Midweek advent services

Our 2021 Advent theme is "Symbols of Salvation: Foretelling Christ's Birth." We will be holding three Midweek Advent Services in preparation for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations.

  • December 1, "Old Testament Christmas," 7:00 PM (Fellowship Hall & live stream)
  • December 8, "The Lord Sets Up His Tent Among Us," 7:00 PM (Fellowship Hall & live stream)
  • December 15, "You Shall Defeat Them as One Man," 7:00 PM (Fellowship Hall & live stream)

Ordinarily, when we think of Old Testament prophecies of the birth of Christ, we have in mind specific verses such as, “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Isaiah 7:14); “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isaiah 9:6); and “From you [O Bethlehem] shall come forth for Me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2). These direct prophecies point clearly to the coming of Jesus as the Savior Messiah.

But in addition to these wonderful verses, Jesus teaches us that, in fact, the entire Old Testament prophesies about Him—“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27, emphasis added). “For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:14, emphasis added). “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me” (John 5:39, emphasis added). All of the Bible is about Jesus. From the very beginning of creation, the ways God interacts with His people give us living symbols that foreshadow and foretell Jesus’ advent among us in the flesh. As the hymn puts it, 

     For deep in prophets’ sacred page,

     And grand in poets’ winged word,

     Slowly in type, from age to age

     The nations saw their coming Lord. (LSB 810:2)

The various “types” in the Old Testament point to a complete fulfillment in Jesus. He is the perfect Israel and the culmination of its divinely given institutions. He is the embodiment of the Scriptures, for “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). The Old Testament is not just a historical record; it was and continues to be the active, Spirit-filled Word of God that proclaims Christ to us.

The Advent sermons in this series focus on three particular Old Testament narratives that serve as symbols of Jesus’ coming to share in our humanity: the burning bush, the cloud in the tabernacle, and the call of Gideon. The Christmas sermon then focuses on how the narrative of Jesus’ birth is no fairy tale but a true story that also foretells the purpose of Jesus’ incarnation. Jesus takes on our flesh so that He might die in the flesh for our sins and be raised bodily for our justification (Romans 4:25). All of Scripture finds its culmination and fulfillment in Him. May God the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bless our meditation this season on Him who is the Word made flesh!

Blue Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary (upstairs)

On the longest night of the year, we will hold a special "Blue Christmas" service. "Blue Christmas" is a unique, reflective, and hopeful service for anyone who finds the Christmas season difficult for any reason. The service will involve special liturgies, Scripture, prayer, and a time for lighting individual candles. If you are dreading the Christmas season, this is the service for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Jake (pastor@stjohns-wp.org).

Christmas EVE

We will be offering three different services on Friday, December 24.

Please click on the service times below to learn more about what is being offered. We'd love to have you join us!

  • The 5:00 PM service is our kids and family service. Our Sunday School children will have a part in telling the Nativity story. Communion will be offered at this service as well as a closing candlelight hymn.

  • The 7:00 PM service is our traditional service with traditional Christmas hymns and readings. Communion will be offered at this service as well as a closing candlelight hymn.

  • The 11:00 PM service is our pajamas and carols service. That's right, come in your pajamas and bring a blanket if you'd like! We'll be singing Christmas carols and listening to traditional readings. Communion will not be offered at this service. 


Saturday, December 25, 10:15 AM, Sanctuary (upstairs)

Our Christmas Day service will be held at 10:15 AM on Christmas Morning. We will sing traditional hymns, listen to traditional readings, and receive the Lord's Supper together. Deacon Charlie Turner will be our guest preacher.