This Week's Sermon

 

Preparation for this Week's Sermon (Second Sunday in Advent):

 

Biblical Text:

 Matthew 3:1-12, Read Online: https://bit.ly/2OPDSI5

 

Other Texts: 

Isaiah 11:1-10, Read Online: https://bit.ly/33ordB9

Romans 15:4-13, Read Online: https://bit.ly/2qH9lV1


Reflect After Reading:

By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord

 

“John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent’ (Matt. 3:1–2). His preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepared people for the coming of Christ into the world. St. John’s work was historically complete with the incarnate advent of Jesus, but his vital ministry continues in preaching Law and Gospel. The Son of God has come in the flesh, “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots” (Is. 11:1), and continues to bear the fruits of righteousness. His good tree of the cross is “a signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10), by which He calls the nations to repentance. “With the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips” (Is. 11:4), He slays the wicked and brings the dead to life, making sons of Abraham out of lifeless stones. So also the “root of Jesse” comes to us, “even he who arises to rule the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:12), that “we might have hope” and be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:4, 13).

 

 

 

Daily Devotions:

 

Lutheran Hour Ministries, Link: https://www.lhm.org/dailydevotions/default.asp

 

Special Announcements: 


 -          Reminder about inclement weather and church functions: Our policy for bad weather cancellations has been to cancel morning Bible studies, etc. when local schools close. Evening meetings and events will probably continue, as long as road crews are out and a storm is not intensifying. Sunday services, as well as Advent and Lent midweek services, are seldom cancelled. However, do not attempt to drive if your local conditions are poor and you are uncomfortable driving in the weather!


 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Sunday the 1st

10am Bible Study & Sunday School

10am Choir Practice

11am Worship

 

Tuesday the 3rd

9:30am Bible Study w/Pastor Joe

10:30am LWML Quilting

 

Wednesday the 4th

5pm Midweek Advent Service

Soup+Salad+Sandwich following

 

Thursday the 5th

7:30am Men's Bible Study

 

Sunday the 8th

10am Bible Study & Sunday School

10am Choir Practice

11am Worship-Children Christmas Program


Tuesday the 10th

10:30am LWML Quilting


Wednesday the 11th

5pm Midweek Advent Service

Soup+Salad+Sandwich following

 

Sunday the 15th

10am Bible Study & Sunday School

10am Choir Practice

11am Worship

Caroling at Nursing Homes & Assisted Living


Tuesday the 17th

9:30am Bible Study w/Pastor Joe

2pm Council Meets

 

Wednesday the 18th

Newsletter Due

5pm Midweek Advent Service

Soup+Salad+Sandwich following


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