At the crossroad of V and New Hampshire Streets, Augustana welcomes everyone. Sundays gather an inter-racial, inter-cultural, GLBT-plus group of intergenerational urban and suburban singles and families. A Crossroad Center throughout the week, Augustana is a place where neighbors can gather.
Child care in our nursery for children up to age 5 is provided during Sunday worship and special events.
For visitors, a greeting from the pastor
Get to know the fun inviting people of Augustana by joining us at our Happy Hours typically the 3rd Friday of the month. At Sunday social hours, monthly happy hours, or at meetings where young adults lead the church, you are invited to see for yourself the bustling and growing congregation.
+ Return to God with all your heart in this holy season of penitence and renewal +
Ash Wednesday (March 1): worship at 12 noon (spoken), 5:30 (Spanish), and 7:30 p.m. Imposition of Ashes will be offered at each worship service. Begin a holy Lent with us at Augustana/Santa Maria.
Sundays in Lent: Holy Communion worship services at 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM (Spanish) reflect the quieter, more solemn season, while still celebrating Christ’s presence among us. Each week we see echoes of our own baptismal renewal as Jesus contends with forces of sin, evil, and death in his journey to the cross and resurrection.
Palm/Passion Sunday (April 9) at 9:45 AM, together with St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, we bless palms at Meridian Hill Park, then process to our social hall for doughnuts and coffee. At 10:30 AM we bless more palms in the social hall, form a joyful procession into the sanctuary, and then, marking the sharp turn towards the cross, journey with Jesus through his solemn passion and death. The service includes a dramatic reading of the passion narrative.
The Triduum (Three Days) – the heart of the Christian story, of our faith, of our life, meant to flow as one worship service in three parts:
Maundy Thursday (April 13): worship at 5:30 (Spanish), and 7:30 PM, with individual anointing for forgiveness, footwashing, and remembrance of the Last Supper. The heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. At the end of the 7:30 PM service, the altar is stripped as we prepare for the solemnity of Good Friday.
Good Friday (April 14): worship at Noon, 5:30 (Spanish), and 7:30 PM. You are invited to pause in adoration of the Cross – Christ’s self-sacrificial gift that enables us to live.
The Easter Vigil (April 15): 8:00 PM – the most beautiful service of the Church Year, the culmination of our three day journey with Jesus. Join us as the light of Christ returns to the sanctuary, we hear the stories of our ancestors in the faith, affirm our baptism into Christ through which we are transformed with new life, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter, at last declaring: Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Sunday, April 16): festival worship at 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM (Spanish) with glorious special music as we celebrate the Resurrection in the grandest services of the year. Join us as we give thanks for the new life we have in Christ’s rising. Alleluia!