ALL I HAVE IS YOURS
December 9, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
St. Paul worked tirelessly for the church. The legacy of his life’s work is half the books of the New Testament and a scattering of churches throughout the Mediterranean world. What are you working for? When we labor for others to know the riches of Christ’s love, we know that our life’s work will truly last.
ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—Save our church the cost of postage by picking up your pledge packet in the narthex today. Envelopes that are not spoken for will be mailed.
GO MISSIONS TEAM—“GO” caroling today after the late service! We will be visiting three area nursing homes to bring the good news of Jesus’ birth with joyful songs.
CHURCH DECORATING—Warm thanks to all who took the time to beautify our church for the Advent and Christmas season! Your help is greatly appreciated.
OFFERING ENVELOPES—2019 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form in the narthex to switch to electronic giving.
WINTER BREAK OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3. Normal hours (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.) will resume on Jan. 7. Pastors are on-call in case of emergency.
POINSETTIAS—Last chance to order poinsettias to enhance our worship spaces; donations will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 10. Donate one or more large red poinsettias, only $12 each. You may donate a plant “In Memory Of,” “In Honor Of,” or “To the Glory of God. Order forms and sign-ups are on bulletin board near Luther Room.
AVALANCHE SQUAD—The snow removal team still needs your help! This group of dedicated individuals saves the church thousands of dollars each year. Volunteers assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at if you are available to help.
ADVENT DEVOTIONS—The Coming of Our King Advent devotions are available on-line through Lutheran Hour Ministries. Visit their website or click the link in our weekly email.
OSLS— Join the 5th-8th grade students as they lead the midweek Advent worship services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, December 12.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Marian Schafer, Rev. Jeffrey Stone, Marc Sweeney, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Roger Thomas. For our newly baptized member, Cindy Cruz. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
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. 2 But 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. 3 He 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. 4 Then 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. 7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 1:2-12
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It 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. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 3:1-14
1 In 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 tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As 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. 5 Every 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, 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” 7 He 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? 8 Bear 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. 9 Even 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.” 10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers 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.”