Trinity Lutheran Church

God's Work. Our Hands.

Christmas Celebrations

‘tis the season of hope, peace, joy and love

Saturday, December 20th - Cookies with Pastor @ 10am 

Sunday, December 21st - Fourth Sunday in Advent: Worship @ 8am, Adult Forum @ 9am, Worship @ 10am with the Children bringing the Christmas Message

Sunday, December 21st - Longest Night Worship @ 5pm

Wednesday, December 24th - Cider and Cookies @ 4:30pm followed by Christmas Eve Worship @ 5pm

Thursday, December 25th - Christmas Morning Worship @ 10 am

 

 

What is the longest night?

For a variety of reasons, not everyone is cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other dis-ease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people. This service is intended to create time and space for you. You may be going through a dark period this Christmas or be here with a friend or family member who is. Whether you come due to pain or grief or just needing a few moment of quiet, this time of reflection is offered to provide an opportunity to worship, as well as being reminded of God’s presence with us. God is faithful and His great love for us never gives up.

In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night, the winter solstice, which means literally "standing still." It marks the shortest day of the year, the official start of winter, when the sun is the farthest distance from the earth. Tradition says that nature and all her creatures stop and hold their breath to see if the sun will turn back from its wanderings, if the days will lengthen and the earth will once again feel the sun's warmth. Another interesting convergence for this day is that it is also the traditional feast day for Saint Thomas the Apostle. This linkage invites making some connections between Thomas's struggle to believe the tale of Jesus' resurrection, the long nights just before Christmas, and the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss.

In the gathering darkness of December, we anticipate the coming again of the Light of the world. It may only be the hope that marks Advent's waiting that keeps us looking toward the coming of Christ. It may also be that the blue of the Advent season (which symbolizes hope) is the very remedy we need for what makes us feel "blue" at Christmas.

Come and join us, invite a friend, a neighbor; this is a service for all who need an oasis of love.

The service is at 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 21st.

 

Everyone is welcome at Trinity!  

Our mission is to glorify God by sharing God's love, welcoming all people and serving our world.

Please join us on Sunday mornings at 8 am for our spoken word service, 9 am for our adult forum, or 10 am for our traditional, celebration service.  Childcare is available at the 10 am service.  

We are located at 997 E. Walnut Ave. in Pasadena, CA.  Parking is behind the church, accessed off of Locus St.  We can be reached at (626) 792-1212.

Interested in celebrating your wedding at Trinity?  Call the church office at (626) 792-1212 for more information.