Weekly Worship Schedule
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Worship
Sunday – 8:45 a.m. Worship @ St. Peter’s, 474 Vine St.
Sunday – 11:00 a.m. Worship
Holy Communion is celebrated at all weekend worship.
Also Holden Evening Prayer @ St. Peter’s, Wed., 6:30 p.m.
Healing Worship @ St. Peter, First Wed., 10:30 a.m.
Jordan Hawk has been leading the Children’s Church program on the St. Peter’s campus each Sunday. Now this program is also available on the Light on Christ Campus, led by Michelle Harvey. Following the children’s message, children go to Children’s Church to learn more about Pastor Jerry’s message, and then return to worship before communion.
Children’s Church meets in the Fellowship Hall. It is our hope that this experience will further bring God’s Word and Love to our children in a way they can comprehend.
Light of Christ Inaugural Worship
October 29, 2017
At Light of Christ we worship according to the rich traditional liturgy of the church as presented in Evangelical Lutheran Worship©2006 ELCA, from which we use a variety of musical settings. We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at all weekend Celebrations. We use a wide range of hymnody, from old favorites to new hymns, including different cultures.
Worship is first of all praise of God, as we join in the never-ending praise offered by the church on earth and the hosts of heaven. It is secondly our nourishment by the Word of God and the Sacraments. The liturgy and hymns are full of biblical references.
Mid-week Lenten Worship
The United Proclamation of the Gospel will be joining with other area Lutheran communities in Congregations on Mission Together (COMiT) in Mid-week Lenten Worship. Each Worship is preceded by a “soup and salad” meal that begins at 6:00 PM at the host church. Worship, including Holy Communion, will be celebrated at 7:00 PM.
This year’s theme for our Lenten Worship will be “Perfect Love Casts out Fear.”
• March 13th St. Peter’s
• March 20th St. John’s Windish (617 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem)
• March 27th Star of Bethlehem (514 3rd Avenue, Bethlehem)
• April 3 St. Paul’s (1059 Delaware Ave, Fountain Hill)
• April 10 Light of Christ
Ministry of Music
Martin Luther wrote that music is the handmaiden of theology. Music lends a rich dimension to the words of worship and stirs our hearts in many different ways.
Organist/Choir Director – Linda Maule, Deacon
Light of Christ’s music ministry offers these opportunities for participation in worship:
Children’s choir (for children in grades 3 and up) rehearses once a week on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. and participates in worship every three to four weeks.
Senior choir (for high school students and adults) rehearses once a week on Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:45 p.m. and participates in worship three times per month.
Chime choir (for high school students and adults) rehearses once a week on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and participates in worship 3-4 times per year.
In addition, we have opportunities for competent school age musicians or adults to play or sing appropriate selections to enhance our worship, as well as opportunities to participate in liturgical dance.
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Good Friday Liturgical Dance
St. Peter’s and Messiah (now Light of Christ) both have rich traditions of liturgical dance in worship. We would like to use liturgical dance this year on Good Friday if there is sufficient interest. This opportunity is open to youth and adults, and prior dance training is not required. There will be only two rehearsals, plus a short practice on Good Friday. The dances will be easy
to learn. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Kathi at the St. Peter’s
office at 610-867-0519.
March 2, 3
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world. It was true for Moses. It was doubtless true for Peter, James and John. We pray that it will be true of all of us who see the glory of the Lord in the word and in the supper, and who are being “transformed into the same image” by the Spirit of God.
Exodus 34:29-35 2 Cor. 3:12–4:2 Luke 9:28-43
March 9, 10
First Sunday in Lent
These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God’s grace; to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth the wonder of God’s love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn. This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew. It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water and word, will uphold and sustain us.
Deut. 26:1-11 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13
March 23, 24
Third Sunday in Lent
The warnings are plentiful and blunt on the third Sunday in Lent. Lent is a season of repentance. Cut it out or get cut down? The warnings are accompanied by God’s invitation to attentiveness: “incline your ear, and come to me: listen, so that you may live.” The landowner’s ultimatum is forestalled by the gardener’s readiness to till the ground one more year. That is good news for all of us. Thanks be to God!
Isaiah 55:1-9 1 Cor. 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9
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Lent begins with a solemn call as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. “Now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord.” The sign of ashes on our foreheads suggests our human mortality and frailty. What might seem like an ending is truly an invitation to make each day a new beginning in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.
On Ash Wednesday, the UPG will offer three Worship opportunities:
• 6:30 AM St. Peter’s Chapel
• Noon Light of Christ
• 7:00 PM St. Peter’s Sanctuary
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Cor. 5:20–6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
March 16, 17
Second Sunday in Lent
Though we sometimes doubt and often resist God’s desire to protect and save us, our God persists. In holy baptism, God’s people have been called and gathered into a God-initiated relationship that will endure. Lent provides the church with a time and a tradition in which to seek the face of the Lord again. Lent provides another occasion to behold the God of our salvation in the face of the Blessed One who “comes in the name of the Lord.”
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Philip. 3:17–4:1 Luke 13:31-35
March 30, 31
Fourth Sunday in Lent
The psalm sets the tone this day: “Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!” Happy are those who have “become the righteousness of God” in the merits of Christ jesus. Happy are those for whom the forgiveness of God has “rolled away … the disgrace” of former times. Happy is he father at the return of his prodigal son. Happy are we that our sins are forgiven for Jesus’ sake. Rejoice!
Joshua 5:9-12 2 Cor. 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32