The Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2007


Come, O precious Ransom, come,
Only Hope for sinful mortals!
Come, O Savior of the world!
Open are to you all portals.
Come, your beauty let us view;
Anxiously we wait for you.
(Christian Worship 8:1)

The Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2007

Focus: Prepare your hearts for your Redeemer

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 20, 16, 32, 47:1, 2

God's Word

First Lesson Isaiah 11:1-10

Isaiah points us to the Messiah who would come from David's family and bring righteousness and peace.

Psalm 130, p. 114

We prepare our hearts by confessing our sins and turning to Jesus alone for forgiveness. That's repentance.

Second Lesson Romans 15:4-13

With repentant hearts, we rejoice that Jesus came even for us Gentiles. He is our hope and our peace.

Gospel Matthew 3:1-12

John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance. He confronted the listeners with their sins and pointed them to the coming Savior for forgiveness. For in Baptism the Savior washes away our sins.

Isaiah 11:1-10

Cherish Isaiah's Pictures of Christmas

  1. How do each of these pictures bring the meaning of Christmas into our hearts and minds?
  • A stump
  • A gavel
  • A teddy bear

    This Week's Kingdom Work
    Week of December 9, 2007

    • Sunday -- December 9, 2007
      • 2:00pm Advent Song Service @ Trinity, Johnson
      • 3:00pm Caroling (meet at church)
      • 4:00pm GPLHS Christmas Concert
    • Monday
      • 7:30pm Church Council meeting
    • Wednesday
      • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Jesus ransomed me
      • 7:00pm Service of Christian Carols
    • Sunday
      • 9:15am Christmas Eve Practice
      • 9:30am Advent Coffee Hour (Gloria & Elaine)
      • 10:30am Worship our Lord
      • 3:00pm MLC Christmas Concert, New Ulm

    Caroling: If you would like to join us in caroling today, please meet at church at 3:00pm.

    Wednesday Bible Class: We will meet again on January 2.

    Advent Song Service: Mt. Olive and Trinity invite us to come to the Advent Song Service they will present at 2:00pm today at Trinity, north of Johnson.

    News and Notes

    Advent Fellowship: Come and join us for some refreshments before church, served by the Ladies' Society during Advent. A free will offering will be taken to support the Ladies' Society in their work both inside and outside our congregation. Supplemental funds from Thrivent will be asked for.

    Artificial Christmas Tree: This year we still plan to have a real tree as in the past, but it's been suggested that we might be served well by an artificial Christmas tree in the future. The best time to buy one would be right after Christmas. If you have an opinion on whether to get an artificial tree or not, please speak with a council member (names are posted in the narthex). In the regular council meeting on December 10, the council will discuss what further action, if any, will be taken.

    Service of Christian Carols: This Wednesday, December 12, we will gather at 7:00 p.m. to sing some of the favorite Christian Carols of the season. Christmas refreshments will be served afterwards. Bring a friend and share the joy of the season. If you want to have a say in what carols we sing, please pick up a tally sheet in the narthex and fill it out. Sheets need to be returned today.

    MLC Christmas Concert: Martin Luther College invites you to a festival of choral and instrumental music as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. The concert is December 16 at 3:00pm at MLC in New Ulm.

    Calendars: Calendars for 2008 that focus on the mission work we do are available for purchase in the narthex by the cards. The price is $13.

    Card Shop: Christmas cards and napkins are in. Check out the selection in the narthex.

    Dec. Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.), Daryl Dosdall, Josh Nelson, Kyle Roth, Sam Roth, Ryan Schroeder

    Dec. Cleaners: Barry & Sandy Nelson, Cuck & Lisa Nelson

    Greeters Dec. 16 Jackie Flaten & Justin Flaten

    Finances: At the end of November, we had a balance of $4,372.69 in the General Fund. For the first eleven months we have sent in $9,372.40 for missions. We need $627.60 in December to reach our annual goal of $10,000. May our Savior continue to open your hearts to support his work at this time of the year.

    Thank you:

    The family of Richard Allenspach would like to thank the members of St. John's who helped us through a difficult time with the recent loss of our much loved father, Bud. Thank you to those who served as Dad's pallbearers and to the Ladies Aid for their wonderful lunch. Thank you to Phyllis for the beautiful music. Dad always loved the music. A special "thank you" to Pastor Bitter who traveled to Abbot to bring him words of divine comfort in his last days. It is at a time such as this that the words "Love one another" have such important significance. May God bless your lives and bring the gift of light into your hearts.

    Dan, Ferolyn and Bruce Allenspach

    News from the WELS: WELS Committee on Relief has provided $25,000 in aid to victims of the massive cyclone that hit Bangladesh on Nov. 15. An estimated 2,000 people were killed and thousands of homes were destroyed in the natural disaster.

    "I think the most important thing for WELS Committee on Relief in sending aid to Bangladesh and other places where we don't have our own mission work going on, is that we're interested in helping people," says Rev. Philip Schupmann, chairman of WELS Committee on Relief. "Our primary goal in doing relief work is just simply be kind to people and do good at the Lord's command."

    Dollars are being funneled through disaster relief agencies like CARE, which is providing 5,000 families with pre-positioned supplies. According to Schupmann, CARE will provide another 15,000 families with relief packages that contain a 21-day ration of food, and non-food items such as blankets, clothing, soap, and plastic buckets. For more information or to make a donation, visit


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    859 5th Street
    Hancock, MN 56244
    (320) 392-5313