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Newsletter for the Week of December 2nd, 2018

This Sunday: Second Sunday of Advent

This Sunday's Scriptures
Malachi 3:1-4 |Luke 1:69-79 |Philippians 1:3-11| Luke 3:1-6

Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. While John the baptizer’s voice in the wilderness may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi’s prophecy could as easily herald the coming Lord Jesus as forerunner of the Lord of hosts. Finally all the baptized are called to participate in the sharing of the gospel. In so doing we prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and assist all flesh in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.”

Our Advent Liturgy comes from “Everlasting Light”, a setting of Holy Communion for Advent and Christmas based on the carols of the season by Pastor David Eck of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church of Fairview, North Carolina.
Our Eucharistic Prayer comes from Liturgical Scholar Gail Ramshaw. It is based on the O Antiphons sung in medieval monasteries December 17-23 at evening prayer before an dafter the Magnificat, the antiphons used Old Testament images as descriptors of Christ. The first letters of the seven Latin words—Sapientia (Wisom), Adonai (Lord), Radix Jess (Root of Jesse), Clavis David (Key of David), Oriens (Sunrise), Rex Gentium (King of Nations), Emmanuel (God with us)—when read backwards, spell “Eros cras,” “I will be tomorrow,” that is, Christ will be here December 24. The final quatrain (“Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest”) can also serve as meal prayer in the home.

Music this Sunday
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, ELW 257 (Verse 1 &2)  | Prepare the Royal Highway, ELW 264 | There's a Voice in the Wilderness, ELW 255 | Lost in the Night, ELW 243 | Hark, the Glad Sound! ELW 239

Baptism this Sunday
This Sunday we welcome Hannah Rose Kukulinski, daughter of Nicole Hallinen & Ross Kukulinski and sponsored by Kelsey Hallinen into our congregation through the Rite of  Holy Baptism. May the Light of God shine on her this day and always.
Welcome, Hannah, to God's family!
Happenings at UniLu
Advent at UniLu!
UniLu will be partnering with Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion (2110 Sansom St.) this year for a time of dinner, Bible study, and worship during the Thursdays in Advent from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

Evening Schedule: 6:00 PM Dinner | 6:30PM Study | 7:15 PM Evening Worship

Thursday, 12/6: University Lutheran
Thursday, 12/13: Holy Communion
Thursday, 12/20: Holy Communion 

All are invited to join us for a part or the whole evening--whatever your schedule allows.

Advent Standing "Stars"
Looking to enhance your daily devotions during the darkest days of the year?  You are invited to use the standing stars located in the Narthex as a guide for your daily Advent prayers. The prayers were written by faculty, staff, and students from United Lutheran Seminary with the hope that all who use the stars will find comfort and hope in the daily lectionary readings and the prayers that accompany them as we all seek to welcome Emmanuel, God with us, into our hearts. 
As we continue through the season of Advent, look forward to Christmas, the end of the semester/quarter and 2018, stress levels can sometimes increase and you may find yourself struggling to get through the upcoming days. Know that you do not need to walk the journey alone. Pastor Fritz is available to meet over tea and coffee, at the church, or another place you are most comfortable to listen and provide support. Pastor Fritz can be reached at the church office at 215.387.2885, or 24/7 on his cell phone at 315.720.5498 or by email at   
"...As the days darken and the light of Christ draws near, join us in a candlelit celebration of lessons and carols at Saint Agatha Saint James Parish on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:30PM. All are welcome!"

