Recently, the City of Chicago revised its guidelines for groups meeting, and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA encouraged congregations to worship online, so Augustana has suspended its in-person worship. Virtual, recorded worship will continue to be available on the Augustana website on Sunday mornings.
As always, during these challenging times, contact Pastor Goede if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to visit.
The order of worship is below:
- Introit, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, #257 Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), Verse 3
- Confession and Forgiveness
- Prayer of the Day
- Hymn, O Lord How Shall I Meet You, #241 ELW
- First Lesson, Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
- Second Lesson, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
- Gospel Acclamation, Alleluia (ELW Setting-One, pg 102), Verse: I am sending my messenger before you, who will prepare for you a way.
- Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
- Hymn of the Day, Creator of the Star of Night, #245 ELW
- Apostles’ Creed
- Prayers of the People
- Eucharistic Prayer
- Lord’s Prayer
- Communion Meditation, Ljuset i Advent
- Blessing and Dismissal
- Postlude, Voluntary on Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
Thank you to this week’s lector, Klaus-Peter Adam. Shelley Barnard edited the video, Padraig McGuire served as cantor, Pastor Matthew Stuhlmuller preached, and Pastor Nancy Goede presided.
Today is the Feast of Sankta Lucia. Two days ago, we released a marvelous video of this year’s Sankta Lucia Festival of Light – take a few minutes and enjoy the children and youth of our congregation and the message of hopefulness Saint Lucy brings.
During Advent, a weekly recorded Advent Vespers service will be posted here on the website every Monday. Here is last week’s, if you missed it. Find a quiet time during the week that works for you to watch and prepare for the coming of the Christ.
Check back here on the website this Wednesday for a special music video for the season, featuring Augustana singers.
During this time of isolation and separation, it is especially important that we all receive (and read) our weekly emails from Augustana, to know what is going on, and to connect. If you are not receiving the emails, your email program may be putting them in a ‘promotions’ folder. If you are not receiving or can’t find them, contact the church office (email@example.com)
You can arrange an ongoing, electronic offering through our website by visiting our Donation page. Setting up a free PayPal account allows you to make an offering of any size with a debit or credit card; the email address you need is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can, of course, send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.
We encourage you to share the Peace of Christ with your neighbors by calling them, e-mailing them, or reaching out through Facebook.