Advent is our time and is filled with longing—for peace, for a just world, for restored relationships, for God. The Advent lessons from the prophet Isaiah are filled with the sorrow of exile and the persistent hope that God still cares for God’s people and will bring about their return to Israel. We sing, “Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 254).
And come Jesus does, into our world and into our lives. For a brief time, generosity and goodwill break out. We wish strangers a “Merry Christmas.” We even practice a little patience in traffic and with relatives. Life is filled with possibility.
- Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
A time to pause, wait and recognize the deepest longings of our hearts.
“I am at a Kairos time of day, a time when I can give myself a chance to let go of everything I know in order to be carried along by the flow of all I do not know, the mystery and true reality of life" - Gerry Straub
No matter who you are, or where you have come from the story of Christmas is one of God's never ceasing love for you. Join with us as we celebrate this life-changing grace together.
Children & Family Worship
Pr. Zorn and Pr. Nicole will lead a 5:00 p.m. Family service via Facebook live featuring a special message from professional puppeteer, Sean Mette, and his puppet friends.
DEC 24: 5:00 p.m.
Pr. Zorn and Pr. Nicole will lead a traditional worship service at 7:00 p.m. via Facebook live. Knowing that our traditional candle-lighting and singing of Silent Night are deeply meaningful, all are invited to safely gather at distance from one another in the parking lot at 8:30pm, after the live stream concludes, to light candles and sing Silent Night. We can't do things as we normally would this year, but what a beautiful way to come together while apart and welcome Christ.
DEC 24: 7:00 p.m.
Contemplative Christmas Day Worship
Christmas Day Pr. Zorn will offer a contemplative worship experience at 8:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please contact the church office for link information.
DEC 25: 8:00 a.m.
The Giving Trees
Several opportunities are available for LCR members to give to those in need during the holiday season. Be sure to stop by the “Giving Trees” for a tag with specific items needed. Most items are requested by Tuesday, December 15th so organizations can wrap and package items for distribution.
First Lutheran Church will be collecting hotel-size personal care items (soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions) as well as UNISEX (if possible) socks, gloves, hats, scarves and MEN’S XL or XXL undershirts and men’s boxers.
Guatemala “Centre of Hope” Therapy and Crisis facility. The Guatemala Task Force will be collecting donations to support the work of LCR’s missionary family, the Doppenbergs. Tags describing needed items will be available on the Guatemala tree, along with instructions on how to make financial donations to assist with needed facility maintenance
Manna from Heaven will be collecting any type of unwrapped board game that can be wrapped for kids or families as Christmas gifts. Manna from Heaven games need to be to church, UNWRAPPED.
Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy will be collecting warm hats, mittens and gloves as well as monetary donations for books for the students at the Lutheran School in Rock Point, Arizona.
Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center will be collecting Christmas items for 25 individual youth who would not otherwise have Christmas presents. A gift limit of $25 is set, and suggestions are given for the individual.