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CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
512 S. Bernard St Spokane WA
Education Hour at 9:15am
Worship at 10:30am
with Children's Church
Fellowship at 11:45am
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for this Sunday
Scandinavian Bazaar – November 5
To see more pictures of the Scandinavian Bazaar 2016
Commemoration of the Reformation Concert
Celebrating our common faith through the gift of music as the audience members join together singing Christian hymns, listening to combined choral anthems and experience a Spokane premiere of a beautiful Jazz Requiem written by Michael Kissinger. Maria Manzo of Portland and Paul Brueggemeier of Spokane directing the choirs.
For more photos click here Reformaion Concert
Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship as schedules) CC is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned together each Sunday.
Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:15am) We continue our overview of the Old Testament, with special emphasis on the major periods of activity and their themes. This study will take us up to the start of Advent. Each session stands nicely on its own so come for one or come for all.
Exploring Faith(Tuesdays at Noon) We began by looking at “For Peace in God’s World” from 1995. We are now beginning to explore “Living in a Time of Terrorism” (2004), a message from the church that grew out of the “For Peace…” statement and offers encouragement and hope as we face today’s uncertain world.
Men’s Group (Second Saturday of the month) Men’s Group meets on Saturday with breakfast at Frankie Doodles at 8am.
Sunday, December 4
2nd Sunday of Advent
At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the light of Christ’s coming. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.
Readings and Psalm
- Isaiah 11:1-10
From David’s line, a ruler bringing justice and peace
- Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
May the righteous flourish; let there be an abundance of peace. (Ps. 72:7)
- Romans 15:4-13
Live in harmony, welcoming one another
- Matthew 3:1-12
A voice cries: Prepare the way of the Lord
Pointing to Jesus
John the Baptist is a fitting messenger for the season of Advent, a time for the church to prepare for both the nativity of the Christ and for his second coming. John’s call to repentance in preparation of Jesus’ arrival carries a challenge for us to rid ourselves of everything that obstructs our view. His proclamation is filled with images of cleansing: straightening paths, cutting down useless trees, and burning away chaff. John’s baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins means cleansing as well as a changing of the mind, a turning toward Jesus, so that one’s whole self is pointed toward the Lord of this world and of eternity.
Undistracted even by thoughts of our own worthiness, the church’s focus year round is turned toward the coming of Christ. John points to Jesus, never to himself, and in so doing becomes a model for discipleship. Having heard John’s cry, we join the chorus, becoming messengers in turn. All our efforts in worship and evangelism, education and social ministry point, not to ourselves, our programs, our skill or our saintliness, but only to Jesus. Preparing the way of the Lord is very much about pointing others to his real presence in and among us.
This Sunday’s Isaiah reading (“the grass withers, the flower fades”) and that of 2 Peter (“all things are to be dissolved”) reinforce the church’s teaching that amidst all that is transient in our lives, and creation, only God’s word is eternal. John the Baptist’s testimony points us to that Word made flesh, who brings with him a new heaven and a new earth after all else has passed away. John directs us in our faith journeys as individuals and communities toward a witness that is forever pointing to Jesus.
SAVE THE DATE
Christmas Service Schedule
You may have noticed that Christmas Day is a Sunday this year. This means that we have a special opportunity to gather together at our usual time to celebrate the birth of our Lord with Holy Communion. As has been the case in the past, this is an entirely different service than Christmas Eve. So here’s the schedule…take note that Christmas Eve service is at an earlier time this year.
Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24th, 5:00pm
Christmas Day w/ Carols & Holy Communion – Sunday, December 25th, 10:30am
Central Concert Series
Friday, December 2nd @ 7:00 pm
Eastern Washington University Choral Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 4th @ 4:00 pm
Eastern Washington University "Pops" Concert
featuring their Jazz Ensemble and Collegians Vocal
Jazz Choir performing traditional holiday favorites
Sunday, December 11th @ 3:00 pm
Decolores Handbell Choir
Questions about this beautiful event: ask Joel or Jodi Zellmer
Saturday, December 17th @ 3:00 pm
Northwest Sacred Music Chorale
performing sacred Christmas music