Take the opportunity to begin and end your day in prayer, remaining attentive to God’s gifts in your life.
God of this new morning, you have awakened me to the brightness of your dawn. I begin this day in gratitude, recalling your mercies through the night,
anticipating glimpses of your glory in the hours ahead. Make my face shine today with the joy of your grace, so that others may see your presence and find hope. In Jesus name I pray Amen.
God of love, as the sun has set and night has come, I will not be afraid of the darkness, for you are with me. Your glory never recedes, but is always expanding, bringing more and more people into the sphere of your love.
Thank you for such boundless grace as has been given in Jesus Christ. Make me a mirror of the light of Christ, reflecting his grace to others all my days. In his name I pray. Amen.
ADVENT BULLETIN ‘ARTIST STATEMENT’
The four weeks of chosen Advent lessons, hymns, stories, educational activities, and Sunday worship services informed my research and drawing of the bulletin cover artwork. The artwork creates a story-within-a-story for our Sundays and our weeks together during Advent.
The story we’re told over the weeks is a narrative telling — just like a book page turning, these stories build upon one another, one page at a time, building in anticipation and hope.
Notes for your own reflection and creativity:
Original artwork by Chillon Leach © 2018. Used by permission.
CHRISTMAS BASKETS FOR WILDER PRESCHOOL
We once again need your help to create Christmas baskets for the families of Wilder Preschool. Tags with suggestions for each family are available on the bulletin board. Gifts should be returned by December 16.
The coordinator at Wilder wrote, “We would LOVE to do the gift baskets again this year. It’s always such a heart-warming feeling to see the difference those baskets make for our children and families. I believe I’ve shared before, but each year these baskets provide relief and hope in a variety of ways. The past two years we’ve had families who weren’t going to celebrate Christmas because a tragedy happened and they could no longer afford gifts or were going to just get children presents and forgo gifts themselves. These baskets assure that they are all able to celebrate together.
Sundays December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, 9:15-10:15am in the Gathering Space/East Lounge
We’ll celebrate the season of anticipation and joy with drama, carols and activities for all ages. These intergenerational events will be held in place of regular Sunday school and adult education formats. Come, watch and wait with us for the miracle of Christmas.
There will be no Sunday school on December 30th.
CHRISTIAN’S TOY BOX 2018
Time is flying! If you don’t have time to shop before Wednesday Dec. 12th, you can make a donation online. Thank you for considering contributing! All funds are directed to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Child Life Department, to enhance the holidays for kids who are undergoing various therapies, and relieve some of the stress for their parents and siblings. Checks should be made out to Children’s Hospitals & Clinics MN. Please add Christian’s Toy Box to the memo line.
Go to https://www.givemn.org/story/Christian-S-Toy-Box to donate on line.
PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP!
We have a special opportunity for children and families to participate in our Advent services this year. Each week during 10:30 worship, a Sunday school class will help bring and light candles for our Advent wreath and carry up parts of the creche. All family members may join the procession and sit together in the front of the sanctuary.
Please meet in the narthex at 10:25am to get organized.
Dec. 2nd: K-1st grade & families
Dec. 9th: 2nd-3rd grade (group 1, Linda and Karen’s class) & families
Dec. 16th: 2nd-3rd grade (group 2, Anna and Tracy’s class) & families
Dec. 23rd: 4th-5th grade and PreK & families
During 10:30 pm worship Sunday, Dec. 23rd
Everyone is invited to participate in an “instant” Christmas pageant during the 10:30 service. After all, we’re all a part of the story
You do not need to be singer in one of our choirs to join in the meaningful and fun Christmas caroling outing, Many of our homebound members look forward to this each year. Children and teens, invite your friends to join us! We will meet after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, December 16th, in the Fellowship Hall for a light lunch, followed by caroling. After caroling we will return to Immanuel for treats and hot chocolate. Please sign up in the Gathering Space or with Chris Cherwien. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HANGING OF THE GREENS
Please join in the fun and fellowship of preparing our worship space for the coming of our Lord on Wednesday, December 19th. We will share a light dinner at 6:00 p.m. and then join hands to decorate our worship space. This is an event for all ages. Children, we need your energy and creativity! The Youth Choir, Choristers and Cantorei will rehearse at their normal times that evening.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: 4:00 & 10:00 p.m.
Invite friends and neighbors to celebrate Jesus’s birth! Monday, December 24th at 4:00p and 10:00p. Sunday, December 23rd, we will have worship at our regular 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. times.
We will have one service at 10:00 a.m. on the First Sunday of Christmas Sunday School will not meet.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND GUATEMALAN MARKET
Thursday, December 6th, 11 am – 7 pm, 1400 Energy Park Dr. #23 St. Paul
Join us! Come and celebrate the season with Common Hope and shop our annual holiday market. Our office will be filled with great company, delicious treats, and gifts straight from Guatemala.
NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th
The sounds of bells, angels, and mystery abound as the National Lutheran Choir captivates with the annual Christmas Festival, December 7th & 8th. A family-favorite celebration of the Holidays for more than three decades, the Christmas Festival is the Choir’s signature program of poetry, communal singing, and exquisite music over three performances at the awe-inspiring Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.
Friday, December 7th, 4:30pm and 8:00pm
Saturday, December 8th, 8:00pm
Basilica of Saint Mary
88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tickets: Adult $33 | Senior $31 | Students and Children FREE. For tickets and more information, please visit NLCA.com/18-19season or call (612) 722-2301.
EXULTATE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CONCERTS
Saturday, Dec 8th, Sunday, Dec 9th, Saturday, Dec 15th, Sunday, Dec 16th
Exultate celebrates the joy of the Christmas Season with carols, old and new, written for choir and orchestra. To reserve tickets, call Exultate at 651–707-0727 or visit the website at exultate.org. Tickets are also available at the door. The poster on the kiosk has more ticket information.
Saturday, Dec 8th, 7:30 pm, Benefit Concert for Mission Haiti, Church of the Annunciation, 509 West 54th St, Minneapolis
Sunday, Dec 9th, 3:00 pm, First Lutheran Church, 1555 40th Ave NE, Columbia Heights
Saturday, Dec 15th, 7:30 pm, Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church, 1938 Stanford Ave, St. Paul
Sunday, Dec 16th, 4 pm, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 31st Ave S, Minneapolis
12-3 Scouts (6:30 pm)
12-4 Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
12-5 TC Home and Community (11:30 am), Middle C’s (4:30 pm) Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Care (6:15 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
12-6 Improvers (9 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm)
12-8 Men’s Breakfast (8 am), Piano Recital (5:30 pm)
12-9 Advent 2 Worship (8 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Advent Celebration (9:15 am), Worship (10:30 am)
Leaders December 9th, 2018
Assisting Minister Stephanie Alstead
Readers Dave Alstead (8), Matt Jungwirth (10:30)
Communion Assistants Dave Alstead, Elsie Fohrenkamm (8), Claire Taylor-Sherman, Jackie Kelly (10:30)
Acolytes Sophia Moeller (10:30)
Crucifer Zoe Hoiland (10:30)
Ushers Tom Cline, Kathy Robey (8), Danielson Family, Joe Kelly, Curt Hogenson (10:30)
Today Sam, Terri and Haven Purviance
Dec. 9th Karen Osen
Dec. 16th Social Action
Dec. 23rd Sue and Dave Klevan
Dec. 30th Stillwell