Advent 2013: "For Unto us a Child is Born”
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
December begins the season of Advent, when Christians throughout the world pray, watch, and prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world. All the preparation can make Advent one of the busiest, most stressful seasons of the year. Add to that cold, darker days and the grief and pain that sometimes shadow our holidays, and the season can take a toll. That’s why Trinity will be offering a chance this year to pause, breathe a little deeper, and reconnect with the meaning of this season, through Advent worship and activities that invite us to ponder Jesus as the child born FOR US to bring hope and new life:
Weekend worship will feature shorter messages from the pastors and the opportunity for more prayer and reflection. Saturdays at 5pm, we’ll enjoy the melodies, silence, and prayer of Taize worship (see below). On Sundays, in a weekly “Prayer Offering,” we’ll bring forward prayers to lay in the manger, placing our hope in God who came to be with us in Jesus. Each week will focus on one of Isaiah’s names for the Messiah: “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Wednesday soup suppers and Holden Evening Prayer will take place for the three Wednesdays in Advent: Dec. 4, 11, and 18. All are welcome to come for homemade soup and sides from 6-7pm, and to stay for a half-hour service of song and reflection.
Christmas Eve worship: On Tuesday, Dec. 24, Trinity will welcome members, neighbors, and guests for two candlelight carol services, at 3:30 and 5:30pm. The 5:30 service will also include Holy Communion.
Christmas Day worship: This year, Trinity will offer a Christmas Day service at 10am on Weds., Dec. 25. The service is open to the community and will include carols and Communion. Kids are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a favorite Christmas gift for a “Bless our Toys, Bless our Joy!” youth message.
December will also offer us opportunities to come together in joy and fellowship as a Trinity community:
We look forward to sharing this season with you! Peace, Pastors Meghan and Gabi
(Saturday evenings at 5pm)
Taize is a chance in the busy lives we lead to take time and be thankful for everything we have through the practice of prayer, meditative silence, and music.
December can be a very busy time for individuals and families as we get caught up with all the “extra” activities preparing for Christmas both in the significance of the Christian faith as well as in the secular sense. It is difficult to separate the two and maybe they shouldn’t be. We are the Church, children of God, people of faith living together in the world. Shopping, awaiting and hosting visiting family and friends, preparing extra meals, decorating, school programs, the activities go on and for many, a frenzied existence can be overwhelming. Taize Prayer Services can be an intentional time to step away from the feverish pace during this time while we wait for the Prince of Peace. A time to sit, to pray, to listen, to sing, to be quite, waiting, anticipating, living together.
Join us this Advent season on Saturday evenings at 5pm for Taize Prayer Services. In France, the monastic community of Taize welcomes Christians of all denominations and nationalities, sometimes as many as 7,000 in a week, for prayer services. Over the years many churches have brought elements of Taize worship into their own services. At Trinity, you’ll notice a couple distinctive things about this type of prayer and worship. First, the songs - Taize songs are characterized by their simple (but profound) words and melodies, repeated numerous times. This repetition allows the congregation to learn the songs and to pray through song. Second, the silence - Taize includes periods of silence for prayer and reflection. Silence during worship can feel uncomfortable at first! This is a time to be present in Christ’s presence and to pray – without words.
This year the theme for Trinity’s Advent Season is, “For Unto Us A Child is Born”. Join us for Trinity’s Taize Prayer Services, including Holy Communion, as we sit together in word, song and silence reflecting and reconciling with God. Nov 30th, Wonderful Counselor; Dec 7th, Mighty God; Dec 14th, Everlasting Father; Dec 21st, Prince of Peace.
Trinity Lutheran Church is a welcoming faith community living together in God’s love To share the joy of Jesus Christ.
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