The Second Sunday in Advent

December 4, 2011


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 18:1)

The Second Sunday in Advent

December 4, 2011

Worship Focus: Believe the Lord's promise of forgiveness

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: Advent Candles, 16, 11, 275

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11

What comfort! Hear the voice in the wilderness preparing the way for Jesus. Your God comes to you. Your sins are paid for. His word stands forever.

Psalm 85, page 97

What peace comes to us through the forgiveness that Jesus came to bring.

Second Lesson: 2 Peter 3:8-14

The end is coming, but the Lord is patient, not wanting any of us to perish but all to come to repentance.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

As foretold by the prophets, John's ministry begins as he prepares the way for Jesus.

Luke 1:11-20

An Advent Heart Is Prepared for Christmas: Lessons from Zechariah

  1. A heart of prayer
  2. A heart of penitence
  3. A heart of praise

Copies of sermon are in the narthex and online.

The Lord's Supper

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.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 4, 2011

  • Wednesday
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school Christmas Practice
    • 10:30am Divine Service
    • 11:30am Council Meeting
    • 4:00pm Christmas Concert at GPLHS

News & Notes

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

December cleaners: Dave & Connie Paul, Doug & Leah Nelson

Today's Greeters: Allowese Becker


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
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