Sunday, January 9, 2022 – Baptism of our Lord

 

Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus, in bread and wine.

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Scripture readings:

Old Testament: Isaiah 43:1-7

Psalm: Psalm 29

New Testament: Acts 8:14-17

Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-2

**The sermon,  bulletin and scripture readings for today’s service are available for you to download and print.
 

Thank you – to Katie James and Sue Lappin for our melodica prelude… and to St. Paul’s choir for providing our special music today.

 

We wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas!

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen

Sunday, January 2nd - 2nd Sunday of Christmas

Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word continues to dwell among us. Christ comes among us in the gathered assembly, the scriptures, the waters of new birth, and the bread and the wine. Through these ordinary gifts we receive the fullness of God’s grace and truth.

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Scripture readings:
Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm: Psalm 147:12-20
New Testament: Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel: John 1:1-18

 

**The bulletin and scripture readings for today’s service are available for you to download and print.
 

Thank you – to Yvonne Smith for preaching and leading worship today in Pastor Karen’s absence.

 

We wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas!
 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen

Sunday, December 26, 2021 – 1st Sunday of Christmas

At Christmas the people of God gather to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Christ our Lord. Luke recounts the familiar story of shepherds and angels; John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth. 

 

The meaning of Christmas is made clear: the light shines in the darkness.  

 

It is in the liturgy that we encounter the Word made flesh—in the people of God gathered together as the body of Christ, and in the meal around the holy table.  

 

We go forth to be bearers of light as we proclaim this good news to all the ends of the earth.

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Lessons and Carols is a service of scripture and song that dates back to the late 19th century.  The scripture readings tell God’s story of salvation.  Each lesson is followed by a carol that reflects the lesson’s message.  

 

Today we invite you to pray and reflect along with these readings and songs—to ponder the gift of the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.    

 

May this time of worship and the days ahead be a time of celebration and wonder at the mystery of the Word made flesh… Immanuel – “God with us!”  

**The bulletin and scripture readings for today’s service are available for you to download and print.  

 

Special Music – is provided by Kathy Houzner.

 

Altar Flowers are given by Kelly Rodenschmit in loving memory of her mom, Nancy Esser.  Thank you to all who donated poinsettias to help decorate our worship space.  


 

We wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas! 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen

Friday, December 24, 2021 – Christmas Eve

In winter’s deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child.

Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice.

Paul reminds us that the grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people.

The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds.

Filled with the light that shines in our lives, we go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world.

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Scripture Readings:

First Reading: Isaiah 8:2-7

Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14

Gospel: Luke 2:1-20

Available to download:

Bulletin 4 pm

Bulletin 6 pm

Sermon

Scripture readings  

 

Special Music

Family Christmas Eve service – Youth band and children’s choir

Traditional Candlelight service – St. Paul’s choir

 

Altar Flowers are given by Kelly Rodenschmit in loving memory of her mom, Nancy Esser

Wishing you a blessed Merry Christmas

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen

                                          

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6 pm

Holden Evening Prayers December 22, 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

Scripture Readings:

First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a

Psalm: Psalm 80:1-7

Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10

Gospel: Luke 1:39-55

 

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In our Old Testament reading, the prophet Micah, having pronounced judgment upon Judah, speaks of a future shepherd-king who, like David, will come from the small town of Bethlehem. This king will restore Israel and bring peace. New Testament writers understood this passage to be referring to Jesus.

In our Gospel reading, Elizabeth, John’s mother, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, are two women filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. In Elizabeth’s inspired greeting and Mary’s song of praise we hear of a saving God who remembers, scatters, lifts up, and fulfills all things.

Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Between the prophet’s lovely tribute to the little town of Bethlehem and Mary’s magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no uncertain terms that Christ’s advent is for “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” It is the kind of tension in which the church always lives as when in holy communion—with high delight—“we proclaim the Lord’s death.”

**The bulletin and  scripture readings  are available for you to download.

Thank You to our guest preacher, Marie Leafblad (Asst. to the Bishop, SCSW), for proclaiming the gospel today.

 

Special Music today is provided by the Youth Tone Chime choir.

 

Altar Flowers are given in loving memory of Karen Schubring’s mother

 

Wishing you a blessed Advent season,

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen