This week's message Preparing for Christ's coming! (Luke 3: 4-6) Scripture: As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God's salvation.'" Luke 3:4-6 (NIV) Wow! There are only twenty-two days until Christmas! Are you ready for Christmas? That is a question we hear quite often these days, isn't it? What do people mean when they ask if you are ready for Christmas? Well, they usually mean things like...
What are some traditions that your family does to prepare for Christmas? While all of these things are important to our families, what is more important is how do we prepare for the coming of the Christ child? In our Bible lesson today, we hear the voice of John the Baptist crying out to the people, "Prepare the way for the Lord. Fill in the valleys and level off all the mountains. Make the crooked roads straight and the rough places smooth." Did John the Baptist really want the people to work on the roads? No, what John wanted was for the people to get ready for the coming of the Messiah. What he really meant was that the people needed to get their hearts right and return to God. You see, no matter how good people may think they are, there are always some crooked ways and rough places in their lives. There are things such as dishonesty, selfishness, pride, jealousy, and many more. John wanted the people to make those crooked ways straight and rough places smooth so that Jesus could come and walk among them. During the Christmas season, we, too, can prepare by looking at our hearts and smoothing out rough places like dishonesty and selfishness. And the good news is, God will help us. Let's ask Him to do that right now. Dear Father, we want to be ready. Make our crooked ways straight and our rough places smooth. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
0 to 2 years: Nursery - currently not staffed
Nursery Room - Main Floor/Education Wing
FALL FUN FAITH FORMATION for children 3 years through 6th grade begins September 19th. Please Join Us!!!
We will meet in the courtyard on the 2nd floor of the education wing every Sunday at 9:30am, concurrent with the 9:30am indoor worship service. We will focus on a different Bible story every four weeks while rotating through crafts, games, songs, and theater activities designed to reinforce the principal concepts of the story. We will finish in time to bring the children down to the sanctuary to commune with their family and participate in the conclusion of the service. Once a month we will also share a musical offering with the congregation at this time.
If you would like to assist with Rotation Faith Formation either as the required 2nd adult present (no planning or participation required) or by leading a rotation, please sign up for the Sunday of your choice on the volunteer bulletin board by the office or contact Gretchen Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Grades 7 through 12 not yet Confirmed:
Youth Room - Lower level of our Education Wing
Youth in 7th and 8th grade study the basics of the Christian faith as well as what it means to be Lutheran in preparation for Rite of Confirmation.
The class meets on Sunday immediately following the 9:30 am worship service.
Any girl in grades K–12 can join the fun at Girl Scouts. Whether you want to be part of a troop , sign up for exciting series or events, explore the outdoors, or travel the world, each age level has something for you.
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm - September through May
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm
Cub Scouts Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm - September through May
An Early Childhood Music Enrichment program for 0 through 12 years.