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   Spokane  WA

 

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Adult Bible Stuidy   9:45am

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Exploring Faith Bible Study @ Noon on Tuesdays 

This month we begin a study of the book of Revelation. We will be using Craig Koester’s book, “Revelation and the End of All Things.” Since its first publication in 2001, Revelation and the End of All Things has been a highly readable guide to one of the most challenging books in the Bible. Engaging the questions people most frequently ask about Revelation and sensationalistic scenarios about the end of the world, Craig Koester takes his readers through the entirety of Revelation, offering perspectives that are clear and compelling.

 

In the second edition Koester provides new insights from recent scholarship and responses to the latest popular apocalyptic voices. Study questions make this new edition ideal for use in classrooms and study groups. Revelation and the End of All Things offers an accessible, engaging, and profoundly hopeful interpretation for students and general readers alike. 

 

Paper and Kindle editions are available through Amazon. Please note that I couldn’t find a “Second Edition” kindle version…it might not be available yet? Hard copies of the 2015 second edition are about $16 and a Kindle copy of the 2001 first edition is about $10.

 

Sunday, Dec 16

3rd Sunday in Advent

 

Introduction

The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.

Readings and Psalm

No More Business as Usual

Lutherans looking for gospel may hear John the Baptizer’s preaching as primarily law. It can be difficult to reconcile his fire-and-brimstone style with the joy that traditionally belongs to the third Sunday of Advent. Yet despite John’s harsh words for the crowds, the people seem eager for his teaching—”What then should we do?” They keep asking questions fervently, even when the answers call them to higher expectations of moral and selfless living.

It’s the kind of teaching that people associate with the Messiah: good news that business as usual is on the way out and something new is on its way in. The status quo of greed, selfishness, scarcity, and complacency no longer has power. A new day of mutual sharing and justice is almost here. Images of the winnowing fork and the ax at the root of the tree suggest clearing out old habits and fears to make room for something new. In calling people to repentance, John invites them to turn away from the old life and turning toward God’s new life.

John has even better news: The Messiah is indeed coming, one who will not only call people to high expectations, but also enable that faithful living. Because the Messiah is coming to baptize “with the Holy Spirit and fire,” life will never be the same. Through baptism business as usual will be replaced by a fruit-bearing, joy-yielding, grace-filled relationship with God. It’s an excellent reason to “rejoice always” (1 Thess. 5:16): The Lord is near!

 
     Chrismon Symbols

The symbols that make up our Chrismons date back to the early church and served to transmit the faith and beliefs of the followers of Jesus Christ.  Each Chrismon is described in scripture and refers to some aspect of Jesus Christ. 

Click here to view descriptions and biblical references  Chrismon Symbols.docx

Click here to review the Chrismon Service Bulletin Chrismon Service Souvenir Bulletin 002.doc

               


Light on the Liturgy

Why do we worship using the traditional form of the Liturgy?

 

What does it all mean?

 

Light on Liturgy 

The topics contained in this pamphlet are short essays on elements of Liturgical Lutheran Worship.  These were shared; one each week, during Sunday morning Worship Services at Central Lutheran Church.  These essays may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes with credit and mention of the Light on the Liturgy series and the web page www.clspokane.org as the source. Authors: Paul Boden, Paul Brueggemeier, Joel Zellmer.  To read this pamphlet click here Light on the Liturgy.docx


Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - june 2017.pdf


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Weekly Update -- to read the most recent Weekly Update click here Weekly Update

           


DATES TO REMEMBER 


Fall Events

Central Lutheran Church

512 S Bernard Street, Spokane, WA 99204

 

Sounds of Christmas

Eastern Washington University Choirs

Friday, November 30 – 7:00 pm


Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve

 

Monday, December 24th, 2018 @ 10:00 p.m.

 

For your entire family!

 

 Join us as we sing our favorite Christmas carols and hear the story of Jesus’ birth. This beautiful candlelight service is perfect for your entire family. Come, let us adore him!


Tuesday, December 25th

10:00 am Christmas Day Worship              w/ Holy Communion

 

 

            

 


 


 

              

 
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