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Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Jesus the Prophet

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From mid-October through early January, using Walter Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
31
7:00 PM19:00

New Year's Eve Holy Communion Service

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Please join us at the turn of the year as we meditate on endings and beginnings, knowing that all the world’s time begins and ends in God. We watch and keep vigil for the coming of God’s justice.

Holy God,

your beauty shines forth from the manger

and your love flows from the cross.

As you gather us around these signs

of your love come among us,

warm us to extend your care

among the hungry and all in need.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

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Dec
25
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Day Holy Communion Service

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On this Christmas morning, the people of God gather to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Christ our Lord. Luke recounts the familiar story of shepherds and angels; John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth. The meaning of Christmas is made clear: the light shines in the darkness. It is in the liturgy that we encounter the Word made flesh—in the people of God gathered together as the body of Christ, and in the meal around the holy table. We go forth to be bearers of light as we proclaim this good news to all the ends of the earth.

God the Creator who delights in you,
Jesus the Savior who is born for you,
and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,
☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service

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We welcome you to join us on a long winter evening as we gather to proclaim the coming of the light.

Music by First Saint Paul’s Choir and the Metropolis String Quartet:
Jeri-Lou Zike, violin
Thomas Yang, violin,
Dave Moss, viola
Craig Trompeter, cello

Pre-service music by the quartet begins at 6:40 pm

Isaiah announces that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul reminds us that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the familiar account of Christ’s birth, the evening sky is bright with the heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world we proclaim that the Prince of peace is born among us. God comes to us in human flesh—in Christ’s body and blood—so that we may be bearers of divine light to all the world.

God the Creator who delights in you,
Jesus the Savior who is born for you,
and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,
☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Longest Night Prayer Service

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Cast all your cares upon God, for he cares for you. In the darkness, let’s anticipate the coming of the Light of the world.

During the Christmas and New Year season, not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss can be magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas. In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night and winter solstice.

Please join us for this unique worship experience.

Many of us bring a brown-bag supper to enjoy in the company of First Saint Paul’s community members and guests. We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Jesus - Fulfills Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

We also invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. Hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 2, 9, 16, or 23. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert - Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing; And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Bring in the holiday season with First Saint Paul’s Chicago choir and soloists accompanied by orchestra and organ.

This year’s concert includes favorite choral pieces and opportunities to sing along with the choir and orchestra. There will be plenty of favorite Christmas carols along with new and familiar carol settings by Carl Schalk, Jonathan Stahlke, Paul Bouman, Richard Proulx, Michael Praetorius, and others.

A candlelight reception follows. Print a parking pass at http://bit.ly/2AXUurq to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet John

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

We also invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. Hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 2, 9, 16, or 23. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet Elijah

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists: A Candlelight Christmas Concert

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First Saint Paul's is honored to host Chicago Choral Artists for this traditional holiday concert featuring choir, strings, and oboe, comprised of carols and anthems for the season, including Bach's Cantata #121, Christum wir sollen loben schon. Watch a short video of what CCA is up to.

Guest artists this year include the Kontras String Quartet, recent artists-in-residence at Chicago's classical and arts radio station, WFMT 98.7FM, with oboist Christine Janzow Phillips.

Buy tickets in advance online or 773-658-9799, or at the door before the concert: $25/Adult, $20/Senior, $10/Student. Print a parking pass to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

We also invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. Hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 2, 9, 16, or 23. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Amazement

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service

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This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, the evening of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. As you might imagine, week four of advent and Christmas Eve have very different messages.

In the morning, we will sing the favorite hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” In the evening, we will once again have the Metropolis String Quartet, with Jeri-Lou Zike, playing an extended prelude and during the service.

We hope that you will consider attending both services.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Longest Night Prayer Service

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During the Christmas and New Year season, not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss can be magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas. In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night and winter solstice. Please join us for this new worship experience. Cast all your cares upon God, for he cares for us. In the darkness, let us anticipate the coming again of the Light of the World.

