The First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2012


O Savior, Child of Mary, Who felt our human woes, O Savior, King of glory, Who conquered all our foes, Bring us at last, we pray, To the bright courts of heaven And to the endless day. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 47:5)

The First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2012

Worship Focus: Prophecies of hope

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 1, 2, 5, 47

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16

The prophet spoke God's promise of the Savior to bring hope to God's chosen people.

Psalm 25, p. 74

In hope, we lift up our souls to the Lord.

Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

We live in hope. So we love each other now and look forward to Christ's return. For we will stand before him holy and blameless, covered with his righteousness through faith in him.

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

Jesus makes it clear that we will certainly know when he returns. The signs will be unmistakable. On that day, Jesus will take us, his redeemed home with him. Until that day we live in hope, not weighed down by the anxieties of life. We watch and pray in eager expectation.

Jeremiah 33:14-16

The Righteous Branch Brings You Hope

  1. He fulfills his saving promise
  2. He is our righteousness

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. Why was Jeremiah's work difficult?
  2. What can make us feel hopeless?
  3. How can you be sure that God's saving promise won't fail?
  4. What marvel surpasses even the greatness of our sinfulness?
  5. Why can you be sure that Jesus' righteousness will not fail you?

The Lord's Supper

At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of close communion. Communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree on all that the Bible teaches. So we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of churches which have declared fellowship with the WELS. If you have further questions, please talk with the pastor.

After the Confession of Sins, in place of the Gloria in Excelsis, we will follow the candle lighting ceremony as outlined below.

Advent Candles

Prelude: Gloria

Responsive Litany:

P: Advent proclaims the promises and prophecies of our Lord.

C: May the words of your prophecies, O Lord, stir hope in our hearts.

P: Advent prophecies foretold the birth of our Savior, God's Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: May the words of your prophecies, O Lord, stir hope in our hearts.

P: Advent prophecies foretell his coming again in glory on the Last Day.

C: May the words of your prophecies, O Lord, stir hope in our hearts.

P: Advent prophecies prepare our hearts to watch and wait with eager expectation.

C: May the words of your prophecies, O Lord, stir hope in our hearts.

Candle Lighting

We light the Prophecy Candle today, the candle of hope. The prophecies of old shown as a light into this dark world, promising the Savior who is the true, genuine Light. He is God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God. In him we have hope, for in him we have forgiveness and reconciliation. So in our darkness, we turn to the one true Light who came, born a child, to bear our sins. He is coming again with his holy angels to bring us into his glory, as the prophecies foretell. What hope and expectation as we watch for him and wait in faith!

Postlude: God Is Near
(Printed on the back side. Congregation may sing along)

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 2, 2012

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school -- Christmas Practice
    • 10:30am Divine Service and Lord's Supper
    • 11:30am Council Meeting
    • 4:00pm Christmas Concert at GPLHS, Watertown

News & Notes

Christmas Schedule: Christmas Eve Service is at 6:30pm and Christmas Day Service at 10:00am.

December Ushers: Dick Smith (capt.), Caleb Bitter, Dave Joos, Chad Rohloff, Sam Roth

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

Today's Greeters: Gerald & Karen Hoffman


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313