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This Sunday grab (metaphorically, of course!) a grandchild, grandparent, neighbor, or surrogate and come to Wonder and Wisdom, our mash-up of cross-generational faith formation, and worship in the context of a shared meal.

Advent begins on December 1, and we'll begin to shape our anticipation of the coming of Christ Jesus, and make Christmas cards to send to migrants who wait in ICE detention. Come, Emmanuel, and set us free!

Advent Mid-Week Meditation: WHAT CAN'T WAIT? Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 11, 
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:15-7:30; 4th date TBD.
"Advent is a season of waiting, but is the waiting what God wants of us? In preparation for the coming Messiah, we wonder together-what things can't wait? What demands our immediate attention? What requires our work and preparation? Is it the end of suffering, isolation, and fear? This Advent, we invite you to join us in imagining, prioritizing, and preparing. As we wait, what can't wait?" © A Sanctified Art
Participants will gather in an intimate setting in the church to reflect on Advent texts, visual art, poetry and music, to pray together for those things that can't wait and those things that can.
Gather in the church nave at 6:15. There will be a pot of soup on the stove for those who arrive before 6 or those who stay after 7:30.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
The organ Postlude for Sunday, November 24, the Feast of Christ the King, is British composer Ralph Vaughan William's (1872-1958) setting of the Welsh hymn tune "Hyfrydol," in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, "Love divine, all loves excelling." For the Offertory Music, the CLC Choir will sing David Goodall's jazzy setting ("New Sarabande") of Charles Wesley's (1707-88) hymn "Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim" (1967).

Adult Formation

                                         ADULT FORUM 

In the Adult Forum this Sunday we continue our exploration of biblical texts we don't hear on Sunday mornings. We'll take a look at one of the most disturbing of all, the story of sexual violence in Judges 19. Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00. 

Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Call to Action

If you missed the SERRV Fair last Sunday, be sure to stop by this week. Your purchase of fairly priced, handcrafted goods from craftspeople in developing economies helps women support their families and communities with dignity, and you'll have a gift for yourself or someone else that you won't find at the mall.

This week, three local artisans add photography, soaps, and pottery.


CLC'S Host Week is right around the corner:
December 8 - 15, 2019

Trained volunteers are needed to set up, prepare and/or host meals, stay overnight, and break-down at week's end.  Registration is now open on CERVIS at  www.familypromisemetrowest.org .   If you need CERVIS support or more information, please contact CLC FPM Co-Chairs Robin Hurst or Mary Avalos to assist you. 

Looking Ahead

Advent begins on December 1.   What will shape your waiting? Come to the inter generational wreath-making workshop next Sunday (December 1) at 9:00, select one of the resources provided by the Thursday morning bible study, and plan to join your siblings in Christ for the Advent journey each mid-week, and be sustained in the hope that does not disappoint.

On December 8, plan to stop by the parsonage sometime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., for an open house.        

On Sunday, November 24,  we celebrate Christ the King Sunday ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Andrew Heisen  preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Christ the King Sunday 
November 24, 2019  

Jeremiah's promise of the execution of "justice and righteousness in the land" finds ironic fulfillment in the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. It appears so utterly contradictory that the king should be crucified with the criminal. This victory appears for all the world as ignominious defeat. Yet through the gate of death our Lord opens the door to paradise.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
              Jer 23:1-6                                Ps 46                           Col 1:11-20                     Luke 23:33-43
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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