In these days of anxiety and separation, Advent begins on Sunday, November 29. As we yearn for deliverance from the evils of the world, we anticipate anew the reign of the Anointed One, a Messiah, who will give peace, justice, and righteousness to the world. In this hope – however faint – we watch, we wait, we wonder, and we work. Though we are not together, we may yet prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.
Sunday Worship Online
We will continue to host live online worship at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. The services are recorded and may be watched anytime, and it is broadcast on Mondays on MCAT. Please contact the office if you would like an e-mail or hard copy of the worship or sermon.
Blue Christmas Online Worship
Sunday December 20 at 10 a.m.
Though this season is one of joy and festivity, all we have endured the past year may lead to “blue” feelings of disappointment, worry, weariness, and deep sadness. As the daylight lessens, the memories of the past and the pain of the present seem to deepen and darken our hope for the future. We offer our needs to the Christ Child who comes to live among our joys and sorrows and who promises that mourning, crying and pain will end. We pray for God’s presence and peace as we hope for the life of the world to come.
Mid- Week Advent Worship Online
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.—December 2, 9, 16, 23
These 20-30 minute worship services will include music, prayer, and a candle-lighting litany written by Lutheran World Relief (LWR). The message will be from “Do Not Be Afraid: An Illustrated Devotional.” As you participate, you may color, write, doodle and follow along in the devotional book. Contact the church office for a copy of the devotional.
We light candles on the Advent wreath to signify that Jesus, the Light of the World, is coming. As more candles are lit each week, the darkness of fear and hopelessness recede and the shadows of sin fall away as the Light of the Christ Child enters the world.
If you do not have an Advent Wreath, please consider either purchasing one, making one, or simply select four candles to light each week as you worship and/or do your devotions. Wreaths may be simple or elaborate, made from fresh material or from artificial greenery.
The Nativity of our Lord- Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Worship
Parking Lot Worship at 4:30 pm
Online Livestream Worship at 5:30 pm
Join us for a socially distant worship in the parking lot. Tune into the service on your car radio. Please RSVP by clicking the button below or calling the church office.
Plan to arrive early and follow the directions of the parking attendants by entering the parking lot on the north side (Sussex Street). If you have flameless candles, bring them. There will be some available on site. The service will be broadcast at 97.3 FM. Plan to leave the parking lot on the west end (Holburn Street).
ONLINE LIVESTREAM WORSHIP at 5:30 pm
Join the area ELCA Pastors in a joint online worship service celebrating the birth of our Lord. Recorded for watching at a later time.