The Third Sunday in Advent

December 14, 2014

Prayer:

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 Third Sunday in Advent

December 14, 2014

Worship Focus: Rejoice!

Order of Worship: Service of Word, p. 38

Hymns: Hymn Sing, 14, 702, 12

God’s Word

First Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-3, 10, 11

Rejoice! Jesus has freed us from slavery to sin. He’s broken death’s chains. He proclaims good news to us. For he adorns us as bride in the robes of his righteousness.

Psalm 71, p. 92

Jesus has rescued us and in our joy we declare the marvels of his deeds.

Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rejoice always for the God of peace sanctifies us through and through.

Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

No mere human, not even a great preacher like John the Baptist, can bring us true joy. He points us to the true light, who brings us joy even in the thickest darkness.

Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God’s Christmas List:
He Wants You to Have Joy in Christ Jesus

  1. As you pray continually
  2. As you give thanks in all circumstances

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 14, 2014

  • Sunday -- December 14, 2014
    • 11:30am Church Council Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
      Lord Supper: Who May Come?
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Christmas practice
    • No Youth Group or Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service & Lord’s Supper

News and Notes

Christmas Schedule: The Christmas Eve service and children’s program is at 6:30pm and Christmas Day worship is at 10:00am.

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.

Russia: Funding has been granted to Russia to provide food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies, and medicine for the needy. These gifts will allow for the Law-Gospel pamphlets to be distributed and to invite people to Bible instruction classes. This will let the workers’ light shine in the area and grow their reputation of helping those in need. Aid has also been granted to assist institutions such as hospitals, rehab centers, orphanages, and half-way houses. The government values this work and presence, which is very important as it opens the doors for Bible classes and Christian counseling. Through this ministry, Christian literature is left in public schools, rehab centers, and other institutions.

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

Christmas Tree: The ornaments on the Christmas tree in the narthex were made by the Sunday school children in celebration of our Savior’s birth.

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)

December Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.) Jeff Flaten, Evan Nelson, David Paul, Kevin Zeltwanger

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

Today’s Greeters: Eyvonne Thielke

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

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