Dec. 31, 2017
Poinsettias: For all who sponsored poinsettias for the Christmas season, you are invited to leave the poinsettias until the celebration of the Epiphany of Our Lord this coming Saturday, or, if you would prefer, take them with you as you leave today.
Flower Chart: The new flower chart for 2018 is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. If you would like to provide flowers to help beautify our worship space throughout the next year, please put your name down on the date you wish to do so.
Epiphany Divine Service: This Saturday, we join together in celebration of the Epiphany of Our Lord. This is when we commemorate the Magi coming to worship Jesus, bringing Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It is when Jesus is revealed as the Christ to the Gentiles, and is sometimes called the “Gentile Christmas.” Please note, that in keeping with the themes of Epiphany, and in remembrance of the gifts brought by the Magi, we will be using incense during this service.
The Name of Christmas: This Festival, being distinctly of Western origin, bears as its earliest name, Natalis or Nativitas Domini, hence, the Nativity of our Lord. From this is derived Noel, French and early English. The German name, Weihnacht—Holy Night—is derived from the solemn Vigil which preceded the Feast. The Scandinavian, Yule, also found its way into English use. Christmas is distinctively the English name. Analogous to such names as Candlemas and Michaelmas, it is the Christ-mass, meaning the Mass of Christ’s Day. (Paul Strodach, The Church Year)
Life Thoughts for the Church Year: A peaceful departure (Luke 2:29) may not always mean the absence of pain and suffering. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, it is seeing the presence of our Savior accomplishing His will according to His timetable. Prayer: In our last hour, dear Savior, help us see You and be at peace. Amen.
Sacred Music for the Christmas Season: You can listen to the Church’s Christmas music this week as we continue celebrating the season of Christmas. You can also listen to sacred music that coincides with the Church Year throughout the year at lutheranpublicradio.org or on the LPR app.
Stewardship Sentences: Luke 2:39 “And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord …” The Law of God is good. Of course, it always shows us our sins: but that is good, too! We need to be driven back to the forgiveness of Christ. But the Law also shows us the truly blessed way to live – as Mary and Joseph found their joy in a godly life, so should we see the Law as a guide for Christian living, as the roadmap for saying thank you to the Lord for all His grace and mercy to us.