01 Dec

Worship Opportunities from Advent to Christmas Day

There are a number of opportunities to come together and receive the gifts of our Lord during the season of advent as we anticipate and prepare for the coming (advent) of our Lord.

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

  • November 29 (First Sunday in Advent)
  • December 6 (Second Sunday in Advent)
  • December 13 (Third Sunday in Advent)
  • December 20 (Fourth Sunday in Advent)

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

  • December 6 (Christmas program by our Early Childhood students)
  • December 13 (Christmas program by our K – 8th grade students)

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. All three of these services follow a delicious dinner that begins at 5:15 p.m.

  • December 2 (First Midweek Advent Service)
  • December 9 (Second Midweek Advent Service)
  • December 16 (Third Midweek Advent Service)

As advent draws to a close we rejoice in the remembrance of our Lord’s birth, celebrating, in peace, the season of Christmas  on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

  • December 24 (Christmas Eve – Candle light) at 7:00 p.m.
  • December 25 (Christmas Day) at 10:00 a.m.

We hope to see you at church! May our heavenly Father bless you and your family this holiday season.

 

 

29 Nov

Jesus Comes to You Now! | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on November 29, 2015 (The First Sunday in Advent). The sermon text is 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13,

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.”


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26 Nov

Giving Thanks Like a Leper

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on November 25, 2015 (Thanksgiving Eve). The sermon text is Luke 17:11-19,

“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance  and lifted up their voices, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’  When he saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;  and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’  And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.’”

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23 Nov

Thanksgiving & Advent Worship Resources

Yesterday, in church, Pastor announced two different worship resources. One of them is a Thanksgiving Litany and Grace (it was printed on a blue sheet of paper and handed out at the end of the service). If you’d like to print off more copies so that you can have enough for every person at your Thanksgiving Day dinner table, if you didn’t get a copy, or if you’d just rather have a PDF version to use on your mobile device it’s our pleasure to provide this great resource here. Simply click the “Unwrapping the Gifts” image below (or the previous link).Unwrapping-Gifts-banner-577x172

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The other resource that was distributed yesterday was a devotional booklet for Advent and Christmas (Nov. 29 – Jan. 5) called Higher Things Reflections. It can be downloaded either by clicking the cover image or the following link: Higher Things Reflections: Advent and Christmas devotions booklet

Both of these resources are great tools that will help you stay in God’s Word during the holidays. May God bless you in these times of heightened thankfulness, anticipation, and peace.

 

 

22 Nov

On Being Boring | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on November 22, 2015 (The Last Sunday of the Church Year). The sermon text is Mark 13:32-33,

But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.”

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21 Nov

The Satiation of Faith | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on November 15, 2015 (the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost). The sermon text is Hebrews 10:24-25,

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

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08 Nov

Kids in Worship

At Christ Lutheran Church we love kids! Of course, you probably already realized that. You know, given that the congregation operates an Early Childhood Education center and K-8 elementary school. Kids are awesome! We’ve placed a little informational card that expresses our love of God’s youngest children and helps parents know that their kiddos are always welcome (and encouraged) to stay in service and worship with the rest of God’s children. It reads,

To the parents of our young children, may we suggest…

Relax. God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!

Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of people’s heads.

Quietly explain the parts of the Divine Service and actions of the pastor, lectors, Communion assistants, choir, etc.

Sing the hymns, pray, and speak the responses. Children learn how to worship by copying you.

If you have to leave the Divine Service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”

Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.

Let your child use the reverse side of this card and/or the pages of a bulletin to draw, color, and doodle.

To the members of our congregation…

The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a joyful reminder that our church is growing. Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.