Worship

Weekly Worship Schedule

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Worship
Sunday – 9:00 a.m. Worship @ St. Peter’s, 474 Vine St.
Sunday – 11:00 a.m. Worship

Holy Communion at all weekend worship.

Also Holden Evening Prayer @ St. Peter’s, Wed., 6:30 p.m.
Healing Worship @ St. Peter, First Wed., 10:30 a.m.

UPG 2018 SUMMER SCHEDULE begins June 17
5 PM Saturday Worship – Light of Christ Campus
8 AM Sunday Worship – Light of Christ Campus
10 AM Sunday Worship – St. Peter’s Campus


Third Sunday Joint Worship in June, July and August
June 17, 2018 10 AM St. Peter’s Campus
July 15, 2018 8 AM Light of Christ Campus
August 19, 2018 10 AM Bethlehem Township Municipal Park with Town Hall and Church Picnic


Saturday Worship on the Lawn!
Outdoor Worship 5PM First Saturdays
First Saturday of each month, May thru September
(May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, Sept 1)
5PM on the Light of Christ Campus
Fellowship Picnic Dinner after worship


Light of Christ Inaugural Worship
October 29, 2017

 

At Light of Christ we worship according to the rich traditional liturgy of the church as presented in Evangelical Lutheran Worship©2006 ELCA, from which we use a variety of musical settings. We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at all weekend Celebrations. We use a wide range of hymnody, from old favorites to new hymns, including different cultures.

Worship is first of all praise of God, as we join in the never-ending praise offered by the church on earth and the hosts of heaven. It is secondly our nourishment by the Word of God and the Sacraments. The liturgy and hymns are full of biblical references.

Memorial Day Worship

May 28, 9:00 a.m.
St. Peter’s Campus

On this day, we join with Americans around our country to give thanks to our Lord for lifting up sisters and brothers in Christ who have protected our values and freedoms throughout the generations. We add our voices to the cacophony of voices that mourn those who have made the ultimate sacrifice
of their life for the enduring hope and promise that our country holds dear. We pray to our Lord that the day will come when “The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. (A day when) They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. (A day when) Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.” Yet, until that day arrives, we offer our prayers and give thanks to those who offer their service on our behalf.

Ministry of Music

Martin Luther wrote that music is the handmaiden of theology. Music lends a rich dimension to the words of worship and stirs our hearts in many different ways.

Organist/Choir Director – Linda Maule, Deacon

Light of Christ’s music ministry offers these opportunities for participation in worship:

  • Children’s choir (for children in grades 3 and up) rehearses once a week on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. and participates in worship every three to four weeks.
  • Senior choir (for high school students and adults) rehearses once a week on Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:45 p.m. and participates in worship three times per month.
  • Chime choir (for high school students and adults) rehearses once a week on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and participates in worship 3-4 times per year.

In addition, we have opportunities for competent school age musicians or adults to play or sing appropriate selections to enhance our worship, as well as opportunities to participate in liturgical dance.

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May 26, 27
The Holy Trinity

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

Isaiah 6:1-8  Romans 8:12-17  John 3:1-17

June 9, 10
The Third Sunday after Pentecost

A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are sisters and brothers of the Lord. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

Genesis 3:8-15  2 Cor. 4:13-5:1  Mark 3:20-35

June 23, 24
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.

Job 38:1-11  2 Cor. 6:1-13  Mark 4:35-41

June 2 & 3
The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy makes clear that sabbath-keeping is meant for the welfare of all. God delivered the Israelites out of slavery, so they should not ever work anyone else seven days a week. Even slaves should be able to rest; even resident aliens. Yet human beings can turn even the most liberating religious practice into a life-destroying rule. Jesus does not rehject sabbath-keeping, but defends its original life-enhancing meaning. Our worship and our religious way of life are to lead to the hungry being fed and the sick being healed.

Deut. 5:12-15  2 Cor. 4:5-12  Mark 2:23-3:6

June 16, 17
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The mustard seed becomes a shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

Ezekiel 17:22-24  2 Cor 5: 6-17  Mark 4:26-34

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