The Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 20, 2009

Prayer:

To thee my heart I offer,

O Christ-child sweet and dear.

Upon thy love relying;

Oh, be the thou ever near!

Take thou my heart and give me thine,

And let it be forever mine,

O Jesus, holy undefiled,

My Savior meek and mild. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 43:1)

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 20, 2009

Worship Focus: Emmanuel Comes in Lowliness to Save

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 65, 23 38, 56

God's Word

First Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a

Our eternal God comes to be with us. He comes in lowliness born in the little town of Bethlehem. He comes to gather us into his flock, as our great, good Shepherd.

Psalm 85, p. 97

Emmanuel brings peace through the forgiveness of sins.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 10:5-10

Emmanuel took our flesh and blood into his person to offer himself as the sacrifice that saves us. He is truly Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”

Gospel: Luke 1:39-55

Gabriel has just told Mary that by the power of the Holy Spirit she, a virgin, will give birth to the Son of God, the Messiah. Mary goes from Nazareth to her relative, Elizabeth, who's six-months pregnant with John the Baptist.

Luke 1:39-55

Mary's Secret for a Merry Christmas

  1. Recognize our lowliness
    1. What did Mary confess about herself?
    2. Why did God bless her despite her lowliness?
    3. How alone can we receive God's mercy?
  2. Rejoice in his greatness
    1. What's so great about this Child and his work?
    2. How does he fills us so with good things so that we can see his greatness?

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 20, 2009

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
    • 7:00pm Our Lutheran Heritage: Formula of Concord
  • Thursday
    • 6:30pm Christmas Eve Service
  • Friday
    • 10:00am Christmas Day Service
  • Sunday
    • No Sunday school
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Revelation 12
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Christmas Eve: The children tell us again of the wonder of that night as they share the words of Luke 2. Divine service begins at 6:30pm.

Christmas Day: We celebrate the birth of our King. Come and sing his praises. For he is your Savior. Divine service beings at 10:00am.

Christmas for Kids: We had our first Christmas for Kids yesterday. Seven children from five families came to remember that Christmas is all about Jesus. We had fun with Bible stories, videos, crafts, activities, music, and drawing.

We learned about God's perfect creation and how sinned ruined it, so that God promised to send the Champion to defeat Satan. That's why Jesus came to save us. We learned of his birth in Bethlehem. We learned of David defeating Goliath and remembered how Jesus defeated Satan for us.

The children made a manger and placed the baby Jesus in it. They also made Christmas bookmarks for the Bible and candles to remember that Jesus is the light of the world. Thank you to Mackensie Rohloff for providing lunch and a snack. Thank you to Shae Brown and Abi Bitter for stopping by to help out.

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

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

Today's Greeters: Dale Kraft, David Kraft

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

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