The Second Sunday in Advent

December 6, 2009


Come, O long-expected Jesus,

Born to set your people free;

From our sins and fears release us

By your death on Calvary.

Israel's Strength and Consolation,

Hope to all the earth impart,

Dear Desire of ev'ry nation,

Joy of ev'ry longing heart. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 6:1)

The Second Sunday in Advent

December 6, 2009

Worship Focus: Prepare!

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 4, 702, 5, 1

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Malachi 3:1-4

The messenger prepares the way for Jesus. Prepare yourself to stand when he returns.

Psalm 24, p. 73

With your heart prepared, lift up your head to great your King.

Second Lesson: Philippians 1:3-11

Be prepared when Jesus returns.

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

John the Baptists prepares the way for Jesus.

Philippians 1:3-11

A Christmas Prayer from the Christian Heart

  1. Remember the deep bond of fellowship in Christ Jesus
    1. Where did Paul's emotion in his prayer come from?
    2. What kind of fellowship moved Paul to pray?
    3. What can we learn from Paul for our own prayer-life?
  2. Pray that love overflows in knowledge
    1. How are love and knowledge connected?
    2. What do we pray as we look ahead to the Last Day?
    3. What do we pray for until the Last Day?

Lord's Supper

At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with us. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of December 6, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Bible Class -- Lutheran Heritage: FC
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class - Revelation
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Christian Carol Service: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 16, at 7:00pm. Join us in a sing-a-long of some of your favorite Christian Christmas carols. You'll have many to choose from. Invite others to come with you. It's open for all. Refreshment will be served afterward.

Christmas for Kids: Bring you children or grandchildren. Invite your neighbors. On Saturday, December 19, from 10am to 3pm, for children ages three to ten, we'll focus on the meaning of Christmas through Bible stories, activities, crafts, videos, and the like. Children may be brought or picked up anytime from 10am to 3pm.

How can you help out? Invite children you know, especially if they do not have a regular church home. (Printed invitations are available in the narthex.) Share ideas for a Christmas craft or activity with pastor. Volunteer to bring a snack or a lunch. Volunteer to help for part of the time. Speak with Pastor if there's any way you think you could help.

Christmas Concert: Great Plains Lutheran High School of Watertown, SD, will present a sacred Christmas concert, “Hail the Son of Righteousness” on Sunday, December 13, 2009, at 4pm

Budget: As of Dec. 5 the General Fund had a deficit of ($-798.21). We need $1,449.75 to meet our annual congregational mission offering commitment of $10,000.

December ushers: Don Spencer (capt.), Dale Kraft, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Dick Smith

December cleaners: Dave & Connie Paul, Doug & Leah Nelson

Today's Greeters: Dave Joos


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