Lectionary Notes + December 2014
+ The Gospel According to John +
During the 2013-2014 Church Year, LLC followed the four year lectionary introduced at Theological Symposium held at Concordia Seminary, focusing on the Book of Mark. For the 2014-2015 Church Year, we again will use the four year lectionary, now concentrating on the Gospel of John.
Written around 90 AD, John's Gospel has as its purpose leading people to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. He begins this in Chapter 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
Come join us as we study this beautiful and powerful Gospel throughout the year.
+ Advent & Christmas Sermon Theme +
Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father" + John 14:8
Indeed, Jesus has shown us the Father for the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. – John 1. The theme for Advent-Christmas 2014 is; "Jesus, show us."
October 26 + Pentecost XX Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 Romans 7:1-13 Mark 13:32-37
Feast of the Reformation [Observed] Sermon: "God Has Done It" + Pastor on Ecclesiastes 3:14-15
The headline read: God is Dead! The Church was predicted to go extinct within a decade or so; it was an irrelevant personality cult out of step with society. There is so much corruption within the Church that it will soon go the way of the Roman Empire and become non-existent by its own hands.
Sound familiar? Yet, these words are not lifted from the front page of the New York Times. Nor do they echo the sentiments of atheists and agnostics, of those dissatisfied with the Christian Church as we know it. These were headlines in Athens when Paul visited there, an analysis by Roman emperors up to the time of Constantine, and even the opinion of the radical reformers in Luther’s day. However, the Lutheran Reformation, which we commemorate this Sunday, sought to remind us that the Church was God’s doing and as such, if true to His Word, would last until Christ’s return.
Dec 7 + Advent II Genesis 18:1-15 Hebrews 12:1-17 John 7:25-36
Sermon: “Jesus, Show Us the Provider” + Pastor on Psalm 104:27-32
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Maybe get a jump on the card and letter writing? If you have, then you are experiencing Advent – that special time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s birth on Christmas Day when our Savior revels to us the love of God the Father. .
This Advent we look for the revelation of God our Father through the Psalms, as well as the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed as explained in martin Luther’s Small Catechism. For the Second Sunday in Advent, Pastor Henry will present a sermon – “Jesus Shows Us Our Provider,” based on Psalm 104
Dec 14 + Advent III Job 21:4-16 Hebrews 12:18-29 John 1:35-42
Sermon: “Jesus, Show Us the Father’s Heart” + Pastor on Psalm 103:11-13
Tradition provides for the lighting of a rose colored candle on the Third Sunday of Advent. This soft candle symbolizes the love God has for us in sending His Son to be our Savior. As we once again light the third candle of the Advent wreath, we look to Jesus to reveal the Father’s Heart – the theme of Pastor Henry’s sermon this week, based on Psalm 103.
Dec 21 + Advent IV Judges 6:36-40 Ephesians 4:7, 11-16 John 20:24-39
Sermon: “Jesus, Show Yourself” + Pastor on John 20:26-29
On this last Sunday of Advent, having seen the revelation of God of the Father through the eyes and life of Jesus, we ask Him to show us the promise – show us that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. It is appropriate to ask this eternally important question not only as we prepare for Christmas morning, but also as we recognize St Thomas, called the Doubter, on this his feast day.
A special invitation to everyone to join us on Wednesday, December 24 for Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 PM, and Thursday, December 25, for Christmas Day Festival Worship at 10 AM. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane in East Greenbush. For more information and directions, call 477-8685
Dec 24 + Christmas Eve Candlelight Service + Sermon: Jesus, Show Us the Gift” + Pastor on Luke 2:10-12
Dec 25 + Christmas Day Festival Worship + Sermon: “Jesus is that Perfect Gift Shown” + Pastor on I John 4:9-10
Dec 28 + Christmas I Jeremiah 31:15-17 Revelation 14:1-5 Matthew 2:13-18
Sermon: “Safe in Egypt” + Pastor on Matthew 2:13-14
The sad tragedy of every conflict is that innocent lives are often lost in the great and righteous battle. We remember them with honor: the villagers accidentally killed in the crossfire, the victims of the Holocaust or any genocide inflicted upon our fellow human beings. This includes the cosmic battle between good and evil and those martyred for the faith. Join us this week as we commemorate the Feast of the Holy Innocents and Martyrs while being thankful that Jesus escaped the wrath of King Herod and remained “Safe in Egypt” – Pastor Henry’s sermon based on Matthew 2: 13-14.