First things first. Biological life begins at conception not at birth. Yes, that new life has a unique genetic imprint made up of DNA shared suddenly by the biological father and biological mother. It’s quite amazing really that first time you see the sonogram and hear that tiny heartbeat. Often before a woman tells anyone she is pregnant she can be observed protectively cupping her hands around her abdomen. It’s exciting walking those 40 weeks of waiting, hoping, planning, and dreaming. Grandparents and other family start buying for the baby right away. Will baby be a boy or a girl? How will she or he be named?
The season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmass. It compresses the nine months of anticipation preceding a birth into 24 days. During Advent, the Church prepares for the celebration of the birth of God’s Son Jesus whose very name means “God saves.” Advent is also the beginning of another year of God’s grace during which we relive the life, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of the God-Man Jesus followed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the mission of the Church to declare what God in Christ has done. Already at the beginning, the Church preaches the necessity of repentance and Baptism to be saved from sin, death, and evil.
First things first is a reminder to focus on Who comes first and last and always: the one God in three persons. In the penitential season of Advent, we prepare our hearts and minds to receive the gift of God’s Son our Savior. We will use a 43 day set of Bible readings with reflection questions and a prayer. We will also distribute Advent devotions for families with children. We will offer midweek Advent worship at noon and 7pm on December 4, 11, and 18 to keep us focused in the midst of the annual onslaught by advertisers. Finally, we will begin the 12 days of Christmass with candlelight Eucharists at 5 (children’s pageant), 8:30 (soloists and ensembles), and 11pm (Solemn High Christmass with choir) on the evening of December 24.
Put first things first this December. Join us as we begin again the story of salvation!
Thanks for stopping by!
Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS
PS: Want our Advent devotions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week
Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)
Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (High School) .
Wednesday Music Practice Schedule:
5:00 Little Luther Choir (PK4-1st grade) 5:25pm Luther Choir (grades 2-5)
6:00-6:45pm Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)
7:00-8:30pm Adult Choir