Welcome to the website for Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. We have been in central Phoenix for 60 years and are actively pursuing God's work for our community here and now. We believe that Jesus loves every one of us and wants us to share his love with others in intentional ways.
Please contact me if you would like to hear more about Lutherans, Our Saviour's, or Jesus' love for you!
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Karn S. Carroll
Our Sacred Story
Repeat after me: I am grateful. I am joyful
And I am…GETTING ALL THE GIFTS I NEED THIS HOLIDAY! -Recent Old Navy commercial
In all the liturgical calendar, there is no season more confusing than Advent. From the insides of church sanctuaries, Advent is a season of waiting and preparation. We proclaim beautiful promises and prophecies soon to be fulfilled before culminating (later!) in this incredible season of Christmas—the birth of the promised Saviour.
And after worship we go home and turn on our TVs to see back-to-back commercials for holiday sales. Or maybe we don’t even make it that long; maybe we get into our cars and turn on our radios to the sound of Silver Bells and All I Want for Christmas is You. Maybe we stop at a store on our way home and everywhere are Christmas-themed decorations and treats.
And as one recently-posted facebook meme reads: "Calm down, Mary hasn’t even told Joseph she’s pregnant yet."
There’s no denying we must share this liturgical season simultaneously with a secular season which, incidentally, uses the same name but carries a conflicting message. I don’t want to imply that we must shut it all out. I honestly enjoy the secular holiday: the lights, the trees, the smells, the old family traditions and, yes, the toys—giving and receiving. And there’s no denying that this is not Advent; neither is this Christmas.
Waiting is vital to our faith experience. Hope is vital. To our current context, it can be more nourishing than Christmas Day because December 25 does not mark the end of our journey; the sense of loss after a death does not vanish; cancer does not vanish; violence does not vanish; addiction does not vanish; greed does not vanish; and people around the world will still be dying of hunger and preventable disease. Christmas is a fulfillment of a promise; a sign that God keeps promises. And Advent is the season to anticipate that fulfillment: that one day there will be an end to loss and suffering; that one day there will be peace and equality.
So I will put this question to you: is there any season more worthy of our attention than this paradoxical season of hope?
Peace and Blessings, Pastoral Intern Libby Pfaff
Celebrate Christmas Eve
All are invited to celebrate Christmas Eve at one or both of our Candlelight services and to worship with us the following Sunday with a special service of Lessons and Carols.
Christmas Eve Family Candlelight
Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7:00pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11:00pm
Worship of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, Dec 29 at 9:30am
9:00 am- 4:00 pm
We are located at 1212 E Glendale Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(in North Central Phoenix.)
President of the Congregation: Susan Lyons
Vice-President: Bob Wendt
Secretary: Sarah Morris
Treasurer: Don Gross
Members: Larry Christian, Marcy Lopez
Benetta Fugitt, DeWayne Smith, Jeff Lyons,
Ross Orr, Jan Kohlmeyer and Stephanie Petrilli.