Many of us bring a brown-bag supper to enjoy in the company of members and guests. We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: How to Wait For the End – Wait Transformed

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season as we consider what we confess in The Apostle’s Creed, “He will come to judge the living and the dead.” Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent service of prayer and meditation on “How to wait for the end.”

Wednesday, December 20: Wait Transformed
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46
Hymn: "Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord" LSB 352

We invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the Lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 through 6:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

  • First, we invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 6, 13, or 20. We ask that hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.
  • Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 3, 10, 17, or 24. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candles.

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert - Savior of the Nations, Come

Savior of the Nations, come,
Virgin’s Son, make here Your home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.”

We continue our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by choosing as the centerpiece of this year’s Christmas Concert, Bach’s Cantata 61, “Savior of the Nations, Come,” with text by Martin Luther. In Bach’s setting, rich in musical and textual symbolism, Biblical imagery, and the Lutheran chorale, Luther’s great Advent hymn is paired with part of another Lutheran hymn, “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright.”

“O Morning Star” was written by the Lutheran pastor Philipp Nicolai around 1600, about eighty years after the beginning of the Reformation. Nicolai suffered great losses in his congregation as well as in his own family due to the plague but found the inner courage to compose texts (and tunes) of great joy and lasting value. “O Morning Star” and “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying” are often known as the King and Queen of Chorales because of their importance and influence on later Lutheran hymnody.

Other pieces on the program include a new Christmas carol by Carl Schalk, a beautiful setting of Mary’s Song, the Magnificat, and a popular carol by John Rutter. As always, the whole assembly will sing favorite Christmas Carols and hymns. Orchestra and soloists will join the choir. Please plan now to join us for this very special Christmas event. A candlelight reception follows the concert.

The concert planning committee is asking for help preparing baked goods for our guests to enjoy at the candlelight reception. They're also asking for volunteers to help with setup, to serve our guests, and to help clean up following the reception. Contact the church office if you'd like to volunteer your time and talents.

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Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists: A Candlelight Christmas Concert

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First Saint Paul's is honored to host Chicago Choral Artists for this traditional holiday concert featuring choir, strings, and oboe, comprised of carols composed or arranged by American composers. 

Guest artists: Kontras String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Chicago’s classical and arts radio station, WFMT 98.7FM, and Christine Janzow Phillips, oboe.

Purchase tickets online in advance or 773-658-9799, or at the door: $25/Adult, $20/Senior, $10/Student.

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: How to Wait For the End – Wait Invested

Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season as we consider what we confess in The Apostle’s Creed, “He will come to judge the living and the dead.” Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent service of prayer and meditation on “How to wait for the end.”

Wednesday, December 13:  Wait Invested
Scripture: Matthew 25: 1-30
Hymn: "O Lord, How Shall I Meet You" LSB 334

We invite you to join in fellowship to enjoy coffee and dessert in the Lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 through 6:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

  • First, we invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 6, 13, or 20. We ask that hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.
  • Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 3, 10, 17, or 24. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candles.

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
10
9:30 AM09:30

Children’s Christmas Program - The Wonder

We welcome you to join us on Sunday, December 10 as the children and youth of First Saint Paul’s share the Good News of Jesus birth. Through their telling, we experience the story of Ben, the dreamy son of a Bethlehem innkeeper who helps his family, and us, see the wonder of the baby born in a manger.

A special note to our families with children, we will rehearse at 11 a.m. on Sundays November 5 and 19 and December 3. On Saturday, December 9, there is a dress rehearsal at a time soon to be announced. This is a time for our families and children to help prepare Christmas Gift Bags for our Community Meals guests and enjoy an evening meal together.

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Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: How to Wait For the End – Wait Prepared

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season as we consider what we confess in The Apostle’s Creed, “He will come to judge the living and the dead.” Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent service of prayer and meditation on “How to wait for the end.”

Wednesday, December 6: Wait Prepared
Scripture: Matthew 24: 36-51
Hymn: "Arise, O Christian People" LSB 354

We invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the Lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 until 6:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

  • First, we invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 6, 13, or 20. We ask that hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

  • Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 3, 10, 17, or 24. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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