Friday, December 26, 2014

Anticipating Worship (December 28)

First Sunday after Christmas

Worship Focus:  We live for Christ who gives us salvation, peace, and joy.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 45:20-25
Psalm 111
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:25-40

Sermon Text:  Luke 2:36-38

Christ Has Come!
1.  We acknowledge it with Anna
2.  We announce it with Anna

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, in mercy you sent your one and only Son to take upon himself our human nature.  By his gracious coming, deliver us from the corruption of our sin and transform us into the likeness of his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2014











Come join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior!

 

Christmas Eve Service, Wednesday, December 24th, 6:30 pm

 

Christmas Day Service, Thursday,  December 25th, 9:30 am

 

Anticipating Worship (December 21)

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Worship Focus:  Jesus, the promised Son of David, rules an eternal kingdom.

Scripture Readings:
2 Samuel 7:8-16
Psalm 89
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Sermon Text:  2 Samuel 7:8-16

The Lord of Hosts Builds a House for David
1.  Through the Descendant who rescues for free
2.  Through the Descendant who rules for ever

Prayer of the Day:
Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.  Take away the burden of our sins and make us ready for the celebration of your birth, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

We will also be celebrating the Lord's Supper.

Happy Advent.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bess Rank Funeral

This past Saturday the Lord called Bess to his side in heaven.  Her Christian funeral will be on December 18 at Wulff Funeral Home, 2195 Woodland Dr., Woodbury.  Visitation begins at 10:00 AM with the service starting at 11:00 AM.

We pray that God would comfort the family with the reality of the resurrection.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Anticipating Worship (December 14)

Third Sunday in Advent

Worship Focus:  Sing praise to the coming Savior, the Light of the world.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 61:10,11
Psalm 71:22-24
John 1:6-9

Devotion:  John 1:6-9

Be an Advent Witness to the Light

Prayer of the Day:
Hear our prayers, Lord Jesus Christ, and come with the good news of your mighty deliverance.  Drive the darkness from our hearts and fill us with your light; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Worship note:  This Sunday is the choir song service.  We thank them in advance for their time in preparing the songs which bring us the good news of Jesus' birth.

Happy Advent.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Anticipating Worship (December 7)

Second Sunday in Advent

Worship Focus:  Prepare for Christ’s coming with serious and sincere repentance.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 40:6-11

Advent Preparation Includes Listening
1.  To our God's word
2.  About our God's way

Prayer of the Day:  Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for your only Son.  By his coming give us strength in our conflicts and shed light on our path through the darkness of this world; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

We will also be celebrating the Lord's Supper.

Happy Advent.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our SMART Board is Up and Running

Our new SMART presentation board was installed a few weeks ago, and is now fully operational. This special computer hardware functions like a touch-screen white board. It enables a teacher and/or students to electronically manipulate objects and to harness the power of the Internet in the front of the classroom. Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades get to remind Mr. Scharf how to run it nearly each day, as he integrates it in classes. Students will also be sharing their book report presentations on the board between now and Christmas break. Please stop in room 4 for a demonstration of the SMART board and its capabilities sometime after school or church.

This technology was made possible through the proceeds of our 2013-2014 Scholastic Book Fair; we thank all who purchased books last school year. We thank the "Saintly City Fifty-Sixers" for providing the integrated audio system and cabling. We also thank the St. John Trustees for their work in getting the hardware in place as well as for arranging some additional electrical wiring.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Advent Service Reminder

Tomorrow evening we gather in God's house to continue our Advent preparation.  The service time is 7:00 PM in the church.

As we await the Savior's birth at Christmas, we anticipate the arrival of God's gifts during Advent.

Before worship, we will enjoy food and fellowship in the basement.  Supper begins at 5:45 PM and runs until 6:45 PM.  Yarusso's Restaurant is supplying the spaghetti.  (A big thank you to them.)  The free will offering will go to the support of Merrick Food Shelf.

See you then.

Happy Advent.