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?”
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.
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.”