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Sunday Morning

Third Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 12th, 2021 -- 10:00am

Christ's presence in our midst in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the God in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one "more powerful" than John, even with a winnowing fork in hand, is good news -- and cause fo exultation -- for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the thrid Sunday of Advent.

Readings for this week:

Zephaniah 3:14-20

The prophet Zephaniah's message is mostly one of judgment for sin. This reading, however, which comes from the conclusion of the book, prophesies joy for Judah and Jerusalem. Judgment has led to repentance, and God's salvation is at hand.

Philippians 4:4-7

Despite being in prison, Paul is remarkably upbeat as he writes this letter. Here, he urges his friends in Philippi to trust God with all their worries and concerns with the hope that they will experience God's joy and peace.

Luke 3:7-18

John the Baptist heralds the mighty one who is coming. John teaches that preparation for God's reign is not a matter of identity but of bearing fruits of merciful justice, radical generosity, and vocational integrity.

NOTE: Worship is livestreamed on the CtK YouTube channel, and begins promptly at 10:00am. Wait for worship to begin or log in again closer to 10:00am. 

If you missed last week's service it can be found on the CtK YouTube channel, here on this website.

In our prayers this week:

  • This nation, for justice, peace, and wisdom;
  • For Afghanistan, those affected by violence; families and individuals seeking asylum and all refugees and children separated from their parents; 
  • For those in our companion synod, the Cape Orange Diocese of South Africa as the country is in the grips of violent political protest;
  • For Richard Huber, deployed to Kuwait; and all members of our military overseas and serving here;
  • Individuals who are ill, injured, or in special need, and those who have requested prayers: Trinity, Ramy, Jim, Ric, Freddie, Betty, Elijah, Ellen, Bill and Christine, Claire, Paul, Butch, Luke;
  • All those affected by the corona virus around the world, especially here in Montana - those who are ill and healthcare workers caring for the infected;
  • Pastors, pastoral leaders, LPAs and congregation and ministry leaders across the synod as they find ways to serve their communities and congregations;
  • Our bishops, the Rev. Dr. Laurie Jungling and the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton;
  • These ministries of the Montana Synod and the ELCA: Messiah Lutheran and American Lutheran, both Billings; the Southern Ohio Synod and the Southwestern California Synod.


Sermons from the last few weeks are available below.