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ADVENT 3                 Dec 17, 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………….. Hymnsoft

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: Hear our prayers, Lord Jesus Christ, and come with the good news of Your mighty deliverance. Drive the darkness from our hearts and fill us with Your light. Amen.

HYMNS: 2, 12, 14, 5/18, 21 vs 1-2

ORDER OF SERVICE: the Common Service p 15 ff

 

THE WORD

FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 61:1-3, 10, 11

Jesus, as He taught in the Nazareth synagogue, applied these verses to Himself. As our Savior, He proclaims the year of the Lord’s favor. He brings freedom and happiness to the Church and leads her back to a rightful priesthood in the new heavenly Zion.

PSALM OF THE DAY: Psalm 71 on page 92

Christ’s people suffer the consequences of sin, but their relationship with God gives them hope for the future.

SECOND LESSON: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Paul tells us how God wants us to live—joyfully, thankfully, prayerfully and spiritually—as we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

GOSPEL: John 1:6-8,19-28

When the crowds asked how he had the authority to baptize, John answered that his job was to point ahead to Jesus.

HE SERMON: Isaiah 61:1-3, 10-11

THEME: Put Christ Back into Christmas

ATTENDANCE AT THE LORD’S HOUSE 56

 

THE SCHEDULE

 

Today Christmas Caroling Lake Ridge (meet in foyer of nursing home) at 1 PM, 2:30 PM at Park View and 3:30 PM at Cottagewood. Bring some chili along for a chili dump to enjoy when we are done.

Monday 7 PM Church Council

Tuesday 6:30 PM Fishers Christmas Party for Jesus

Everyone in congregation is invited.

Wednesday 10 AM Chapel at Park View

6:00 PM Confirmation Class (bring treats)

Friday 6:30 PM Choir

Saturday 9-11 AM Christmas Practice

 

OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS

 

WISE PENNY has a paid part-time cashier position open. Call store for more details. Store will be closed from Dec 27-Jan 3 for cleaning, sorting, etc. Your help is needed. Through Dec 10th of this year, WP has contributed $161, 127 to West LHS, $42,836 to LIMA and $10,712 to Christian Life Ministries. The mortgage on the building was paid off earlier this year.

ART WORK NEEDED If you are interested in drawing something free hand or with computer graphics for our annual report cover, please talk to Pastor or Julie Gutknecht.

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are available in the narthex. Please pick yours up if you have not already done so.