The Christmas season begins with Advent and continues through the celebration of our Savior’s birth until Epiphany.
During Advent we gather to worship (both in-person and virtually) as we anticipate the coming of our Lord Jesus.
At Christmas we praise God for the gift of His son, Jesus.
Midweek Advent Services, Wednesdays Dec 1, 8, 15, 22
This year we gather for worship on Wednesday nights at 7pm using Holden Evening Prayer for our liturgy.
As we continue to deal with uncertain times, we are called by faith to give offerings of thanks and praise to God. This year we ask people to ponder this question, “If you were to write your own Magnificat (Mary’s hymn of praise), what would you include in it (about what God has done for you, and how your faith has helped see you through hard times)?” Each week members of the congregation share their thoughts and stories around this theme.
These services will also be streamed.
Check out the Lord of Love YouTube channel or our streaming page for these worship videos.
Carols and Cookies, Sunday, Dec 19 at 3PM
This new event replaces our traditional house to house caroling as we so much want to sing! Come and sing (or just listen). We’ll also share some Christmas memories and involve Sunday School and Confirmation students to help us celebrate the season. Cookies and cocoa to follow.
Christmas Eve Worship, Thursday, Dec 24
We gather for worship at 4:30PM and 11:00PM with prelude music beginning at 10:30PM.
These services will also be available on the Lord of Love YouTube channel.
Advent and Christmas Special Offerings
Each season we provide opportunities to give in support of mission. Our Advent and Christmas special offerings will go to support Loads of Love, , our ministry of providing paper and hygiene products to the local community several times per year. Together with our Thanksgiving offerings, we make a difference in the lives of many within our own community that are affected by poverty and food insecurity. Thank you for considering a seasonal gift. Mail a check to the church or give online or via the Vanco smartphone app.
Advent Devotionals & Advent Wreath
As we prepare to celebrate the Season of Advent here are some resources for the whole family.
Family friendly devotional: – “All I want for Christmas”
Luther Seminary devotional: “Filled with Hope and Gratitude”
Homemade paper Advent wreath
Advent Wreath Craft
Advent Wreath Craft Instructions
OR – print, color, cut out, and make a home made paper advent wreath to symbolize the weeks as we go through the season of Advent.
There are many beautiful simple ideas on Pinterest you can explore for an Advent wreath.