Christmas at St. Paul’s – December 24, 2019
Join us on Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2019 – at 7:00pm for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service with Holy Communion. All are welcome to the Lord’s Table as we celebrate the birth of Christ and ponder anew how his arrival in our midst changed us and our world forever. We look forward to sharing this celebration with you!
A new year in the church begins as we observe the first Sunday of Advent. Our readings speak of the promise (and warning) about the coming of the day of the Lord, which is good news for the poor and oppressed and a shot across the bow of the rich and powerful. Through these readings, we are reminded of the importance of waiting in hope and watching carefully for the signs of God’s kingdom among us.
Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
Worship begins at 10:00 a.m.
There is a place for you at St. Paul’s!
Sunday’s Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Advent (Sunday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 24 [sundown])
Beginning four Sundays before the celebration of Christmas, the season of Advent is set at the beginning of the church’s calendar and focuses on the themes of hope and expectation of God’s deliverance. Advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival”, and Christians will often reflect on God’s three “advents” – in the past in the person of Jesus, in the present by the Word and the Holy Spirit, and in the future when Christ’s promised return brings about the reconciliation of all things to God. We prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s birth, but even more to receive Christ’s presence anew in our midst here and now. Advent’s hopeful character is reflected in the use of the color blue, which calls to mind the color of the sky before the dawning of a new day.
“We Are Lutheran” Sermon Series
Check out the links to our five-part series on the “solas” (“onlys”) of the Reforming movements that lead to the establishment of the Lutheran Christian tradition.
Week 1 – Sola Gratia (“By Grace Alone”)
Week 2 – Sola Fide (“By Faith Alone”)
Week 3 – Sola Scriptura (“By Word Alone”)
Week 4 – Solo Christo (“In Christ Alone”)
Week 5 – Soli Deo Gloria (“Glory to God Alone”)
We are Church, joined in mission for the sake of the world!
St. Paul’s partners with 245 congregations and over 100,000 Lutheran Christians as a member congregation of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Click below to learn more about the ministry we share!
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is around 4,000,000 members strong, working through nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States and the Caribbean to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ for the sake of the world God made and loves. Click below to explore how the ELCA is doing “God’s Work” with “our hands” every day.