Scripture Readings for This Week
Isaiah 35:1–10 (ESV)
1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7 the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
9 No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Psalm 146 (ESV)
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!
James 5:7–11 (ESV)
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
Matthew 11:2–15 (ESV)
2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written,
“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’
“11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Once again, the beautiful and meaningful season of Advent is upon us and our theme this year comes from Charles Wesley’s (1707-1788) great hymn, “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending”
As believers in Christ, we are reminded at Christmas of the wonderful gift given to us through the birth of our Savior, Jesus. We are called as His disciples to love our neighbors and to serve those in need. You are invited to serve families from the Rushton Elementary School community who are in need of our help.
You are invited to join us as the children lead us in worship to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our promised Savior. Jesus Lights the Way—bringing light to a world in darkness. He came to bring new light, new life, and set us free. Jesus lights the way for you and me.
Saturday, December 14, 10am – noon | Shawnee Campus | All Shawnee Seniors are invited to a delicious brunch catered by Nick and Jake’s Restaurant, our neighbor to the west. This will be an opportunity to meet and to renew acquaintances with fellow members.
Composed in a mere twenty-four days, Handel’s Messiah continues to be the composer’s most popular work and may well be the most performed classical work of all time. The Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra performs this masterpiece under candlelight with period instruments like you have never heard before…inspiring, dazzling, joyous!
The high school students enjoyed the 76th Annual Progressive Christmas Dinner. Twenty high school students and seven adults went to three different homes to enjoy appetizers, a main course, and dessert. Along the way we had a white elephant gift exchange, ugly sweater...
Each holiday season, the church anticipates and relies on a seasonal increase in contributions. It is through the donations of every individual and family in the congregation that we can carry on our work now and throughout the year. This year, please consider an...
All are invited to a German language service of Advent and Christmas lessons and carols, on Monday, December 16, at 7pm at Trinity’s Mission campus. This service is sponsored by the KC German Language Meet-up group and other area German clubs.
LCMS members throughout Kansas are encouraged to contact their state legislators regarding a soon to be proposed amendment to the state constitution regarding abortion. Please continue to pray for your legislators, unborn children, and women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.
Children’s ministry families, mark your calendar! At both campuses children are invited to wear their jammies to church this morning during the Sunday School hour! It is ok to wear their jammies in church too…we promise!
LWML coffee and tea sale will be held at the Mission campus between worship services on Sundays, December 8 and 15, and Saturday, December 14. Be sure to stop by the table to select from the wide variety of flavors available for all your holiday entertaining and...
Thanks to a memorial gift directed to the purchase of new chairs, and a few other undesignated gifts, we were able to purchase new banquet chairs for the Mission Campus Fellowship Hall and Choir Loft. We now have the need to dispose of the old red banquet chairs. Do...
New printed church directories have been produced in the church office, a contact directory and a pictorial directory. The contact directory is divided into two sections, a family address section and an individual phone and email section. This same information is...
Devotional time is often in solitude, and hopefully a blissful solitude at that. We also find enrichment in the journey of faith when we gather for conversation. We hope these Advent classes or conversations are beneficial for your journey. Sundays in Advent, December...
The season of Advent is itself a gift and I encourage you to take the time to receive it. Prepare your hearts for the Christ who is, who was, who will come again—notice him. Somehow, this time of year lends itself well to such seeing, and I hope these devotional tools and study opportunities help you in the journey.
Let Amazon contribute to Trinity Lutheran Church while you shop. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to charitable organizations you select. Trinity Lutheran Church is now registered! Go shopping and Trinity benefits. It’s simple, with...
With the onset of winter weather, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of Trinity’s long-standing policy regarding weather cancellations: Worship Services: Services will be held as scheduled regardless of the weather conditions. As always, please exercise...
Poinsettia orders are now being taken to beautify the Mission sanctuary for Christmas. The poinsettia, also known as the Christmas Star or Christmas Flower, originated in Mexico and was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist.
Christmas is in the air at Trinity’s book and gift shop. This Sunday is the Christmas open house. Please stop by on Sunday mornings through Christmas and check out our new Christmas items. We have nativity sets, ornaments, Advent wreaths, and special Christmas books and games for children.
Open Enrollment begins on February 18th, and interested families are invited to sign up for a January tour through the Christ Lutheran School office. Interested families can reach out to David Rindt, School Principal at Christ @ David.Rindt@clcop.org.
The deadline for tickets for the world-famous Passion Play as part of the Experience Germany: Lutherland and Oberamergau Passion Play tour has been extended to December 12. Join this once-in-a-lifetime colorful, historical, and inspirational tour of Germany from...