We are called to ponder mystery and await the coming Christ,
to embody God’s compassion for each fragile human life.
God is with us in our longing to bring healing to the earth,
while we watch for joy and wonder for the promised Savior’s birth.
“Unexpected and Mysterious”
Hymn 258, Evangelical Lutheran Worship
The Advent Wreath may be traced back to the ancient Roman rite of waiting in the midst of winter darkness for the return of the sun. These ancient forebears took a wheel off their wagons and fastened torches to the wheel to see them through the darkest time of the year. Evergreen branches adorned the wheel as a hint of springtime. Over three hundred years ago, Christians in Germany turned this practice into the Advent wreath. The greens, the circle, the lights are signs of hope and eternity as we wait for the coming light.
Each Sunday in Advent we begin in darkness. The circle of light grows each week as another candle is lighted. Our song and prayers are marked by a sense of anticipation, yearning, expectancy and joy. The liturgical color is blue, because bright blue is the color of the sky when it turns from night to dawn.
In Advent, we begin a year long journey with the Gospel of Mark, who bids us to “stay awake” for the coming of the “Son of Man” and calls us to greet Jesus with the radical change preached by John in the wilderness. The beautiful passages from Isaiah call us to new hope. In addition to Sunday Eucharist in Advent, there will be evening prayer on Wednesdays. On the Fourth Sunday in Advent we will have one service of lessons and carols at 10:00 a.m.
Schedule of Advent and Christmas Services of Holy Communion
Sundays in Advent
December 3, 10, and 17, 2017 (Advent 1, 2, and 3) — Two Sunday services of Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
December 24, 2017 (Advent 4) – Departing from our usual Sunday schedule, we will offer one service of Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m. in a service of Lessons and Carols.
Christmas Eve Worship
Join us on Christmas Eve for festive worship.
Sunday, December 24, 2017 (Christmas Eve)
5:00 p.m. – Holy Communion Family Service
Leading the proclamation of the good news of Jesus’ birth are the Children’s Choir and the Youth Choir.
10:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Music led by the Chancel Choir
11:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Festival Holy Communion
The story of the Nativity surrounded by candlelight and carols, echoing the words of the prophet: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. On them light has shined.”
Christmas Day Worship
Monday, December 25, 2017
11:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Holy Communion – The Nativity of our Lord is celebrated around word and meal.
First Sunday of Christmas
Sunday, December 31, 2017 (Christmas 1)
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Christmas continues still with the unfolding mystery of the “Word made flesh”, God revealed among us in human flesh.
Advent Memorial Worship
A time to remember our losses
Sunday, December 17, 2017
12:30 Soup lunch and conversation with Rosemary Raynaud, Licensed Counselor and Pastoral Therapist
2:00 Worship in the chapel
Christmas is a wonderful season in many ways, but it can also be a particularly painful time for those who are grieving. Perhaps you are mourning the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the absence of family, or another sadness in your life. All are welcome for an afternoon of personal reflection, learning, comfort, and worship. Together we will find light in the darkness. Contact Pastor Van Kley if you have questions.
Mid-week Worship During Advent
Using the beloved Holden Evening Prayer worship service, we will gather around light, song, prayer, and Word to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. Join us!
Wednesdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, 2017
6:50 – 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
As always, dinner will be served family-style at 6:15 in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
Adult Forums in December
10:00 a.m. in the Tree of Life Room
December 3, 2017 — Advent Event (No Adult Forum)
Please join the fun in the Tree of Life Room and Fellowship Hall at our Intergenerational Advent Event! See page 3 for details.
December 10, 2017 — LYONS: Lutheran Youth of North Seattle
A conversation about the mission and vision of our ministry to youth.
December 17, 2017 — A Seminarian’s Update
PRLC is blessed to have members in the candidacy process. These are folks who are preparing for ordination to Word and Sacrament or Diaconal ministry. One of them is lifelong member Abby Cress. She is now in her second year at United Lutheran Seminary, the Gettysburg campus. Come and hear about Abby’s journey – where she has been and where she is going. Come and hear about church and ministry from one of our future pastors in training.