ADVENT INTENTIONS

Advent 2019

Get In, Sit Down, Hush Up, Hold On

Advent is a time of waiting – waiting for the birth of Jesus in the manger, waiting for the return of Christ at the end times and yes, waiting for Christmas with all its traditions and memories and meaning. Advent can also be a time of frenzied preparation for that Christmas ideal that we hold in our heads – the perfect decorations, the perfect spread at the table, the perfect gifts, the perfect family. We rush to get up the lights outside and tree up inside. We plan menus and shopping lists and trips to the mall. We ignore the empty chair at the table. We tell the kids to behave and settle down for that perfect Christmas card photo. We hear ourselves saying “get in this car, sit down where the photographer tells you, hush up your crying and whining, and hold on until I say you can get up!” You can feel yourself barely holding on, just one more Christmas carol and one more sugar cookie from losing it.

Yep, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Truly it is. Anytime a baby is coming, there is frenzy of activity getting ready. There is excitement and joy, but also fear and pain. Church sometimes seems to be just one more thing on the ever-growing to-do list (and really some of those Advent readings “You brood of vipers….”). But what if…in the middle of this most wonderful, most stressful time, we call to each other, “Get in, sit down, hush up and hold on”. Words that sound familiar but with totally different meaning and intent.

Join in worship on Sundays as we:

Get in – to the story of Jesus in worship on

Sit down – with family and friends gathered around the manger

Hush up – and listen to sounds of the angels and choirs and children

Hold on – to the meaning of “God with us” and the wonder of Nativity

And on Wednesday evenings followed by cocoa and cookies as we:

Hold On

Hold On to Less

Hold On to Wonder

Hold On to Jesus

Take some time for yourself and for your family to enter into the excitement, joy, wonder and love of Advent as you prepare for Jesus to show up suddenly right here in our lives and our world. Hold on…Jesus is coming.

Sundays at 8:20, 9:45 & 11:05am beginning Dec. 1.
 
All are welcome! Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3801 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands TX
LordofLifeOnline.org
 

Harvestwood Christmas Party

Bring holiday cheer, gifts and song to senior citizens at Harvestwood Apartments. Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2pm.

 

Cantata Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8:20, 9:45, or 11:05am

Lord Of Life Choir presents The Word Became Flesh by Dan Goeller. With narration and a sweeping orchestral score, this work features familiar tunes as well as new choral compositions. This musical exploration of the Incarnation begins with creation and God’s perfect plan for fellowship with humankind. This divine plan, interrupted by The Fall, continues with God promising a Savior who will save his people from their sins. The story ends with a glorious celebration of the birth of this Savior, Jesus, the Word Incarnate.
 

Service of Remembrance

(for those who grieve) Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6pm

 

Christmas Eve Worship Services Tuesday, Dec. 24

  • Family Worship 4pm featuring Children of Lord of Life
  • Jazz Worship 6pm featuring the Lord of Life Jazz Band
  • Traditional Worship 8pm featuring Choir & Brass
  • Traditional Worship 11pm featuring Brass & Soloist
    • Will you or your family be alone on Christmas Eve? Please join the pastors and musicians on Dec. 24 for a potluck dinner at church around 9:15pm. Ham, turkey and meatballs will be provided. Bring your favorite side dish to share! All are welcome.

First Sunday of Christmas

Jazz music at 8:20, 9:45am and 11:05am on Sunday, Dec. 29
 

New Year’s Eve Bash

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 6:30pm – 10pm. A family- friendly bash with nationally-acclaimed Christian comedian Kerri Pomarolli and dance music from our own Lord of Life Jazz Band covering hits from the 30s to the 70s. Register/pay online.
 

Undeck the Halls

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 9:30-noon

Outreach Opportunities this Holiday Season

Seafarer Ministry – Collecting items through Sunday, Dec. 15th. Click here for a list of gift ideas for sailors visiting the Port of Houston through the Houston Seafarer’s Center.