This Sunday at Central

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019 8:30am and 11:00am

PROCESSIONAL CAROL #264 Prepare the Royal Highway
ADVENT HYMN #240 Light One Candle (Stanzas 1 & 2)
SERMON Pastor Laurie A Jones

CAROL OF THE DAY #249 On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry
(8:30) OFFERTORY CAROL Shepherd’s Pipe Carol Wood
(11:00) MEDITATION upon Besancon Instrumentalists
COMMUNION CAROL #256 Comfort, Comfort Now My People
CAROL #260 The King Shall Come

We encourage you to read next Sunday’s lessons ahead of time, they are:
Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11

Join us in the Parish Hall between services for our annual Advent Fair. This intergenerational event, beloved by children of all ages, is a fun activity of craft-making to celebrate the season. Please note: There will be a Godly Play story-time with Gaye Haverland, after which they will join the rest of us.

Sunday at 3pm come and enjoy Handel’s Messiah being performed here at Central. Under the direction of our Choirmaster/Organist, Dr. A. ElRay Stewart-Cook and Associate Organist, Dr. Lindsey Hendriksen Rodgers, and featuring the Central Lutheran Chorale and the Central Chamber Orchestra with soloists: Bethany Battafarano, Sonia Cummings, Carol Welch, Alyse James, Carly Walker, David Gustafson, Steve Rodgers, James Brown, Blake Hodgetts, and John Shields this event is sure to make your spirit soar. Suggested donation to: Food for Lane County ($10/person; $20/family).

Join us for Together Tuesdays and Holden Evening Prayer on December 10th and 17th. Start the evening with the meal in the Parish Hall beginning at 5:15pm and end with Holden Evening Prayer in the Sanctuary from 7-7:30pm. In between there is something for all ages!

The Equal Exchange products will be available every Sunday through December 22 for all your holiday wishes and needs. We will have in stock your favorites: peppermint dark chocolate candy bars, peppermint tea, and French vanilla coffee, in addition to our regular items. All these items make great gifts, stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. Come and shop, we believe that together we can help build a more equitable and sustainable food system in our world.
The CLC Book Club will meet on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 7:00pm, in the CLCW Room to discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean. The discussion will be led by Gary Wolfe. Come join us! Looking Ahead: We will meet on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at 7:00pm, in the CLCW Room to discuss We Carry Kevan: Six Friends, Three Countries, No Wheelchair by Kevan Chandler. The discussion will be led by Norma Vettrus.

Calling all you shower singers, radio sing-a-longers, and choir aficionados! On December 15th we will spread some Christmas cheer to some of our homebound members. Help us prepare cards and goodies for the Bags of Joy between the services that morning, and/or join us after the 2nd service for a light lunch followed by an afternoon of caroling from around noon-4:00pm! All ages.

Blue Christmas Service Thursday, December 19 at 7pm in the Sanctuary
Sometimes called “Longest Night” services, Blue Christmas services are offered across the country on or near the winter solstice. These are quiet, contemplative services designed to offer solace and space for those who struggle through this season. Society at large insists on good cheer during a season in which many are vulnerable for a variety of reasons – prolonged darkness and cold, grief of loss, loneliness and isolation, and more. While this service includes traditional Advent and Christmas hymns some traditional texts, participants will find also space for prayer and remembrances, petitions for comfort and peace, silence and the lighting of candles. All who seek a gentle, inviting holy space this season are welcome to this service.

Church Council Members:
Jack Bennett (Sec.)
Matt Haugen
Chris Henry
Debbie Hudson
Lauralie Kallinen
Dennis Lindsay (Pres.)
Sonia Macke
Ike Olsson
Sheri Pyron
Chris Rodgers, (Treas.)
Larry Sutton (VP)







































































Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist and Music

Christmas Eve Music and Eucharist

Preservice Music

Fantasie upon Pics cantonies – arr. Stewart-Cook
The Central Brass Ensemble with Timpani and Organ

The Echo Carol – a German Carol
Blake Hodgetts & John Shields, Soloists
Megan Susuico Scott, Violin; Martha Griffith, Harp

Away in a Manger – congregation

Carol of the Bells – Leontovitch/Stewart-Cook
The Central Handbell Ensemble

El noi de la Mare – a Spanish Carol
Stephen Rdgers, Tenor; with Megan Susuico Scott, Violin & Martha Griffith, Harp

