UP COMING EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 17 – Third Sunday in Advent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

Birthday Sunday

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"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

S. S. Christmas Program

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.