Finding Light in the Dark of Winter
– a time to remember the losses we carry –
Sunday, January 8, 2017
12:30 – Soup lunch and conversation with Rosemary Raynaud, Licensed Counselor and Pastoral Therapist
2:30 – Worship in the chapel
Winter is a difficult season for many people. Perhaps you are grieving 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.
In the darkness of winter we pray for coming of light. The promised return of the sun has been reinterpreted by Christians to be Jesus the Christ. With the gradual lighting of the candles on the Advent wreath we wait and watch and wonder. The arrival of Jesus means more than one thing and comes with a host of images in Scripture and Liturgy. On the first Sunday in Advent we meditate on Christ’s “coming again.” In the midst of Advent we look for Christ’s presence among us now and to be attentive to that presence often requires a change of heart. So we listen to John the Baptizer proclaim “repentance.” In other words, the community of faith is beckoned to turn toward the light by embarking upon new journeys of faith and trust. As Advent winds down we remember Christ’s first coming among us in the child born in Bethlehem.
When we gather on Sundays in Advent, the light is ritually brought into the darkened worship space. There will be room for silence. Much of our praying will be sung during the prayers of the people and at the table. And the liturgical color blue symbolizes the color of the night just before dawn. The four weeks of Advent are a small transition between darkness and light and the color blue has become an emblem of hope and a visual reminder of our collective prayer, “Come Lord Jesus.”
For twelve days Christians celebrate the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh, the appearance of God among us in the birth of Jesus. Special liturgies occur on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The days of Christmas are filled with a kind of joyful exuberance. It is a time to feast and make merry for the good news is that God’s saving grace is near and made tangible in Jesus, God with us.
Christmas Eve Worship
Join us on Christmas Eve for festive worship …
5:00 Holy Communion Family Service – Leading the proclamation of the good news of Jesus’ birth are the Children’s Choir and the Youth Choir. A very special service that lasts only one hour!
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 is 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.”
December 25, 11:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Holy Communion, ONE SERVICE ONLY – The Nativity of our Lord is celebrated around word and meal.
January 1 – The First Sunday of Christmas, ONE SERVICE ONLY. Holy Communion at 11:00 a.m. Our celebration of Christmas continues as we gather this morning for the Service of Lessons and Carols.
Join us here Wednesday evening July 9 at 7 pm to participate in the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer, followed by small group discussions led by Phinney’s young adult group. This event is sponsored by LYONS (Lutheran Youth of North Seattle) and is open to the entire community. After small group discussions, we’ll come back together for refreshments and fellowship.
Begins Sunday June 3, 2012
Sunday morning services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am
Don’t forget that on the first Sunday of June, Holy Trinity Sunday, our worship times will change to 8:30am and 10:00 am. The church office schedule will be changing too, with the office closed on Fridays.
This schedule will last through Labor Day weekend. Begin your week attending life-giving worship with your Phinney friends and family.
Sunday May 27 will be a rare “One Service Sunday” at PRLC. As the people gathered together in one place at the first day of Pentecost, we will gather together in one service at 10 am to hear the stories, recall our baptism through a baptism of new members, and share the meal.
Led by Pastor Hoffman and the Gospel Choir, we will liberally use fire, water, music, spoken word and the color of the festival (red) to engage all of our senses to experience this service, which symbolizes a new beginning with the unleashing of the Holy Spirit.
We invite you to wear RED to worship!
We’ve been slammed with some unusual winter weather this week, and even had to take the extraordinary measure of cancelling last Wednesday’s Bread for the Journey.
Remember, though, that Sunday morning worship is NEVER cancelled. The snow is supposed to be gone by then, but even if it isn’t, we’ll be here celebrating the Eucharist – and we hope to see you there!
Could you use a calm and restorative beginning to your week? Our monthly evening prayer service with our friends on Aurora will take place this Sunday evening, January 22, at 7pm. As always, we’ll meet at the Aurora Commons at 8914 Aurora Ave N (parking available behind the Commons off of 90th). Individual healing prayer and anointing with oil will be available.