Worship with Holy Cross Lutheran

Please Note: Masks are required for in-person worship.

Join us for live participatory worship in-person and/or via Zoom, including the celebration of Holy Communion, this Sunday, December 5th at 9:30 am Mountain Time. Bishop Jim Gonia of the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA will be our special guest this day!

Bible Theme for the Day
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 prophecy could as easily herald the coming Christ 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 Jesus and assist all people in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.”

We will light the Advent wreath, pray with one another, have children's time, read from the Bible, hear good news proclaimed during the sermon, confess our faith, share the Lord's Supper, bless one another, and send each other, refreshed by God's presence, to live God's mission in the world. 

Following worship, at approximately 10:30 am, we will have a brief congregational meeting to discuss and vote on making an application to host a pastoral intern for the 2022-2023 academic year. You can participate in-person in the sanctuary or stay gathered with us digitally via Zoom

Following this brief meeting, at approximately 10:45 am, we will do the ELCA World Hunger Advent Study. A digital copy of the study can be downloaded here; we also have paper copies available at the church. We will discuss “Week 2," pages 7-9.

Following the study, at approximately 11:30 am, we will set up the Christmas tree in the sanctuary. If you are available to help with this, it would be greatly appreciated. We will decorate the tree at another time.

I hope to see you there!

Join Worship via Zoom
December 5, 2021 at 9:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Readings for Sunday Worship

Malachi 3:1-4

God announces a covenant with Israel. A messenger like Malachi (his name means “my messenger”) will prepare the way for the coming of the Lord by purifying and refining God’s people, as silver and gold are refined.

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Luke 3:1-6

John the Baptist is a herald of Jesus, whose way is prepared by “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” As we hear the careful record of human leaders, we sense the spectrum of political and religious authority that will be challenged by this coming Lord.

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
 ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
  make his paths straight.
 Every valley shall be filled,
  and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
 and the crooked shall be made straight,
  and the rough ways made smooth;
 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”

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