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                      CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

512 S. Bernard St          Spokane  WA

509- 624-9233


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          Worship Schedule



         Adult Education at 9:45am

      in the Fellowswhip Hall


          Fellowship at 12:00pm  

        in Fireside Room



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Sharing Tree

In the past, we have partnered with charitable agencies to provide Christmas assistance for families in need. This year, the Stewardship Committee and Community Outreach will be talking with a couple agencies to determine where we could best be of help. Our hope is to provide families with comfort and assistance during this Christmas season.


The sharing Tree will be up shortly, with family/individual suggestions for you to select from and return. Thank you for your generosity and support of this project. If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Rounds.


Education News

Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship) begins again on the 10th. CC is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned together each Sunday.

Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:45am)

Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) We are doing an Advent study on the titles of Jesus found in Isaiah 9:2-7. We are using the resource of Walter Brueggemann's book, "Names For the Messiah" - An Advent Study. It is available as an e-book for about $5 and in print for about $11. It is not necessary (but helpful) to have the book in order to participate with the group.

Sunday, December 17

Third Sunday in Advent


“Rejoice always,” begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy. “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of the spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes that make us feel happy just to put on. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.

Readings and Psalms

Give Witness and Rejoice

The third Sunday of Advent—also known as Gaudete (rejoice)—is one in which the church has rejoiced as the advent of the Messiah draws nearer. Whether or not you mark this Sunday with a pink candle on the wreath, the texts for the day echo this rejoicing, this “we’re almost there” excitement, in a multitude of ways. Isaiah couples images of a people restored with images of weddings and springtime and oak trees. The psalmist offers up images of a harvest festival, and Paul urges us to rejoice “always.”

John the Baptist, in his own way, calls for rejoicing by his acknowledgment that he is not what we are waiting for. John, like us, has a mission to bear witness, but when he says “I am not,” we hear a clear contrast to all the ways Jesus will identify himself with the Father: “I am the bread of life.” “I am the resurrection.” “I am the good shepherd.” All these things Jesus will be for God’s people, but John’s job is simply to bear witness to the light.

How do we bear witness, while still waiting? Or can joy in the midst of waiting be that very witness? In Advent we are not called to act as though we do not know how this story ends, as though Jesus’ birth and life, death and resurrection, are still before us. But we do know that sense of longing for God’s salvation to be fulfilled, and the temptation to imagine that we have to save ourselves, instead of waiting for God’s purposes to be worked out in God’s time. John reminds us that there can be joy in taking our proper place, pointing to Jesus without needing to be Jesus.

  Light on the Liturgy

Why do we worship using the traditional form of the Liturgy?


What does it all mean?


Light on Liturgy 

The topics contained in this pamphlet are short essays on elements of Liturgical Lutheran Worship.  These were shared; one each week, during Sunday morning Worship Services at Central Lutheran Church.  These essays may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes with credit and mention of the Light on the Liturgy series and the web page www.clspokane.org as the source. Authors: Paul Boden, Paul Brueggemeier, Joel Zellmer.  To read this pamphlet click here Light on the Liturgy.docx

Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - june 2017.pdf


Music -- Click on Music Presentations to hear the latest of musical presentations by our music staff.  Just scroll down the podcasts to hear the latest musical presentations.  Enjoy!!!    



Upcoming Concerts

Friday, December 1st @ 7:30 pm

Eastern Washington University Choir Concert

Saturday, December 2nd @ 2:00 pm

Eastern Washington University Holiday Jazz Concert



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