I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!
On Sunday we begin the ADVENT season. Year after year we come to this intersection. Year after year we retell the same event. Year after year we hear the same story. And the point of it all? In the words of T.S. Eliot, "to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." As we move through these four weeks of Advent I pray that Jesus Christ will be freshly born in your life!
This Sunday, at Central, we will begin a year long journey discovering 50 distinct names of Jesus. If our purpose is Making Disciples of Jesus, we then need to know Jesus as he is revealed to us in the Bible. Jesus is the most common name for our Savior BUT it is not the only name. In the course of this next year we will have the opportunity to learn 50 names for the one we call Jesus.
We will start with ALMIGHTY from Revelation 1:8; "I am the Alpha and Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." What does Almighty mean to you? Is Jesus all-powerful? Is Jesus Christ the All-powerful Lord? Is nothing beyond his reach or impossible for Him? On Sunday we will live in Revelation 1:4b - 8 to get a better understanding of Jesus' name, ALMIGHTY.
Join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will work mightly in our midst as we meet Jesus in the Bible this Sunday. Is there something in your life that needs the touch of Jesus? Is there a circumstance or situation that seems hopeless to you? Come and let Jesus minister to you as the one who is ALMIGHTY! Nothing is to big or small for Jesus!
P.S. On Sunday, December 8 there will be a reception in the lobby to say THANK YOU to Julie Olsen, our Administrative Assistant. Julie recently resigned from Central and will begin another job on December 2. Baskets will be in the lobby for your cards, notes and expressions of gratitude.
I ask that you also keep Carol Greier, our Caring Ministry Director, in your prayers on the occasion of the death of her Father, LeRoy. The funeral for LeRoy was this past Wednesday. We join Carol in giving thanks to God for the life and memory of LeRoy Greier.
8:00 am - A traditional and liturgical service using the Lutheran Book of Worship.
9:15 am - A musical ensemble, led by Winston Peterson, leads in the singing of hymns and contemporary gospel music.
10:30 am - Discipleship Time for all ages
11:15 am - A team, led by Matt Krotzer, leads this community of worshippers.
Christmas Eve Services
2:00, 3:30 & 5:00 pm - Children's Celebration
7:30 & 11:00 pm - Traditional/Communion
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