The First Sunday after Christmas

December 30, 2012


To thee my heart I offer, O Christ-child sweet and dear, Upon thy love relying; Oh, be thou ever near! Take thou my heart and give me thine, And let it be forever mine, O Jesus, holy, undefiled, My Savior meek and mild. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 43:1)

The First Sunday after Christmas

December 30, 2012

Worship Focus: Born to be our Substitute

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

Hymns: 42, 41, 34, 71

God's Word

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Young Samuel was dedicated to serve the Lord. How much more did Jesus dedicate his entirely life to serve his heavenly Father! By his service we are saved.

Psalm 111, p. 106

We sing to the Lord, for his hands have provided redemption for us through Jesus Christ. In him we have true wisdom.

Second Lesson: Hebrews 2:10-18

God's Son became our brother to destroy Satan's power and free us by atoning for our sins.

Gospel: Luke 2:41-52

As Jesus visits the temple, we not only witness his wisdom but also his perfect obedience. He was born as our Substitute so that his sinless life, even as a child, counts as our record of righteousness.

Luke 2:29-32

We've Seen Our Salvation

  1. What peace he brings!
  2. What light he gives!

Catechism Student Questions:

  1. What was Simeon so eagerly waiting for?
  2. What do we see in our own attitudes that show our inborn sinfulness.
  3. What has the Christ-child done to set you free and bring you peace?
  4. How does he bring this peace home to us in a most special way?
  5. How did God make his saving plan known?
  6. How did the light of Jesus shine into your heart?

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 30, 2012

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class: Christ
    • 10:30am Divine Service and Lord's Supper
      The Epiphany of our Lord

Annual Meeting and Potluck: The annual meeting and potluck will be in two weeks on Sunday, January 13. The annual meeting will follow the potluck. Agenda items include roof repair; elections for elder, treasurer, and trustee; Lent and Easter schedule; and the 2013 budget.

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

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

Today's Greeters: Dale Kraft and David Kraft


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