Welcome to a celebration of God’s grace and truth revealed in Jesus with Our Saviour Lutheran Church
November 25th, 2012
The readings this day are for
Christ the King VISITING US TODAY? We welcome you! Here is some information you may find helpful:
Our affiliation... Our Saviour is part of Lutheran Church-Canada.
Contributions... Our Saviour is funded by our member’s offerings, many by monthly direct deposit. We receive you as a guest, and see your presence as your gift. Of course, if you would like to support the work of Our Saviour, you are welcome to make a contribution. Guest envelopes are located in the pews if you wish to use them. We are glad to have children with us. For their extra active minds, there are special bulletins and colouring sheets available in the entrance and a nursery if little ones need a break. Headsets to aid hearing are available. Ask an usher, or talk to the person at the sound board. The ushers at the entrance are here to assist. Any questions, or needs, please ask. Thanks!
HOLY COMMUNION is part of today’s service. Please read the note on page 7 before communing.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90:1
CALL TO WORSHIP
He Is Exalted
He is exalted, the King is exalted on high. I will praise Him/ He is exalted, forever exalted, and I will praise His name. He is the Lord, forever His truth shall reign. Heaven and earth rejoice in His holy name. He is exalted, the King is exalted on high. 1995 StraightWay Music. Used by permission CCLI #355572
WELCOME … …. Pastor Craig OPENING SONG
All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name
WE GATHER IN FAITH IN CHRIST THE KING
(Hebrews 12:2,22-24) Pastor: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
C: In faith we come to Christ the King. P: In faith we come to the city of the living God, to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.
All: We come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. P: Abel’s blood cries out “Vengeance!,” but Jesus’ blood cries out “Forgiveness!”
C: All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Waiting for angry words to sear my soul, knowing I don't deserve another chance; suddenly the kindest words I've ever heard come flooding through my heart. Chorus:
It's your kindness that leads us to repentance, O Lord; knowing that you love us, no matter what we do makes us want to love you. It's your kindness that leads us to repentance, O Lord; knowing that you love us, no matter what we do makes us want to lo..ve you.. too.
No excuse, no one to blame, nowhere to hide; the eyes of God have found my failures, found my pain. He understands my weaknesses and knows my shame, but his heart never leaves me. Chorus: © 1985 Word Music. Used by permission CCLI#355572
PRAYER BEFORE HEARING GOD’S WORD Pastor: Let us pray.
All: Lord Jesus Christ, so govern our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of Your glorious return, we may persevere in both faith and holiness of living; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14 (ESV) “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
Revelation 1: 4b-8 (ESV) John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Sing a Joyful Song Unto the Lord
John 18: 33-37 (ESV) So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Have I got some good news for you! (?)
Philip .. preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ
God ___________________________ (that’s what God’s kingdom is) is good news.
The Good News Kingdom: Righteousness, peace, joy. (Rom 14:17) Freedom (Luke 4:17-21, John 8:31-32) Forgiveness (Matthew 18:15-35) Generosity (Matthew 20:1-15) Rewarding (Matthew 25:31-40) _____________________ (Luke 1:33) Most common expression. Sums it all up. _______________.
More Good News. ______________ is King of the Good News Kingdom. “My kingdom is not of this world.” – Jesus (John 18:36) Not the Good News Kingdom ____________________ the above. (Good News!) (wrongness, aloneness, bitterness, holding a grudge, just doing enough, taking, *_____, not caring) anything that _________________ can do for you. But .. more Good News .. “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Jesus Matthew 6:33 (for “these things” see 6:24-25,31)
How seek? Jesus makes very clear. Desire __________________. “The kingdom of God is in the midst* of you.” – Jesus (Luke 17:21) *Or within you, or within your grasp
CONFESSION OF FAITH
Pastor: Let us confess our faith in God.
ALL: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory, to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
You’re Worthy of My Praise I will worship, with all of my heart. I will praise You with all of my strength. I will seek You all of my days. I will follow. I will follow Your ways.
I will worship, with all of my heart. I will praise You All my strength. I will seek You all my days. I will follow. All Your ways.
I will give You all my worship. I will give You all my praise. You alone I long to worship. You alone are worthy of my praise. I will bow down. Hail You as King. I will serve You. Give You everything. I will lift up my eyes to Your throne. I will trust You. Trust You alone.
