Anticipation and Hope: Joyful Living in Uncertain Times

Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent! Christmas is coming. Rev. Paul Shew will be preaching the message for our online service this coming Sunday, Dec. 3, and the message is entitled: “Anticipation and Hope: Joyful Living in Uncertain Times.”

We are, indeed, living in uncertain times, but this message will emphasize embracing joy and maintaining hope through faith, despite life’s uncertainties and dark times, by drawing on the prophecies of John and Isaiah and their fulfillment as reflected in 1 Thessalonians 5.

We hope that many of you will join us for the worship service via Zoom.

Scripture Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 61:1-3 — Gospel Lesson: John 1:6-8 — Epistle Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

Opening Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel — Hymn of Response: Hope of the World — Closing Hymn: Joy to the World

Upcoming Christmas events include:

  • Caroling at Nozomi no Ie …December 10
  • Christmas Singing Service … December 17 – IN-PERSON!
  • Joint Christmas Eve service with Mitaka Lutheran Church …December 24 – In-person in the chapel of the Japan Lutheran College:

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