There’s Twelve Days of Christmas! Christmas goes from Christmas to Epiphany on January 6. This weekend we will hear of Jesus’ presentation in the Temple. This was required by the Law of Moses and it’s when Simeon sang the song we know as the “Nunc Dimittis: Lord, let your servant depart in peace.” Then on New Year’s Eve, we’ll celebrate the name they gave Him: Jesus, Yahweh saves us from our sins. So many good gifts that continue to be given during the days of Christmas!
New Year’s Eve Worship is Monday, Dec. 31 at 7pm. Remember there is NO Wednesday Divine Service next week (Jan. 2).
We want to continue to take opportunities to help those from our congregation in need. This weekend, there will be sign up sheet for those who would like to help make meals for folks who have been sick, or just had babies, and so on. Also, we’re asking if there are people who would be able and willing to give rides to folks to church from time to time. If you’d be able to help with either of these, please sign up when you’re at church!
Another reminder that we’ll be UN-DECORATING the church on Sunday, January 6 after Learning the Faith (about 11:15am). Please give some time if you can and we’ll have the work done in no time!
When we hear the words “depart in peace,” we tend to think of that after Communion as “You can go back to your pew.” But what it really means is what Simeon says: It’s OK to die when you have seen your Savior! No matter what happens to us in this world, in Jesus, we are always ready to “depart in peace.” I pray that peace will be your comfort and we’ll see you in the Divine Service this weekend and on New Year’s Eve!
In Christ, Pastor Buetow
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