Worship is central to our life in God and our life together. These things we do and say turn us and center us to live a different kind of life: a life that is focused on serving God and serving neighbor.
From the ELCA: "Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world."
For those of you who might feel lost during worship or do not understand why we do what we do: do not hesitate to ask someone sitting near you or ask the pastor questions after worship.
weekly worship times
Worship with Holy Communion
Sundays + 10.30 AM
Mid-Week Holy Communion
Tuesdays + 6.15 PM
Our Advent Liturgy comes from "Everlasting Light," a setting of Holy Communion for Advent and Christmas based on the carols of the season by Pastor David Eck of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church of Fairview, North Carolina.
Our Eucharistic Prayer comes from Liturgical Scholar Gail Ramshaw. It is based on the O Antiphons sung in medieval monasteries December 17-23 at evening prayer before and after the Magnificat, the antiphons used Old Testament images as descriptors of Christ. The first letters of the seven Latin words-Sapientia (Wisdom), Adonai (Lord), Radix Jess (Root of Jesse), Clavis David (Key of David), Oriens (Sunrise), Rex Gentium (King of Nations), Emmanuel (God with us)-when read backwards, spell "Eros cras," "I will be tomorrow," that is, Christ will be here December 24. The final quatrain ("Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest") can also serve as meal prayer in the home.
16 DECEMBER 2018 (THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT)
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.
Music: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, ELW 257 (Verses 1-3) | Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, ELW 244 | O Lord, How Shall I Meet You, ELW 241 | All Earth Is Hopeful, ELW 266 |Comfort, Comfort, Now My People, ELW 256
Saint John the Baptist, Antonio Orsini, c. 1425 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
23 DECEMBER 2018 (FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT)
Magnificat, Adja Yunkers, 1953 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
24 DECEMBER 2018 (NATIVITY OF OUR LORD—CHRISTMAS EVE)
Services with Holy Communion at 4.00 & 10.30 PM
Candlelight service with carols and brass choir
The Nativity, William Blake, 1799 or 1800 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
25 DECEMBER 2018 (NATIVITY OF OUR LORD—CHRISTMAS DAY)
Service with Holy Communion at 6:15 PM
In the Beginning, from the book Four Poets/Four Poems, Edward Colker, 1993 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
SEASONS OF THE CHURCH YEAR 2018-2019
Dec. 2 through Dec. 23, 2018
Dec. 24, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019
Time after Epiphany
Jan. 6 through Mar. 5, 2019
Mar. 6 through Apr. 17, 2019
The Three Days of Holy Week
Apr. 18 through Apr. 20, 2019
Apr. 21 through June 9, 2019
Time after Pentecost
June 10 through Nov. 27, 2019