The Second Sunday after Christmas
January 3, 2010
Jesus, be with me and direct me;
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;
Jesus, be all my heart's desire;
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day
And never let me fall away. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 70:4)
Worship Focus: Jesus shines with salvation
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 80, 83, 79, 70:1-3
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6
Jesus shines into the darkness of this world to bring you light and salvation. Arise and shine, for he has come.
Psalm 72, p. 93
Praise Jesus as the Savior for all!
Second Lesson: Ephesians 3:2-12
What a wonder! Although God dealt with the Jews as his special people from the time of Abraham until Jesus; nevertheless, Jesus brings salvation for all who believe, whether Jew or Gentile. He brings salvation for you and me.
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
The Magi's arrival shows that Jesus was born as the Savior for all kinds of people. He came even for you and me.
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.
Youth Group's Service Project: If you would like to contribute to the "Soldier Care Box", we are looking for donations such as snacks and magazines to send in January. Also, please feel free to write a letter or card. Please place in the box in the narthex by Sunday, January 10th. Thank you!
Youth Group Ski Trip: The Youth Group is hosting a ski/tubing day at 4 p.m. at Andes Tower Hills on Sunday, January 10 for the Morris and Johnson/Graceville Youth Groups. Cost is $20 for adults which includes lift ticket AND ski rental and $15 for youth which includes lift ticket AND ski rental (Snowboard rental is $5). We will be supplying the sandwiches, chips and bars. Please let Leah know as soon as possible if you plan to attend so she can organize drivers.
Annual Meeting: The following have agreed to be candidates for office: Elder, David Joos, David Paul; Trustee, Dick Smith. The voters will also discuss separating the money counting responsibilities from the Treasurer's position. This is good business practice. In addition, Gerald Hoffman has agreed to be a candidate for Treasurer under those circumstances.
Other items for the agenda include (council recommendations are in parenthesis): Setting times for midweek Lenten services and holy week (7:00pm) and Easter service (9:00am with breakfast beginning at 7:30am). Congregational Mission Offering, CMO ($10,000). Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association, LIMA ($500). Organist's salary ($3420). Pastor's salary ($35,040 of which $4000 is designated as parsonage allowance). Pastor's benefits (high deductible health insurance for him and his family, $6150 for health savings account, housing, electric, gas, water, sewer, garbage, mileage reimbursement at $0.50/mile). Guest preacher stipend ($80 + mileage, up to $120 for mileage)
Annual Potluck & Party: The annual potluck and party will be January 10 after the church service. After the potluck there will be Bingo and prizes for the children.
December ushers: Scott Boettcher (capt.), John Jepma, David Paul, Delroy Thielke
December cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos
Today's Greeters: Karen Lubenow