Sunday, November 28th
1st Candle of Advent
“Ready or Not, Here I Come”
Jeremiah 33

Sunday, December 5th
2nd Candle of Advent
“Paving the Way for Justice”
Malachi 3

Sunday, December 12th
3rd Candle of Advent
“Lucia Bride Arrives”
Philippians 4

Sunday, December 19th
4th Candle of Advent
“Mary Sings”
Luke 1

Friday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
4:30pm and 10:30pm
“From Seeking to Rejoicing”

Sunday, December 26th
1st Sunday of Christmas
Cookies and Carols
“Singing and Serving”

From the Pastor’s Desk …
“Hide and Go Seek”
-Children’s game
During the four weeks in Advent we explore. We seek. We search for God. It may seem like a preschool game of Hide-and-Go-Seek:
-Is God found in doomsday judgement stories we will hear?
-Is God found in the surprise and questioning of a young girl named Mary?
-Is God found in John the Baptizer’s demand for justice?
Then our four-week Advent “hide-and-seek” search leads us to a Christmas manger. Suddenly we discover that God doesn’t give an answer — God gives God’s very self. We don’t get a scripted solution — we get an enduring relationship with the Divine.
Join us as the Word becomes Flesh.
-Pastor David

From Director of Music Ministry Colin Stave: A “New” Liturgy for Advent and Christmastide
As we enter our Advent season of expectation, we will be singing a different liturgy. For the musical components, I have drawn on traditional Advent melodies. Some have liturgically applicable texts already, and the others have texts that I have crafted or adapted to fit the music. This liturgical setting incorporates the following tunes: TIF IN VELDELE “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (hymn 240); VENI, EMMANUEL “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (hymn 257); CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM “Creator of the Stars of Night” (hymn 245); and PICARDY “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” (hymn 490). While this will be a “new” liturgy for St. James, these seasonal melodies, and their texts, will be familiar. I hope this liturgy will enrich our worship this season as we prepare for the coming of Christ.