December 6, 2020
John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord, which was “the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”! How did John do this? Even more, how do we the Church prepare the way of the Lord today?
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 40:1-11
1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 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. 3 A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 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. 5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 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. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. 9 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
8 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. 9 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
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 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. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 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. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
ADVENT DEVOTIONS—are at the Communications Center.
ANGELTREE—Share Christ’s love to someone in need from our church, school, or community by adopting an angel. Each angel on the tree lists a gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date.
Church decorating—Many hands make the job easier and fun. Please join us this Friday at 6pm for indoor decorating and Saturday at 10am for outdoor lighting placement. Refreshments will be provided. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.
ALL SAINTS’ FEST Paddle Call Results—Our school students thank you for showing God's Goodness through your donations totaling $17,485, which exceeds our $15,000 goal! Even more students will now be blessed in hearing our Savior's good news at Our Shepherd.
POINSETTIA ORDERS— Help the Altar Guild beautify our worship spaces for Christmas. Order forms and envelopes are by the Luther Room. Poinsettias are $12 each. December 13 is the deadline for ordering.
Prayer Garden Update—The granite Luther seal has been installed in the center of the brick paver cross. Thank you to all who contributed to the prayer garden with donations, brick orders, and perennials.
Reverse Advent Box—Assist the Food Pantry in stocking the shelves for January and February by picking up a “Reverse Advent Box” from the narthex. Please return filled boxes to the church on Christmas Eve. There are also printed lists available if you desire to use your own box.
OSLS—It is good to GIVE and RECEIVE! By giving a donation to the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization, you give the gift of education that children right here at Our Shepherd Lutheran School benefit from. You also receive a 50% tax credit for the fiscal year of 2020! Please reach out to Principal Amy Hedges at
or visit lutheransgo.org for directions on how to give the gift that will last a lifetime.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Shirley Abbott, Sarah Ardoin, Bill Barron, Sara Bartleson, Pastor Bereuter, Elijah and Katie Bretscher, Cheryl Cassidy, JoAnne Harrison, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Christine Mueller, Ron Peters, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Joe Sisk, Paula Stiles, and Tom Weaver. For all who mourn especially the family of Ada Olack, and Arline Robinson. For our active military, including Corey Cook, Jr., Dominick Greci, Katelyn Harvey, Lucas Peck, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.