Two months ago, 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:
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel, v. 6, #257 Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW)
- Confession and Forgiveness
- Prayer of the Day
- Fling Wide the Door, v. 1, #259 ELW
- First Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
- The Song of Mary – Magnificat
- Second Lesson: Romans 16:25-27
- Gospel Acclamation, Alleluia, ELW Setting-One
- Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
- Sermon (read the text here)
- Hymn of the Day, Signs and Wonders, #672 ELW
- Nicene Creed
- Eucharistic Prayer
- Lord’s Prayer
- Communion Meditation, Come Now, O Prince of Peace, #247 ELW
- Blessing and Dismissal
- Postlude, Joy to the World
Thank you to this week’s lector, Mira Krull. Connor Freeman edited the video, Padraig McGuire served as cantor, Campus Pastor Matthew Stuhlmuller presided, and intern Rajeev Geddam preached. A full text of the sermon may be read at this link.
A special music video of Augustanans singing Christmas Carols was created by Cantor Padraig McGuire and is available here.
It’s been a long year, and a painful one for many. A holly-jolly world of Christmas celebration can amplify our feelings of grief, loneliness and anxiety. On the Longest Night, December 21, as we await longer days, a new year and a fresh start, join us for words of inspiration from scripture and poetry and quiet music to accompany our meditation and prayer. On the Longest Night , we wait in hopeful expectation of the coming light breaking into the world.
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.