THE NEWSLETTER THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
From the Pastor
December + In the Year of Our Lord + 2011
In this issue of our Newsletter, as in all previous issues, you will find the pericopes for the upcoming Sunday’s during the month of December. These are the lessons appointed to be read on those days in God’s house for His people to hear. I hope you take advantage of these listings and read and prepare yourselves for worship, along with looking at the hymns we will be singing. There is another appointed reading that we do not currently use at The Good Shepherd – that is the Psalm appointed for each Sunday. (We are given an option of using either the Gradual or the Psalm and at this time we opt for the Gradual.) For this month’s Newsletter I wanted to draw your attention to the Psalms appointed for each Sunday in Advent, beginning with November 27 and carrying through to December 25, the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord. These Psalms truly reflect the tone of thanksgiving and joy as we approach the celebration of our Lord’s first Advent, but also the anticipation of His glorious second coming. I offer to you the Psalms of Advent and Christmas Day.
Appointed for November 27, 2011 – Psalm 80:1-7 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned up on the cherubim, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us! 3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure. 6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Appointed for December 4, 2011 – Psalm 85:1-13 1 Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah 3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. 4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. 8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. 10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. 12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way. (continued on page 4)
Inside this issue: PERICOPES AND HYMNS
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVE
December 2011 This Month’s Pericopes and Hymns Please use the following readings and hymns during the week to prepare yourself for worship December 4—Second Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 725—Children of the Heavenly Father 344—On Jordan’s Bank 331—The Advent of Our King
December 11—Third Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 349—Hark the Glad Sound 345—Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding 354—Arise, O Christian People
December 18—Fourth Sunday in Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 549—All Hail the Pow’r of Jesus’ Name 357—O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 356—The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
December 25—The Nativity of Our Lord
Isaiah 52:7-10 Hebrews 1:1-12 John 1:1-18 332—Savior of the Nations, Come 382—We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth 367—Angels From the Realms of Glory 2
Midweek Advent Services During Advent we will have midweek services at 7:00 pm Our sermon series this year will be "A Royal Wedding" December 7 - "The Betrothal" December 14 - "The Preparation" December 21 - "The Feast"
lessons & carols
Because we will have midweek Advent services, there will be no Wednesday night Bible Class nor Hymn Sing during Advent. Watch this space and the weekly bulletin for the 2012 schedule.
christmas eve 3:40 pm (prelude) - 4 pm service december 24
the good shepherd lutheran inglewood we invite all our members, their families and friends to come and enjoy the message and the music of Christmas.
December 2011 (continued from page 1) Appointed for December 11, 2011 – Psalm 126:1-6 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”3 The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. 4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb! 5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! 6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Appointed for December 18, 2011 – Psalm 89:1-5 1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. 2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” 3 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: 4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’ ” Selah 5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! Appointed for December 25, 2011 – Psalm 2:1-12 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. My prayer is that as you read through these psalms you were touched by several things, but most of all I hope that what was evident throughout was that our God was and is a God of promise and hope. Generations have turned to Him seeking comfort, peace, love, grace, and mercy….and God gave and God continues to give. His mercy endureth forever. In these days of Advent we give thanks to the One True God for all He has done for us and we fervently pray, “Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.”
The Peace of the season be with you all.
Pastor von Hindenburg 4
Table Talk with Pastor von Hindenburg “Inquiring minds want to know.” Have you ever wanted to ask a question about what’s going on in your Church? Here’s your opportunity. After service on January 8, 2012 The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host an informal luncheon where members of the congregation can ask questions of its Pastor, its Elders, and its Church Council about how decisions are made and “why we do the things we do.” The questions can be related to any topic on your mind regarding budget items, worship, music, doctrine, etc. Are there any rules? Yes. I. We would ask that anyone having a question, if at all possible, to submit those questions IN WRITING prior to the event. There will be a box located in the Narthex where questions can be deposited up to a week prior to the event. This will allow for two things: 1) anonymity of the individual asking the question, and 2) time to prepare (provided documentation, etc.) so as to have viable and concise answers to the questions. II. This does not preclude questions being asked from the floor, but those written questions will have priority. There will be a sign-up sheet also located in the Narthex. If you are interested in attending, please take the time to sign-up so we can plan for the number of people in attendance. You may not have a question….but you might want to hear the answers. This is intended to be a fun, enriching, opportunity for all members of TGSLC – a time for socializing and a time for informative learning. We encourage you to take part.
2012 Offering Envelopes are in the Narthex. Each box is identified by a sticker with your name on it. Please be sure to pick yours up.
Remember in Prayer Birthdays 8 Marian Shorte 21 Claudio Miller 21 Erika Martinez 22 Karina Lindsey 23 Jonathan Thomas 30 Wilma Dierker
Those at Home Art Dawson - 949-493-5385 Marjorie Haener— 310-891-3348 Jeanette Hedrick— 310-675-5198 Ken Lange— 310-324-2160 Jean Peterson— 310-670-2859 Evelyn Sibbing— 310-973-7590 Adena Yeates—310-643-6546
A birthday prayer when you remember your fellow congregants: Watch over your child, ___, O Lord, as his/her days increase; bless and guide him/her, wherevers/he may be. Strengthen him/her when s/he stands; comfort him/her when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him/her up if s/he falls. Lead him/her always to the Cross, where forgiveness may be found, and the peace which passes all understanding abide all the days of his/her life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
For the homebound: Gracious Father, You have assured us that we shall receive strength for every day of our lives. Grant Your servant ____, who is homebound, both the desire and will to spend his/her days as an obedient child, trusting in your goodness and remembering with thankfulness Your mercies, which are new every morning; though Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen. 6
Nativity 8:30 am Bible Class 10 am Divine Service
25 The Feast of the
21 7 pm Advent Service
8:30 am Bible Class 10 am Divine Service
4:30 Parish Decorating 10:30 am Elders Meeting
7 pm Advent service
8:30 am Bible Class 10 am Divine Service
7 7 pm Advent Service
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Council and Committee Members +
President—Norm Morton Vice President—Franklin Tilley Secretary—Mary Flett Treasurer—Clinton Galloway Financial Secretary—Dick Huhn Board of Elders—Leon Tarr, Chair; Franklin
Altar Guild—Gayle Tarr, Chair LWML—Royce Morton, Gayle Tarr, CoPresidents
Ushers—Norm Morton, Chair Future Needs—Susie Fritts, Royce Morton, Gayle Tarr
Tilley; Jim Weishaar
Special Services—Mary Flett, Karina Lind-
Board of Trustees—Jim Weishaar, Chair;
Board of Evangelism—Karina Lindsey, Chair; Royce Morton
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