I was browsing through a book of devotions written by Martin Luther and this passage captured my attention:
"Our salvation is given us at once and is not obtained by works. For birth does not produce one member only, a hand or a foot, but the entire life, a complete human being, who is not active in order to be born but is born in order to be active." No one has made God decide to save us; God acts out of boundless love through the One who comes to be one of us. Again, in Luther's words, "Then we freely perform works to the glory of God and the benefit of our neighbor." As we go about the busyness of these days, as we prepare to gather at the manger and worship our Lord, let us remember that our Savior is born in us every day, so that we might get busy sharing his love, always for the benefit of our neighbor. For we are born in order to be active.
Tonight, we gather for an Advent meal and Holden Evening Prayer - again at 5:30 pm at Zion. Thanks to those who are providing food this evening.
Here is our worship schedule for the next couple of weeks:
Sunday, December 18 Fourth Sunday in Advent*
Zion, 9:30 am
St. Mark, 11:15 am
Wednesday, December 21 Advent meal and Holden Evening Prayer
Zion, 5:30 pm
Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve worship (joint service)
Zion, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day worship (joint service)
St. Mark, 10:30 am
Sunday, December 31 Lessons and Carols (joint service)
Zion, 10:30 am
*St. Mark worshipers: Our children's program will take place during worship this Sunday. We'll have refreshments after the service. If you are able, please bring holiday goodies to share.
This past Sunday, we passed out paper bags and asked the children (of all ages) to bring the bag back this coming Sunday with an item for the Plenty! food bank. The foods they need most often are tuna, peanut butter, rice, beans, pasta and canned fruit or vegetables. If everyone brings one item on Sunday, this will help some in our community who do not have enough food for the holidays.