I will bow down. Hail You as King. I will serve You. Everything. I will lift up my eyes to Your throne. I will trust You. Trust You alone. Chorus x 2
© 1986 Maranatha Praise, Inc/Shade Tree. Used by permission CCLI 355572
WE PRAY AS JESUS HAS TAUGHT US TO I pray in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ together with all thy saints and Christians on earth as he has taught us: Our Father who art, etc., through the whole prayer, word for word. Then repeat one part or as much as you wish, perhaps the first petition: “Hallowed be thy name,” and say: “Yes, Lord God, dear Father, hallowed be thy name, both in us and throughout the whole world. … You should also know that I do not want you to recite all these words in your prayer. That would make it nothing but idle chatter and prattle, read word for word out of a book as were the rosaries by the laity and the prayers of the priests and monks. Rather do I want your heart to be stirred and guided concerning the thoughts which ought to be comprehended in the Lord’s Prayer. These thoughts may be expressed, if your heart is rightly warmed and inclined toward prayer, in many different ways and with more words or fewer. I do not bind myself to such words or syllables, but say my prayers in one fashion today, in another tomorrow, depending upon my mood and feeling. I stay however, as nearly as I can, with the same general thoughts and ideas. Martin Luther “A Simple Way to Pray” Luther’s Works Vol. 43, p.194-198 Pastor: Let us pray for the whole people of God and for all people according to their needs.
All: 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
Pastor: Let us pray as these words of Jesus teach us.
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name .. A word or phrase that describes God, may be said (e.g. love) P: Lord, in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer. All: Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven .. A word for phrase that describes what God wants, may be said (e.g. justice for the poor) P: Lord, in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer. All: Give us today our daily bread .. Names of individuals, communities, or nations, may be said .. P: Lord, in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer. All: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us .. Silence for reflection about how God has forgiven us, and those we need to forgive P: Lord, in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer. All: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil .. A word or phrase describing bad we donâ€™t want in our life, may be said (e.g. bitterness). P: Lord, in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer. P: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen
THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION Words of thanksgiving P: It is truly good, right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who after his resurrection appeared openly to all his disciples and in their sight was taken up to heaven that he might make us partakers of his divine nature. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he, blessed is he, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!
A NOTE ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION - please read before communing. We believe God desires all adult baptized Christians to come to His table to be strengthened in faith. - We also believe that in Holy Communion, Christ is present, body and blood, with the bread and wine. - We come confessing our sins, desiring to change, and desiring assurance of God’s forgiveness. - If this is your belief, we welcome you to receive Holy Communion here, at this, the Lord’s Table. - If you have gluten or wine allergies, before the service please ask Pastor or an elder about alternatives. Children and adults are also welcome to come for a blessing. Please show this by folding your hands.
Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray
From Heaven You Came
From heaven you came, helpless babe, entered our world, your glory veiled, not to be served but to serve, and give your life that we might live. Chorus: This is our God, the Servant King, he calls us now to follow him,
to bring our lives as a daily offering - of worship to - the Servant King. There in the garden of tears my heavy load He chose to bear; His heart with sorrow was torn, "Yet not my will but yours," He said. Chorus Come see his hands and his feet, the scars that speak of sacrifice, hands that flung stars into space - to cruel nails surrendered. Chorus: So let us learn how to serve - and in our lives enthrone him, each other's needs to prefer, for it is Christ we're serving. Chorus: © 1983 Make Way Music Used by permission CCLI #355572
To The King
Annie Herring & Matthew Ward
To the King who gave everything for me; whose body crucified high on Calvary’s tree; whose redemptive blood makes way for me; I now give everything. To the King who came in the form of a child - all powerful God; and yet, so mild, whose obedience shows the way for me, I humbly come to Thee. Chorus: To the King alone I will give my life. To the King I will sing both day and night.
To the Lamb of God who has paid the price, To the King alone – I will give my life. To the King, the one true royalty - though King, He has befriended me, but greater still He lives in me! I give Him everything. Chorus x2 To the King alone – I will give my life.
© 1996 Megin’s College Fund Music. Used by permission CCLI#355572
Post Communion Affirmation P: May the eating and drinking of Christ’s true body and blood strengthen and preserve you steadfast in the true faith to life everlasting.
P: Let us pray.
All: We give thanks to you, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore you that of your mercy you would strengthen us through the same in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Elder on Duty – Lorne Dyke Trustee this week – Dave Domes
BLESSED BY CHRIST THE KING
(Acts 8:12; Romans 14:17; John 14:6; Hebrews 12:28) Pastor: God bless you. God bless you with His Kingdom; the righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit that Jesus, God’s Christ, brings in his life and teachings and death and resurrection, now and forever.
C: Amen. And God bless you, in the same Way. All: We give thanks and rejoice in His kingdom, which cannot be shaken.
