"Advent" is a Latin word that means "coming." The season of Advent is the four week period before Christmas that the Church uses to connect the two "comings" of Christ. The first time the Lord came into our world it was as a tiny, helpless baby, born in a manger in Bethlehem. However, when Jesus comes again, it will be in all his power and glory with his angelic army behind him. He will be coming as judge at the end of time. The four weeks of Advent enable us to see how the events of Jesus' first coming remove all our fears about his second coming. We can hold our heads high when the Lord comes near.
We worship every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday sermons are available under
“Sunday Sermons” on this site.
Worship this Week
December 12, 2021
When the Lord Comes Near He Leads Us to Genuine Repentance
Ridding our hearts of sinful distractions is critical as we prepare for the Savior’s coming, whether he comes at Christmas or in his Word or at the end of time. But repentance is more than saying the right words. In the Gospel this coming week John the Baptist explains that genuine repentance includes doing the right things and believing the right promises.
How lovely is your dwelling place,
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord.
Christmas Eve Worship at 6:30 p.m.
What Child Is This?
On Christmas Eve, an angel answers that question. "A Savior has been born to you." It is a stunning statement, for two reasons. First, this child looks nothing like what we would expect in a hero-savior. This child is weak, helpless, and mired in poverty. Second, he has come to bring salvation "to you." It is a salvation we all need desperately. It was God's gift to us, given on that first Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day Worship at 9:00 a.m.
The Christmas Day service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church,
11458 N. Wauwatosa Rd. in Mequon.
Our Way of Worship
Our Sunday worship follows a worship pattern used in Christian churches for almost 1,500 years but in contemporary language and a variety of styles. The entire service is printed in an easy to use folder. We hear readings from the Bible and join together in prayer. We sing psalms and hymns found in a hymnal called Christian Worship which contains hundreds of well-known hymns. The high point of Sunday worship is the message or sermon, a twenty-minute explanation of a reading from the Bible and its meaning for our lives in the 21st century.
Some of our older members dress up for church, but casual dress is perfectly fine. The Lord looks at our hearts and attitudes, not our clothes. Members support the congregation's work with offerings, but guests should not feel obligated to participate. Rest rooms are located in the lower level of the church.
On two Sundays a month we celebrate Holy Communion, a special meal that forgives our sins as we receive the Savior's body and blood in bread and wine. The Bible teaches that receiving Holy Communion with others symbolizes our unity in faith, and so communion is offered to St. John's members and members of our denomination.
Sunday Bible Class
A new Bible Class series begins on January 9, 2022. The course is entitled “The Word of the Lord Spreads” and covers the dramatic and exciting of the growth of the New Testament Church. We’ll review the miracles at Pentecost and then follow St. Peter and St. Paul as they proclaim the good news about Jesus.
Bible Information Classes
Pastor Tiefel is always willing to lead interested friends into a deeper study of the teachings of the Bible. If you are interested in learning more about what God says in his Word, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.