.