Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre will be having one worship service at 9:30 am on Sunday, December 31st.
This first Sunday after Christmas, continues with the proclamation of the Nativity of Our Lord during the 12 days of the Christmas season.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, will offer the following worship services to celebrate The Nativity of Our Lord:
Sunday, December 24 :
9:30 am – Fourth Sunday in Advent Communion Service
3:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service
7:30 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service (Special music 7:10 pm)
Monday, December 25:
10:00 am – Christmas Day Communion Service
Sunday, December 31:
9:30 am – First Sunday of Christmas Communion Service
When John the Baptist arrived ahead of the Christ, when asked he denied he was the Messiah. Read John 1:19-23, When have you taken the opportunity to identify yourself as a Christian when asked, “Who are you?”
The Psalmist writes about a time of weeping turning into a time of joy. Read Psalm 126:5-6, Can you remember a time when your weeping turned to shouts of joy?
The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah announces that he has been anointed to bring good news to the oppressed, brokenhearted, and captive. Read Isaiah 61:1-3, who needs comfort, liberty today?
On this Third Sunday of the Advent season of the church, our theme is one of rejoicing. It is a time to restore our faith in the promises of God. Though God’s promises have not been completely fulfilled, we are closer to them today than yesterday. We light the “pink” candle on our Advent wreath to announce our rejoicing.
Scripture readings: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28.
Prayer of the Day: “Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen
In the New Testament the book of 2 Peter deals with the concerns that arose with the delay of Jesus’ coming.Even today we can easily get impatient with God. Read 2 Peter 3: 8-15, what does God promise and how are we to live?
As the Gospel of Mark begins, the Prophet Isaiah announces that God is sending a messenger ahead to prepare the way of the Lord. Read Mark 1:1-8, In this season of holiday preparation, how do you prepare your heart? How do you slow down?
The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah announces that the Lord will deliver God’s people and will care for them as a shepherd cares for his sheep. Read Isaiah 40: 1-11,
When has the image of God tenderly carrying a lamb been comforting to you?
The Second Sunday of the Season of Advent continues with the theme of preparing the way of the Lord – in our hearts, in our lives, in the world. We are called to re-order our lives so that nothing would get in the way of the Lord’s coming. We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.
Between our regular worship service. This will be an opportunity to make a fun calendar together to mark the days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Scripture lessons: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85; 2 Peter 3:8-15; Mark 1:1-8
Prayer of the Day: “Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. ” Amen