The Baptism of our Lord

The Baptism of Our Lord

January 13, 2019

Divine Service, Setting III

LSB p. 184

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering, where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print is spoken in unison where applicable.

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”                                 LSB 394

Confession & Absolution                                                          LSB 184

Service of the Word

Introit

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen, in whom my soul delights.

I will tell of the decree:

The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron

and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

be warned, O rulers of the earth.

Serve the LORD with fear,

and rejoice with trembling,

for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Blessèd are all who take refuge in him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen, in whom my soul delights.

Kyrie                                                                                         LSB 186

Gloria in Excelsis                                                                       LSB 187

Salutation and Collect of the Day                                              LSB 189

Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading                                                      Isaiah 43:1-7

1But now thus says the LORD,

he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.

and through the rivers, 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.

3For I am the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I give Egypt as your ransom,

Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

4Because you are precious in my eyes,

and honored, and I love you,

I give men in return for you,

peoples in exchange for your life.

5Fear not, for I am with you;

I will bring your offspring from the east,

and from the west I will gather you.

6I will say to the north, Give up,

and to the south, Do not withhold;

bring my sons from afar

and my daughters from the end of the earth,

7everyone who is called by my name,

whom I created for my glory,

whom I formed and made.”

Gradual

Praise the LORD, all nations!

Extol him, all peoples!

For great is his steadfast love toward us,

and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come into his courts!

Epistle Reading                                                                                     Romans 6:1-11

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia                                                                                      LSB 190

Holy Gospel                                                                        Luke 3:15-22

15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Apostles’ Creed                                                                         LSB 192

Hymn of the Day:  “To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord”                        LSB 406

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offertory                                                                                  LSB 192

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

Preface                                                                                     LSB 194

Sanctus                                                                                     LSB 195

Lord’s Prayer (spoken)                                                               LSB 196

The Words of Our Lord                                                              LSB 197

Pax Domini

Agnus Dei                                                                                 LSB 198

Distribution Hymns: T3, T14, T18, 805

Nunc Dimittis                                                                           LSB 199

Thanksgiving                                                                             LSB 200

Salutation and Benedicamus                                                      LSB 201

Benediction                                                                               LSB 202

Closing Hymn:  “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It”                                       LSB 594

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

The Epiphany of Our Lord

The Epiphany of Our Lord

January 6, 2019

Divine Service, Setting IV

LSB p. 203

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering, where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print spoken in unison where applicable.

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise“                                 LSB 394

Confession & Absolution                                                           LSB 203

Service of the Word

Introit

I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;

therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;

you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;

your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;

therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.

Kyrie                                                                                         LSB 204

Gloria in Excelsis                                                                                 

Salutation and Collect of the Day                                              LSB 205

O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading                                                      Isaiah 60:1–6

1Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the LORD will arise upon you,

and his glory will be seen upon you.

3And nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your rising.

4Lift up your eyes all around, and see;

they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from afar,

and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.

5Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and exult,

because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,

the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

6A multitude of camels shall cover you,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah;

all those from Sheba shall come.

They shall bring gold and frankincense,

and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.

Gradual

Praise the LORD, all nations!

Extol him, all peoples!

For great is his steadfast love toward us,

and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come into his courts!

Epistle Reading                                                             Ephesians 3:1–12

1For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

Alleluia                                                                                      LSB 205

Holy Gospel                                                                    Matthew 2:1-12

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired

of them where the Christ was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Nicene Creed                                                                             LSB 206

Hymn of the Day:  “The Star Proclaims the King Is Here“                          LSB 399

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

Preface                                                                                     LSB 208

Sanctus

Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                              LSB 209

Lord’s Prayer

The Words of Our Lord

Pax Domini

Agnus Dei                                                                                 LSB 210

Distribution Hymns: 397, 412, 370, 805

Nunc Dimittis                                                                           LSB 211

Post Communion Collect                                                           LSB 212

Benedicamus and Benediction

Closing Hymn:  “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright“                              LSB 395

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

Luther’s Small Catechism, 3rd & 4th Commandments


Luther’s Small Catechism

From 1526-1528, about ten years after the beginning of the Reformation and the posting of the 95 Theses, Luther and others visited churches throughout his area, called the Saxon Visitation. Luther found that both pastors and people alike lacked basic knowledge and understanding of many of the most foundational elements of this Christian faith, especially that of the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. To help these churches, Luther wrote the Small Catechism as a guide for pastors and people alike to learn the very most basic elements of the faith and what they mean.

