The Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 19, 2010
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)
Worship Focus: Immanuel!
Order of Worship: Advent Opening, see Insert
Hymns: 36, 5, Carol sing-a-long
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 7:10-14
Despite the unbelief of King Ahaz, the Lord promises a wonderful sign. This sign would indicate a much greater deliverance at hand. Ahaz was concerned only about being saved from his enemies who were besieging Jerusalem. However, this sign points to the one who saves from sin and Satan.
Second Lesson: Romans 1:1-7
The Apostle Paul directs us to Jesus. May our lives follow Jesus alone.
Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25
The angel announces to Joseph the miracle that was taking place within Mary.
Lord's Supper: Here at St. John's we follow the Biblical practice of close communion. If you are a visitor, please speak to Pastor Bitter, before coming to the Lord's Table.
Sermon available on the website or in the narthex
Next Sunday's Focus: Our Redeemer has come -- Galatians 4:4-7
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.
Vacation: Pastor will be gone December 27 -- January 1 to visit his parents. If you need pastoral assistance during that time, please call Pastor Main at 320-589-4662
Christmas Tree Watering: If anyone is able to water the Christmas tree once a day for any of the day from December 28 to January 1, please talk to Pastor Bitter.
December ushers: Don Spencer (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger
December cleaners: David & Connie Paul; Doug & Leah Nelson
Greeters today: Dean & Moni Rohloff
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
M: In the name of the Father and of the Son (†) and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
C: (sung) Oh, come, O Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav'nly home.
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
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: Today we light the Angel Candle. God used these special messengers to explain to Mary and Joseph the great wonder he was working, as he sent the Christ to be born of the virgin from the family of David to reign forever and ever. Remember the angel's message to the shepherds: “A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11 NIV)
C: (sung) Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.
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
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