Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
600 Prices Fork Rd. Blacksburg, VA 24060
"A Reconciling in Christ Congregation"
We are a caring and companionate community, growing as Christ's disciples. Dedicated to worship, study and prayer, we address social concerns, both locally and globally, and welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Worship times 8:30 and 11:00am
Sunday School for all Ages - 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
Rereading the book by the Lutheran theologian Helmut Gollwitzer Und Führen Wohin Du Nicht Willst [English edition: Unwilling Journey: A Diary from Russia], I reflected more on its German title – taken from John 21.18 “... carry you (take you) where you do not wish to go” – than any particular aspect within the book itself. In John 21, Jesus asks Simon Peter three times, “Do you love me?” And each time Simon responds affirmatively.
We too express our love for and belief in Jesus and God. But shouldn’t we, instead of affirming a merely abstract belief in God, commit to what God wants us to do? In John 21, Jesus doesn’t tell Simon to love him; rather he enlightens him to tend to his sheep – to do God’s work.
Moreover, believing in the abstract notions of God, Allah, or Jove entails further dangers. Such a belief has repeatedly resulted in religious wars, inquisitions, jihads, and other cruelties – all in the name of God, Allah, or Jove – and has taken us “… where we do not wish to go.”
During the Advent season may we reflect on what Jesus and God want us to do and not merely believe in them, so that we go where they and we want to go.
CHANGE FOR CHANGE IN DECEMBER GOES TO
“TO OUR HOUSE”
Luther Memorial has been a host congregation for To Our House, the thermal shelter for homeless men, since its beginning. Much of the cost of TOH is borne by in-kind contributions, but there are staffing, transportation, and equipment costs which must be covered to allow this ministry to continue. Each night during the winter TOH hosts between 7 and 15 men. Contribution to Change for Change this month is a tangible way to give shelter to the homeless.
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Advent Fellowship and Worship
We will meet this evening, December 17 at St. Michael. We will gather for a light supper at 6:00p.m. and worship using Holden Evening Prayer at 6:45p.m.. This is a wonderful way to decompress in the midst of a sometimes crazy time.
Decorating the Chrismon Trees, December 21
Following the 11:00a.m. worship service we will begin decorating the church for our Christmas celebration by setting up our Chrismon trees. Join us for this time of fellowship. A light lunch will be provided.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
There will be two Christmas Eve services on December 24, at 5:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. Both services will include Holy Communion and will use a setting based on Christmas hymns.
Lessons and Carols
We will have one worship service on December 28 which will be a service of lessons and carols. The service time will be at 10:00a.m.
Meals at the Manger
As a part of the Christmas Eve service this year, we will be collecting a special offering for Micah's Backpack, a community sponsored ministry in Blacksburg that provides 6 meals each weekend to 265 hungry students in Blacksburg. Please consider bringing a can (or more!) of tuna, chicken noodle soup, peanut butter or spaghettios to the Christmas Eve service. We will put these gifts to our neighbors in the manger as we celebrate God's gift of Jesus to the world. Thank you for generously sharing your gifts with hungry children in our community. For more information about Micah's Backpack, visit: www.micahsbackpack.org.