Sunday, November 18 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

Pledge Sunday

Harvest Festival

 

November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate

Christ's coming again. So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time.

 In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us,

Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way

, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the

 one who has promised. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is

 to meet together to provoke one another to love.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 25  –  The Reign of Christ Sunday

Worship, 9:30 AM

Greening of the Church

Followed by lunch

 

San Jose Family Housing Benevolence Sunday

 

Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right.

He would have the king's title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the "one like a human being"

(Son of Man) given dominionin Daniel's vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is nothing like an

earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who

 recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is given dominion, knowing his victory

will be the nonviolent victory of love.

 

 

 

Sunday, December 2 – First Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:45 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

Advent is about the "coming days." God's people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific,

repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a "righteous Branch to spring

up for David." The Thessalonians awaited "the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints." Our Lord's contemporaries

hoped for the time "to stand before the Son of Man." With them we eagerly await the coming days:

another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of our Lord in word and supper.

 

 

Saturday, December 8

Annual Christmas Smorgasbord

6:00 PM

 

 

Sunday, December 9 – Second Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Special Congregational Meeting 11 AM

Birthday Sunday

Fair Trade Items Available

 

Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. While John the Baptizer's voice in the wilderness

may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi's prophecy could as easily herald the coming

Lord Jesus as forerunner of the Lord of hosts. Finally all the baptized are called to participate in the sharing

of the gospel.In so doing we prepare theway for the coming of the Lord and assistall flesh

in capturing a vision of the "salvation of God."

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 16 – Third Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

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, 7:00 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.