ALL I HAVE IS YOURS
December 16, 2018
Third Sunday of Advent
During the Advent season we are reminded God has supplied every need of ours according to His love for us in Christ Jesus. For this we thank and praise God. One way we do this is by sharing gifts with others. What joy it is to give in light of God’s gift of Himself to us.
ALTAR FLOWERS—We now have two flower charts to donate Altar Flowers for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials; one chart for our traditional worship services, and one chart for our contemporary worship services. Sign up for your favorite date. The cost remains at $30 for two arrangements in either space.
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.
WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY—We will not have a Wednesday worship service on December 26. Weekly Wednesday worship services will resume on January 2 at 6:30 p.m.
ISRAEL TRIP 2019—Come to our first Bible study, meet prospective fellow pilgrims, and have your trip questions answered on Wednesday, December 19 at 7:15 p.m.
CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE—Join us for worship this Christmas season. We will follow our normal weekend worship schedule throughout the month of December. On Christmas Eve, our traditional services will be held at 3 & 7 p.m. with a candlelight service at 11 p.m. Our contemporary service will be held at 5 p.m. in the contemporary space. Christmas Day the traditional service will begin at 9 a.m.
OSLS— We need YOU to be an SGO donor! It is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Have questions? Talk to Mrs. Hedges for more information.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Trudy Gierke, Connie Hawk, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Arlen Levenhagen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Frances Wells, Judy Woolsey, and Stuart Zurcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Elmer Rosebrough. For all of our homebound members including Dennis & Shara Toole. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Zephaniah 3:14-20
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The 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. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. 17 The 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. 18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. 19 Behold, 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. 20 At 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.
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 4:10-20
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 7:18-28
18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,19 calling 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?” 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.22 And 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. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” 24 When 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? 25 What 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. 26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ 28 I 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.”