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.
UPG Christmas Schedule
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.
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.
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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Light of Christ Inaugural Worship
October 29, 2017
Congregations on Mission Together (CoMiT) Bethlehem
Thanksgiving and Advent Mid-week Worship
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
|Light of Christ
2020 Worthington Ave
|The Rev. Paul Braden
1059 Delaware Ave
|The Rev. Jerry Kulp
||Star of Bethlehem
514 Third Ave
|The Rev. Suzanne Trump
||St. John’s Windish
617 E. Fourth St
|The Rev. Jenny Heavner
474 Vine St
|The Rev. Brandon Heavner
First Sunday of Advent
Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming and the advent of our Lord in word and supper.
Jer. 33:14-16 1 Thess. 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36
December 15, 16
Third Sunday of Advent
The presence of the LORD “in your midst” in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the LORD in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news–and cause for exultation–for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Suinday of Advent
Zeph. 3:14-20 Phil. 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18
December 8, 9
Second Sunday of Advent
Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. While John the baptizer’s voice in the wilderness may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi’s prophesy could as easily herald the coming Lord Jesus as forerunner of the LORD of hosts. Finally all the baptized are called to participate in the sharing of the gospel. In so doing we prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and assist all flesh in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.”
Malachi 3:1-4 Phil. 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6
Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:30 a.m. Joint UPG worship (Lessons and carols) at St. Peter’s (See below)
First Sunday of Christmas
9:30 a.m. Joint UPG worship (Lessons and hymns) at Light of Christ (See below)
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United Proclamation of the Gospel
Holy Communion will be celebrated at each of these worship times!
Saturday December 22, 5:00 PM
“Longest Night Worship”
On Saturday December 22 at 5:00 PM, at Light of Christ Campus, we will be observing our “Longest Night Worship.” This worship is especially designed for sisters and brothers in Christ who might feel a “little out of step” with the rest of the world during the Christmas season. Perhaps you feel especially sensitive this year because of the death of a loved one. Perhaps you feel a little down this year because a dream that you may have been holding on to has been lost. Whatever the reason you feel a little “down” this year, this worship is created to help us see the light of Christ in the midst of the darkness that surrounds us.
Monday December 24, 4:00 PM
“Children”s Christmas Pageant”
On December 24 at 4:00 PM on our Light of Christ Campus we will be uniting in worship to celebrate our traditional “Children’s Pageant.” Come and celebrate with our children, as through their words and songs they will share the meaning of Christmas with all who come to join in the celebration!
Monday December 24, 8:00 PM
“Traditional Christmas Eve Worship”
On December 24 at 8:00 PM on our Light of Christ Campus we will be celebrating our traditional Christmas Eve worship. Come and hear anew the wonderful story of the birth of the Christ child. Celebrate the evening with your family and friends as together we sing songs of the evening. Experience the beauty of glory of singing “Silent Night” by candle light. Allow the beauty and grandeur of God’s love to be felt and experienced
in your life!
Tuesday December 25, 10:30 AM
Christmas Day Celebration
On December 25 at 10:30 AM on our St. Peter’s Campus we will be reflecting on the presence of the Christ child in our lives! The tradition of “ringing the church bell” and recalling all the gifts God has shared with us will also be celebrated at this beautiful worship.
Sunday, December 23, 9:30 AM
Joint UPG Worship
“LESSONS AND CAROLS”
On December 23 at 9:30 AM on our St. Peter’s Campus we will be uniting in worship to celebrate our traditional “Lessons and Carols.” This worship will be filled with wonderful music of the season standing side by side with Scripture passages that announce the coming birth of the Messiah. Always a worship filled with joy and glory!
Monday, December 24, 6:00 PM
“Traditional Christmas Eve Worship”
On December 24 at 6:00 PM on our St. Peter’s Campus we will be celebrating our traditional Christmas Eve worship. Come and hear anew the wonderful story of the birth of the Christ child. Celebrate the evening with your family and friends, as together we sing songs of the evening. Experience the beauty and glory of singing “Silent Night”
by candle light. Allow the beauty and grandeur of God’s love to be felt and experienced in your life!
Monday, December 24, 10:30 PM
“Late Night Christmas Eve Worship”
On December 24 at 10:30 PM on our Light of Christ Campus we will be celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. It’s been a long and busy season and day; come and allow the beauty of the night to permeate your being.
Sunday, December 30, 9:30 AM
Joint UPG Worship
“Hymns and Lessons Celebration”
On Sunday December 30 at 9:30 AM on our Light of Christ Campus we will continue our celebration of the season with a remembrance of the Scripture passages which make this season so beautiful coupled with some of our favorite Christmas Carols!
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