The Second Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2012


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 of Advent

December 16, 2012

Worship Focus: Repentance prepares our hearts

Order of Worship: The Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: 4, 14, 18, 65

God's Word

First Lesson: Malachi 3:1-4

Jesus is coming! Only his message can prepare our hearts to welcome him in faith.

Psalm 24, p. 73

With your hearts prepared, lift up your heads to welcome your King.

Second Lesson: Philippians 1:3-11

Through his word and Sacraments, God continues the good work he has begun in us, so that we abound more and more in knowledge as we wait, prepared for Christ's return.

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

God sent John to prepare the way for Jesus. John called people to faith through his preaching and baptizing. He confronted sin and pointed to Jesus, so that repentant hearts believed.

Malachi 3:1-4

Jesus Comes to Purify

  1. How much we need to be purified!
  2. How blessed we are that Jesus came!

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. Why do we need to be purified?
  2. How are we like the people in the days of Malachi?
  3. Why can't we contribute to our forgiveness?
  4. How did Jesus purify us?
  5. Who will stand and endure when Jesus comes to judge?
  6. How does Jesus purifying us change the way we view what we do in life?

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 16, 2012

  • Sunday -- December 16, 2012
    • 11:30am Council Meeting
    • 4:00pm Christmas Concert at GPLHS, Watertown
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school -- Christmas Party
    • 10:30am Divine Service and Lord's Supper

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

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

Today's Greeters: John & Tawnia Jepma

After the Confession of Sins, in place of “Oh, Taste, and See”, we will follow the candle lighting ceremony as outlined below.

Advent Candles

Prelude: Gloria

Responsive Litany:

P: Jesus came to Bethlehem in lowliness, born to take away the sins of the world.

C: Prepare our hearts, dear Jesus, to receive you in repentant faith.

P: Jesus comes to our hearts in lowliness through the foolishness of what is preached and the humbleness of the sacraments.

C: Prepare our hearts, dear Jesus, to receive you in repentant faith.

P: Jesus will come again in glory for all to see to bring salvation to those who are ready and waiting for him.

C: Prepare our hearts, dear Jesus, to receive you in repentant faith.

Candle Lighting

We light the Bethlehem Candle today, the candle of faith. Only faith, believing the prophecy of Micah and the announcement of the angel, would look for the Savior in the little town of Bethlehem. Only faith prepares our lowly hearts to welcome our Savior when he returns in glory. So today we hear John the Baptist calling us to repentance for the forgiveness of sins. We hear his message with hearts of faith that seek our Savior in his word and sacraments. For although the world views these as lowlier than Bethlehem's manger, Jesus comes to us through them.

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

News & Notes

Christmas Schedule: On Sunday December 23 we will have and Christian carol sing-a-long for the first part of the service. Christmas Eve Service is at 6:30pm and Christmas Day Service at 10:00am.

November Financial:

General Fund: 31 Oct balance: $1848.96
Nov. Offering +$5548.78
Nov. Expenses −$6233.69
Balance Nov. 30 $1164.05

Congregational Mission Offering: Nov. $281.00; YTD $6780.00; Commitment: $8,000; Needed in Dec. $1220


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