Advent Worship

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.


Children and Family Ministries Report

The Monelli Memo

People get ready! Advent begins on Sunday, December 3. Are you already stressed, overbooked, or worried? If you have a job and children and extended family, this time of year can be difficult. But I hope you will take heart and follow the lead of the church (and our children) by taking time to take stock, rest and pray, and respond to all around you with joy. Sunday mornings can be islands of peace and renewal during this busy time of year in addition to helping us all keep everything in perspective – yes, it really is about Jesus. And even though schools and extracurricular programs all seem to cram every possible concert, tournament, and more into these few short weeks, is that really such a burden? Remember, your children are only young for a very short period of time, so find other activities to give up (like cleaning the parts of your home no guest will ever see or baking every cookie your grandmother made) and enjoying these events with your kids. So, as we are all called to get ready during this Advent season, let’s do so by grounding ourselves in the knowledge of God’s love and the willingness to share that love with one another.

For His Sake,


People Get Ready

The Advent Event

Sunday, December 3, 2017
10:00am in Fellowship Hall

We will begin this event with a brief presentation for everyone in the Tree of Life room. Then, 7th and 8th grade students will retire to the Teen Room for activities and projects with their mentors; 6th grade confirmation students will go to the kitchen for their Advent experience, and Fellowship Hall will provide everything needed for creating Advent Wreaths along with other crafts and activities for children and their parents and other adults. There will be something for everyone to begin this special season of preparation!


Sunday School

All are welcome to the annual no-rehearsal, joy-filled Nativity pageant on Sunday, December 17 at 10:40 (ish) am in Fellowship Hall. This festive retelling of the first Christmas is put on by the children in preschool through fifth grades and is offered for parents and all members of the PRLC community.


The Phinney Phlames

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
All youngsters in the 4th and 5th grades are invited to this lively youth group experience. This month we will be doing all things gingerbread, with decorating completions, games, and much, much more. Lunch will be provided and participants should expect a sweet and messy experience. Please contact Nancy at for more information.


Calling all Families with Children

Ring in the New Year with food, games, and more on Sunday, December 31st from noon until 2pm (midnight in Jerusalem). The event will begin with lunch and feature family games and competitions along with the opportunity to start the new year with fellowship and fun. We will even “drop a ball” that we will make ourselves. Sign up sheets will be available soon. If you’d like more information or would like to help with this event, please contact Nancy at


Programs and Activities for the Adult Members of Children and Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle meets on SUNDAY, December 17, 2017 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. This month we will be discussing the special demands and joys of caregiving during the holidays. If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Monelli at


Circles in December

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:13-14)

Both circles will study the Christmas story as it is recorded in Luke, chapter 2.

Bethany Circle will meet Dec. 11, 2017 at 10:30 (note time change) at Judy Smith’s home. Bible study will be followed by a potluck lunch.

Salem Circle will meet Dec. 20, 2017 at 10:00 at Ilse Bolliger’s home for Bible study and singing around the lighted tree. Our annual Christmas lunch will follow at Queen Mary Tea Room, 2912 NE 55th St.


In the Family

Newly Married
Matt Langston and Frances Hammond, married November 10, 2017

Recently Born
Flynn Owen Roby, boy; born November 25, 2017 to parents Becky and David Roby

Faithful Departed
Margaret Pedersen, died November 5, 2017
Elaine Kirsten, died November 12, 2017
Lois Stettner, died November 21, 2017


Worship Assistant Schedule for December 2017

Dear PRLC Worship Assistants,

Below is the Worship Assistant Schedules for December 2017. Please take a look at it and note your assignments.

If you find you need to make a change in your assignment, please trade with someone else on the list. (You can email me to request a list of names and contact info if you need it.) Then contact me at the church office to let me know.

If you find you have been scheduled in error, please contact the worship assistant organizer, Ardis Pilz, directly at and let her know. Thank you!

Peace to all,
Christina Bogar
Office Manager
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Worship Assistant Schedule for December 2017 [pdf]