Wednesday Night Advent Service @ 6:30pm:
We are involved with Nebraska Lutheran Churches in a campaign to remodel and revitalize the ministries of the University Chapel and our District Ministry Office in Seward. The campaign is titled “Building Together.” During the season of Advent, our Wednesday evening offerings will be given toward this campaign. But properties and structures are not the only things that we are building together. Together we are engaged in “building” the Kingdom of God. Together we are engaged in “building” His Church.
Wednesday, December 5 - Together We: Love
Wednesday, December 12 - Together We: Encourage
Wednesday, December 19 - Together We: Proclaim Christ
A Prescription for the Christmas Season
When it comes to a well loved and memorable description of Christmas, we often think of Luke Chapter 2. As a well educated follower of Jesus, a writer, a historian, and a physician, we find the Gospel of Luke provides us with a orderly and accurate account of the birth of Jesus.
During the Sunday’s of Advent, we will focus our attention on the Gospel of Luke, and the unique ways that God used this physician to proclaim a message that brings more than physical healing, but a special “prescription” for all.
December 2 - Keep Alert
Before we read about the beginning, and the birth of Christ, we hear about the ending, and the return of Christ. Here in this example, we find our first prescription from Dr. Luke. Watch out! Don’t let your hearts become ‘dulled’ by carousing, drunkenness, or the worries of life. Instead, follow this doctor’s orders and keep alert for the return of Jesus Christ.
Readings: Jer. 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36
December 9 - Listen to the Facts
For a physician, it is common practice to consider the history of their patient. They must listen and understand the facts, in order to make an appropriate plan for treatment. In our reading today, we hear a very detailed history, and in this history, we find difficult facts that apply to us. We respond in the same way that the crowds responded, “What should we do?”
Readings: Mal.3:1-7b, Luke 3:1-20
December 16 - Look to The Healer
The apostle Paul lovingly describes Luke as “the beloved doctor.” We know that Luke continued to practice medicine, and is described as a healer. In our reading today, he describes the healing that Jesus provided. But this description was not intended to lead anyone to believe that Jesus had come to heal disease, illness or blindness. This healer, Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah that would take away the sin of the world.
Readings: Zeph. 3:14-20, Luke 7:18-28
December 23 - Celebrate Him
In the Gospel of Luke we learn of a unique celebration and praise of Jesus. John, while still in the womb, leapt for joy in the presence of the unborn Messiah Jesus Christ. As Luke describes this praise of Jesus, may we also be reminded of the reason that we celebrate Him.
Readings: Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45
December 24 @ 11:00 PM Candlelight Worship - Love One Another
God instructs us to love one another. But this is more than some sort of cold Biblical instruction. God actually shows us how to love one another, and even displays His love for us as an example. “God showed us how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.” This evening we celebrate His love for us, and display our love for one another.
Readings: 1 John 4:7-16, Matthew 1:18-25
December 25 @ 10:00 AM Christmas Day Worship - Child of God
On this day we celebrate the birth of the very child of God. It shocks the world. It sounds outrageous and unbelievable. That the God of all creation would actually send His own dear child to be born into this dangerous and sin-filled world. But it’s true! Praise God, it’s true!
Readings: Psalm 2, John 1:1-14
December 30 - Simeon’s Song
Following the birth of Jesus, He was brought to the Temple as required by the law. There at the Temple was a man named Simeon, who had been waiting for the Messiah to come. Upon seeing Jesus, he praised God in song. His wait was over. With his own eyes, he now had seen the Messiah and the promise of salvation fulfilled.
Readings: Psalm 111, Luke 2:22-40