Isaiah 40:1-11 – The Secret of Living Comfortably

Isaiah 40:1-11 – The Secret of Living Comfortably

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THE COMMON SERVICE
CONFESSION OF SINS
PRAYER OF THE DAY
THE NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                 2 Peter 3:8-14
The Gospel Lesson Mark 1:1-8
NICENE CREED
THE SERMON HYMN: # 11 (vs 1 & 4) “Comfort, Comfort All My People” 
THE SERMON TEXT                                                 Isaiah 40:1-11
OFFERING
THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
LORD’S PRAYER
THE SACRAMENT
DISTRIBUTION # 16 “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”
The Song of Simeon
The Closing Hymn: # 702

2021 Church envelopes are now available downstairs.  Please pick yours up as soon as possible.  If you are able, please deliver to those that are unable to attend church services due to COVID concerns. 

St. Paul’s Ladies Aid has provided two poinsettias for the altar this Christmas season.  Thank you.   If anyone is considering donating additional flowers this month and are having them delivered by a florist, please have them call 608-451-2110 to have someone to be available to unlock the church. 

Pastor Michael Weigand – called to St. Paul’s
At the call meeting on Monday, November 23, the congregation extended a Call to Pastor Weigand who serves at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac, WI to be our pastor. If you would like to speak to Pastor Weigand and tell him a little about St. Paul’s, you may call him at 920-266-6138 or email him at mweigand@fatihlutheranfdl.org.   Pastor Weigand, his wife Cindy,  and their children, Lucas and Jenna, need the prayers of the congregation as they struggle to determine how best to continue serving our Lord.

In Memory of Marcella Kastenschmidt, $65 has been given to the General Fund. 

In Memory of Vilas Lash, $45 has been given to the General Fund. 

Church Council Notes:  Olympic Builders is continuing to work on some items to conclude the school renovation.  New flooring is being installed at the parsonage.  

St. Paul’s Church Records Update:  Please take a moment to complete the form in the narthex to update our church records with current names, address, emails and cell phone numbers.  You may also do this electronically at www.stpaulsbangor.com and click on “Sign Up for our Newsletter”.

St. Paul’s Scrip Program – https://www.stpaulsbangor.com/scrip-program/
SCRIP refers to gift certificates or gift cards (great for holiday gift giving).  St. Paul’s is able to purchase gift cards from hundreds of retailers nationwide at a discount, which you can buy at face value.  The difference is our school’s profit. By purchasing these gift cards before you shop for your everyday items – like groceries, gas, restaurants – we raise money, without you having to spend a penny extra.  Also available on the “Raise Right” mobile app are e-gift cards that can be used instantly via your mobile phone. Questions:  Contact Janel Lochen at 608-386-4243. Deadline for December Scrip orders is December 10. 

Upcoming Worship Services:
Christmas Eve services will be at 4:30 and 6:00 m
Christmas Day worship is at 9:00 am
New Year’s Eve worship w/communion is at 7:00 pm 

Virtual Children’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Due to COVID restrictions and concerns for our children, our Christmas Eve service will look differently than in years past. The day school children will record their Christmas messages to the congregation earlier in the month and these recordings will be shown in the Christmas Eve worship services. The service will close with the dimming of the lights and worshipping by candlelight. Please invite your friends to join us for our Christmas worship services – what better time to share our hope in Christ than at Christmas? The theme for the Christmas Eve worship service will be: “A Changeless Christmas in a Changing World.”