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Weekly Announcements 12.08.17

PREPARING THE WAY

December 9-10, 2017

Second Sunday in Advent

Saint Mark begins his Gospel by quoting Isaiah‘s prophecy that God would send someone to prepare the way for the Lord. This someone was John the Baptist. He paved the way for God’s Son to usher in the baptism of the Holy Spirit! Jesus, the Anointed One was coming, and John was preparing people for His glorious appearance by preaching, “Repent!”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT SERVICES - Advent services continue on Wednesday, Dec. 13th at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:15 p.m. The OSLS Kindergarten-4th graders will be leading the 6:30 p.m. service. Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service schedules.

HYMN SING - Don’t forget our weekly hymn sing at the beginning of our Advent worship services. Each week we will sing 6-8 verses of hymns chosen by the congregation. Join us for this Advent service favorite!

CHOIR CHRISTMAS COOKIES -  In appreciation for the congregation’s support of the music ministry, the choir is providing cookies during fellowship time today. Any leftover cookies will be available to take home at the conclusion of the late services.

ALTAR FLOWERS - The Altar Guild is once again ordering poinsettias to beautify the sanctuary. There is a sign-up sheet by the Luther Room if you would like to place an order. They are $12 each and payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or envelope.

CIRCUIT VISIT - As a part of his duties as Circuit Visitor, Pastor Lepley is visiting the congregation at Living Christ in Plainfield today.

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. 26-28th and Jan. 2nd. Normal hours (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.) will resume on Jan. 3rd. Pastor Matt and Pastor Meeker will be on-call.

OFFERING ENVELOPES - 2018 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or let a staff person know if you would like to switch to electronic giving.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sara Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Jane Runge-Darlage, Al & Marian Schafer, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Elizabeth Tiemeier. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Marytha Clear. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ADVENT SERVICES, Wednesdays, December 13th & 20th at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

SWANS, Hendricks Symphony Outing, Dec. 17th, 3 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 40:1-11 

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

EPISTLE READING, 2 Peter 3:8-14 

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

 GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:1-8 

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Weekly Announcements 12.01.17

COME HELP US, O LORD

December 3, 2017

First Sunday in Advent

On this side of eternity, there are times in our lives when we cry out to the Lord for help. Sometimes we wish He would come down and deliver us from our trials. With the prophet Isaiah, we cry out in hope that Christ will come down to us, to save us and restore all of creation.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Many thanks to all who helped decorate the church for Advent and Christmas!

ADVENT SERVICES - Advent services begin on Wednesday, December 6th at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:15 p.m. Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

HYMN SING - Don’t forget our weekly hymn sing at the beginning of our Advent worship services. Each week we will sing 6-8 verses of hymns chosen by the congregation. Join us for this Advent service favorite!

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS - Pick up your devotional near the communication board in the narthex!  We have interactive booklets for children, an advent calendar for teens, and devotional booklets for adults. 

ALTAR FLOWERS - The Altar Guild is once again ordering poinsettias to beautify the sanctuary. There is a sign-up sheet by the Luther Room if you would like to order one. They are $12 each and payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or envelope. Thank you!

CHOIR COOKIE WALK -  In lieu of the cookie walk and in appreciation for the congregation’s support of the music ministry, the choir will be providing cookies during fellowship time on Sunday, December 10th. Any leftover cookies will be available to take home after the conclusion of the late services.

OSLS - The Kindergarten-4th graders will be serving OSLC by leading the 6:30 p.m. Advent worship service on December 13th.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Elmer Rosebrough, Al & Marian Schafer, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Thomas Kalberer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 SWANS, Hendricks Symphony Outing, Dec. 17th, 3 p.m.

 

 ADVENT SERVICES, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 13, 20th at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

 

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