SALVATION FOR ALL PEOPLE
December 23-24, 2017
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Mary and Joseph were in for a surprise at the Temple. As they entered to present their firstborn to the Lord,, Jesus, was embraced by an old sage named Simeon. Led by the Holy Spirit, he gave thanks to God for letting him see the salvation of all people. Mary and Joseph marveled at this. The Christ had come, and He was their son!
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income taxes while providing scholarships to children who
would not otherwise receive a Christian education.
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ISRAEL TRIP - Please pray Godspeed for 17 pilgrims from OS traveling to the Holy Land. May the Holy Spirit open their hearts and minds to the depth of God’s love during their journey.
CONGREGATIONAL CALL MEETING - After an extensive search and prayerful consideration, the Call Committee has decided to recommend that Amy Hedges be called for the Principal position for Our Shepherd Lutheran School. A Congregational Voters' Meeting will be held on January 21 to vote on calling Amy, a teacher candidate, and forming a DCE Call Committee.
ENROLLMENT BEGINS JANUARY 1 - Current school families may begin our online re-enrollment process beginning on January 1, 2018! Church families may begin enrolling on January 22, and community enrollment begins February 1. We offer a discount for those who complete their enrollment early: Jan 1-Mar 23 – $100 Enrollment Fee. March 24 and after – $150 Enrollment Fee.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry F., Chris Hawk, Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Jim & Doreen Schneider. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Christmas Eve Services, Dec. 24, 3, 5, 7, 11 p.m.
Christmas Day Service, Dec. 25, 9 a.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Psalm 89:1-5
1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. 2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” 3 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: 4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” 5 Let the heavens praise our wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
EPISTLE READING, Romans 16:25-27
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
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 Lord23 (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 salvation31 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.