SOV – Easter Vigil Service

Easter Vigil Service

SOV - Easter Vigil ServiceThe Easter Vigil will be observed on Saturday of the Triduum. Starting from the outside fire, candles will be lit and brought into the sanctuary. Individual members of the Congregation are invited to adopt one of the scriptural readings from the salvation story and recount it with their own creative interpretation, e.g., as a dramatization, song, slides, or other approach, with participation of the gathered congregation. The service concluded with the story of the resurrection and Holy Communion.  Read More…

SOV – Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

SOV -  Good Friday Tenebrae ServiceFrom its Latin roots, tenebrae suggests darkness and shadows. The Good Friday service offers participants the opportunity to contemplate the passion and death of Jesus through his atoning acts of both propitiation and bearing the price of taking on the sins of mankind. Using the eight Stations of the Cross as a frame work for the Scripture readings, meditations, and prayers, Jesus’ path along the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow, will be followed from Pilate’s Hall to His death on the cross. This contemplative journey is begun with the penitent’s prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24).

Individual members of the congregation are invited to consider “adopting” a station, by contributing symbols and reading the scripture and meditation. The symbols might include art work, a photo, a newspaper or Good Friday Tenebrae Service, Concluded magazine clipping, and other things to touch, smell, hear, or feel. Such symbols might consider the perspectives both of the historical Jesus’ life and of the living Jesus’ life.    Read More…

SOV – Seder – Maundy Thursday Service

Triduum services include Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil on Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

Seder to Highlight Maundy Thursday Service

The Seder is the Jewish Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples in the upper room on the day that we Christians now call Maundy Thursday. Since 1993, we at Shepherd of the Valley have begun our Maundy Thursday observance by telling the story of the Jewish exodus and deliverance from slavery in Egypt. We follow a Haggadah, a narrative which combines the traditional ritual of the Seder with a focus on modern day examples of enslavement and freedom.

SOV - Sedar - Maundy Thursday ServiceThe table is laden with symbols. Candles represent the light God gave to his world. Fresh flowers, egg and parsley point to our hope of spring. Matzoh reminds us that the Jews had to flee in such a hurry that there was no time to allow the bread to rise. The roasted shank bone of a lamb symbolizes the sacrificial lamb’s blood that served as a sign for the Angel of Death to pass over the homes of Jews in Egypt.
Salt water is the tears of those in bondage. Charoset, a dish whose main ingredient is chopped apple, resembles the clay the Jews used to make bricks while yet slaves in Egypt.

After participating in the ritual meal of the Seder, we have a sumptuous potluck dinner. We conclude our Maundy Thursday celebration by offering bread and wine to the person next to us to fulfill Jesus’ commandment to his disciples at the Last Supper.

Children and guests are more than just welcome; they are an integral part of the retelling and celebration of the Passover.

Please consider joining us. We are looking for a few families to host a table. Janet Vesper will happily serve as a resource. There is a sign up sheet on the table in the vestibule or contact Janet Vesper at church, by phone 978-597-8605 or by email jkvesper@comcast.net.  Read More…

SOV – Community Easter Egg Hunt – April 12th


SOV-Community Easter Egg Hunt-April 12thShepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
invites the greater Groton community to our 8th Annual SOV Community Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Storytelling event on Saturday morning, April 12th. Arrival time and singing will start at 10:15, and the program will begin at 10:30.

This family event is offered free of charge and will take place at the historic Groton Grange Hall (80 Champney Street.) To register your children for the Egg Hunt or for more information, please contact Margaret Doyle, 978-772-7095, margaret@ayerdoyles.org. Hope you can join us for a fun-filled, meaningful time as we hunt for eggs and hear the salvation story.