The Third Sunday in Advent
December 11, 2011
Come, O precious Ransom, come, Only Hope for sinful mortals! Come, O Savior of the world! Open are to you all portals. Come, your beauty let us view; Anxiously we wait for you. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 8:1)
Worship Focus: The Lord's Anointed Shines
Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38
Hymns: Advent Candles, 14, 18, 12
First Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-3, 10, 11
Christ Jesus comes to bind up the brokenhearted and comfort all who mourn over their sins. He is the Christ, the Lord's Anointed. What good news he brings!
Psalm 71, page 92
The Lord is our refuge, rock, and fortress. Shine out with his marvelous deeds.
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Let your joy shine out as the God of peace sanctifies you and keeps you until the coming of Christ.
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
John testified as a witness to the Light. Jesus is the genuine Light, our true Light. He is the Christ.
Copies of sermon are in the narthex and online.
Christmas Eve: On Christmas Eve, the Sunday school will present their program telling us how the Christmas tree reminds us of the truths of Christmas.
Dec. 24, Saturday, Christmas Eve, 6:30pm
Dec. 25, Sunday, Christmas Day, 10:00am (not 10:30)
Jan. 1, Sunday, New Year's Day, 10:30am
No Sunday school, Bible class, or youth group on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Financial Report: December started with a balance of $2,106.54 in the General Fund. $6,509.75 has been given toward our annual mission commitment. We need $1,490 in mission offerings for December to make our $8,000 commitment to the WELS.
December ushers: Don Spencer (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger
December cleaners: Dave & Connie Paul, Doug & Leah Nelson
Today's Greeters: Chad and Mackensie Rohloff