UP COMING EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Nov, 26 – The Reign of Christ Sunday

Worship, 9:30 AM

Greening of the Church

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

Lunch, 12:00 noon

SJ Family Supportive Housing Benevolence Sunday

 

On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus' great story of judgment. In the end,

 the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick,

 or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds

them with justice. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet

 awaiting the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler,

we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 3 – First Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

SJ Family Supportive Housing Benevolence Sunday

 

Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist's plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in

the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant,

 angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man
with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for.

But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God

would tear open the heavens and come.

 

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 10 – Second Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Special Congregational Meeting, 11:00 AM

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John called people to repent, to clear the decks, to completely reorder their lives so that nothing

would get in the way of the Lord's coming. The reading from Isaiah gives the context for this

radical call: the assurance of forgiveness that encourages us to repent; the promise that the

coming one will be gentle with the little ones. Isaiah calls us all to be heralds with John, to lift

up our voices fearlessly and say, "See, your God is coming!" We say it to one another in worship, in

order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 17 – Third Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

Birthday Sunday

Fair Trade Items Available

 

"Rejoice always," begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make

clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy.

 "All God's children got a robe," go the words of the spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal,

pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes that make us feel happy just to put on.

We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God's party.

 

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 24 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

 

 

God keeps the promise made to David, to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells

 Mary that God will give David's throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel's greeting

and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, "Count me in." We who know

 that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary

today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, "Count us in."

 

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

Worship, 7:30 PM

Refreshments following

 

On a long winter evening we gather to proclaim the coming of the light. Isaiah announces

that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul reminds us that the

grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the familiar account of Christ's birth, the

evening sky is bright with the heavenly host singing, "Glory to God in the highest."

Amid our broken world we proclaim that the prince of peace is born among us.

God comes to us in human flesh—in Christ's body and blood—so that we may be bearers

of divine light to all the world.

 

Sunday, Dec. 31 – First Sunday of Christmas

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments,  10:35 AM

 

In the psalm all the natural world praises God, including all humanity, male and female, young

and old. The voices of Simeon and 84-year-old Anna join the chorus today, recognizing what

God is doing in Jesus.Simeon's song is often sung after communion, for we have seen God's salvation

n the assembledcommunity and have held Jesus in our hands in the bread. Then, like the prophet Anna,

we speak of Jesus to all who look for the healing of the world.

 

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2012 Augsburg Fortress.

Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.