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ADVENT 1                 Dec 3, 2017

Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church

Wisconsin Synod

Pastor Stephen Smith…682-1878    Sunday Service…9:30 a.m.

Church Telephone…682-4573    Sunday School…10:30 a.m.

Organists……………Mrs. Karen Davis

WELCOME, VISITORS: We are glad you could be with us and we welcome you back any time. Please sign our guest register in the narthex/entry.

PRAYER: Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come.

Protect us by Your strength and save us from the threatening dangers of our sins. Amen.

HYMNS: 8, 2, 704, (harp music during Communion) 1 vs 1&6

ORDER OF SERVICE: the Common Service, p 15ff

 

THE WORD

FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 63:16b,17;64:1-8

Isaiah cries to the Lord to come to His wayward people and restore His place as their God and redeemer.

PSALM OF THE DAY: Psalm 24 on page 42(s)

The Lord Almighty enters into Zion, and those whose sins have been washed away join together in celebration of His coming.

SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Paul encourages us with the promise that God will keep us in His grace as we “wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” Jesus will “be revealed” on the Last Day, when He returns in glory.

GOSPEL: Mark 13:32-37

Jesus urges His followers to “be on guard” and to “be alert.” No one knows when the day of judgment will take place.

HE SERMON: Mark 13:32-37

THEME: How Are Your Christmas Preparations Coming?

ATTENDANCE AT THE LORD’S HOUSE 57

THANKSGIVING 73

 

THE SCHEDULE

 

Wednesday 6:00 PM Confirmation Class

Friday Immanuel Volunteer Day at Wise Penny

7:00 PM Choir

Saturday 9-11 AM Christmas Practice

 

OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Immanuel Congregational Christ-mas Party will be next Sunday, beginning at 11:45 AM pot-luck fol-lowed by games and Christmas Carols. Please bring a small gift under $5 for bingo game and cookies and treats for bags for shut-ins. Christmas Caroling/chili dump is scheduled for Dec 17th.

THANKS to Mrs. Elaine Stindt for beautifying our worship today with harp music. She belongs to a WELS church in Maple Grove.

FOR THE LORD’S WORK AT HOME Nov 19 General $905, B/I $100, Organ Fund $450 Total Matching Contributions of $5000 for Organ fund has been met. “Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty …“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” God through Malachi (Malachi 3:7,10)

MEDITATIONS for the new quarter are available in the narthex. The one-page devotions combine “Luther’s Catechism and personal devotions.” Reading one every day can only encourage our faith.

THANKS to Ray Schmidt for making and donating a table cart for use in the basement.

LWMS Befriend a Missionary Program information for our Hannah Circuit is on poster board in narthex. Our months are Feb and Aug.