The Third Sunday in Advent

December 14 & 21, 2008


Lord, how shall I thank you rightly?

I am saved eternally

By your life and death for me.

Let me not regard your lightly

But on you in faith depend,

Praising you, my heav'nly friend.

Joy, oh joy beyond all gladness,

Christ has done away with sadness!

Hence all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of grace is shining! (CW 45:3)

The Third Sunday in Advent

December 14 & 21, 2008

Focus: Rejoice in Jesus

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: 12, 14, 19, 34

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-3, 10, 11

Jesus has rescued us from the darkness of sin's prison. He binds up hearts broken by guilt. He clothes us with his righteousness. What great reasons to rejoice!

Psalm 71, p. 92

Rejoice in the Lord who rescues us.

Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Pray, rejoice, and hold on to what is good, until Jesus returns in glory.

Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

John the Baptist points us to Jesus, our Light and our Joy.

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Which Light Are You Looking At?

  1. False lights shine to deceive us
    1. Describe three kinds of “lights” that distract us from the one, genuine Light?
  2. How great the one, genuine Light is!
    1. Describe what the one, genuine Light has done for us?

Prayers: We pray for the family of Ray Meichsner, whom our Savior called home to heaven this past week.

December ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.), Josh Nelson, Kyle Roth, Sam Roth, Ryan Schroeder

December cleaners: Doug & Leah Nelson; Burdette & Pearl Kraft

Greeter December 21: Jolene Greiner

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of December 14, 2008

  • Sunday -- December 14, 2008
    • 11:45am Bible Class: Revelation
      2-4:00pm Funeral visitation at the church
  • Monday
    • 11:00am Christian funeral of Ray Meichsner
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Service of Christian Carols
  • Thursday
    • 7:00pm Bible Class: Lutheran Confessions
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Christmas Eve Practice
    • 9:45am Advent Fellowship
    • 10:30am Worship
    • 11:45am Bible Class: Revelation

News & Notes

Advent Fellowship: The Ladies' Society will serve coffee and refreshments before the service from 9:45am to 10:15am. Come and enjoy the friendship of your fellow Christians.

Carol Service: Mark your calendars for this Wednesday, December 17, for our annual Christian carol service. Ring in the Christmas season as we join our voices in singing some of our best loved carols in praise to our Savior. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Christian Music CD: Chris Driesbach, who shared his music with us this summer, has a new CD out. We have copies in the narthex. Please check out the display.

Nominations: Doug Nelson and Don Spencer have been nominated as candidates for chairman.


The council meeting opened with prayer and a Bible study on Luke 24.

Old Business: The handicapped accessibility rail for the narthex was discussed. The council talked about the width of the walkway and that it should go on the side where the bulletin boxes are.

Candidates for council were mentioned. Due to the proposed bylaw changes only candidates for chairman were being sought.

The proposed bylaw changes were recommended to the voters at the annual meeting. These changes reduce the number of elders and trustees to two each and allow council members to succeed themselves once. Printed copies of these proposed changes are available in the narthex.

Reports: The Pastor's and Treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. Under the trustees it was noted that long-term parsonage needs include replacing windows and evaluating the quality of the insulation.

New business: The Christmas Eve offering was designated for East Fork Lutheran School (Apache Mission)

The following items were recommended to the voters for the annual meeting:

1) Lenten services 7:00pm; Easter breakfast 7:30am; Easter Worship 9:00am

2) Interest from the scholarship fund to Christine Lubenow at Bethany Lutheran College (ELS)

3) Congregational Mission Offering goal for 2009: $10,000

4) Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association commitment for 2009: $500

5) Guest preacher stipend: $80 + mileage

6) Organist's Salary: $3240

7) Pastor's Salary: $34,800 ($4000 of the salary is designated as parsonage allowance). The congregation will pay the premiums for the same health insurance coverage as in 2008. The congregational to contribute $5950 to the Health Savings Account. Congregation to pay utilities (power, natural gas, water/sewage, garbage) on parsonage and normal business expenses.

8) Mileage reimbursement at IRS business rate of $0.55/mile

The annual meeting will be on January 11 after the annual potluck (approximately 12:30pm). Next council meeting will be February 9, 2009, at 8:00pm.

The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

for the Week of December 21

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of December 21, 2008

  • Sunday -- December 21, 2008
    • 11:45am Bible Class: Revelation
  • Wednesday
    • 9:30am Children's program practice
    • 7:00pm Christmas Eve Service
  • Thursday
    • 10:00am Christmas Day Worship
  • Sunday
    • No Sunday school
    • 10:30am Worship

News & Notes

Christmas Practice: Because church was canceled last week, the children and youth narrators have a dress rehearsal this Wednesday, December 24, at 9:30am. The rehearsal should last about an hour.

Food Shelf: The donations for the Stevens County Food Shelf amounted to over 150 lbs. of food! A thank you letter is posted in the narthex.

Budget: With no offering last week, the General Fund is currently -$1,800 in the hole. We have about $1,800-$2,000 still to be paid out before the end of the year. We also need about $1,400 to meet our mission goal of $10,000 for the year.

As you rejoice in how the Lord has blessed you, remember his work in our congregation and throughout the world. Consider how you can participate in that good work by supporting it with your offerings.

Christmas Eve Offering: The offerings received in the Christmas envelope on Christmas Eve or as loose plate on Christmas Eve will be for the East Fork Lutheran School (Apache Mission). Christmas envelopes received any other time will be for our WELS mission goal. Regular Sunday offering envelopes received at any time including Christmas Eve will be used for our General Fund. If you want your offering to go somewhere else than what's outlined above, please write on the envelope where you want it designated to.


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313