Grace Lutheran Church is an intentionally caring community of God, witnessing to our faith, hope and love through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Many people think family only applies when we are related by blood. Here at Grace Lutheran Church of South Range, we are related by blood; the blood of Jesus, who lived and loved, suffered and died, and rose again so we would be reconciled to God. As beloved children of God, we are all related.
So…whether you’re a family of one or dozens, you are family to us. Our worship, faith formation activities, community service and witness are grounded in key tenets of the Lutheran Church.
- If you participate in worship, using written resources to guide your involvement, please join us.
- If you are a grateful forgiven sinner, please join us.
- If you long to rely on the presence of God and the prayers of your community, please join us.
- If you believe that God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit are one God, please join us.
- If you want to know how God’s love works, please join us.
- If you would like to know more about God’s grace, please join us.
There is always room in God’s family for you!
Pastor Sally Wilke
Dear Friends in Christ,
We began our watching and waiting for Jesus on Sunday, November 30, with some words about the end coming of Jesus; and the first candle, the candle of Hope, on our Advent wreath was lighted.
We will continue to wait and watch each Sunday of Advent, lighting an additional candle each week until all the candles shine brightly. On the second Sunday of Advent, December 7, Pam Long will preach and preside, focusing on the proclamation by John, the Baptizer, and we will light the second candle on our wreath, the candle of Peace. On Sunday evening, the Grace Lutheran Church Choir presents its annual Christmas Concert at 7:00 p.m.
What was once called, Gaudete Sunday is now known as the day of rejoicing and falls on the third Sunday in Advent. As we look forward to the celebration of Christ’s birth, we will light the pink candle on the wreath, the candle of Joy.
Between the third and the fourth Sunday in Advent, the children of Grace and our community will present “Christmas by the Book.” Every child from our Sunday School and After School program will have the opportunity to be a part of this presentation, slated for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17. Our final Advent worship will be Sunday, December 21 when hear the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary, and we light the fourth candle, the candle of love.
Also, on Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Longest Night worship service, especially for those who are continuing to deal with the darkness of loss and may desire a service to prepare them for Christmas or to allow them to celebrate Christmas outside of the usual festivities.
We celebrate the birth of Christ in two worship services on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Thanks to Emily Raffaelli, Choir Director; and Angela Small, Church Musician, there will be special music at both services.
Family Candlelight Service begins at 4:00 p.m. with a time of singing and celebrating with our family of faith. Children will be active participants in this time of worship.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service begins at 9:00 p.m. and is a quieter, more meditative service than the earlier one.
Praying God’s blessings on you, as you wait, watch and celebrate,
~ Pastor Sally