The Second Sunday after Christmas
January 2, 2011
Lord, 'tis not that I did choose you;
That, I know could never be,
For this heart would still refuse you
Had your grace not chosen me.
You removed the sin that stained me;
Cleansing me to be your own;
For this purpose you ordained me,
That I live for you alone. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 380:1)
Worship Focus: We have seen his glory
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 72, 79, 70, 75.
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Jesus came full of grace and truth to reveal God's saving glory so that we too shine with righteousness.
Psalm 148, p. 121
Let all praise the Lord, for he gave us his Son.
Second Lesson: Ephesians1: 1-6, 15-18
Praise to God since his grace chose us in Christ. May we continue to grow to know our God better and better.
Gospel: Matthew 1:14-18
The Word, Jesus, came to make the Father known. Only through Jesus do we see God's saving glory.
Sermon available on the website or in the narthex
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 the WELS. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.
Annual Meeting: The annual meeting will be January 9, 2011, after the annual potluck at about 12:15pm. The following candidates have been nominated: Dick Lubenow and Chuck Nelson for elder; Doug Nelson for Secretary; Duane Hausmann and Kevin Zeltwanger for Trustee.
Budget: The General Fund ended the year with a deficit of $1223.23. May our Lord guide our decisions as we plan this new year so that we can continue to support his Gospel work here at St. John's.
January ushers: Scott Boettcher (capt.), John Jepma, Dave Joos, Delroy Thielke
January cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos
Greeters today: Sam Roth