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ST. LUKE LUTHERAN JACKSON, MICHIGAN

 

ST. LUKE LUTHERAN CHURCH

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JESUS LOVES ME LEARNING CENTER 

3501 Morrill Road, Jackson, Michigan 49201

517-782-0114 · Fax: 517-782-4577

St. Luke Lutheran Church has been planted by God to give the people of Jackson County  what they need most -- the message of free and full forgiveness through Jesus Christ. That good news is at the heart of everything that happens here.

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WORSHIP SERVICES

Sunday 9am

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Wednesday 7pm

(same service as the following Sunday)

Special Worship Opportunities

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St. Luke Lutheran Church

 

Mid-week Advent Services

(preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ)

  • Wednesday, December 3rd @ 7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, December 10th @ 7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, December 17th @ 7:00 pm

 

Childrens Christmas Program

  • Sunday, December 21st @ 7:00 pm

 

Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols

  • Wednesday, December 24th @ 7:00 pm

     

Christmas Day Worship

  • Thursday, December 25th @ 9:00 am

 

New Year's Eve Worship

  • Wednesday, December 31st @ 7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELS Together Newsletter:
Today's Devotion
» Devotion - December 19, 2014

Hymn of the Week

The humble heart and lowly God raises up on high;
Beneath his feet in terror The haughty soul shall lie.
The heart sincere and right, That heeds God’s invitation
And makes true preparation—It is the Lord’s delight.

Prepare my heart, Lord Jesus; Turn not from me aside,
And help me to receive you This blessed Adventtide.
From stall and manger low Come now to dwell within me;
I’ll sing your praises gladly And forth your glory show.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal - 14, verses 3 and 4)

Prepare for Jesus with a Humble Heart

Valentin Thilo, a German Lutheran university professor, penned this hymn at the height of the Thirty Years’ War when Germany was ravaged by violence and disease. One historian surmised that Thilo was thinking of his sister, the wife of a Lutheran pastor, who died of disease in 1639. It was thought that he was describing her humble and gentle character. He uses language that echoes the song of Mary, another woman of humble and gentle character. “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble” (Luke 1:52).

A humble heart is a heart prepared for Jesus’ coming. If we are full of pride in our own accomplishments, if we imagine we can hold on to the supposedly “good” things we have done as a way to be right with God, we will be sorely disappointed. We get disappointed in ourselves because our best efforts always fall short.

During this Advent season, as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ coming in the Bethlehem manger, we also pray for Jesus to prepare us for his coming into our hearts through his Word. He prepares us by knocking down our pride and giving us a humble and gentle spirit which acknowledges, “I need help. I need a savior. I need Jesus.” He then lifts us up with his good news that he has taken away our sins by his coming to earth as our Savior. He forgives our sins because he paid the full price on the cross.

During the busyness of these weeks of holiday preparation, take a few moments to remember what Christmas is all about. God became man to be our Savior. Jesus came to fulfill promises. He came to bring forgiveness, hope, and life to lost, hopeless, dying sinners. Those who are proud don’t see the need for Jesus. They ignore Jesus’ work and Jesus’ Word. Instead, pray for a humble heart, a gentle heart, a heart that relishes and rejoices in the humble, gentle Savior born in Bethlehem.

Prayer: 

Prepare my heart, Lord Jesus; Turn not from me aside,
And help me to receive you This blessed Adventtide.
From stall and manger low Come now to dwell within me;
I’ll sing your praises gladly And forth your glory show.

From September through December 2014, the Daily Devotions on Thursday and Friday are based on the Word of God expressed in a Christian Hymn selected each week. All devotions in this series are located here.

Today's Devotion is brought to you by WELS and www.WhatAboutJesus.com

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