December 2016  
Upcoming Events


MLA Cookie Walk and Vendor Fair
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Expecting more than 300 dozen cookies to be available for purchase. For info contact Stephanie Parker 816-590-1518.


Divine Worship Service
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Sunday School
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Grades Pre-K - 8
Young Adult Bible Study
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Youth room
Jr & Sr-LYF Christmas Shopping for others
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
meet at church at 5:00 PM


Adult Bible Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Choir practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
If you are interested, contact Andrea Arnold at 816-741-5953


Mom's Bible Study
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
South LoungeWalther Room (outside the Ephphatha room)
Sr-LYF Serving Advent Dinner
5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
The Sr. LYF will be serving dinner to help raise funds for the Colorado LCMS Servant Event.
Midweek Advent Service
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
God’s Miraculous Signs – OLD and New
November 30th – Genesis 19 1-19 – God Rescues Lot… God Rescues Us
December 7th – Exodus 4:1-19 – God Chooses Moses… God Chooses Us
December 14th – Exodus 14:10-31 – God Delivers Israel… God Delivers Us
December 21st – 1 Kings 17:8-24 – God Saves a Woman and her Boy… God Saves Us


Handbells Practice
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
If you are interested and are of high school age or older, contact Tanya Cvetan at 816-741-0301.
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The Church Year


The church year begins with the season of Advent and ends with the Trinity season.  The first half of the church year (approximately December through June) highlights the life of Christ.  The second half (approximately June through November) highlights the teachings of Christ.  During the church year, the colors of the paraments, vestments, altar clothes, banners change to accentuate the mood of the season such as festive, penitential, and neutral nature.



The church year starts with Advent, which is from the Latin word for "coming."  During the season of Advent, we focus on the "coming" of our Lord Jesus Christ "the Word" into the flesh.

There are two service times to choose from on Wednesdays, 10:00 AM followed by a light dessert, and 7:00 PM preceeded by dinner starting at 6:15 PM.

Learn more about why the church year begins with Advent.



There are two service times to choose from, 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM candlelight.



At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - Our Emmanuel, which means "God with us."

Service time is 10:00 AM.


Epiphany is from the Greek work which means to "reveal" or "make manifest" and it is the time when we focus on the revelation of who Jesus is - both true God and man.  The Epiphany season marks the beginning of Jesus' public ministry.

Service time is 7:00 PM.

Learn more about Epiphany.



Ash Wednesday is the custom of placing ashes in the sign of the cross upon one's forehead as a gesture of repentance and and a powerful reminder of our dust-to-dustness and our need for cleansing.

Learn more about Ash Wednesday.

Lent is the season of penitence and preparation for Easter.  It is the time when we meditate on the suffering and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Lent.

There are two service times to choose from on Wednesdays, 10:00 AM followed by a light dessert, and 7:00 PM preceeded by dinner starting at 6:15 PM.



The forty days of Lent draw to a close in the three great days of Holy Week, called the "Triduum:"  Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  Often treated as one long service, these three days place our Lord's Passion at the center of our lives.  We go home to rest and rise to labor, only to return and find that our Lord continues to labor for us.  This one long service traces the days of our Lord's Passion, when He labored in love, and offered His life for the forgiveness of our sin.



Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  The crowds that met him cheered and praised him shouting, "Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" while spreading palm fronds and clothing before him in the road as they welcomed what they thought was their earthly king.

Service times are 8:00 and 10:45 AM.

Learn more about Holy Week.



Maundy Thursday was the day when Jesus met with his disciples in the upper room and instituted the Lord's Supper, sharing his body and blood with them.  That same evening he was betrayed by Judas over to the Pharisees while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Even when faced with betrayal, Jesus remined faithful to His Father's mission.

At the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday service, in preparation for Good Friday, the linens and furnishings of the altar are reverently removed, as Psalm 22 is chanted.

Service time is 7:00 PM.



Good Friday was the day when Jesus suffered intense torture at the hands of the Roman guards followed by his crucifixion on the cross on Mount Calvary while carrying the sins of the world on Him and feeling the separation from God.  We meditate upon how much our God and Savior loved us to be obedient to the will of the Father, even unto death.

The latter part of the Good Friday service is patterned after the ancient office of Tenebrae.  The word "tenebrae" means darkness.  The purpose of the service is to impress upon us the terrible reality of sin, which caused our Savior to die for us.  The Exit of the Christ Candle signifies Christ's death and burial.  The sound of a loud noise (the strepitus) signifies that with the sealed tomb, the meaning of the cross is fulfilled, the sacrifice completed. The Christ Candle is not extinguished at any time during the service, as it is symbolic of the eternal light of Gods's love.

Service time is 7:00 PM.



A Service that anticipates our celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord.  Traditionally this service would continue through the night into the next morning – Easter Sunday.

Service time is 10:00 AM.



Easter Sunday is the day when the stone was rolled away from the tomb and we celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ raising from the dead once and for all, crushing Satan, fulfilling God's law and establishing a new covenant between God and man.

Service times are 6:00, 8:00, and 10:45 AM.

Learn more about Easter.