Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is a vibrant and welcoming community of faith located in Anderson, OH and is a congregation of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.



1950 Nagel Road

Cincinnati, OH 45255



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Holy Week

Holy Week is a participation in the mysteries at the core of our faith. We mark Holy Week, not as a way to go back in time, but to let the spiritual power of death and resurrection be unleashed for us today.

Palm Sunday | Maundy Thursday | Good Friday | Easter Sunday | Egg Hunt | Easter Breakfast

Palm Sunday


Saturday, April 4th, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5th, 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.

What does it mean?

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate Jesus' glorious entry into Jerusalem. As  Jesus entered the city crowds gathered around him, waving palms and shouting "Hosanna!". We commemorate Palm Sunday with a procession and waving of palm branches.


What to expect.

We begin this service at the memorial cross outside on the church grounds (weather permitting). Following the acolyte, choir and pastors, we process into the sanctuary singing the hymn "All Glory, Laud, and Honor". We think of this procession as a prayer with our feet.

Please note: the Palm Procession will not take place at the 8 a.m. Sunday Service.

Maundy Thursday


Thursday, April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

What does it mean?

The term "Maundy" comes from the Latin "mandatum;" it is from a verb that means "to give". On the first Maundy Thursday, at "The Last Supper", after they had eaten, Jesus gave the disciples his body and blood together with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of their sins. Called Holy Communion of the Eucharist, Lutherans believe this to be one of the two sacraments - Gifts from God. After Jesus and the disciples finished the Last Supper and walked toward Gethsemane, Jesus taught them a new commandment - "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another" (John 13:34).

What to expect.

We will gather in the Fellowship Hall to partake of a Seder Supper Meal. Through the sharing of the meal, we will learn of the Jewish tradition of Passover that lies behind our Christian celebration of the Last Supper and the weekly Eucharist.

At the end of the meal, we process into the sanctuary for the stripping of the altar which leads us to the penitence of Good Friday.

This service is an excellent learning experience for children.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service


Friday, April 10th, 8:00 p.m.

What does it mean?

Tenebrae, Latin for "shadows" or "darkness" is the name given to an ancient service recited on one of the last three days of Holy Week.

What to expect.

We will hear the Passion story read, pray, light candles, and venerate the cross.

The most conspicuous part of the service is the gradual dimming of the lights and extinguishing of candles. The Christ candle is removed from the sanctuary and a concluding "Strepitus" or loud noise (slamming shut the Bible) symbolized the earthquake and agony of the creation at the death of Christ.

Easter Celebrations


Easter Sunrise Service, April 12th, 7:04 a.m.

What does it mean?

The Easter Vigil held at sunrise on Easter morning is the first celebration of Easter. Sometimes called the "Service of Light" the vigil is held outside the church building. Worshipers are reminded of the connection between the Passover of ancient Israel and the new Passover, which is Christ's victory over sin and death. The Alleluia is used for the first time since the beginning of Lent.

What to expect.​

This service takes place at the exact moment of sunrise in the Memorial Garden. A homily and the celebration of Holy Communion are a part of this service.

Easter Worship Service, April 12th, 9:30 a.m.

What does it mean?

Easter is a joyous celebration of Jesus' Resurrection. It reminds us of the deep power of God at work to save. The God who created the universe out of nothing creates new life on the other side of death.

In our creeds, we confess that Jesus was "crucified, died, and was buried". We confess just as clearly that Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus' resurrection shows God breaking into our death-dealing world to give new and eternal life!

Easter Extras!


Easter Egg Hunt, April 11th, 10 a.m.

Ages 6th grade and younger.

Kids and their families are invited to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event is held jointly with our friends at Anderson Hills Christian Church. There will be crafts, games, snacks, and the egg hunt!

Easter Breakfast, April 12th, 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Join us on Easter morning after the Sunrise Service or 9:30 a.m. Worship Service for a great hot breakfast and a time of fellowship!