Special Times

Throughout the year, we celebrate different seasons, festivals and commemorations of the Christian faith. The following are the most common special times celebrated at Clairemont Lutheran Church / Iglesia Luterana.

Advent - the season of Advent begins the Christian year, and is the season of waiting for God's promised Messiah during the weeks leading up to the Nativity and Christmastide. Sunday morning and Thursday evening worship centers around this theme. The season also features children's musicals and activities as well as the Las Posada and Festival of Lessons and Carols celebrations.

Nativity of the Lord - celebrated on the evening and late night of December 24th, this special worship commemorates the birth of God's promised Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth. The occasion may also be referred to as Christmas Eve worship. We typically offer multiple worship times on Christmas Eve to accommodate families and visitors. 

Baptism of the Lord - During the season of Epiphany, we remember the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by the prophet John the Baptist. This marks the beginning of Jesus' public ministry, and how he is the light of the world.

Ash Wednesday - The day that begins the season of repentance and reflection known as Lent. Ashes are placed in the form of a cross on the forehead of those assembled for worship with the words "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return," a reminder of our own mortality.

Lent - During the 40 day season of Lent (46 counting Sundays), Christians around the world engage in acts of repentance, spiritual reflection, and in activities which strengthen their relationship with God. Sunday morning and mid-week worship and study centers around this theme during the weeks leading up to Holy Week and the Resurrection of our Lord (Easter). The word Alleluia (or Hallelujah) is not spoken or sung during this somber time.

Holy Week - God's mighty acts through Jesus Christ are commemorated, beginning with Palm Sunday, followed by Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, hailed as the Messiah. Maundy Thursday commemorates the two commandments given by Jesus to his disciples and his betrayal. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death and burial. 

Resurrection of our Lord - The commemoration of God's promise fulfilled, when Jesus rose from the dead, bringing victory over sin and death. The occasion is also known as Easter Sunday. An additional early morning worship called Sunrise Worship is usually held, commemorating Mary Magdalene's early morning visit to the tomb and her subsequent encounter with the risen Christ, making her the first witness and first evangelist of the resurrection.

The Day of Pentecost - a commemoration of the Holy Spirit coming to the apostles and to those they were with, empowering them to be ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and marking the beginning of the Christian church.

Reformation Sunday - a commemoration of God's work through Martin Luther, reformer of the Christian church and renewer of society. 

All Saints Day - a commemoration of loved ones who passed away in the last year and a celebration of the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ.