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4210 S. Chambers Road Aurora, CO 80014 303.693.1162

Turn to a Merciful God December 4, 2016

HOLY LOVE LUTHERAN CHURCH 4210 South Chambers Road Aurora, CO 80014 (303) 693-1162 Pastor: Matthew Bolz-Weber

Sunday, December 4, 2016 The Second Sunday of Advent Prelude

The Advent Chorale


GATHERING Call To Worship

Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah

Advent Candle Lighting O Come, Emmanuel. Bring your light into the world. A reading from Luke, quoting the prophet Isaiah. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight … and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” In the beginning there was darkness. Into the darkness God spoke, saying “Let there be light” And there was Hope. light the first candle

Over time, we became anxious and dissatisfied. Greed, competition, restlessness, fighting, busy-ness, and noise filled the world. When agitation and conflict seemed overwhelming, God spoke, saying “Let there be light”. And there was Peace. We light this candle with confidence that God’s peace will endure. light the second candle

The light of Peace lifts our eyes and calls us forward through Advent. To a world of anxiety and chaos, it proclaims peace which passes all understanding. The second candle reminds us to be still and know peace. 2

The Lord be with you And also with you. Let us pray. O God, we wait for your salvation. Bless us this season, as we watch for Messiah. May the light of your Son banish the darkness of the world. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gathering Hymn 1

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.


O come, O Branch of Jesse, free your own from Satan's tyranny; from depths of hell your people save, and give them vict'ry o'er the grave. Refrain

Refrain Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.


O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heav'nly home; make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. Refrain


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.



Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. Loving Lord, When we have strayed, you have called us to come home to you. “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.� With all our hearts we return to you, and gratefully accept your gentle love, for the sake of the one whose spirit lives in us, Jesus Christ our loving savior. Amen.


WORD scripture readings are in the pew bibles and on the back of the bulletin

First Reading after the reading:

Joel 2:12-13, 28-29

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Children’s Sermon Gospel Acclamation Sing two times through


Matthew 3:1-12

before the reading:

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the third chapter: Glory to you, O Lord.

after the reading:

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.


Following the sermon, we pause for a few moments of silence, expecting that God’s Holy Spirit will continue to speak to us


Hymn of the Day

Blessed Be the God of Israel

Apostles' Creed

Let us together as one body, confess our faith in God. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



As we anticipate the fullness of the presence of Christ, we join with the church throughout the world, praying for all who are in need.

after each petition:

Let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

the prayers conclude:

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, those spoken aloud and those known only to you, and grant us peace through Jesus Christ, our coming Savior. Amen.


The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

The people greet one another with a sign of Christ’s peace, saying “Peace be with you” or similar words.

Sharing Of Life And Ministry

MEAL Offering

(8:30) Wake, Awake (11:00) His Name is Life

Offertory Response



Offertory Prayer

Let us pray. Savior of the nations, come. Make your home here in us. Feed us with your love, that our faith shine ever new and our lives reveal your light. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

Proper Preface

It is our duty and delight ‌ we praise your name and join their unending hymn:



Eucharistic Prayer

Blessed are you, O Lord our God... ...Do this for the remembrance of me. Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Holy God, through your Holy Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes again and we feast at his table. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

The Incarnate Christ is among us, and so with Christ we pray: 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.

Invitation to the Table

The Body and Blood of Christ. Behold who you are. Become what you receive. Thanks be to God.


Christ is the Host at this feast; All are welcome at the table of God's grace. The Chalice contains wine; red wine and white grape juice are provided in the trays. After you receive the bread, you may either dip (intinct) the bread in the chalice and receive the bread and wine together; or, you may eat the bread, and drink either from the chalice or from a small glass in the tray. Please let the server know if you require a gluten-free wafer.


Hymns During Communion

My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness


Come Now, O Prince of Peace


after all have returned to their places

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the gifts of His body and blood strengthen, keep, and unite us now and forever. Amen.

Prayer After Communion

Let us pray. God for whom we wait, you come to us in the broken bread and the cup we share. Make us ready always to welcome Christ into our hearts, and send us forth to be your people in the world, announcing your coming among us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SENDING Benediction May Christ, the Sun of righteousness, shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path. Almighty God, Father, ☊ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.


Sending Hymn

He Came Down


Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


(8:30) O come, O Come Emmanuel (11:00) Lord of My Heart



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If you are a guest this morning, WELCOME! Please sign the "Friendship Pad" as it is passed to you. As you join us in worship, our hope is that you will find renewed strength in God. If you would like to be added to the weekly e-mail list to find out what’s going on at Holy Love, e-mail Keely in the office -


Flowers this morning have been given by Gayle Rullo To celebrate Advent at Holy Love Hand-made dishcloths & kitchen towels available during fellowship hour today! Thanks to two very generous donations of yarn, Holy Love Knit Wits has made some dishcloths and kitchen towels which will be available during fellowship hour today. There is no cost for these items, however a free-will donation is appreciated. All proceeds will be used to buy food for the Holy Love food bank.

LFS Angel Tree Project All Angel Tree gifts must be back to the church today. If you have forgotten your gift, please contact me so we can make arrangements for me to pick up your gift. I will be delivering the gifts to Lutheran Family Services on Tuesday, December, 6th. Thank you, Marie Christianson 303-699-4890 or email at

Sunday School Classes During the Month of December we will be practicing for the Christmas Program during Education hour on Sundays. Children and youth are welcome to join us any week of December to help out with the Christmas Program. We will start traditional Sunday School Classes again in January.

December 18: Sunday School Christmas Program

Our Superhero friends have been told that a new Superhero is coming to take their job!!! God is sending down his Son to save us from the villain SIN! Now our Heroes have to go find this Son of God! Will our Hero’s find God’s Son? Will the Son take their jobs? Find out on December 18 th during Service! Actors, Actresses and Stage Crew: All participants in the Christmas Program please arrive at Holy Love Sunday Dec. 18 th @ 8am. We will need to make sure costumes are set and last minute details are put together! 13

Advent and Christmas Schedule Please note, the Holy Love office will be closed December 26 - January 2, 2017. Advent Wednesday Evening Prayer November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 6:00 pm

Christmas Day Worship December 25, 9:30 am (One Worship Service)

Lessons & Carols Saturday, December 17, 6:00 pm

Holy Love Office Closed 12/26 - 1/2/17

Children’s Christmas Program December 18, 9:30 am (One Worship Service) Christmas Eve Worship December 24, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 10pm

New Years Day Worship January 1, 9:30 am (One Worship Service) Beginning January 8, we will return to our regularly scheduled worship services at 8:30 and 11am.

Christmas Eve (and weekly) Worship Assistants Needed! Sign up to help in Worship! Go to the Holy Love’s website under Worship for a direct link. For questions or more information contact Jennifer, Keely or Debbie Anderson. Debbie’s contact information is 303.503.8475 or

Adult Education is done for the remainder of the year. Pr. Matthew will resume topics in January. Lessons & Carols 2016 This year the Chancel Choir will return to presenting the traditional service of Lessons & Carols and joining forces with the choir of The Church of The Transfiguration, Episcopal Church in Evergreen. Nathan Jones was the Music Director there prior to coming to Holy Love. Bob Coursen is now the Organist/Choir Master there and the two choirs will sing a service at Holy Love on Saturday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. and also at The Church of The Transfiguration on Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. Please come to Evergreen as well, it is beautiful! Address: 27640 CO-74, Evergreen, CO 80439 – about a quarter mile east of downtown Evergeen as you head toward Morrison on the south side of the highway. Music by Berger, Britten, Coursen, Handel, Jones, Mans, Rutter, Willcocks and more. Receptions will follow the services at both churches. Please come and share in this festive service!


Advent Cookies for Mid-Week Services We are looking for people to bring cookies after our Mid-week services. Here is the link for the sign-up genius. There is also a sign up on the kiosk in the Narthex.

Fellowship Treats on Christmas Day For those of you who will join us for worship on Christmas Day, we invite you to bring your left over desserts and goodies and share with the rest of us in the Fellowship Hall immediately following 9:30 service.

Theology Pub What: Where: When: Dates: Topic:

Pr. Matthew will lead a theology discussion with the group and their beverage and pizza of choice. Lubo’s Pizza 15352 E. Ida Dr. (Parker/Orchard) 3rd Thursdays of the Month from 6:00 - 7:30pm December 15 The Theotokos (The Theology of Mary, the Mother of our Lord)

Social Networking Want to hang out with some other folks from Holy Love in a relaxed setting? Want to chat with the Pastor about ... well, anything really? Want to sit in a friendly environment with good people? That, essentially, is "Social Networking" at Holy Love. Please join us:  December 31 from 10:00 - 11:30am at Cariño Coffee (20971 E Smoky Hill Rd)

Skyline Chorus Concert The 140-member SKYLINE Chorus of which Pam Engel is a member recently took the 4th place medal at International Competition! Now we look forward to our annual Christmas concert and would love to see you in the audience. Many well-loved Christmas songs will be sung by the chorus and some of our quartets and the Skyliners, a small group with which Pam also sings. The concert will be at the PACE theater center in Parker on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 p.m. and will last slightly over an hour. There is also a great silent auction with possible Christmas gifts available! Reserved seating with tickets from or 303-805-6800 are now available. See the Sounds of the Season blue flyer on the narthex board for details. Here's an idea: Get together a group for a great evening preparing yourself for Christmas.


