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As we begin the new church year with Advent, please consult the worship schedule below. Mid-week Advent worship services are offered at 1 PM and 7 PM. The 1 PM Advent worship service is proceeded by a lunch starting at 11:45 AM; please call the church office to RSVP is you plan to attend the lunch prior to the service.
- Sunday, December 3rd, 9 AM: Worship service with communion
- Wednesday, December 6th, 1 PM: Advent worship service
- Wednesday, December 6th, 7 PM: Advent worship service
- Sunday, December 10th, 9 AM: Special worship service
- Wednesday, December 13th, 1 PM: Advent worship service
- Wednesday, December 13th, 7 PM: Advent worship service
- Sunday, December 17th, 9 AM: Jubilate Sunday with lots of special music provided by our Jubilate Choir and Memorial Handbells Choir
- Wednesday, December 20th, 1 PM: Advent worship service
- Wednesday, December 20th, 7 PM: Advent worship service
- Sunday, December 24th, 9 AM: Worship service with communion
- Sunday, December 24th, 5 PM: Christmas Eve worship service
- Sunday, December 24th, 7 PM: Christmas Eve worship service
- Monday, December 25th, 10:30 AM: Christmas Day worship service – Nativity of our Lord
- Sunday, December 31st, 9 AM: Worship service with communion (New Year’s service)
Prepare for Jesus Christ's coming -- past, present and future!
The word “advent” is from the Latin word for “coming,” and as such, describes the “coming” of our Lord Jesus Christ into the flesh.
Advent begins the church year because the church year begins where Jesus’ earthly life began — in the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation. After Advent comes Christmas, which is about his birth; then Epiphany, about his miracles and ministry; then Lent, about his Calvary-bound mission; then Easter, about his resurrection and the sending of the apostles; and then Ascension (40 days after Easter) and Pentecost, with the sending of the Holy Spirit.
The first half of the church year (approximately December through June) highlights the life of Christ. The second half (approximately June through November) highlights the teachings of Christ. The parables and miracles play a big part here. That’s “the church year in a nutshell,” and it should help reveal how Advent fits into “the big picture.”
Advent specifically focuses on Christ’s “coming,” but Christ’s coming manifests itself among us in three ways — past, present, and future.
The readings which highlight Christ’s coming in the past focus on the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation at Bethlehem. The readings, which highlight Christ’s coming in the future, focus on his “second coming” on the Last Day at the end of time. And the readings that highlight Christ’s coming in the present focus on his ministry among us through Word and Sacrament today.
Over the past recent weeks, we’ve had to opportunity to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On October 22nd, many of you attended the Martin Luther Hymn Fest followed by the Oktoberfest. The following Sunday, October 29th, our worship service focused on the Reformation which was led by four ordained pastors from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Many of you asked for the potato salad, sauerkraut, and red cabbage recipes while others asked for access to the group photos taken of Reverend Jonathan Kern, Rev. Dr. Dennis Lucero, Reverend Robert Mann, and Reverend Jim Rivett. Below you’ll find the pictures and links to the recipes. We also provided links to youtube if you’d like to relive any of the music and commentaries from the Hymn Fest!
Rogers Red Cabbage
Shawneetown German Potato Salad
Link to Youtube playlist for all Martin Luther Hymn Fest segments
500th Reformation Anniversary Worship Service - Group Photo #1
500th Reformation Anniversary Worship Service - Group Photo #2
500th Reformation Anniversary Worship Service - Group Photo #3
500th Reformation Anniversary Worship Service - Group Photo #4
Look for this logo to find special events to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
This logo takes many elements from Luther’s seal, which is the most easily recognized symbol for Lutheranism. It was common in Luther’s day for people to create a seal or coat of arms for their families, and that seal told the world what the family cared about or did for a living. It’s no surprise, then, that Luther’s seal was all about Jesus!
At the center of Luther’s seal, and at the center of the Reformation 2017 logo, is a red heart in the middle of a white rose. (The heart and rose together are commonly referred to as Luther’s rose.) As Luther explained in one of his writings, “The heart in the middle of white rose shows that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. It immediately sets [the believer] into the midst of a white, joyful rose, not like the peace and joy the world offers. That is why the rose should be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and all angels.”
At the center of that rose is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Jesus is the center and Rock of our faith. He has been since He came to Earth in the flesh, and He still is today. The word “still” bears witness to the ever and ongoing relevance of this one, saving truth for sinners.
Go to Immanuel’s events page on Facebook to find events related to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
YouTube Channel for Immanuel Lutheran Church of Colorado Springs
Facebook page for Immanuel Lutheran Church of Colorado Springs
Click on YouTube icon and you’ll go directly to our channel where you can find past sermons and special music. Subscribe to our channel and you’ll be notified when new video clips are posted. Click on the Facebook icon and you’ll go directly to our Facebook page. ”Like” us and our posts will show up on your own Facebook home page. Go to “events” and you’ll get up to date information on all the events at Immanuel. Also on Facebook we post the links to sermons and music on YouTube.
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs
Please join us in worship any Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Whether you’re out-of-town just visiting the area, are a seeker, looking for a new church home, or need someone to listen, come join us! We also offer multiple Bible Study classes both on Sundays after worship and throughout the week. We encourage everyone to dive into God’s Word — the answers are there!