WELCOME TO WORSHIP
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we welcome you to St. Paul’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news of God’s forgiveness through Jesus.
PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR TODAY’S WORSHIP
Judge of all the earth, as I wait for Christ to return, as day after day passes, it can be easy to get distracted, to lose vigilance, to become spiritually drowsy. Come to my aid through your Word lest I should be found spiritually asleep when Christ returns. Today remind me that the time in between Christ’s first and second coming is a time for watchfulness. Keep me ready and excited to experience that Day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
CHIMES Thy Word
CHOIR Praise and Thanksgiving
DECLARATION OF GRACE
LORD, HAVE MERCY
GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH
PRAYER OF THE DAY
FIRST READING Isaiah 52:1–6
PSALM OF THE DAY Psalm 90D
SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Matthew 24:42
GOSPEL Matthew 25:1–13
HYMN OF THE DAY 633 Speak, O Lord
SERMON 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Wake Up!
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
HYMN 713 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light }
CLOSING HYMN 518 Christ Be My Leader
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
ST. PAUL’S APPAREL
Our webstore with Games People Play is live and ready for orders for St. Paul’s apparel. There are some new items to purchase for church and school. School parents, there’s a school field trip section for field trip apparel for your students. Please order by November 16 so we can have these items by Christmas. Thanks! https://gppsports.chipply.com/stpaulbangor23
MIDWEEK STUDY – THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Our first midweek Bible study this fall is on one of the most interesting books of Scripture: Revelation. Chapter by chapter the author cuts a pathway through each vision and prophecy of Revelation until he reaches the clearing where we behold a new heaven and a new earth. The 12 Lessons include: The Purpose, Outline and Interpretation of the Book; The Letters to the Seven Churches; God’s Rule of the World; The Seven Seals; God’s Judgment of the World; The Church Secure and Glorified; The Devil and His Helpers Appear; The Seven Bowls of Wrath; The Downfall of the Devil’s Allies; The Millennium; The New Heaven and the New Earth; and Review. Join us as we continue to dive into the imagery and meaning of Christ our Savior in the book of Revelation.
SNOW REMOVAL HELP
It is time to start thinking about snow again! We have a dedicated, but small group of gentlemen who keep our sidewalks clear of snow in the winter. These volunteers provide a great service and savings to the congregation. It would be very helpful to them if we could get three to five more volunteers. We have a schedule of two volunteers per day. If it happens to snow on your day, you remove the snow. The more volunteers we have, they have less days on the schedule. If you live near town and are retired or have a profession such that you are able to help out with this, please contact Dan Arndt. (608) 269-1200.
LUTHER FRUIT AND MORE SALE
This is the last Sunday for the annual Luther Music Fundraiser. See the order form in the narthex or order online at: lutherk12.revtrak.net/fruit-sale/#/list. Abbie Urbanek will be set up in the church basement to take orders.
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
St. Paul’s Ladies Aid will host an Advent by Candlelight, by women for women, for ladies of the congregation, female family members and friends on Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 pm in the church basement. The theme for the event is “The King Shall Come.” There is no charge for the event. This is a wonderful afternoon of Word, music, and fellowship to help prepare your hearts for the Advent season before the holidays get into full swing. Refreshments will be served. To help the committee plan, please sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway with your name(s) and number attending in your group.
PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS – CHRISTMAS EVE
Any 4K through 8th grade public school students in the congregation are invited to participate in the Christmas Eve evening services at St. Paul’s. Children’s services are at 4:30 and 6:00 pm that evening. Copies of the service for memorization will be placed in the narthex (on the shelf under the worship bulletins). A practice schedule will also be placed there after it is set. If your child is participating, please coordinate rides during the school day with the Bangor school office. If transportation is needed, please contact Pastor Groth.
St. Paul’s Thanksgiving worship service will once again be the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving at 7:00 pm. The service will include communion.
PIZZA RANCH SUPPER
The 5-8 Graders would like to invite you to supper at Pizza Ranch. On Tuesday December 5th 4pm – 9pm. 10 and younger kids will eat free with a paying adult. Hope to see you there.
OCTOBER VOTERS’ MEETING MINUTES
Copies of the October voters’ meeting minutes can be found in the narthex.
Copies of the November letter for the Central Africa Medical Mission can be found in the narthex.
LIVE NATIVITY SETUP
Setup for the Live Nativity at Riverside Park will continue on November 18th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Rotary provides lunch. Many hands make light work! Please come for any amount of time you can spare. Questions? Call George Italiano (608-317-0271)
LIVE NATIVITY SIGNUP
Start a new family tradition of sharing the good news of Christ’s birth by volunteering down at Riverside Park. Many people are needed to staff the diorama each of the following evenings: November 24, 25, 26, and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 25. Pick a night or two and come down for any amount of time you can spare. (Friday/Saturdays 5-10pm…Sundays 5-9pm) Sign up using one of the following ways: 1) Under the event on the Live Nativity Riverside- Diorama Facebook page; 2) Text/call Maria Johnson 608-397-4810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; 3) Scan the QR code to get to the signup link.
TODAY 8:00 am Worship
9:10 am Sunday School
9:15 am Bible Study
10:00 am Worship
MONDAY 7:00 pm Choir Practice
TUESDAY 10:00 am Mornings with Mommy
7:00 pm Bible Study
WEDNESDAY 9:00 am Bible Study (same as Tues.)
3:30 pm Public School Catechism Class
NEXT SUNDAY 8:00 am Worship with Communion
9:10 am Sunday School
9:15 am Bible Study
10:00 am Worship with Communion