Worship

Weekly Worship Schedule

begins Sept. 16

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 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.

UPG 2018 SUMMER SCHEDULE
5 PM Saturday Worship – Light of Christ Campus
8 AM Sunday Worship – Light of Christ Campus
10 AM Sunday Worship – St. Peter’s Campus


Third Sunday Joint Worship in June, July and August
June 17, 2018 10 AM St. Peter’s Campus
July 15, 2018 8 AM Light of Christ Campus
August 19, 2018 10 AM Bethlehem Township Municipal Park with Town Hall and Church Picnic


Saturday Worship on the Lawn!
Outdoor Worship 5PM First Saturdays
First Saturday of each month, May thru September
(May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, Sept 1)
5PM on the Light of Christ Campus
Fellowship Picnic Dinner after worship.
August 4 will be inside, followed by a pasta dinner.

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.


Light of Christ Inaugural Worship
October 29, 2017

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.

October 6 – Blessing of Animals

Worship on the Lawn and Picnic Dinner with Blessing of the Animals. Light of Christ Campus

• 5PM Worship on the Lawn
• Blessing of the Animals
• Picnic Dinner after worship
Bring your furry, feathered, favorite pets to our 2018 blessing of the animals.
Worship on the lawn at 5PM followed by a picnic dinner

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September 1, 2
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth. We, having been washed in the word when we were born in the font, return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts.

Deut. 4:1-2, 6-9 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

 

September 15,16

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the  life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3), so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

Isaiah 50:4-9a James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38

September 29, 30
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Someone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.

Num. 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50

September 8, 9
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brngs her or his need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.

Isaiah 35:4-8 1 Cor. 4:1-2, 8-14 John 11:38-44

September 22, 23

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.

Jeremiah 11:18-20 James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37

October 6, 7
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?

Genesis 2:18-24 Heb. 1:1-4;  2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16

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