Aurora CROP Walk Fundraiser Thank you Good morning Aurora CROP Hunger Walk Supporters I want to let you know that as of today, we have collected $11,745.96 for our hunger relief efforts during 2016. A special shout out to Jason Harvey with Holy Love Lutheran Church who has spent countless hours raising money for Church World Service/Aurora CROP Hunger Walk and on walk day turned in $2,077.03! The Aurora CROP Hunger Walk Committee humbly thanks each of every one of you for your support to benefit those who hunger. Together we ARE making a difference! May everyone have a blessed holiday and thank you for being a community who values our brothers and sister near and far! Peace...hugs...Kathi Moton Aurora CROP Hunger Walk Committee

Food Pantry Needs We have seen an increase in people accessing our food pantry, especially now that we have moved it into the coat closet where those who attend meetings at church in the evening can access it as they need it. Please consider donating non-perishable food items. Our greatest needs are protein sources, complete boxed meals (just add chicken or tuna), fruit, breakfast items, etc. Thanks.

Camp Registration is open

Camp registration is open for the summer starting November 1st!!!! Check out the schedules for Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp and Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp. Confirmation students (Middle school youth) are encouraged to sign up at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp for confirmation #1 June 25 – July 1. I look forward to a fun summer at camp!! Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp: Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp:

Middle School Youth Gathering

REFORMED: Remember it…. Re-live it…. Live it…. The Middle School youth Gathering is on January 13- 15, 2017. This fun filled weekend is $170 including all the fun, all meals, and hotel room for the weekend. Please return registration forms by December 11th. Contact Jennifer for forms or more information. 16

Save the Date for Holy Love’s 9Health Fair Friday, April 28th, 7am - 12noon Interested in helping plan? Talk to Keely

Prayer Chain The Holy Love Prayer Chain is under way. The prayer chain is essentially an email that will have the prayer additions over the last week. The amount of information provided may vary from person to person, based on individual circumstances. If you would like to join the prayer chain distribution list, please e-mail Keely at Going forward, as you add people to the prayer list, please inform Pr. Matthew or the office if there is information that you would like withheld from the prayer chain update.

Lutheran Family Services Thanksgiving Basket Thank you HUGE thank you to all of you – you helped make this our most successful Thanksgiving food bag drive in years! Because of your generosity, we were able to provide 329 full Thanksgiving bags to our clients (who include the elderly, birth moms, adoptive families, foster families, and refugees), as well as several bags of extra food. We also had 327 gift cards donated, which were given to our clients to help them buy any additional food they need for Thanksgiving. It’s hard to put into words how appreciated your kindness is – many of the wonderful people we serve would not be able to have a Thanksgiving meal without these bags. Knowing that so many people at so many different churches are thinking of them makes our clients feel so special. I had the opportunity the other day to deliver the bags to where most of our older adults were waiting to pick them up, and I got to see their faces as they watched myself and a couple co-workers bring in load after load of food bags. They couldn’t stop saying thank-you, and their gratefulness was so evident on their faces. So thank you – we are incredibly blessed to have partners like you all as we serve the most vulnerable in our city! Happy Thanksgiving, Blythe Scott and the rest of the staff at LFS

Holy Love Evangelical Lutheran Church is committed to proclaiming and living the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ as we gather for worship and study, and scatter for witness and service to our neighbors. 17

The Holy Love office is open Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 – 1:00. Jennifer Pulscher

Contact Information Church Office Phone – 303.693.1162

Faith Formation Director email – cell phone (call or text) – 719.660.4022

Pr. Matthew

Keely Teynor

email – cell phone (call or text) – 720.301.9411 facebook message –

Office Manager email –

Worship Assistants Sign up Online

Today’s Worship Assistants

You can sign up on our website under the “Worship” or “Youth and Family” tabs. If you have questions, or need help, please see Debbie Anderson, Jennifer Pulscher or contact Keely in the office.

