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A Baby On A Mission

As we enter the final week of Advent, it is a good time to stop all the hustle and bustle of the season, and reflect on this tiny baby we are waiting for with such joy.  What is all the fuss about?  Why is so much attention paid to the birth of a baby?

The baby Jesus is no ordinary baby.  Our readings for the coming week tell us a few things about who this baby truly is.  There is a prophecy in the reading from the Old Testament book of Micah.  A ruler shall come forth from Bethlehem.  This is a baby on a mission.

The New Testament book of Hebrews includes a quote from Jesus himself after he has grown to adulthood.  “Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God.”  This is a man on a mission.  A mission he was born to fulfill. 

That is what all the fuss is about!  A baby born to do the will of God.  A baby born to save the world!  A baby born to be a ruler.  The King of Kings!

Also this week we have two readings from the first chapter of Luke.  These readings are about the mother of this tiny baby we are waiting for.  They are about Mary – the virgin who shall give birth to the baby Jesus.

The words of Mary in this first chapter of Luke, are the words that form a piece of classical music known as “The Magnificat” – a piece that is part of many larger works, including “Holden Evening Prayer” which we have been using for our Wednesday Evening Service.

Holden Evening Prayer is a beautiful service of music, readings and prayer.  This Wednesday will be our final mid-week service for this Advent season.  If you haven’t had a chance to join us, please make an effort to do so this coming week. 

You will hear the words of Mary as she rejoices in being chosen to bear this magnificent gift from God to all of humanity.  A baby on a mission.

Yours in Christ,

Lisa Temple, Council Vice-President
& Luther Seminary L.I.M. Student

This week at Christ the King

Monday, December 17th
6:00 PM – Choir Practice
Tuesday, December 18th
1:00 PM – JOY Book Club
6:00 PM – Budget Planning Meeting
7:30 PM – Dartball
Wednesday, December 19th
9:00 AM – Quilting
9:30 AM – Bible Study John 21: 1-25
7:00 PM – Advent Mid-Week Worship with Holden Evening Prayer
Thursday, December 20th
10:00 AM – Coffee Hour
FridayOffice Closed
Saturday, December 22nd
5:00 PM – Worship with Holy Communion
Sunday, December 23rd
NO Faith Formation Classes – Christmas Break 
9:30 AM – Coffee Fellowship Time (Library)
10:30 AM – Service of Carols & Hymns
Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve
4:00 PM – Candlelight Service with Holy Communion
8:00 PM – Candlelight Service with Holy Communion
Tuesday, December 25th – Christmas Day
Office Closed – Merry Christmas!

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Worship
Weekend Worship is at
5 p.m. on Saturdays
and
10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Communion is celebrated at every service and a staffed nursery is available during the 10:30 worship

Youth Faith Formation
(Confirmation)
(Sunday School)
Every Sunday from
9:00 – 10:15 am

Office:
Christ the King Lutheran Church
1230 N. 18th St.
Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: 906-786-7400

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