The Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2012

Prayer:

Oh, come, oh come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 23:1)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2012

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 23, 2012

  • Monday
    • 6:30pm Children's Christmas Eve Service
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00am Christmas Day Service
  • Sunday
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News & Notes

Council Notes: The Council met after the service on Dec. 16. After opening with prayer, possible candidates for Elder, Treasurer, and Trustee were discussed.

At the annual meeting the council will present to the voters different options on how to proceed with replacing the roofs due to hail damage from the summer.

The council recommends to the voters to keep the Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter service times the same as last year (7:00pm services, Easter breakfast 7:30am, Easter service 9:00am).

The council made no recommendation regarding the Congregational Mission Offering (CMO) for 2013 in order to see whether we meet our commitment for this year.

The other recommendations for the voters to discuss at the annual meeting keep the budget for 2013 the same as for 2012. These include: Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association (LIMA) $500; Organist's Salary $3240; Pastor's Salary $35,040 (kept the same due to a $1956 increase in the annual health insurance premium); mileage reimbursement $0.50/mile; guest preacher stipend $80 + mileage, total not to exceed $200.

The annual meeting is scheduled for January 13, 2013, after the potluck (approximately 12:15pm). The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

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

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

Today's Greeters: David Joos

Order of Service -- Carols and Songs

No opening hymn

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CONFESSION OF SIN

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ABSOLUTION

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Opening is from Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal: Supplement, “Meditation on the Ministry of the Keys,” p. 76 (c) 2008 Northwestern Publishing House.

Candle Lighting

Prelude: Gloria

Responsive Litany:

P: The angel told Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, who would reign forever and ever.

C: O Jesus, Prince of Peace, you alone reconcile us to God by taking away our sin.

P: The angel told Joseph to give Mary's Child the name Jesus, because he would save his people from their sins.

C: O, Jesus, Prince of Peace, you alone reconcile us to God by taking away our sin.

P: The angels proclaimed peace when they appeared to the shepherds. For the Savior had been born to bring us peace with God.

C: O, Jesus, Prince of Peace, you alone reconcile us to God by taking away our sin.

Candle Lighting

The Prophecy Candle brings us hope because God's promises never fail. The Bethlehem Candle leads us to the lowly manger as we bow with repentant hearts, looking to Jesus in faith. The Shepherd Candle brings us joy as we rejoice with the shepherds at the birth of our Savior. The Angel Candle reminds us of the Good News the angels proclaimed that we have peace with God through this Child.

Postlude: God Is Near
(Printed on the next page. Congregation may sing along)

Christian Carols and Songs

We'll sing the first verse for the Christmas hymns you choose. If you would like a different verse, please say so when you choose the hymn. Your choices are:

The Christian Carol Booklet

Christian Worship, Hymns 1-83

Let All the People Praise You

(See the Topical Index, p. 339, under Christmas)

God's Word

Prayer of the Day

First Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a

Jesus came to lowly Bethlehem, born as a baby. He is our Shepherd who laid down his life for us and rose again to reign forever. He is our peace.

Psalm 85, p. 97

The Prince of peace brings us peace.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 10:5-10

God's Son became flesh and blood to offer his body as the sacrifice for our sins. That was how he brought us peace with God.

Gospel: Luke 1:39-55

After the angel announced to Mary hat she would be the mother of our Savior, Mary visits Elizabeth and rejoices in God's great mercy that saves us lowly sinners.

Christian Carols and Songs

Hymn 706 “A Stable Lamp Is Lighted”

The Christian Carol Booklet

Christian Worship, Hymns 1-83

Let All the People Praise You

(See the Topical Index, p. 339, under Christmas)

Sermon

Hebrews 10:5-10

Only Christ's Body Makes Us Holy

  1. 1. He came as the Sacrifice
  2. 2. He fulfilled God's will

Offering

Prayer of the Church for Advent, p. 123

Lord's Prayer

Christian Carols and Songs

Hymn 707 “Peace Came to Earth”

The Christian Carol Booklet

Christian Worship, Hymns 1-83

Let All the People Praise You

(See the Topical Index, p. 339, under Christmas)

Blessing

C: (spoken) Amen.

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

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