If you are a guest this morning, WELCOME! Please sign the "Friendship Pad" as it is passed to you. As you join us in worship, our hope is that you will find renewed strength in God. If you would like to be added to the weekly e-mail list to find out what’s going on at Holy Love, e-mail Keely in the office


Pam Engel


Chimes (8:30)

Assisting Minister * Lector *

Beth Newsom


Rocky Grajek


Karen Mertz (8:30)


Steve Knuth, Bruce Smith, Rich Newman (8:30) Lindell Whitney (11:00)

Communion Assistants* Nursery Attendants

Sarah Bentz, Kristine Wallen Leigh Brazee (8:30)

Altar Guild Fellowship Hosts

Personnel Team

*Pr. Matthew will be looking for volunteers for the 11am Service for these worship assistant roles. Please feel free to volunteer if you would like.


Our thoughts and prayers are with:

Shirley Kutowy, Leta Olszewski, Rian Shawler (Jim and Colleen Wood’s great-granddaughter), Malaina Collins (Debbie and Charlie Anderson’s granddaughter), Julie Hansen, Kari Wynne (Beth Whitney's coworker's wife), Jeff Reale (Dave Anderson’s friend), Carol Collette (Kris Collette's mother), Caycie O’Brien (Gayle Newell’s sister), Rich Gust (brother of Vern Gust Jr.), Randall (Amber Liebchen’s stepson), Howard Erdmann (Lori Rieger’s father), Michael (Dorothea Madry’s friend), Marcia Monson, Kristina Sherwood and family (Nancy Billzard’s friend), Silas (Eric and Cindy Hermanson's grandson), Kim Stanecki (Vanteta Hankel's daughter), Butch Pofahl (Kim Toft's father), Jean Schleski, Jim Betker (Brenda Beggar's father), Luke Phelps (son of Dan and Leslie Phelps, former HLLC members), Alan Gaines (former HLLC member), Charleen (Michelle Kneipper's friend), Nancy Collins, Kathy Wallen, Richard Cheslack (Emelia Truett's dad), Jonathan Nelson (Sabrina Jones' friend), Becky Millett (Mary Unrein's friend), Darice Schaefer and Family (HL Preschool family), Bill Smith (Debi Young's friend's dad), Robert Waeltz (Lorie Eby's father), Gary and Michael Smith (family of Bruce, Val & Darlene Smith), Cameron Stupanski (friend of the Truett's, Harter's & Smith's), Jane Warner (Jolene Ebert's mom), Nell Beshirs (Debbie Anderson's aunt), Elliana Walsh & Family (Former Holy Love Preschool Family), Jennifer Coffman (Greg Watson's niece), Reyna Olson (Joy Knutsen's son-in-law's cousin), Caryl Young, Sandy Lahmann (Beth Newsom's friend), Bernice Wallace, Suzanne (Friend of Dorothea Madry), Zach and Sydney Brinkmann (Earl & Sue Weihe's great nephew and niece), Dewy Hertz

Pray for our Military: Jason Voss (Lorie Eby's nephew), Stephen Terell, Wyatt Stout, Heath Terrell, Trevor Toft, Matthew Lusher, Jason Anderson, Chase Pofahl, Tyler Pofahl, Lara Pitt, Alicia Phelps, Trevor Koch, Josh Moyer, Jesse Newell, Malaina Collins

Today at Holy Love Lutheran Church 8:30 & 11am 9:45am 10am 1:00 pm


This Week at Holy Love Lutheran Church



Thursday Friday Saturday

Celebration of Holy Communion Fellowship & Choir Rehearsal Sunday School Christmas Program Rehearsal Harvest Dream Korean Church

6:00 am 6:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 am 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 am

Cub Scouts and Praze Song NA Chimes Boy Scouts Property Team Juwon Mosaic Church Nar Anon & Advent Evening Prayer NA Chancel Choir Juwon Mosaic Church The Holy Knit Wits Men’s Breakfast at Village Inn NA Meeting Juwon Mosaic Church Family and Friends Language Class


December 4, 2016

The Second Sunday in Advent

Joel 2:12-13, 28-29

they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out.”


Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your hearts, with fasting, with weeping, and with sorrow; 13 tear your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, very patient, full of faithful love, and ready to forgive. 28 After that I will pour out my spirit upon everyone; your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. 29 In those days, I will also pour out my spirit on the male and female slaves. Matthew 3:1-12

Next Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 61:1-11 Matthew 11:2-11

3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said: The voice of one shouting in the wilderness, “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight.” 4

John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. 5

People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As Scripture quotations noted CEB are taken from the Common English Bible, copyright 2011. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2016 Clergy Stuff. Used with Permission. Find more at


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