[God with us]
Advent + Christmas
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
DEC 7/8, Second Sunday of Advent - Sat @ 5:30 pm // Sun @ 8, 9:30 am
Chrismon program during the 9:30 am service
DEC 10, Advent Contemplative Worship
DEC 14/15, Third Sunday of Advent - Sat @ 5:30 pm // Sun @ 8, 9:30 am
DEC 21/22, Fourth Sunday of Advent - Sat @ 5:30 pm // Sun @ 8, 9:30 am
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
Youth and children led, family worship. A "Happy Birthday Jesus" reception will follow worship.
DEC 24: 4:30 p.m.
Candle lighting with choir, soloists, and live classical instrumentals.
DEC 24: 7:00 p.m.
Adoration at the Manger
Acapella music, devotional style readings, candle lighting, and Holy Communion included in a meditational worship setting
DEC 24: 11:00 p.m.
A contemplative worship service including a capella music, devotional readings, candle lighting, and Holy Communion in a meditational worship setting.
MON DEC 24: 11:00 p.m.
Many of the items offered are made right here in Cincinnati by immigrant and refugee members of our community.
SAT, DEC 7: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The story of Christmas inspires us to serve others. This Christmas season please consider joining with us as we share love with others through service and giving.
Christmas Food Box Packing
Help us pack up 300 boxes of Christmas care packages and load them on the truck bound for Myra, Kentucky. This is a family-friendly event-all ages welcome!
Thursday, Dec 19: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Come to Myra, Kentucky deep in the Appalachian Mountains as we join with the folks at Manna From Heaven Mission to distribute food and gifts to families in need. Help set-up and distribute the donated items and spread some Christmas cheer. Contact Cindy Zorn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-535-7947) if you are interested in the trip.
Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22
The Giving Trees
Several opportunities are available for LCR members to give to those in need during the holiday season. Giving trees will be on display starting the Nov. 24th weekend. Be sure to stop by the “Giving Trees” for a tag with specific items needed. Most items are requested by Sunday, December 9th 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.
Community Christmas Meal
Join with others as we serve and share a meal with our neighbors this holiday season. This is a family-friendly event-all ages welcome!
Monday, Dec 16: 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall