Sunday, December 16 – Third Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM - Birthday Sunday

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

The presence of the Lord "in your midst" in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing.

The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing.

 The coming of one "more powerful" than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand,

 is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the

tone for the third Sunday of Advent.

 

 

 

Sunday, December 23  –  Fourth Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

 

Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Between a lovely tribute to the little town

of Bethlehem and the blessed virgin Mary's magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no

uncertain terms that Christ's adventis for "the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." It is the kind

of tension in which the church always lives as when in the holy communion—with high delight—

"we proclaim the Lord's death."

 

 

 

Sunday, December 24  –  Nativity of Our Lord

Festive Candlelight Worship, 7:30 PM

Cookies & Cider 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 graceof 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, December 30  –  First Sunday of Christmas

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

 

Sierra Pacific Benevolence Sunday

 

On the first Sunday of Christmas we find the boy Samuel and the boy Jesus,

both in the temple, both growing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and humankind.

We too have returned to the house of God "to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God," who has gifted

us with a savior.As the festival continues, "let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." It is Christmas, still.

 

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2012 Augsburg Fortress

Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.