9:00am Final Living the Questions class
(Adult Sunday School resumes January 11th)
Sunday School for Children and Youth
Fourth Sunday in Advent
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013
12 noon Wednesday Worship followed by
The Largest Table Community Meal
6:45pm Music of the Season
7:30pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Service
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
December 31-January 2
office hours resume January 5
Dear Members and Friends of St John’s,
On Sunday, December 21, our seasonal Scripture texts are Luke 1:47-55 (alluding to 1 Samuel 2:1-10) and Luke 1:26-38. My sermon is entitled “God’s Love Delivered,” as we consider anew the remarkable story of Mary and Elizabeth, one of them too old to be a mother, and the other too young. Yet both were in the hands of God, a God who provides new beginnings in a sea of endings. Sunday’s Gospel narrative reflects a genuine connection between two pregnant women of different generations, as they wait in community for the manifestation of God’s will for the future. Perhaps we too might wait together in love at St John’s this Advent, different generations gathered together in one church, for the coming of the Christ Child. How might Mary’s story invite us all to approach the Christmas Eve event at the manger – expectant with God’s love?
Our Christmas Eve service the evening of Wednesday, December 24, will begin with Music of the Season at 6:45pm. Bells, brass, musical solos and ensembles will grace our sanctuary during this special musical performance under the direction of our Minister of Music, Ms May Schwarz. Worship begins at 7:30pm with our annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service. Join us as we hear the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, Luke 2:1-20. Then, as is our tradition at St John’s, we will close this Holy Night by singing Silent Night in German and English, surrounded by the soft glow of candles and the power of our gathered faith community, as together we wait expectantly for the birth of Jesus, full of God’s love.