We continue our sesquicentennial celebrations this April and we invite you to join us for two special events: River-front Crane Viewing and a Sesquicentennial inspired Common Prayer worship service. All opportunities are free, but reservations are required.
PART ONE: CRANES
For centuries Sandhill Cranes
have migrated over the Platte River, and parts of South-Central Nebraska are located directly along their ancient flyway. Many Nebraskans' celebrate this annual migration by making a pilgrimage to the river to observe the magic and wonder of these beautiful and miraculous birds. Join others from our diocese to observe the cranes at sunset or sunrise, from The Nature Conservancy’s private blinds. This is a wonderful opportunity to watch thousands of Sandhill cranes up-close as they roost, dance, and socialize on the Platte River.
Friday Evening, April 6th (5 pm - 8:30 pm) Program and River-front Crane viewing from a blind near Wood River.
Saturday Morning, April 7th (6 am - 8:30 am) River-front Crane viewing from a blind near Wood River. No Program.
There is no charge for this, blind space is limited and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.
If you would like to see the cranes, but are not interested in taking in the complete blind experience, there are many public access areas where you can observe the migration on your own timetable.
PART TWO: WORSHIP
Join us on Saturday morning, April 7th at historic St. Luke's, in downtown Kearney, as we gather to celebrate our Sesquicentennial with a unique worship service in a celebration of the past, present, and future of our 150 years pilgrimage as a diocese.
Our common prayer in the morning invites us to reflect on what it means to be “on our way” in an ongoing pilgrimage in this unique place we call home. Using the imagery of Saint Patrick’s Breastplate of Christ behind us, Christ above and below us, Christ around us, and Christ before us, we move from thinking about our heritage and foundation to a reflection on our location on this fragile piece of earth under a big sky. From there, we will go to a consideration of Nebraska saints, and then to a vision of what’s next as we continue our vocation of worship and service. Each stop along the way will include a Scripture text, a spoken reflection, and music.
Come sing and pray in a worship service and space guaranteed to inspire our discipleship!
Please join us for any or all of these special DioNeb150 events.
All events are free of charge, but please RSVP By Monday April 2nd.
St. Luke's is located at 2304 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847 MAP
6 AM Sunrise Crane Viewing
9:00 AM: Welcome, rolls, coffee at St. Luke’s
9:30 AM 150-year commemoration service
10:45 AM Brief Break
11:00 Enjoy hearing readings of Nebraska poems and
stories read by local writers
12 PM Lunch (Free Will Donation)
1 - 2 PM Optional Post-Lunch Activities
Organ recital featuring Marilyn Musik, one of the
diocese’s finest organists.
Gather to tell a story from the history of your parish