The Third Sunday in Advent

December 13, 2009


Welcome, O my Savior, now!

Joyful, Lord, to you I bow.

Come into my heart, I pray;

Oh, prepare yourself a way. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 28:4)

The Third Sunday in Advent

December 13, 2009

Worship Focus: Rejoice by producing fruit

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 19, 14, 20, 12

God's Word

First Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-17

Rejoice! For our the Lord has come to take away your punishment and conquer your enemy.

Psalm 130, p. 114

Our depth of mourning over our sin changes to joy, for with the Lord there is forgiveness, hope, and redemption.

Second Lesson: Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice, for your Lord is near.

Gospel: Luke 3:7-18

John the Baptists confronts us with our sins and points us to our Savior, so that we produce the fruit of good works that grow our of a repentant heart, rejoicing in Jesus because of his forgiveness.

Luke 3:7-18

Your Faith-filled Heart Produces a Fruit-filled Life

  1. Genuine fruit is rooted in Christ
    1. How does John's preaching bring us to see our sin?
    2. How does John's preaching show us our Savior?
    3. What does it mean that genuine good works are rooted in Christ?
  2. Authentic fruit connects to your place in life.
    1. Give specific examples of fruit you can produce because your heart trusts in Jesus.

Christian Carol Service: Mark your calendars for this 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.

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

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

Today's Greeters: Bridget Joos

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of December 13, 2009

  • Sunday -- December 13, 2009
    • 4:00pm Christmas Concert at GPLHS
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Christian Carol Service
  • Saturday
    • 10am-3pm Christmas for Kids
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Christmas Practice
    • 10:30am Divine Service and Holy Communion
    • Dec. 24 6:30pm Christmas Eve Service
    • Dec. 25 10:00am Christmas Day Service

News & Notes

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. To listen to a live stream on the web go to and click on the concert link.


The meeting opened at 8:00pm on Dec. 7 with prayer and a Bible study on Romans 3.

Dick Lubenow reported that David Paul and David Joos were willing to stand as candidates for Elder. We are still looking for candidates for Treasurer and Trustee.

The Pastor's and Treasurer's reports are available in the narthex. At the end of November the General Fund had a balance of $1,319.03 and $8,550.25 had been given toward our annual commitment of $10,000 for our congregational mission offering (CMO).

The trustees will be looking into a few minor repairs at the church.

Under new business, Christmas for Kids was talked about it. Advertizing costs were $22.50. Crafts and supplies may cost $50-$70. The goals for Christmas for kids are 1) to bring home to the children that Christmas is about Jesus; 2) to reach out to families who may not have a church home (they may bring their child so they have time alone for shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, etc.; 3) to convey to the community that St. John's is interested in teaching children.

The council decided to continue to get the "For Living Saints" inserts for about $42/year. The WELS Connection was renewed for $95/year. The council approved using the interest from the scholarship fund for Christine Lubenow who is attending Bethany Lutheran College (ELS).

The annual meeting will be January 10 after the annual potluck (approximately 12:15pm). The council is making the following recommendations to the voters:

1) Midweek Lenten services and Holy Week services will be at 7:00pm (Lent starts Feb. 17)

2) Easter (Apr. 4) worship will be at 9:00am. Breakfast will start at 7:30am.

3) Congregational Mission Offering commitment for 2010 set at $10,000

4) Lutheran Institutional Ministry Assciation (LIMA) commitment for 2010 set at $500.

5) Organist's salary: $3,420

6) Pastor's salary: $35,040

7) Pastor's benefits: High deductible health insurance for himself, wife, and three children; HSA contribution of $6,150; WELS Pension Plan; housing, including water, garbage, electricty, and gas

8) Pastor's mileage reiumbursement set at IRS allowance of $0.50/mile.

9) Parsonage allowance disignated at $4000 for 2010

10) Guest preacher stipened: $80 plus mileage with a maximum of $200 total (stipend + mileage)

The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.


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