Christmas Day: The Nativity of our Lord
December 25, 2011
Christ, to you, with God the Father,
And the Spirit ceaselessly
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 35:5)
Hymn 50 “Once in Royal David's City”
Verse 1: Pastor
Verse 2-4: Congregation (Please stand for verse 4)
Christmas Day Prayer
Christmas Confession (Luther's Explanation to the Second Article)
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.
All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.
This is most certainly true.
(Luther's Small Catechism: A Contemporary Translation, © 1979 Northwestern Publishing House)
Prayer & Lord's Prayer
Hymn 56 “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”
Baby Card Shower: There will be a come and go baby card shower for Jorgen Christian Henriksen infant son of Jess and Alizabeth (Zeltwanger) Henriksen Saturday, December 31 from 1:30 until 4:30 at Kevin and Gloria Zeltwanger's 535 3rd Street.
Annual Potluck: Plan to stay a little later after church on January 8 and join your fellow members for some food and friendship.
Annual Meeting: The Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 8 after the annual potluck. Some of the items on the agenda are the following
Election for chairman.
The Child Protection Policy.
Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter Service times. Lent begins on February 22 and Easter is April 8. The council recommends keeping the same schedule as last year: Lenten, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services at 7:00 p.m. Easter breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Easter service at 9:00 a.m.
Distribute the interest from the scholarship fund.
Set the Congregational Mission Offering (CMO) for 2012. The CMO for 2011 was $8000.
Set our offering for the Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association (LIMA). LIMA runs the WELS chaplain program for the hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul and also helps with the campus ministries in Minneapolis and Mankato.
Organist and pastor salaries.
Guest preacher stipend.
If you have thoughts or questions on any of these items, please speak to a voter, council man, or pastor.
Sunday School, Youth Group, Bible Class: We resume our regular schedule for all these on Sunday January 8. Sunday school at 9:15am. Youth Group at 9:30am. Bible Class at 9:30am.