The Third Sunday in Advent

December 12, 2010


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 Third Sunday in Advent

December 12, 2010

Worship Focus: Rejoice! Jesus is the Coming One

Order of Worship: Advent Opening, see Insert

Hymns: 14, 8, 34

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 35:1-10

Like water bringing a desert into bloom, so the coming of Christ brings joy to our hearts. See his compassion as he heals the blind, the deaf, the lame. Rejoice, for he has ransomed you and placed you on the Way of Holiness where there is peace.

Psalm 146, p. 120

Praise the Lord, for he alone saves!

Second Lesson: James 5:7-11

In the troubles of life, patiently persevere. For Jesus is coming.

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11

In prison John seeks assurance that Jesus is the One whose coming was foretold. Jesus brings that same assurance to us, so that we can rejoice in all things.

Matthew 11:2-11

Jesus Is the One

  1. He fulfills the prophecies, so that we find healing in the Scriptures
  2. He blesses us in his Word, so that we take it to heart.
  3. /n

Sermon available on the website or in the narthex

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 12, 2010

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Church Council
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School Christmas Practice
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Prayers: We ask our Savior to comfort the family and friends of Violet Hausmann, whom the Lord called home to heaven on Saturday. Violet is Duane's mother. May our Lord strengthen them with his promises.

Christmas Schedule:

Dec. 24, 6:30pm -- Children's Christmas Program

Dec. 25 -- No service here. St. Paul's Morris, 9:00am

Dec. 26, 10:30am -- Sunday divine service


General Fund: Balance Oct. 31 $2669.37

Nov. Offering +$4420.40

Nov. Expenses -$5777.75

Balance Nov. 30 $1312.02

Missions: Nov. $2059.00; YTD $7320.75

Annual Commitment: $10,000

Needed in Dec. $2679.25

Next Sunday's Focus: Emmanuel! -- Matthew 1:18-25

News & Notes (cont.)

Christmas Donations: Thanks in a large part to your support at the bake sale, the Ladies' Society was able to send a total of $325 to the following ministries: Missionary Charles Flunker in Brazil, Central African Medical Mission, True North UM-Campus Ministry, Great Plains Lutheran High School, WELS Prison Ministry, Martin Luther College, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, East Fork Lutheran School (Apache), The Lutheran Home -- Belle Plaine, Christian Life Resources, New Beginnings -- A Home for Mothers, Calvary Lutheran Academy. May our Savior bless the work carried out in his name.

Christmas Poinsettias: If you would like to share your poinsettias with the congregation, you are welcome to bring them to the church to be placed on or by the altar.

Bible Translation: You may have noticed in Forward in Christ and in the Together insert today that the NIV is modifying its translation. Sometimes the variety of modern translations causes confusion. Satan tempts us to reason: “I don't know which translation is right, so why bother reading any.”

No translation is perfect. Although it's good for our synod to choose a faithful translation that is most suitable for our church body's needs, don't let that keep you from reading your Bible now. There are many good translations available including the KJV, NIV (old or new), NASB, ESV, AAT. Ask the pastor if you have questions about a different one. Start reading today.

Forward in Christ: Although as a congregation we have a bundle subscription for you to pick up for your home each month, the form to subscribe is included on the back in case you want to give a subscription as a gift to a family member or friend.

December ushers: Don Spencer (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger

December cleaners: David & Connie Paul; Doug & Leah Nelson

Greeters today: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff

Advent Opening


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

C: (sung) Oh, come, O Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by your drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 23:3)

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. He is 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. He is the Light who brings us life.

C: Jesus is coming.

M: He will come again in glory with his holy angels to judge the living and the dead. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

C: Jesus is coming.

M: We light the Shepherd Candle today. As the shepherds watched their flocks at night, heavenly light shattered the darkness of the Judean countryside. The angel brought them glad tidings of great joy. The Savior is born. He is Christ, the Lord. That same message of joy bursts the gloomy shades of our night. The pink color of the candle symbolizes this joy.

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 leave my heart unprepared. I have often let other people and things take my focus off 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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