The First Sunday in Advent

November 28, 2010


O Lord, how shall I meet you,

How welcome you aright?

Your people long to greet you,

My Hope, my heart's Delight.

O Jesus, let your Word be

A lamp to light my way,

To show me how to please you,

To guide me ev'ry day. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 19)

The First Sunday in Advent

November 28, 2010

Worship Focus: Keep watch for Jesus is coming

Order of Worship: Advent Opening, see Insert

Hymns: 2, 206, 1

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 2:1-5

Jesus came to bring us peace with God, pictured by Isaiah with earthly terms.

Psalm 18, p. 69

Jesus comes to shine into our darkness.

Second Lesson: Romans 13:11-14

Wake up! For Jesus is coming. Wake up and put aside the deeds of darkness.

Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44

Keep watch. Jesus will come when you do not expect him.

Matthew 24:37-44

Watch Continuously, Ready for Jesus

  1. Beware of the distractions of everyday life
    1. What's so dangerous about being distracted by the good things in this life?
  2. Keep focusing on Jesus, no matter how well you know him
    1. What does it mean to watch continuously, ready for Jesus?
    2. What keeps our focus on Jesus?
    3. What can you do so that God's Word keeps you focused on Jesus?
  3. Guard against spiritually falling asleep
    1. How does the Holy Spirit keep us spiritually awake and watchful?

Sermon available on the website or in the narthex

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of November 28, 2010

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School Christmas Practice
    • 10:30am Divine Service & Lord's Supper

News & Notes

Giving Counselor: The WELS Christian giving counselor serving our congregation is Pastor Michael Hatzung. He serves our members without cost or sales to provide information about charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, gifts of real estate, and more. He specializes in providing counsel for Christian will and estate planning. You may contact him at (651)280-4491 or

Calendar: The December calendar will be available next week or check out the church website tomorrow.

Next Sunday's Focus: Prepare your hearts for Jesus -- Matthew 3:1-12

November ushers: Dick Smith (capt.), Justin Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Chad Rohloff, Sam Roth

November cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow, Tom & Elaine Mohr

Greeter today:Norma Osterman

Advent Opening


M: In the name of the Father and of the Son (†) and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

C: (sung) Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 23:1)

M: Advent means coming.

C: (spoken) Come, Lord Jesus!

M: God the Son came into our dark world as a tiny baby to be our Savior from sin and death. The eternal Word made flesh, full of grace and truth.

C: Jesus is coming.

M: Our Savior comes to us through his Word and Sacraments to reign in our hearts as our King.

C: Jesus is coming.

M: He will come again in glory with his holy angels to judge the living and the dead. Therefore, keep watch. Keep your hearts focused on Jesus, ready for his return.

C: Jesus is coming.

M: We light the prophecy candle breaking the darkness of our spiritual ignorance and blind unbelief. For through the word of the Prophets and the Apostles the Holy Spirit shines into our hearts and opens our eyes to continually watch for Jesus, eager for his coming.

C: (sung) Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

Confession of Sins & Absolution

M: Let us confess our sins with repentant hearts as we heed the words of John the Baptist, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matthew 3:2 NIV).

C: Holy and merciful Father, I do not deserve the gift of your Son. I began life hostile to you and dead in sin. My sin corrupts my thoughts, words, and actions. I have failed to continually watch for the coming of your Son. I have let the busyness of life distract me from you. I have often let other people and things take my focus of my Savior. I deserve your anger and punishment, both now and forever. In your mercy, forgive me for the sake of your Son, who came to redeem me by dying in my place.

M: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2 NIV). “When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4 NIV). The Father gave his Son as the sacrifice to ransom you. In Jesus, you are God's blood-bought child, reborn through the water and word of Baptism. Your sins are forgiven. Be at peace with God.

C: (sung) Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Prepare a bed, soft, undefiled
Within my heart, made clean and new,
A quiet chamber kept for you.

My heart for very joy must leap;
My lips no more can silence keep.
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradle song:

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto us his Son has given!
While angels sing with pious mirth
A glad new year to all the earth.
(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 38:13-15)

Prayer of the Day

Be Seated

Continue on page 40 in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.


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Hancock, MN 56244
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