  • The service is based on the traditional "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" made famous by 'Carols from Kings, Cambridge, England"
  • Start time: 5:30PM
  • The service is a series of Bible readings interspersed with carols, hyms, and congregational singing. It will last approximately 1 hour. 
  • Light reception and fellowship afterwards. 
  • If there are any volunteers who would like to help set up, act as greeters or ushes, clear up, or help with hospitality, please email Marisa:
  • If there are any singers/musicians, please email Brian:
  • Admission free, voluntary collection for Nutritional Development Services
Participating Organizations:
University Lutheran Chruch, Saint Agatha Saint James Church, University Choral Soceity, Penn Sirens, Nutritional Development Services, St. Mary's Epsicopal Church, Penn Newman Center, Drexel Newman Center, Dominican Choir, St. Francis de Sales Choir
Young Adults in their 20s & 30s are invited to join for food and fellowship Sunday, December 9th following our 10:30 AM service. We'll gather in the UniLu Narthrex and meet our friends from Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion and SEPA Synod at Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill.

Dinner and Discussion and Bible Study will be on sabbatical throughout the Advent Season.
 Please join us at our Advent Community Partnerships on Thursdays during this time. 


UniLu will be collecting blankets for donation as the cold months approach. To contribute a blanket, drop-off during office hours (M-F 8:30-11:30 AM) or bring one to worship next Sunday.
We have collected a total of five blankets so far! 
May those who receive these blankets be wrapped in the warmth of God’s embrace!

UniLu is collecting canned goods on behalf of the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry throughout the month of November & December.
Donations can be dropped off at the church during office hours (M-F 8:30-11:30AM) or following Sunday worship. We have collected more than 60 items so far and look forward to our growing collection. Thank you for your contributions!
UniLu in the Community

(3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia)
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
2pm – 7pm
Fellowship Hall

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Eligibility Questions? 866-236-3276
Our most recent drive provided lifesaving blood to patients in need at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Clara Maass Medical Center, CHOP, Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, and Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Prayers of the People

We pray for those known to us including Magdalena and her son Zechariah, Gerard, Marjorie, Jim, Ben, Michelle, Dustin, Gerlinde, David, Kevin, and Bob. 

We pray for the family of Matthew as they mourn his death.  Comfort them in their grief.

We pray for the whole church, especially our Conference Partner this week Nueva Creacion, their Pastora Rios-Sanchez and our siblings around the world in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

We pray for the Migrant Caravan to the United States.

We pray for those mourning the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

Names and concerns can be submitted by email to or Additionally, prayers can be submitted electronically via the button below. Names will remain on the list for one month and can be renewed by an email to one of the above. 

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This Week at UniLu

Wednesday,December 5th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting

Thursday, December 6th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | Bible Study, Dinner, and Worship at UniLu

Friday, December 7th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting

Saturday, December 8th
9:00 AM | Advent Retreat: Movement and Music

Sunday, December 9th
9:15 AM | Choir Rehearsal
9:30 AM | Coffee and Conversation
10:30 AM |Worship with Holy Communion
11:30 AM | Fellowship after Worship

Monday, December 10th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM  | UCHC Community Meal

Tuesday, December 11th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
5:00 PM | Feast Incarnate
6:15 PM | Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

Wednesday, December 12th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
5:30 PM | Advent Lessons and Carols Service at Saint Agatha Saint James

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Members, alumni, and friends of the UniLu community are generous givers of their time, talents, service, and treasures. Gifts enable us to glorify God through music, art, learning, discussion, and service in the community. We welcome all gifts that support the ministry and mission of our community—on campus, in the city, and beyond.

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Serving this Week

Pastor Fritz Fowler

Director of Music:
Dr. Brian Schkeeper

Dana Rademacher Hansen

Charlie Horn

Communion Assistant:
Drew Kmetz

Drew Kmetz

Fellowship Hour Host:
Drew Kmetz

Consider signing up to serve by clicking the button below!  The sign-up website has a brief description of each worship assistant's responsibilities. Once you sign up for a position on a specific day, the website will send you an email reminder the day prior.

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Feast Incarnate

Feast Incarnate is a weekly hospitality ministry of University Lutheran Church for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Each week a hot meal is prepared and served by a local congregation or community service organization.

We served 86 meals last week. Since the beginning of 2018, over 3300 meals have been served.


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