Pastor Kate’s sermon for this week is available here.
You are invited for worship on Easter Sunday, 2014! Bring your family and friends for this special day in the life of the church- and in your life as a child of the living God! Worship will be at 10am, with breakfast and fellowship at 9am. Click for FAQ’s and directions. Join us as we proclaim loud and strong: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
First Sunday of Christmas- Year A
Each year, on this Sunday, the first Sunday of Christmas, the texts for the day are chosen from the stories of Jesus’ childhood that we have recorded in the Bible. There aren’t many. We only have a handful of stories before Jesus begins his ministry as an adult. One year we read the story of Anna and Simeon in the temple bringing their blessings to the tiny messiah and those beautiful words, “Now Lord, you let your servant go in peace”. One year we read the story of Jesus reading in the temple while his parents search for him frantically.
And this year, we read Matthew’s version of Jesus’ childhood. This story is called by two names “The Flight into Egypt” and “The Massacre of the Innocents”. The two names reflect the two parallel events- two distinct sides of the story. One side is the safety for the holy family as they flee into refuge in Egypt. The other side is the true and horrid fact that many families did not have the same opportunity to escape the wrath of Herod. Wrath that was caused by hearing that a new king- albeit a very different kind of king, an infant Messiah- was on the scene in Israel.
So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. Luke 2: 16-18
I think sometimes we like to picture Christmas as a moment frozen in time. Like our beautiful carved nativity scene that never changes, we imagine the Christmas night to be a perfect, unmoving scene. Jesus as a tiny baby, nestled in the swaddling clothes, tucked into the manger bed, no crying he makes. Mary looks on serenely, Joseph hums a lullaby, all the shepherds bring their praise with their heads quietly bowed. Still. Peaceful. Calm.
Do you know what I mean? Let me give a few examples of “frozen Christmas moments”
Come celebrate the Bright Star of Bethlehem this Christmas Eve!
Join us for Christmas Eve Services at St. Luke Lutheran Church
5pm Family-Friendly Service based around the nativity
8pm Service of Lessons and Carols
Both services will have familiar Christmas carols and candlelight.
Our Lutheran Revival is coming up in less than two months! This is a wonderful afternoon of learning, worship, fellowship, fun and mission- not to be missed!
When: Oct. 6, 2pm-6:30pm
What: A revival of workshops, music, preaching, food and more.
Who: Everyone who is interested in praising God and sharing God’s love.
Where: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1200 Old Rixeyville Road, Culpeper VA 22701
St. Luke Members pitched in for a week for the Emergency Homeless Shelter in Culpeper. They provided overnight chaperones, cooked dinner, set out breakfast, and even stayed longer to keep the shelter all day during the storm!
The Warming Shelter is organized by the Culpeper Co. Ministerial Association. So far they have served 80 individuals in our community this year for at least one night of accommodation. They are operated entirely by volunteers, donations, and the generosity of those in our community.
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On Sunday December 16th, St. Luke’s children gave their performance of “It wouldn’t be Christmas without…” Following their show and the worship service we all gathered around for hot cocoa, cookies and good fellowship.