The Same Love
by Paul Baloche and Michael Rossback
You choose the humble and raise them high. You choose the weak and make them strong. You heal our brokenness inside and give us life. Chorus: The same love that set the captives free, the same love that opened eyes to see,
is calling us all by name. You are calling us all by name. The same God that spread the heavens wide, the same God that was crucified, is calling us all by name. You are calling us all by name. You take the faithless one aside, and speak the words, “You are mine.” You call the cynic and the proud, come to me now. (Chorus) Bridge: Oh…., oh…., oh…., oh….
You’re calling, You’re calling, You’re calling us to the cross. You’re calling, You’re calling, You’re calling us to the cross. (repeat Chorus and Bridge) © 2012 Intergrity’ worship Music / Leadworship songs / ASCAP All rights reserved CCLI # 355572
Bible translations used by permission of publishers. ESV- English Standard Version; MSG - The Message.
OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH Regular Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-12pm 795 Island Highway West, Parksville, B.C. V9P 1B9 www.oursaviourlutheranchurch.ca Office Secretary Adele Alpen 250-248-6644 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Craig Tufts 250-954-1943 email@example.com Youth Worker Jessica Pixner 250-248-7865 firstname.lastname@example.org BC Mission Boat Director Marcus Huff 250-248-5300 email@example.com
OSLC CALENDAR for November 25 – December 2 Tuesday Thursday Next Sunday
2:00 pm 7:00 pm 3:45 pm 7:00 pm
Prayer Circle (contact Susan Duncan (250)586-5119) Confirmation Choir Practice Men’s Bible Study
9:00 am Drop-in Bible Study 10:00 am Worship Service - first Sunday of Advent 11:15 am Nativity Practice … Finger Food Potluck followed by Congregational voters meeting
*** Did you know you can listen to Pastor’s sermons on our website or through Podcasts? *** OSLC News and Notes Care Home Service – those of you wishing to join Gary Carlson today at Arrowsmith, the service will be at 1:30pm. Congregational Voters Meeting – Please attend the meeting next Sunday, Dec. 2 following a “finger food” potluck lunch. All are encouraged to attend. We Remember Wall – this will be up till the end of the month, so please add names to the poppy and flowers as you feel led. We continue to remember those who have passed away, and those who have served in the many wars over the years. Advent Soup Suppers – once again this Advent season we will be having the Soup Suppers in the fellowship hall on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12, 19th at 5:45pm. The sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hall. Please sign up and join us. The Wednesday evening service will follow at 7:00 pm the theme this year is “What Child is This”. First Service – Son of Abraham. Ladies Advent Dinner Update: The signup sheet is full but there is seating available for anyone who still wishes to attend and bring a guest (s). Ladies if you have counted yourselves in the guest column, please let us know. We have places for 60 members and guests. If you haven’t signed up but would like to attend, please call Wendy at 250-586-0192 prior to Dec 6th. There will be a guest speaker who will speak after dinner; her theme will be Christmas and faith. We have arranged other entertainment including a pianist to play for the carol singing. Arrive by 5:30p.m. if you have an entrée that needs heating up - arrive at 5:30 anyway for the schmooza Palooza and other delights! Our Saviour Photo update – Adele and Gabi will be starting the photo shoot. Over the next month we will just approach you after the service during fellowship time. Please remember the following homebound members in prayer: Joe Bochek, Margaret McKinnon, Margaret Moore, Doreen Murrant, Ursula Pohl and Olaf Reynolds
Reduction in Church Extension Fund Rates (Effective December 1, 2012) Please note that effective December 1, 2012 rates will be changing. In keeping with our policy and in an effort to reduce the loan rate to our congregations, the Church Extension Fund has reduced the interest rates on savings, terms and RRSP/RRIF deposits. All products have been reduced by Âź% except for the Tax Free Savings Accounts. Please note that any existing terms will continue at their current rate until the completion of the term. We will be changing the frequency of our newsletters and will now be sending you shorter newsletters more frequently. Every couple months you will receive the Extension Echo, with information you can use to further Godâ€™s Kingdom through the programs & products of the Church Extension Fund. From the District Office via Carol Hagel, Congregational Rep, CEF
Service Teams Ministry We would also like to thank the following individuals from Team Matthew, who will be serving in the month of December 2012
Communion Setup & clean-up after Service Kitchen & refreshments Setting up Coffee On Saturday
X Grace Riedstra Mattea Koebernick Hilton & June Zutz
Hilton Zutz Tuppers Lila Mandziuk
Hilton & June Zutz
X Lila Mandziuk Grace Hilton & June Zutz
REQUIRED Hilton & June Zutz
REQUIRED Hilton & June Zutz