Luther’s intention for the Small Catechism was that it would be taught to all people, not just the young, and would be taught “year after year.” As it includes the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith in six chief parts: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar, it is not something to be learned in our youth or at one time in our life and put down and left alone, but learned by heart so that it is continually on our heart, mind, and tongue. Much of this is included in Luther’s Preface to the Small Catechism as well as a very stern and harsh warning to those who would refuse to learn the catechism or who would not seek or desire the Sacrament at least four times a year.

In his preface, Luther also says, “Therefore, I beg you all for God’s sake, my dear sirs and brethren, who are pastors or preachers, to devote yourselves heartily to your office (1 Tim. 4:13). Have pity on the people who are entrusted to you (Acts 20:28) and help us teach the catechism to the people.” In an effort to fulfill Luther’s desperate plea, we will undertake to recite the whole Small Catechism every two years, focusing on different portions each month, in an effort to learn it by heart and always have it on our hearts, minds, and tongues.

The Third and Fourth Commandments

While the First and Second Commandments deal directly with our relationship to God, the Third and Fourth Commandments deal with our relationship to those things and people in our lives that God puts before us in His place.

The Third Commandment deals with our relationship with God’s Word as something we are to “hold sacred and gladly hear and learn.” God’s Word, the Bible, is not like any other book. It is an inspired book in which God speaks to us and reveals Himself and His will to us. His Word, along with His Sacraments, are the means, the way, God comes to us today. They stand in His place as His way of delivering the Gospel to us in a way that we can receive it for the assurance of our faith, eliminating doubt.

The Fourth Commandment deals with our relationship not just to our parents, but to all authorities. God gives us not only parents, but all authorities, including our government, for our good. They are to stand in the place of God as the greatest authority over us, protecting us and helping us to do God’s will, including preaching the Gospel. Since it is God who gives them this authority, we ought to treat and respect them the way we would treat and respect God, while also distinguishing where they are different and when we must obey God rather than men.

The Third Commandment

What is the Third Commandment?

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

The Fourth Commandment

What is the Fourth Commandment?

Honor your father and your mother.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.


The First Sunday after Christmas

The First Sunday after Christmas

December 30, 2018

Divine Service, Setting III

LSB p. 184

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering, where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print is spoken in unison where applicable.

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “Angels from the Realms of Glory”    LSB 367

Confession & Absolution    LSB 184

Service of the Word

Introit

The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!

His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

The LORD has made known his salvation;

he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.

He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Kyrie    LSB 186

Gloria in Excelsis    LSB 187

Salutation and Collect of the Day    LSB 189

O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading    Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15

1The LORD said to Moses, 2“Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.”

3Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the LORD brought you out from this place…

11“When the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your fathers, and shall give it to you, 12you shall set apart to the LORD all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the LORD’s. 13Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. 14And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

15For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’”

Gradual

To us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder.

And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things!

Epistle Reading    Colossians 3:12-17

12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Alleluia    LSB 190

Holy Gospel    Luke 2:22-40

22 When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,

according to your word;

30for my eyes have seen your salvation

31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

32a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and for glory to your people Israel.”33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

Apostles’ Creed    LSB 192

Hymn of the Day:  “Let All Together Praise Our God”    LSB 389

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offertory    LSB 192

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

Preface    LSB 194

Sanctus    LSB 195

Lord’s Prayer (spoken)    LSB 196

The Words of Our Lord     LSB 197

Pax Domini

Agnus Dei    LSB 198

Distribution Hymns: T15, Change the World (Insert) T31, 805

Nunc Dimittis    LSB 199

Thanksgiving    LSB 200

Salutation and Benedicamus    LSB 201

Benediction    LSB 202

Closing Hymn:  “God Loves Me Dearly”    LSB 392

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.


