Big Canoe & Highland Lutheran Parish

Highland Lutheran Church is located about 4 miles north of Highlandville and 7 miles southwest of Spring Grove.

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                  Join us at Big Canoe !                                                           Join us at Highland !                            

 We invite you to join us for worship!!

Worship Service Schedule             

April 5th              Big Canoe @ 8:00 a.m.      Highland  @ 9:30 a.m.    CANCELLED

April 9th              Maundy Thursday Service Highland @ 7:00 p.m. CANCELLED

April 10th            Good Friday Service Big Canoe @ 7:00 p.m.           CANCELLED

April 12th            Big Canoe @ 7:00 a.m.      Highland @ 9:00 a.m.     CANCELLED

April 19th            Highland @ 8:00 a.m.       Big Canoe @ 9:00 a.m.    CANCELLED

April 26th            Big Canoe @ 8:00 a.m.      Highland @ 9:00 a.m.     CANCELLED

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Big Canoe Lutheran Church                                                   Highland Lutheran Church

1381 Big Canoe Road                                                               3824 Highlandville Road

Decorah, Iowa 52101                                                                Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: (563) 546-7974                                                               Phone: (563) 735-5974


Big Canoe Lutheran Church is located about 13 miles northeast of Decorah. Get directions here:


P:   Let us pray, Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-9a

4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens; wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;  8he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9aIt is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?


R:   The Word of the Lord

C:   Thanks be to God


SECOND READING: Philippians 2:5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


R:   The Word of the Lord

C:   Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 21st chapter.

1When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, 5“Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”


The Gospel of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Confession of Faith with Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.* On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,  he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



Prayers of the Church: 

Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.


God of mercy, awaken your church to new proclamations of your faithfulness. By your Spirit, give us bold and joyful words to speak, that we sustain the weary with the message of your redemption. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


God of mercy, quiet the earth where it trembles and shakes. Protect vulnerable ecosystems, threatened habitats, and endangered species. Prosper the work of scientists, engineers, and researchers who find ways to restore creation to health and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


God of mercy, drive away fear and anger that cause us to turn against one another. Give courage to leaders who seek liberation for the oppressed. Bring peace and hope to those who are in prison and those who face execution. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


God of mercy, send your saving help to all who suffer Alcohol, Drug and domestic abuse during this isolation time because of the coronavirus. Heal the wounded. Comfort the dying. Bring peace to those suffering chronic or terminal illness. Tend to all who cry out for relief (especially be with all those we name from our hearts). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


God of mercy, Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and medical profession, also be with truck drivers, groceries workers, warehouse workers, all essential workers to keep them safe and their families safe too. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


God of mercy, when we breathe our last, you raise us to eternal life. With all your witnesses in heaven and on earth (especially), let us boldly confess the name of Jesus Christ, our resurrection and our hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


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