Lute Book Carol – Snell
The Central Brass Ensemble

Candlelight Carol – Rutter
The Central Chorale

What Child is This – congregation

O Holy Night – Adams
David Gustafson, Tenor

Worship Music

Once in Royal David’s City
Solo – Brittany Rudoi; The Central Chorale; the congregation

Sussex Carol – Wilcocks
The Central Chorale

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – congregation

O, Come All Ye Faithful – congregation

A European Christmas – Stewart-Cook
The Central Handbell Ensemble

There’s a Song in the Air – Hearne
The Central Chorale

Fantasie upon I Saw Three Ships – Stewart-Cook
The Central Brass Ensemble with timpani and Organ

O Little Town of Bethlehem – congregation

Silent Night, Holy Night – congregation

2019 Chi Rho Speaker


Beverly Gaventa to be the 2019 Chi Rho Speaker

2019 Chi Rho lectures November 1 – 3, 2019  

Beverly Roberts Gaventa joined the Baylor faculty in 2013. She previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Seminary, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. She has been active in a number of professional societies, including Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Theological Association. She has served on a number of editorial boards and lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Australia.

A series of lectures on Romans offered on Friday November 1, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday November 3. 

The Gospel on the Brink: Listening to Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Listening to a Pauline Letter (Romans in Particular)

Listening or reading a Pauline letter can be a challenge. How were the letters put together and who was Paul’s audience in Rome?Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

Romans: It’s About God

The central feature of Romans is what God has done, is doing, and
will do. What is Paul’s concern with power, welcome, trust, and praise?Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

Romans: The Gospel for Jew and Greek (And What About Us)

Paul says that the gospel was written for Jew and Greek alike. How do Paul’s words speak to our current crises around human difference? Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church

Romans: Christian Hospitality in a World of Difference

Paul writes “Welcome one another,” but this can be difficult where there are deeply held differences of judgment. What might we learn from Paul about Christian hospitality?
Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:45 am, Adult Education Hour, Central Lutheran Church

Save the dates.

See Dr. Gaventa on YouTube click here

Help us publicize this program. You can click here to see and copy our poster. Thank you for your support.

For more information on Dr. Gaventa and her work, see her faculty page at Baylor University here.

Ronald Heine 2018 Chi Rho Lecturer

The 2018 Chi Rho Lectures 

You can listen to each lecture by clicking on the link.

Lecture 1: The Unity of Scripture: What It Means and Why It Matters  – Friday Evening, Nov. 9, 2018             
  Q and A for Lecture 1

Lecture 2: Reading the Exodus Story as a Symbol of Salvation – Saturday Morning, Nov. 10, 2018
Q and A for Lecture 2

Lecture 3: The Christological Reading of the Prophets – Saturday Morning, Nov. 10. 2018
 Q and A for Lecture 3

Lecture 4: Origen on Scripture and the Life of Discipleship – Saturday Evening, Nov. 10, 2018
 Q and A for Lecture 4

Lecture 5: Early Christian Interpretations of the Psalms – Sunday Morning, Nov. 11, 2018
Q and A for Lecture 5

2017 Chi Rho Lectures Now Available Here


Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor Emeritus 
of Reformation History
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Dr. Kurt Hendel of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago was the 2017 Chi Rho speaker.  A renowned reformation scholar, Dr. Hendel will provide prospective on this 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.  Below you will find links to recordings of Dr. Hendel’s lectures along with his handouts for downloading.


Spiritual Reform – Martin Luther: Person of Faith Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 pm
Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street, Eugene

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Click here to see his outline.

Ethical Reform – Martin Luther: Faith Active in Love
Saturday, Oct. 28, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid, Eugene

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Click here to listen to the follow-up questions.

Click here to see his outline.

Theological Reform – Martin Luther: The Hidden and Revealed God
and the Church’s Mission

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 pm

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Click here to see his outline.

Luther on Marriage and Family
Sunday, Oct. 29, 9:45 am
Central Lutheran Church, Adult Education hour

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Click here to see his outline.





Reformation 500 Events and Information

We commemorate Luther’s Reformation during 2017 with many events.  Here you will find information about the reformation and a listing of the events to come in and near Eugene.  More will be added as information becomes available.

A good start would be to view Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation here.

On Reformation week-end, the Chi Rho Lecture Series is presenting Dr. Kurt Hendel, of the Luther School of Theology, in a series of lectures, October 27 – 29, 2017.  

Dr. Hendel will also be presenting on Thursday, October 26 (PM) and Friday October 27 (AM) in Corvallis, Oregon.