On November 30, we begin a New Church Year, a year centered in the life our Lord Jesus Christ. The first event in the life our Lord Jesus is His birth at Bethlehem. To help us prepare for that birth (Christmas) we have the four weeks of Advent. The word “Advent” means coming. We remember His first coming some 2,000 years ago. We also remember His coming in the present through Word and Sacrament. And thirdly, we remember that He is coming again on the Last Day as King of kings and Lord of lords to give us our resurrection bodies and take us to live with Him forever in heaven. To help us in our Advent preparation we will be following the theme “Let Us Adore Him” based on the refrain from the Christmas carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Rather than using the more traditional birth accounts in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, this series for Advent and also for Christmas Eve and Day looks at the story of Christ’s birth in the Gospel of St. John, specifically Chapter One. The services for Advent and Christmas Day feature a dialogue sermon between the Pastor and another character named John. We will be having mid-week Advent services starting on December 3 at 5 p.m. followed by a lite supper after each service sponsored by our Shepherd’s Guild. Here is how the theme and services will play out during December.
Mid-week services Wednesdays 5 p.m.
December 3 - “We Adore Him Who Is the Eternal Word” - John 1:1
December 10 -“We Adore Him Who Is the Creator of All” - John 1:1-3
December 17 - “We Adore Him Who Is the Light in the Darkness” - John 1:4-5
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5 p.m.
December 24 - “We Adore Him Who is One of Us” - John 1:11-12
Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion 9 a.m.
December 25 - “We Adore Him Who is God’s Glory” - John 1:14
A Christmas Day Dinner will be at 12 noon
Reservations need to be made by Monday, December 22, for proper amount of food and set-up.
All of the above services provide a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend, neighbor or relative and bring them along so they too can be fed spiritually as well as physically by our Coming Lord.
“Arise O Christian People” LSB 354
4 Prepare my heart, Lord Jesus;
Turn not from me aside,
And help me to receive You
This blessed Adventtide.
From stall and manger low
Come now to dwell within me;
I’ll sing Your praises gladly
And forth Your glory show.
Text (sts. 1–4) and Tune: Public domain
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