Beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th, mixed media Chrismons created by local artist Nancy Prichard will be on display at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church Narthex. The exhibit will be available until Epiphany (celebrated on Sunday, January 8th) and is open to the public on Sundays between 9 am - noon, and by appointment (please call the church office at 540-951-1000.
Chrismon, a word derived from "Christ" and "monogram," is an interdenominational symbol of Jesus Christ. The first Chrismons were created in 1957 by Frances Kipps Spencer of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia. She wanted to create appropriate decorations for the church Christmas tree. The concept is now used worldwide.
Each of the mixed media constructions by Prichard celebrates Christ through symbolism using a contemplative process. Representing events in the church calendar, the works begin with a cross form from a cultural tradition. Bits of hymns, scripture, and found materials are layered on the cross around a central image that represents an event in the life of Christ. Click here for more information.
The Blacksburg-Radford ELCA Fellowship will hold midweek Advent worship services on Wednesdays during Advent. Each week, the host congregation will provide a light supper (soup, salad or sandwiches) at 6 pm; Holden Evening Prayer worship service begins at 7 pm. The worship theme for the first three midweek services is “Conversations with the Advent Angels.” During the reflection time, we will read scripture passages that feature God’s holy messengers as they bring the word of God to God’s people. Each week we will hear the voices of angels as they interact with Zechariah and Elizabeth; Mary, the Mother of Our Lord; and the Angels who announce the Birth of Christ. The final midweek service is a "Longest Night" service for those experiencing grief and struggling with loss.
Join us for the “Conversations with the Angels” Advent worship series as we listen to the angels associated with the story of Christ’s birth. The first service in the series focuses on promises fulfilled as the angel Gabriel tells us about talking to Zechariah and Mary about John the Baptist and baby Jesus. The birth of these two babies fulfills a promise made long ago by God that he would send a Savior we are prepared to see.
Join us for the “Conversations with the Angels” Advent worship series as we listen to the angels associated with the story of Christ’s birth. The second service in the series focuses on prayers understood as the angel Gabriel helps us to see why we do not pray to angels. Jesus is the one we should pray to because he is God made flesh, and truly understands our human condition.
Join us for the “Conversations with the Angels” Advent worship series as we listen to the angels associated with the story of Christ’s birth. The third service in the series focuses on the praises the angels sang to Jesus at various times. Their glad songs serve as examples for us as we welcome the Christ Child into our lives with joy.
The Longest Night Service of Remembrance
The Blacksburg and surrounding communities are invited to attend a Holiday Brass Concert on Saturday evening, December 10, 2022 at 7:30 pm. The Roanoke Symphony Brass Quintet is based with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and is led by Dr. Jay Crone, the principal trombonist with the Roanoke Symphony, a member of Luther Memorial, and a professor of brass/music at Virginia Tech.
Performing as part of the brass ensemble are Brian Strawley and Tom Bithell, trumpet; Abigail Pack, horn; Dr. Jay Crone, trombone; and Brandon Smith, tuba. These talented musicians will be performing a variety of seasonal holiday favorites that the whole family will enjoy.
This is a free concert, but attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry, a joint ministry of over 25 churches in Blacksburg of varying denominations, and a program of New River Community Action, Inc., dedicated to serving families of Blacksburg and McCoy through donations of cash and food.
All are invited to join us either in person or via Livestream for our Christmas Eve candlelight worship w Holy Communion. Our choir and musicians have prepared beautiful music which begins at 4:30 pm. The worship service will begin at 5 pm.
Photo credit: Karl Pedersen
Please join us on Sunday, January 1, 2022 at 10 am for a Service of Lessons and Carols and Worship with Holy Communion - all are welcome!