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Weekly Announcements 12.15.17

THE CHILD IS HERE!

December 17, 2017

Third Sunday in Advent

How awesome, overwhelmed and glorious it must have been for Mary and Joseph to have the angel Gabriel tell them that she was pregnant with God’s Son! Even more, when Mary visited Elizabeth, who was also pregnant, her child leapt in her womb. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth exclaimed, “Why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT SERVICES - Wednesday Advent services conclude on Dec. 20th at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with HYMN SING at the beginning of each service, and a meal served at 5:15 p.m. Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve and Christmas schedules.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE - A team of volunteers is needed to serve a taco lunch for families at the Ronald McDonald House at Riley Hospital for Children on Sat., January 13th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please contact Karen Robertson, , to lend a hand.

RECYCLING PROGRAM - Thanks to Mrs. Lepley, the students in last year’s third grade class, and a $1,800 grant from the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District, the recycling program on campus has expanded from paper only to now include cardboard, metals, glass, and plastics. The new bin is located next to the paper bin in the rear parking lot and is available to all church and school families.

OSLS - 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 21st to vote on calling Amy along with a teacher candidate.

All are invited to join the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. This is a great opportunity to witness the foundation of our Early Childhood Program, our dedication to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Both teachers will be available to speak with following the program.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry F., Chris Hawk, Dominick P., Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Marie Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 45:18-25 

18 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other. 19 I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right. 20 “Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you survivors of the nations! They have no knowledge who carry about their wooden idols, and keep on praying to a god that cannot save. 21 Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. 22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ 24 “Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. 25 In the Lord all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 1:26-45

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary.28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of His father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

 

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.”

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