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Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

"where grace abounds...."

welcoming, learning, liturgical, evangelical, catholic, reverent, baptismal and eucharistic.

A Historic Church in the heart of north-central Phoenix;

living out the Great Tradition with God's people of today



Wed-25 March is our Last Stations of the Cross Eucharist at 7:00 PM

Holy Week Schedule:

Sunday-29 March is Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion with normal Sunday Schedule

Thursday-2 April is Holy Thursday with Holy Eucharist at 7:00 PM

Friday-3 April is Good Friday with Spoken Liturgy at noon and Sung Liturgy at 7:00 PM

Sunday-Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist at 10:18 with Easter Breakfast served from 9:00-10:00 AM.




The Holy Eucharist is celebrated at every gathering at Mt Calvary!

LINKS of interest:


Listen to a podcast of a recent SERMON from our Sunday Eucharist in English. (You can also find and subscribe to these sermons on iTunes at no charge.)


JC Playzone is a fun place for kids to play cool games and learn about the Bible too! Parents, check this out for your kids... and it's FREE!


For years now, Padre Dave has been a member of a Lutheran Order for Clergy called The Society of the Holy Trinity (STS).  You can learn about how seriously he takes his Pastoral Call by checking out the "Rule" of the Order here

Valley Lutheran High School! Our teachers and staff are an amazing group of Christian educators.  Our students receive an excellent college prep program, grounded in our Lutheran tradition.  Please contact our school @ 602 230-1601 to learn about enrollment. 

Additionally, we recommend that all folks who pay Arizona income tax take advantage of the direct Tax Credit available for donations to the Valley Lutheran Scholarship groups.  Call the school office to learn more about providing scholarships to deserving students.  It is a joy for our church to be in ministry with this wonderful school.


Now, for a little "insider talk", I found an article in the Lutheran Forumfrom 1998 by Pastor Paul Sauer that described the particular Synod we are part of and Mt. Calvary's unique place in it:


"The high-church evangelical catholics in Missouri ..... tend to be evangelical catholics who have a strong ecclesiological focus. Liturgy and the sacraments are seen as being in service to the church, not as prescriptive boundary lines for what constitutes the church, but rather as tools for both expressing and fostering the unity of the wider church catholic. It is not surprising, then, that these evangelical catholics tend to have strong ecumenical commitments, often pushing the boundaries of Missouri’s comfort level in terms of ecumenical and societal engagement. They view the Lutheran Confessions as a catholic confession of faith that was designed not to divide the church, but to argue for the inclusion of the Lutheran position within the church catholic—indeed as a catholic confession par excellence. They are careful to distinguish between the Confessions and later dogmatic interpretations of the Confessions. Their historical fathers are, among others, Arthur Carl Piepkorn and Berthold von Schenk. A Missouri high-church evangelical catholic is not bound to the peculiar Missouri forms of worship, either. They were the pastors of Missouri congregations which purchased the Lutheran Book of Worship instead of Missouri’s own hymnals because their concern for having truly ecumenical creedal texts and a reinstitution of the full eucharistic prayer trumped whatever “doctrinal weaknesses” were thought to be in the LBW." Note: Mt. Calvary adapts the Liturgy from The Lutheran Service Book to match the size of our community and how "singable" our folks tend to find it.


Please join us this Sunday!

Padre Dave Poedel, STS


Show others where you worship God by displaying our new MCLC window sticker. FREE!!! 

These go on the outside of your rear window, and they apply very easily.  Get one (or more if you have other places to put them) in the Office.

ATTENTION: Volunteers with LCMA Cursillo and with youth activities:

This link leads to the necessary background check in order for

you to work with our youth or volunteer with LCMA at Mt Calvary.

Please follow this link to complete the necessary online


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The San Damiano Cross, as found in our sanctuary

(click on the Cross to learn more about the history of this icon)

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