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Newsletter for the Week of November 18th, 2018

This Sunday: Christ the King Sunday

This Sunday's Scriptures
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 | Psalm 9| Revelation 1:4b-8| Mark 13:1-8
Today the church commemorates Isaac Watts, hymn writer who died in 1748. Thought by many to be the greatest hymn writer in the English language, Watts as a youth was critical of the quality of the met-rical psalter of the time. He wrote about 600 hymns—many based on the psalms. Ten of Watts's hymns texts are in the ELW, including our Gathering Hymn, Joy to the Word, ELW 267 which is appropri-ate not only for Advent but also for today as we celebrate that the "Savior reigns!" This week’s Eucha-ristic prayer applies the metaphor of sovereignty to all three persons of the trinity. It is written by a former member of UniLu, Gail Ramshaw. Our setting this morning is ELW Setting II. This setting was revised for the ELW from Renewing Worship Liturgies: Holy Communion and composed by Marty Haugen. It was composed to be led by a pianist, but also works well with organ.
Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the “one like a human be-ing” (Son of Man) given dominion in Daniel’s vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is noth-ing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is given dominion, knowing his victory will be the nonviolent victory of love.

(Image Caption: IC and XC are abbreviations (in both Greek and Slavonic) for the name Jesus Christ. NIKA is a Greek verb that means “conquers” or “is victorious”)
 Music this Sunday
Joy to the World, ELW 267 | Lift High the Cross, ELW 660 | Beautiful Savior, ELW 838| Crown Him with Many Crowns, ELW 855
Happenings at UniLu
All are invited to Join us on Sunday, November 25th at 6:00 PM for a community style dinner (you’re invited to bring something, but not obligated) and enjoy a time of fellowship over a hot meal!
Join us for Night Church on Sunday, November 25th at 7:00 PM!  We gather together in song, prayer, and contemplation as we worship together in this brief (30 minutes) Holden Evening Prayer.  Remember there is no Night Church in December.
UniLu is collecting canned goods on behalf of the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry throughout the Christmas Season.
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 30 items so far and look forward to our growing collection. Thank you for your contributions!


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 three blankets so far!
May those who receive these blankets be wrapped in the warmth of God’s embrace!

Our History
November 25, 2018 marks the 130th anniversary of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Incarnation. 

As is written in History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, published in 1938 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the old Incarnation Church, “Between Forty-second Street at Woodlands Cemetery on the east, and Fiftieth Street on the west, Dr. Shaeffer decided there were enough people to justify opening a mission. He found a hall over a store in a building located at the northwest corner of Forty-sixth Street and Woodland Avenue. People came to the store on weekdays to buy meat for bodily nourishment. On the second floor and on ‘the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday,’ the first assembly of people to receive meat for their souls’ nourishment occurred. Any time we of this church become snobbish because of the culture of our founders, we might reduce our self-esteem to proper size by remembering that the Holy Spirit’s grace became available to the first of our membership when they met in the hall over a meat shop.” There were 29 persons in attendance at the first service, which was held on November 25, 1888. 

"...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, hymns and congregational singing.  It will last approximately 1 hour. 
• Location: Saint Agatha Saint James, 38th & Chestnut.
• Light reception & fellowship afterwards
• If there are any volunteers who would like to help set up, act as greeters or ushers, 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 Church, Saint Agatha Saint James Church, University Choral Society, Penn Sirens, Nutritional Development Services, St Mary’s, Episcopal Church, Penn Newman Center, Drexel Newman Center, Dominican Choir, St. Francis de Sales Choir

Advent and Christmas 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.

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

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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.

Join us this Wednesday at 6:00 PM for dinner and discussion at 6:00 PM. This is a time for students and young adults to come together and relax with others who share our faith. Anyone is welcome to come out and join us Wednesday evenings for a few minutes or the whole time, whatever your schedule allows.

Reminder: Dinner and Discussion will not meet during December.
Thursday Bible Study!
Join us every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM for dinner and Bible, led by UniLu members Ray and Carl. Each week we focus on the texts to be read during worship the following Sunday. This is a great way to explore the Bible with friends!
UniLu in the Community

A Message from the Lutheran Disaster Response:



“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:38-39

Dear friends,

As I write you this, several wildfires are raging across California. Already more than 30 people have died and more than 200 are missing, while hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes under evacuation orders. 

I’m writing to ask you to give today to help people whose lives have been impacted by the wildfires in California. The road to recovery will be long, but we have an opportunity to accompany survivors and let them know they are not alone

Through our partners in California, Lutheran Disaster Response has already begun addressing immediate needs, including providing food and other necessities to survivors. We are also preparing to address long-term needs which might include rebuilding of structures and emotional and spiritual care. The need will be great.

Stay connected to the latest events and our response to this and other disasters through our Facebook page. Join us in prayer help spread the word. 

Please give now. 

With gratitude for your partnership in ministry, 


Daniel Rift
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Additional Ways to Give

Checks or money orders can be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Write "U.S. Wildfires" on your check memo line.
 Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or online.

Prayers of the People

For those in need. For those who seek jobs, shelter, food, health, and love; for dear ones known to us including Don, Ron, Matthew, Tom, DeeAnn, Liam, Sophia, Magdalena and her son Zechariah, Gerard, Marjorie, Jim, Ben, Michelle, Dustin, Gerlinde, David, and Kevin. 

For the whole church, especially our Conference Partner this week Mediator Lutheran Church and our siblings around the world in Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

For Brandon Elliot and the students of Moorpark College. 

For the victims of the California wildfires. 

For victims of gun violence. 

For the Migrant Caravan travelling through Mexico to the United States.

For farmers and those who work the land and for a bountiful harvest this fall season.

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

Sunday, November 25th
9:15 AM | Choir Rehearsal
9:30 AM | Coffee and Conversation
10:30 AM | Festival Worship with Holy Communion
11:30 AM | Fellowship after Worship
6:00 PM | Community Dinner and Conversation
7:00 PM | Night Church

Monday, November 26th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM  | UCHC Community Meal

Tuesday, November 27th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
5:00 PM | Feast Incarnate
6:15 PM | Evening Prayer with Holy Communion
7:00 PM | Council Meeting

Wednesday, November 28th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | Dinner and Discussion

Give a Gift

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

Vicar Dana Rademacher Hansen

Director of Music:
Dr. Brian Schkeeper

Alexa Kvande

Revered Raymond M. Kvande

Prayer Leader:
Carl Beck

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 92 meals last week.  Since the beginning of 2018, over 3200 meals have been served.


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