The Third Sunday in Advent

December 15, 2013

Prayer:

Arise, Desire of nations; O Jesus, now appear, The Hope and Expectation Of ev’ry Christian here. With hearts and hands uplifted We plead, O Lord, to see The day of earth’s redemption That sets your people free. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 6:1)

The Third Sunday in Advent

December 15, 2013

Worship Focus: Rejoice in the face of suffering

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 20, 19, 38, 34

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: Job 1:6-22

Even at a time of great loss, Job praised the Lord.

Psalm 146, p. 97

Trusting in the Lord, we praise him with great joy.

Second Lesson James 5:7-11

As you patiently wait for the Lord, persevere and rejoice.

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11

When life imprisons you with troubles, turn to Jesus and his word to find joy. Jesus points John’s disciples to his works that fulfill the prophecies of old. He is the one the Lord had promised.

Christmas Eve Service 6:30pm
Christmas Day Service 10:00am

Job 1:6-22

Persevere in Praising the Lord

  1. He delights in your obedient works
    1. How do the Lord’s words sound as he talks about Job’s obedience?
    2. What accusation does Satan make to show that good works are not as good as they look.
    3. What truths lead us to want to obey our Lord freely and gladly?
  2. His faithful grace is in control
    1. Is saying ,“It could be worse,” a good way to comfort ourselves when things go wrong?
    2. Why is the name “LORD” such a great comfort for us?
    3. What has the Lord’s faithful grace done for 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.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 15, 2013

  • Sunday -- December 15, 2013
    • 11:30am Council Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
    • Sunday 9:15am Sunday school Practice
    • 10:30am Divine Service with Christian Carols

Advent Candles

Prelude: Gloria

Responsive Litany:

P: The angel’s glad tidings of joy shattered the darkness on that first Christmas night.

C: Move our hearts, dear Jesus, to rejoice in your salvation.

P: The shepherd hurried to see the Savior in the manger and returned glorifying and praising God.

C: Move our hearts, dear Jesus, to rejoice in your salvation.

P: The Good News of Jesus has enlightened our hearts and minds through his word and sacraments.

C: Move our hearts, dear Jesus, to rejoice in your salvation.

Candle Lighting

We light the Shepherd Candle today, the candle of joy. Despite the darkness in our lives the light of Jesus shines into our hearts. His message of forgiveness and life bring us peace and joy. The color pink reminds us of that shepherd’s joy. Through the struggles and successes of life, may we shine out with the joy of Jesus.

Postlude: God Is Near

(Printed on the back side. Congregation may sing along)

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

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