The First Sunday in Advent

November 30, 2014

Prayer:

O Savior, Rend the heavens wide; Come down, come down with mighty stride; Unlock the gates, the doors break down; Unbar the way to heaven’s crown. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 22:1 © 1969 Concordia Publishing House)

The First Sunday in Advent

November 30, 2014

Worship Focus: Watch

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

Hymns: 21, 2, 9, 8

God’s Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 63: 16b, 17; 64:1-8

We watch for our Savior to rend the heavens and come down.

Psalm 24, p. 73

Lift up your heads, as you watch for your King.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Not lacking any spiritual gift, we watch for our Lord's return as he keeps us strong to the end to stand blameless before him. He is faithful.

Gospel: Mark 13:32-37

No one knows when Christ will come return. Be alert. As servants do what the Owner has assigned. Don't be asleep when he comes. Watch.

Sermon:

Isaiah 63: 16b, 17; 64:1-8

Rend the heavens, O Lord

  1. For you are our Redeemer
  2. For you are our Hope

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of November 30, 2014

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Christmas practice
    • No Youth Group or Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service and Lord’s Supper

News and Notes

Christian Aid and Relief: Christian Aid and Relief works with our missionaries and our sister congregations of the CELC around the world in funding humanitarian aid projects in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi, Thailand, Japan, Russia, Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Las Vegas, St. Lucia, and the White Mountain Reservation.

Thailand: We continue to support the efforts of medically trained volunteers who travel to Thailand to set up week-long medical clinics in our village churches. As these clinics draw people from neighboring villages, they provide the missionaries and other workers with a unique bridge for presenting the gospel and for creating good-will presence for our churches through such care and service. These efforts include VBS and ELS classes and follow up contacts after the classes conclude.

(Adapted from http://www.wels.net/christian-aid-and-relief/humanitarian-aid-projects)

Christian Aid and Relief is not funded through the Synod budget or our congregational mission offering, but from special gifts from WELS members.

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

November Cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow, Tom & Elaine Mohr

Today’s Greeters: Rosella Staples

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)

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

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