Christmas Day

Christmas Day

December 25, 2018

Divine Service, Setting III

LSB p. 184

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering, where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print is spoken in unison where applicable.

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”    LSB 358 stz.1-4

Confession & Absolution    LSB 184

Service of the Word

Introit

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!

His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

The LORD has made known his salvation;

he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.

He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Kyrie    LSB 186

Gloria in Excelsis    LSB 187

Salutation and Collect of the Day    LSB 189

Almighty God, grant that the birth of Your only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free from the bondage of sin; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading    Isaiah 52:7-10

7How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of him who brings good news,

who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,

who publishes salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;

together they sing for joy;

for eye to eye they see

the return of the LORD to Zion.

9Break forth together into singing,

you waste places of Jerusalem,

for the LORD has comforted his people;

he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10The LORD has bared his holy arm

before the eyes of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth shall see

the salvation of our God.

Gradual

To us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder.

And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things!

Epistle Reading    Hebrews 1:1-6

1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

5For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son,

today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be to him a father,

and he shall be to me a son”?

6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Alleluia    LSB 190

On Christmas Day, the Gospel is read from the center of the church, among the congregation, to symbolize that Christ, the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us.

Holy Gospel    John 1:1-14

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive

him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Nicene Creed    LSB 191

Hymn of the Day:  “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”    LSB 358 stz.5-10

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offertory    LSB 192

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

Preface    LSB 194

Sanctus    LSB 195

Lord’s Prayer (spoken)    LSB 196

The Words of Our Lord     LSB 197

Pax Domini

Agnus Dei    LSB 198

Distribution Hymns: 664, 656, 662, 805

Nunc Dimittis    LSB 199

Thanksgiving    LSB 200

Salutation and Benedicamus    LSB 201

Benediction    LSB 202

Closing Hymn:  “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”    LSB 358 stz.10-15

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.


Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2018

Service of Lessons and Carols

Candlelight Service

Opening Hymn:  “Once in Royal David’s City”    LSB 376

Lesson 1    Genesis 3:8-19

8And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 16To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Prayer

Hymn:  “Joy to the World”    LSB 387

Lesson 2    Genesis 22:15-18

15And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

Prayer

Hymn:  “O Come, All Ye Faithful”    LSB 379

Lesson 3    Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. 6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Prayer

Hymn:  “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”    LSB 384

Lesson 4    Isaiah 11:1-10

1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. 10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

Prayer

Hymn:  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”    LSB 359

Lesson 5    Luke 1:26-35, 38

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.  38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Prayer

Hymn:  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”    LSB 380

Lesson 6    Luke 2:1-7

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Prayer

Hymn:  “Away in a Manger”    LSB 364

Lesson 7    Luke 2:8-168And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is

pleased!” 15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

Prayer

Hymn:  “Angels We Have Heard on High”    LSB 368

Lesson 8    Matthew 2:1-12

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 7Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Prayer

Offering

Hymn:  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”    LSB 361

Lighting of candles Pastor brings the flame from the Paschal candle to the ushers. The ushers bring the flame to the congregation. Please tip ONLY unlit candles. Do NOT tip burning candles.

Lesson 9    John 1:1-14

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Hymn:  “Silent Night, Holy Night”    LSB 363

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.


The Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 23rd, 2018

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

Hope’s Calendar

Sunday, Dec 23            8:15 a.m.        Bible Class

                        8:30 a.m.        Sunday School

                        9:30 a.m.        Divine Service

Monday, Dec 24            7:00 p.m.        Christmas Eve

                                    Lessons & Carols

Tuesday, Dec 25            9:30 a.m.        Christmas Day

                                    Divine Service

Sunday, Dec 30            8:15 a.m.        Bible Class

                        8:30 a.m.        Sunday School

                        9:30 a.m.        Divine Service

Birthdays

Dec 29 Roy Young

Dec 29 Billie Whyers

Receiving the Lord’s Gifts Last Week
Divine Service 73 Communion 61

          Sunday School N/A Bible Class 5

Announcements

Bible Class We continue our Bible 101 class on both Sunday and Wednesday. Join us as we discuss Genesis 39 and Joseph’s rise and fall in Potiphar’s house.

Thank You to the Sunshine Circle and all who baked and helped with the cookie walk. It was a great success.

Thank You to all who helped with the lunch for Doris’ funeral.  Your work and support of the family is greatly appreciated.

Advent/Christmas Devotional Books are available in the narthex.  The Higher Things Reflections offer daily readings and devotions for everyday of Advent and Christmas.

Congregational Catechesis in an attempt to refresh our memories of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will be reciting portions of the Catechism every Sunday prior to service.  For more explanation, please read the Catechism insert or see Pastor’s December Anchor article.

A Simple Explanation books can be found in each pew.  The Christian faith (Luther’s Small Catechism) and the Divine Service are explained briefly and simply.  Please feel free to take these with you or grab a copy in the narthex.

Church Basement Ladies a Christmas Musical Comedy, will be held Nov. 8th – Jan. 6 at the Playhouse in Westport Plaza, St. Louis.  For more info, contact Joan or info is in office.

Higher Things youth have decided to go to Higher Things at Concordia University, Mequon, WI from July 16-19.  If any confirmed youth or confirmed member would like to go, please see Pastor for a registration sheet.  Registration sheets are due back before Jan. 1.

Season of the Church Challenge

Final Numbers

% of Members in Worship76% (0%)
# of Visitors in Worship39(↑0)
% of Members in Bible Class19%(↑ 0% )

*If you have any announcements that you would like printed in the bulletin, please contact Pastor or Trish.

Helping in the Lord’s House

Sunday, December 23rd

Music:    Trislers   

Ushers:   Rick Angel, Eric Trisler, Kris McGuire, Tim Van Hoveln   

Acolyte:  Emily Strubberg

Monday, December 24th

Music:     Jeanne Roth

Acolyte:   Carter Raines  

Tuesday, December 25th   

Music:     CDs

Sunday, December 30th

Music:      Trislers

Ushers:     Tim Van Hoveln, Travis Trisler

Acolyte:    Ella Roberts

Serving in December

Lead Elder:   Jim Sharich      Assisting Elder: Rick Whyers

Altar Guild:  Gary & Jan Kallal     Altar Guild Helper: Samantha Strubberg

                 Mary Ann Husmann

The Third Sunday in Advent

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering,where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print spoken in unison where applicable.

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “The Advent of Our King“                                                LSB 331

Confession & Absolution                                                          LSB 203

Service of the Word

Introit

Rejoice in the Lord always;

again I will say, Rejoice.

Blessèd is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the LORD his God,

who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them,

who keeps faith forever;

who executes justice for the oppressed,

who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.

The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Rejoice in the Lord always;

again I will say, Rejoice.

Kyrie                                                                                         LSB 204

Salutation and Collect of the Day                                             LSB 205

Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading                                             Zephaniah 3:14–20

14Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;

shout, O Israel!

Rejoice and exult with all your heart,

O daughter of Jerusalem!

15The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;

he has cleared away your enemies.

The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;

you shall never again fear evil.

16On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:

“Fear not, O Zion;

let not your hands grow weak.

17The LORD your God is in your midst,

a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing.

18I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,

so that you will no longer suffer reproach.

19Behold, at that time I will deal

with all your oppressors.

And I will save the lame

and gather the outcast,

and I will change their shame into praise

and renown in all the earth.

20At that time I will bring you in,

at the time when I gather you together;

for I will make you renowned and praised

among all the peoples of the earth,

when I restore your fortunes

before your eyes,” says the Lord.

