Today’s Theme – “B.C.” Advent Theme – “HIStory… the Coming of the Savior we Need.” Advent 1 – December 2, 2012 (Early Service)
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SNACK… please help yourself to some refreshments before and after the service.
WORSHIP CARDS… if you are a first-time guest, or if you didn’t get a chance to fill out a card on your last visit, please take a moment to fill out one of our guest cards, then place it in the offering plate after today’s sermon.
YOUR CHILDREN ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US… we have children’s coloring bulletins in the lobby on the table. For your convenience, please note we have changing tables in the handicapped stalls in both restrooms. We also have the Little Lambs Room off the lobby if you want some privacy with your child(ren).
Opening Prayer Pastor – O Lord, our Maker, Redeemer and Comforter, we are assembled in Your presence to hear Your holy Word. We ask You to open our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, so that through the preaching of Your Word we may be taught to repent of our sins, to believe on Jesus in life and in death, and to grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Confession and Absolution of Our Sins Pastor - Our Dear Lord invites us to come before Him and make confession of our sins. He has promised pardon and peace for all who repent and trust in His forgiveness. Trusting in His mercy, let us humbly confess our sins. I ask you in the presence of God who knows our hearts: Do you confess that you have sinned, and do you desire the Lord’s forgiveness? If so then answer: “I DO”
Do you believe that Jesus Christ has redeemed you from all your sins by His perfect life and His sacrificial death on the cross? If so then answer: â€œI DOâ€? Pastor - Upon your confession, by virtue of my office as a called servant of the Word, I announce to you the grace of God, and in the stead and by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you. Amen.
Prayer of the Day Pastor – Heavenly Father, we praise You for both Your promise and prophecy of our Savior. We thank You for the certain path through history whereby You chose a man, made him into a nation, propagated a people, and from that family designated a virgin to bring Your Son into this life – fully God and fully human. Most of all we bring glory to Your name that You sent a perfect Savior to rescue us imperfect people. Help us to properly praise His name. Amen.
Scripture Lesson Malachi 4:5-6 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
Luke 1:11-25 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of
Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.” 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
Confession of Faith – Apostles’ Creed (Song Version)
Sermon Matthew 1:1-17 - “B. C.” A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, 7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. 12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud, 15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.
Prayer & Lordâ€™s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gathering of the Thank-Offerings & Tithes The Blessing Closing Hymn (next page) Closing Prayer Pastor - Lord, we offer to You our heartfelt thanks that You have taught us what You would have us believe and do. Help us, O God, by Your Holy Spirit, for the sake of Jesus Christ, to keep Your Word in pure hearts, for through it our faith is strengthened, our lives renewed, and we are comforted in life and in death. Amen. ~ OUR MISSION ~ Bring them in! Lift them up! Send them out! ~ OUR VISION ~ Every Member in the Word! Every Member a Servant!
THANK YOU to those who helped serve us today... Music – Patti Greven Ushers – Richard Freund and Roger Rude Hospitality Helpers – Mickelson, Karow, Wren families
CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK… Today – 9:00 am - Worship Service 10:00 am – Social / Snack Time 10:10 am – Sunday School / Choir Practice 10:45 am – Worship Service 12:00 pm – Small Group Facilitators’ Meeting 6:00 pm – E.P.I.C. Youth Ministry Monday – 7:00 pm - Contemporary Worship Service Tuesday – 6:00 pm – Outreach Card Making Party 6:00 pm – Coordination Team Meeting Wednesday – 7:00 am – Men’s Foxhole Meeting 6:00 pm – Family Education Night (FEN) 6:00 pm – Benevolence and Fellowship Team Meeting at Rich Herbst’s home Thursday – 4:30 pm – Church in Use Saturday – 9:00 am – 12 pm - Christmas for Kids 12:00 – 5:00 pm – Church in Use Next Sunday – 8:45 am – Social / Snack time 9:00 am - Worship Service with Communion 10:00 am – Social / Snack Time 10:10 am – Sunday School / Choir Practice 10:45 am – Worship Service with Communion 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Church in Use 4:30 pm – E.P.I.C. Service Project and Taco Party Next Monday – 7:00 pm - Worship with Communion
WE GIVE SPECIAL THANKS TODAY… for God’s gracious gift of Holy Baptism for Elle Rae Poole and her adoption into God’s family today. Please be sure to congratulate the family and help us celebrate with cake after each service.
WINGS (WOMEN IN GODâ€™S SERVICE) OUTREACH CARD PROJECT THIS Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Women - join us for supper and a Christmas card making party! As an outreach project, we will make cards to invite friends, family and members of the community to join us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. All materials will be provided by church; just come and have a good time. Childcare is available. Please sign up in the church lobby on the bulletin board. For questions, please speak with Angie Perkins.
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS - THIS SATURDAY! Saturday, December 8 and 15, 9:00 am to noon Grand Finale Sunday, December 16, 4:00 pm Registration forms and sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the lobby. Please fill out a form for each child attending and leave it in the office. Also, see where your talents and gifts might best be used and sign up to lend a hand!
DECORATE THE CHURCH Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 pm Please come to help the confirmation students decorate the worship area, lobby and our very large tree! The evening begins with a supper provided by church and then on to decorating. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the lobby and join in the fun. Note: This is a change from the original schedule. The final FEN night will now take place on Wednesday, December 19.
You are invited to worship with us at Abiding Shepherd Lutheran Church, 406 W Cottage Grove Road, Cottage Grove, Wisconsin Sundays at 9 or 1...