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Advent and Christ’s Arrival

 

  Luke 21:25-36

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Blessed Advent everyone!

The future coming of Jesus Christ with glory and majesty is a big part of this weeks reading. We are at the first Sunday of the liturgical year, but our reading today builds upon and continues themes from previous weeks. Recently, we observed All Saints Day which focused on drawing all people, with special recognition of those who have recently passed away, into the body of the resurrected and ascended Christ. Promises made by God and promises kept by God are themes to diligently remember. We’ve also been talking about Apocalyptic texts which reassures the promises that God has made to God’s people in spite of the tragedy and oppression that the community faces. Last week was Christ the King Sunday which centers on one of Christ’s roles/offices which is King. Themes of Christ’s kingship extend into Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

Sunday’s gospel reading is located near the end of Luke’s gospel. Jesus tells his followers to be alert because redemption is drawing near are also words that we (people living in 2018) should also take to heart. Paying attention and being alert to the needs of our neighbors are super important. Being alert to what and where God is calling us to live our lives is our purpose. In short, Advent is a time to prepare for Christ’s arrival, and we prepare not by simply waiting, but by actively engaging in the world that God love so much.

With faith, hope, and love~ Pastor Erik

 

Rooted in Faith + Growing in Christ + Reaching to Serve

 

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Advent Vespers – Dec. 16

Amid the busyness of this beautiful season, we hope you can join us for this interactive and reflective worship service! All are invited! As we prepare for the coming of Christ, may we find time for prayer, find time for peace, leave the busyness behind us, and reach out to one another in love.

Confirmation students and their families are especially encouraged to attend in lieu of Confirmation class that evening. We will follow worship with a celebration of cookies and hot chocolate in the fellowship hall.

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Cragun’s 2015

What an amazing night at the NE MN Synod Middle School Gathering! We had so much fun growing together in faith as we worshiped, played, and studied the 10 Commandments together. During check-in time we listed swimming, “Growing in Grace” GIG’s, Pastor Mike’s message, basketball, family time, and “getting to know each other better” as highlights of the trip! We thank the LYO Board and leaders for putting together such an wonderful event! Click here to view more photos!

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Joint Confirmation Service Retreat at Camp Vermilion with Gethsemane

We had so much fun at Camp Vermilion last Saturday, volunteering with the Confirmation Class from Gethsemane Lutheran Church! Together we built 2 new ball boxes, dug new trenches to divert water on the hill, bud-capped a hill of pines, and enjoyed the fall colors, the lake, and Gaga Ball! Thank you to Andy and Grant for hosting us and to Kai for preparing a delicious lunch for us! Such a beautiful day working and playing in God’s great northwoods! Click here to view more photos!

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Boundless Love

Last night Confirmation students and families from across the entire Laurentian Conference (more than 240 people!) gathered together at our church for a powerful message and moving gospel music. We thank Grammy award-winning Gospel singer Billy Steele and Pastor Mike Carlson (confirmed right here at OSLC in 1984 and currently serving as Sr. Pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN) and  for sharing their time, gifts, and message with us! What an incredible evening! Click here to view more photos!

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“Boundless Love” Wed. Sept. 16

All are welcome to join us this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8pm for an evening of faith, worship, and inspiration featuring Grammy-award winning Gospel singer Billy Steele and Pastor Mike Carlson from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. Pastor Mike was confirmed here at Our Savior’s in 1984! We are so excited to welcome him back to his “home congregation”, and we look forward to his message and the amazing music! We hope you can join us!

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YFM Tubing Time

We had so much fun at Giant’s Ridge after church on Sunday! 19 kids, parents, and a grandparents met us at the slopes for an afternoon of tubing. Click here to see more photos from this awesome event!

Through events like these we strengthen the bonds of friendship between students from different schools and grade levels, building a foundation of trust and love for future faith conversations. We ended the afternoon with a challenge: how might tubing be like our own faith journey?

Thank you to the kids who brought such fun attitudes to the day and to the parents and grandparents who provided transportation, snacks, and support. We hope you’ll be able to join us again next year!

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Congratulations to our Confirmands!

conf. sundaySunday, October 26th the 10th grade confirmation class affirmed their baptism and gave their “Yes!” to God in the presence of their family, friends, and congregation. We celebrate with them, congratulating them on the completion of several years of study, and look forward to the many ways they will use their gifts to spread God’s message of love and grace.