Gradual

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.

Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.

Epistle Reading                                                             Philippians 4:4–7

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia                                                                                      LSB 205

Holy Gospel                                                                        Luke 7:18-28

18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord,saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist hassent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor

have good news preached to them. 23And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

24When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27This is he of whom it is written,

“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

who will prepare your way before you.’

28I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

Nicene Creed                                                                             LSB 206

Hymn of the Day:  “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates“                       LSB 341

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

Preface                                                                                     LSB 208

Sanctus

Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                             LSB 209

Lord’s Prayer

The Words of Our Lord

Pax Domini

Agnus Dei                                                                                 LSB 210

Distribution Hymns: 347, 352, 338, 805

Nunc Dimittis                                                                           LSB 211

Post Communion Collect                                                          LSB 212

Benedicamus and Benediction

Closing Hymn:  “Hark the Glad Sound“                                                       LSB 349

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible,English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Cross way Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

The Second Sunday in Advent

The Second Sunday in Advent

December 9, 2018

Divine Service, Setting I

LSB p. 151

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering, where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print spoken in unison where applicable.

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”                               LSB 334

Confession & Absolution                                                          LSB 151

Service of the Word

Introit

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!

O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

But my people did not listen to my voice;

Israel would not submit to me.

Oh, that my people would listen to me,

that Israel would walk in my ways!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

Kyrie                                                                                         LSB 152

Salutation and Collect of the Day                                             LSB 156

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading                                                                Malachi 3:1-7b

1“Behold, I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

5“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.

6“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them.

Gradual

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.

Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.

Epistle Reading                                                                           Philippians 1:2-11

2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6And I am sure of this, that them who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Alleluia                                                                                      LSB 156

Holy Gospel                                                                          Luke 3:1-20

1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being Tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip Tetrarchof the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias Tetrarch of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight.

5Every valley shall be filled,

and every mountain and hill shall be made low,

and the crooked shall become straight,

and the rough places shall become level ways,

6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

7He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

9Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10And the crowds asked him,“What then shall we do?” 11And he answered them,“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13And he said to them, “Collect no more than youare authorized to do.” 14Soldiers also asked him,“And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16John answered them all,saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn,but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19But Herod the Tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herodhad done, 20added this to them all,that he locked up John in prison.

Nicene Creed                                                                             LSB 158

Hymn of the Day:  “Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come”                 LSB 350

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offertory                                                                                   LSB 159

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

Preface                                                                                     LSB 160

Sanctus                                                                                     LSB 161

Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Words of Our Lord                                                             LSB 162

Proclamation of Christ

Lord’s Prayer

Pax Domini                                                                               LSB 163

Agnus Dei

Distribution Hymns: 343, 344, 345, 805

Thank the Lord                                                                         LSB 164

Post Communion Collect                                                          LSB 166

Benediction

Closing Hymn:  “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”                        LSB 341

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible,English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

The First Sunday in Advent

Hope Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

1009 North State Street, Jerseyville, IL 62052

(618) 498-3423 hopelutheran@gtec.com

Pastor Brett Simek

hopelutheranpastor@gtec.com (618) 410-9827

 

 

The First Sunday in Advent

December 2, 2018

Divine Service, Setting III

LSB p. 184

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering, where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print is spoken in unison where applicable.

 

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”                       LSB 336

Confession & Absolution                                                                      LSB 184

 

Service of the Word

Introit

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.

Who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?

Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD?

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

Blessèd are the people who know the festal shout,

who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,

who exult in your name all the day

and in your righteousness are exalted.

For our shield belongs to the LORD,

our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.

 

Kyrie                                                                                         LSB 186

 

Salutation and Collect of the Day                                             LSB 189

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading                                                       Jeremiah 33:14-16

14“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’”

 

 

 

 

Gradual

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.

Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.

