Worship Life

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“I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3: 18-19

Worship Life at Holden Village

Fullness of God Lutheran Church

The congregation of Fullness of God was established at Holden Village on June 25, 1972, providing a church home for Village residents, offering pastoral care and church affiliation through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The congregation welcomes people who have not had previous church commitment, and for many this is their first experience of participation in a church family. Fullness of God provides instruction for any who wish to become Lutheran and assists people in transferring and establishing membership in a church after leaving Holden Village. Fullness of God Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation and welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Sunday: the Day of Resurrection

On Sunday we come to the heart of our life together when we gather for the Eucharist. At the center of this weekly celebration of the resurrection is the sacred text of scripture, and the feast of God’s new life given for us in communion. We celebrate that by grace we are formed into the body of Christ for the purpose of giving ourselves in love to the world.

Daily Prayer: Every Day Sacred

On weeknights, we gather for vespers - to give thanks for the day, to pray for our world and our lives, to hear scripture, and to go into the night with the promise of God’s abiding presence. During each season, we develop a weekly rhythm for worship with certain days given to certain patterns of worship. This allows for both continuity and breadth in our worship life.

Strong Center, Open Door

Together with a strong center in Christ Jesus, we seek to hold a wide open door to the world. We welcome the varied gifts of all who make up the gathered assembly - in the song, wisdom, dance, prayers, and experience that people bring with them to the Village. Rooted firmly in Christ Jesus, we are also confident to open our worship to the wisdom of varied cultures and traditions from throughout history and around the world.

Resources for Worship Beyond Holden

Through our unique opportunities for daily worship and enriched by our always-new population of Villagers, Holden seeks to contribute to the renewal of the church’s worship. Published resources are available for sale in the bookstore. If you have more questions about worship at Holden, feel free to talk or write to the Village pastor,  pastor@holdenvillage.org.

Spiritual Direction

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Perhaps you will—gradually, without noticing it—live along some distant day into the answer.” Rainier Maria Rilke
Holden is often blessed to have experienced spiritual directors offer services during the summer, and periodically in the winter. In summer, the kiosk has a description of the current spiritual director, the location, and a schedule where you may sign up for an individual appointment. There is no charge. Directors may also offer group opportunities for prayer and conversation (posted in the daily program). Spiritual direction is a privileged time to reflect with another about your spiritual life.