"The Second Sunday of Advent"
Sunday, December 15 at 8:00am and 10:30 am
On the second Sunday of Advent we are joined by John the Baptist, calling us to repent because the kingdom of God has come near. He presents the coming Christ as baptizing with water and fire, and armed with a winnowing fork to separate the wheat from the chaff (Matthew 3:1-12)
This scarifying image is set alongside Isaiah’s vision of the Christ as the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who decides for the poor and the meek in a world where wolf and lamb, leopard and goat, calf and lion, cow and bear will graze together under the gaze of a little child (Isaiah 11:1-10).
The Apostle Paul reminds us that the scriptures were written to give us hope, and encourage us to live in harmony with one another. He urges us to welcome one another, especially those who are different from us, as Christ has welcomed us, so that all people may experience God’s mercy, be filled with joy and peace, and abound in hope (Romans 15:4-13).
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Who is St Stephen's Lutheran Church
We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in the Southeastern Iowa Synod.
At St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, we recognize the need to proclaim openly that the gospel is God’s gift to all people to be shared unconditionally.
As a community aspiring to a be a spiritual home for all God’s people, we welcome all persons, without exception, without regard for age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, financial or family status, physical or mental abilities, or any other human distinction used to discriminate and exclude.
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that welcomes diversity, which enriches, nurtures and challenges our life and ministry. Come and join us as we know, live, and share Christ together in love.
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