The coming (or advent) of Christ = the coming (or advent) of HOPE: hope for today, tomorrow and forever. Meditations on scripture and personal faith stories will help us focus on this hope during our three Wednesday evening Advent services beginning at 6:30.
Each service will use the “Holden Evening Prayer” liturgy and last about 45 minutes. Luther Memorial will again join us in worship, with Pastor Tony Metz presiding and a Luther Memorial member sharing a faith story on Dec. 13. I will lead the service and get speakers from Christ Lutheran on Dec. 6 and 20. The themes for each week are:
Dec. 6: Expectant Hope
We will contemplate readings from Luke 1 and 2 where Zachariah and Simeon praise God for sending the Savior promised for so long. Jesus is “God with us” – Emmanuel – who came in the flesh to earth. Our faith story speaker is Richard Klusmeyer.
Dec. 13: Enduring Hope
In the readings for tonight from second Corinthians, Paul talks about the light of God that shines in our hearts and reveals to us the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This knowledge gives us hope to endure the “momentary afflictions” which strike us on earth, but cannot destroy us. In Romans, we hear about how suffering produces endurance, which produces character, which produces hope.
Dec. 20: Eternal Hope
In 1 Peter, we are reminded that God has given us “a new birth into a living hope” and an eternal inheritance kept for us in heaven. A reading from Revelation describes the new heaven and new earth we are destined to enjoy. We know that “the best is yet to come” as we wait for the final revelation of Jesus Christ when he comes again. Bonnie Scranton will share a faith story, and we will hear a vocal duet by Lana Anderson and Amy Stollberg.
These midweek Advent services are a wonderful way to quiet your mind from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and turn your thoughts to the real “reason for the season.” Please plan to join us, and bring a friend!
Pick Up a Daily Devotional
Advent Daily Devotionals written by members of Luther Memorial and Christ Lutheran are available for pick-up at church. If you aren’t able to get here, contact the church office and we will see that you get one. The daily devotions will also run on our facebook page each day. Thanks to the 19 writers from CLC and LMC who shared their faith!