WORTH THE WAIT
December 30, 2018
First Sunday after Christmas
Anna and Simeon are a faithful sort of odd-couple, whose earthly lives were extended so that they could see God’s promise of salvation fulfilled in Jesus’ birth. They challenge our impatience with God when things get tough. May the Holy Spirit grant us eyes of faith to see God working when it seems He is slow to answer our prayers.
GO MISSION EVENT—The January mission event will once again be serving families at Riley Hospital’s Ronald McDonald house. Help prepare and serve a taco lunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center.
CATECHISM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS—If you would like to learn what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess, join us for Catechism instruction with Pastor Lepley beginning January 6 in the sanctuary. All current and prospective members are welcome to attend this refresher course. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center to receive a study guide.
CHURCH UN-DECORATING—Join us on Sunday, January 6 at 12 p.m. to un-decorate the campus.
WINTER BREAK OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on New Year’s Day. Hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on 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.
TAX DEDUCTIONS—End of year charitable gifts may be deducted from your 2018 taxes until December 31. Donations to the church ensure that future generations receive the light of Christ.
*A donation to our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is tax deductible and receives a 50% tax credit on Indiana income taxes while providing scholarships to children who would not otherwise receive a Christian education. Contact the office with any questions.
Current school families and church members may begin our online re-enrollment process now! We offer a discount for those who complete their enrollment before March 23 – $125 enrollment fee. Beginning March 24, the enrollment fee increases to $150. The Kindergarten class is expected to be at capacity, so secure your child’s spot today! Open enrollment for the community begins on January 7.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, and Frances Wells. For all of our homebound members including Jim and Doreen Schneider. For those who mourn including the family and friends of Don Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
New Member/Catechism Class, Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m.
Church un-decorating, Jan. 6, 12 p.m.
Life Sunday, Jan. 20
GO Mission Event, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15
1 The 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.” 3 Then 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, 12 you 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. 13 Every 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. 14 And 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. 15 For 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.’
EPISTLE READING, Colossians 3:12-17
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing 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. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let 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. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 2:22-40
22 And 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”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now 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. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And 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, 28 he 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; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And 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.” 36 And 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, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And 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. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.