Preparing for Worship on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 8:30 & 11 am
Here are some biblical verses and writings as a way to prepare and begin hearing and pondering the scripture texts for worship this Sunday:
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Comments from the Cloud of Witnesses
Against all our images of stern authority and capricious power, we hear the Lord’s voice, the voice of the shepherd who tends the scattered sheep of the flock. In Jesus, this image of shepherd-king is turned upside down in that mysterious wisdom of God. The shepherd becomes the very lamb who is led to the slaughter, who is led to the cross, so that our sickness and our injury, our final enemy is at last put to death in his body on the cross. This Jesus whom this Sunday praises as king, is, in fact, like no other king that has ever reigned. For today, the gospel, and the holy meal proclaim him king where we least expect it: in the depth of our yearning for life, our suffering, and our need. And in this he is no ordinary king. Here in our struggle and desire to be witnesses to his life and his love for us, he reigns. And here in the world, hidden in the struggle for justice and peace, here he reigns.
[Samuel Torvend, in Homilies for the Christian People, 177-178.]
The Season of Advent
Last Sunday we began observing the ancient tradition of celebrating a longer season of Advent. This gives us six Sunday worship observances of the time of hopeful waiting for the coming of Christ future, present, and past. While we will still observe the traditional four Sundays of Advent prior to Christmas with the lighting of candles on a wreath, we will have six Sundays of a change in liturgy with a more peaceful, quiet mood, including silence, confession and forgiveness, contemplative prayer, and songs and texts that stir up our faith and hope in Christ. Come and worship and let us prepare together.
Advent Workshop 2016: This Sunday, November 20 at 9:45 am
Beginning at 9:45 am outdoors (weather permitting) in the front of the church!
· Live animal nativity photos with costumes and props available!
· Advent ornament making
· Reverse advent calendar outreach for Micah 6 Food Pantry
· Pastries, coffee and hot apple cider
· Advent music
All ages are encouraged to participate.
This Sunday: adult forum
Conversations on Racism, led by Intern Pastor Travis Fitzgold, takes a break this week for the Advent Workshop at 9:45 am. All ages are welcome to the Advent Workshop. The adult forum continues on Sunday, November 27.
Companion Cafe: Wednesday, November 16
breaking bread, making friends
Serving Wednesdays from 6-7 pm
FELC Fellowship Hall
Enjoy a great, chef-prepared, freshly cooked meal.
Dine together and enjoy the community dinner, or take it to go.
Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $3 for children
Menu for 11/16: Shepherd’s Pie, Creamed Spinach, Wedge Salad w Blue Cheese Dressing
Companion Cafe will not be serving on Wednesday, November 23 and will resume on Wednesday, November 30.
Reformation 500 Bookstore Last Day: Thursday, November 17
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today? Books will be on display through Thursday. Our Bookstore is sponsored by Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the ELCA. The books include bestselling biographies like Luther the Reformer as well as an atlas of the European Reformations, a novel for young readers, and primary sources from The Annotated Luther series.
Thanksgiving Celebration: Sunday, November 20
Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) invites you to its 32nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Celebration! The service and celebration will be held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church (3417 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd) on Sunday, November 20 at 3:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. All are wlecome. We have a seat waiting for you! In addition, if you would like to bring a dessert to share after the service, we would greatly appreciate it. For more information, please visit our website: www.interfaithtexas.org.
Godly Play at FELC: The Greatest Parable – $190
The Greatest Parable includes 13 triangle plaques, triangle gold box with Jerusalem cross on lid. As we continue to evaluate our needs for equipping our Godly Play room, we are looking for ways to save money on the resources. Still, there are some materials that will have to be purchased. The Greatest Parable is one of those. Could you offer this as a gift to the children of FELC? If you can help, please contact Jimmy Wright, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, email@example.com
Upcoming Events: Connect, Grow, Serve
Mark your calendar & invite someone to join you at FELC.
Wednesday, November 30, December 7 & 14:
Advent Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm
Peaceful services of prayers, songs, readings, reflections, candle lighting, and contemplation.
Sunday, December 18:
Christmas Caroling at 2:00 pm
Join together as we bring Christmas carols of joy and comfort to those homebound.
All ages are welcome.
Wednesday, December 21:
Blue Christmas Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm
While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, underemployment, and loss can be magnified. We gather on the darkest night of the year, the winter solstice, and experience hope. All in the community are invited.
Saturday, December 24:
Christmas Eve Eucharist with Candlelight
5:30 pm Child–friendly with children/youth leading and sharing the Christmas story
11:00 pm Choral and instrumental music, with prelude music at 10:45 pm
Sunday, December 25: one service at 11:00 am
Christmas Day Eucharist with Lessons and Carols
11:00 am Experience the Christmas story in word and song
Sunday, January 1, 2017: one service at 11:00 am
New Year’s Day Eucharist
11:00 am Begin the New Year in prayer and praise