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December 2021 Program Summaries

December 5, 2021 – Second Sunday in Advent 

Psalm 66:1-12; Malachi 3:1-7b; Luke 3:1-14 
“Sharing the Word” - Sermon Text: Malachi 3:1-7b - Rev. Paul Shoemaker  

John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. Through our words and actions, we help to prepare the way so others may hear and believe in our Savior. 


December 12, 2021 – Third Sunday in Advent 

Psalm 85; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 7:18-28 
“The Lord is at Hand!” - Sermon Text: Philippians 4:4-7 - Rev. William Mueller 

The Apostle Paul is moved by the Spirit of God to write encouraging words to God’s beleaguered, but faithful, people. Do not let your current circumstances be the final verdict on God’s assessment of you. Instead, look to Jesus and rejoice that the Lord is at hand! 


December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday in Advent *The Nativity of Our Lord - Christmas Day Observed

Psalm 2; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-14 
“Hi God!” - Sermon TextJohn 1:1, 14 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer 

Hi God! Can you imagine addressing the Lord of the Universe in such a familiar way? When we recognize that He became flesh, that He “moved into the neighborhood” of our messy lives and, through our witness, into the lives of others . . . then we rejoice that He became one of us 


December 26, 2021 – First Sunday after Christmas   

Psalm 111; Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15; Luke 2:29-30 
“Life After Christmas” - Sermon TextLuke 2:22-40 - Rev. Thomas Eggold 

In the days to come, as the decorations go back into the attic, as the lights come down, and as the tree disappears from the living room, please remember that the Christmas story doesn’t end here. And, as we begin a New Year and move forward each day in Christ, we draw closer to the truth that there is life after Christmas.