 

Epistle Reading                                                                   1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

9What thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

11Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

Alleluia                                                                                      LSB 190

 

Holy Gospel                                                                           Luke 19:28-40

28When he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Apostles’ Creed                                                                        LSB 192

 

Hymn of the Day:  “Savior of the Nations, Come”                   LSB 332

 

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offertory                                                                                  LSB 192

Offering

 

Service of the Sacrament

Preface                                                                                     LSB 194

Sanctus                                                                                    LSB 195

Lord’s Prayer (spoken)                                                             LSB 196

The Words of Our Lord                                                           LSB 197

Pax Domini

Agnus Dei                                                                                LSB 198

 

Distribution Hymns: T16, Emmanuel, T17, 805

 

Nunc Dimittis                                                                           LSB 199

Thanksgiving                                                                            LSB 200

Salutation and Benedicamus                                                    LSB 201

Benediction                                                                               LSB 202

 

Closing Hymn:  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                       LSB 357

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Sunday, Dec 2              8:15 a.m.                      Bible Class

8:30 a.m.                      Sunday School

9:30 a.m.                      Divine Service

                                    11:00 a.m.                     Elders Meeting

                                    6:00 p.m.                      Youth Catechesis

 

Wednesday, Dec 5       9:30 a.m.                      Sunshine Circle

11:00 a.m.                    Bible Class

6:00 p.m.                      Advent Supper

7:00 p.m.                      Advent Vespers

 

 

Sunday, Dec 9              8:15 a.m.                      Bible Class

8:30 a.m.                      Sunday School

9:30 a.m.                      Divine Service

                                    11:00 a.m.                     Council Meeting

                                     6:00 p.m.                      Youth Catechesis

 

 

 

Birthdays

Dec 3 Sarah Mansfield

Dec 4 Karley Blasa

Dec 5 Ella Pointer

Dec 9 Bob Hall

Dec 9 Kurt Hall

 

Helping in the Lord’s House

Sunday, December 2nd

Music:        Trislers

Ushers:      Rick Angel, Jim Manns, Nathan Martin

Acolyte:     Emily Strubberg

 

Wednesday, December 5th

Music:        CDs

Acolyte:     Carter Raines

 

Sunday December 9th

Music:        CDs

Acolyte:     Ella Roberts

 

Serving in December

Lead Elder:   Jim Sharich            Assisting Elder: Rick Whyers

Altar Guild:  Gary & Jan Kallal   Altar Guild Helper: Samantha Strubberg

Mary Ann Husmann

 

Bible Class We continue our Bible 101 class on both Sunday and Wednesday. Join us as we discuss Genesis 37 and Joseph and his coat.

 

Catechesis continues Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. Please pray for our catechumens.

 

Advent/Christmas Devotional Books are available in the narthex.  The Higher Things Reflections offer daily readings and devotions for everyday of Advent and Christmas.

 

Congregational Catechesis in an attempt to refresh our memories of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will be reciting portions of the Catechism every Sunday prior to service.  For more explanation, please read the Catechism insert or see Pastor’s December Anchor article.

 

A Simple Explanation books can be found in each pew.  The Christian faith (Luther’s Small Catechism) and the Divine Service are explained briefly and simply.  Please feel free to take these with you or grab a copy in the narthex.

 

Thanksgiving Baskets Thank you to all of you who donated and helped to put the baskets together.  Those who received them are extremely grateful.

 

Church Basement Ladies a Christmas Musical Comedy, will be held Nov. 8th – Jan. 6 at the Playhouse in WestPort Plaza, St. Louis.  For more info, contact Joan or info is in office.

 

Thank You to all those who cooked, cleaned, and attended the lunch for Vera’s funeral.  Your work, love, and support of the family was outstanding.

 

Higher Things youth have decided to go to Higher Things at Concordia University, Mequon, WI from July 16-19.  If any confirmed youth or confirmed member would like to go, please see Pastor for a registration sheet.  Registration sheets are due back before Jan. 1.

 

Advent Midweek Services will be held on Dec. 5th, 12th, and 19th at 7:00 p.m.  The focus of these services will be the Ten Commandments.