Pre-Service Selections by Choir: “A Sequence Of Christmas Carols”
The Ringing of the Bell
Opening Anthem by the Choir: “Christmas Quodlibet”
Hymn – 55
Liturgy – Page 45 (front of hymnal)
Congregation Sings Psalm 72 (Page 93 – front of hymnal)
Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 9:1-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
Congregation – Luther’s Explanation To The 2nd Article (Opposite Page)
Choir: “Child of the Manger, Child of the Cross”
Hymn – 36
SERMON – Isaiah 9:1-7 – “A GREAT AND MIGHTY WONDER!”
Congregation Sings “We Praise You, O God” (Pages 48-49)
“Lord, Have Mercy” – Prayers – Lord’s Prayer (Page 50)
Hymn – 62
Prayer For Grace & Benediction (Pages 50-51)
Closing Hymn – 61
DR. MARTIN LUTHER’S EXPLANATION TO THE SECOND ARTICLE
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.
All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.
This is most certainly true.
CALL ACCEPTED – Miss Megan Lepke has accepted our Divine Call to serve as teacher of grades 1 & 2 starting in the next school year. May the Lord bless her labors among us.
ALTAR FLOWERS are placed in memory of Hans Linse and Donald Hesselberg by Carol Hesselberg.
CHRISTMAS CANDLE ARRANGEMENT is placed in memory of Clarence (“Andy”) Anderson by the family.
POINSETTIAS ARE ALSO PLACED
BY THE ST. PAUL’S LADIES AID and…
IN MEMORY of Alvin & Hilda Anderson by the Lawrence Anderson family
IN MEMORY of their parents by Greg & Barb Loomis
PASTOR & MRS. HEFTI will leave after Christmas Day Service to visit family and plan to return Wednesday evening. In case of emergency, call (608) 792-8356.
SIGN-UP SHEETS for washing communion cups and for fellowship servers are in the narthex. Flower chart for 2018 is downstairs.
REMAINING 2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES are on the back pew in the narthex.
LADIES AID CHRISTMAS FRIENDSHIP CHRISTMAS TREE is in the narthex.
ANNUAL VOTERS MEETING will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
CLASS OR NO CLASS?
No Sunday School December 31. Resumes Jan. 7
No Sunday Bible Study December 31 Resumes Jan. 7
No Midweek Bible Hour Dec. 26-27 & Jan. 2-3 Resumes Jan. 9
No Public School Confirmation December 27. Resumes Jan. 3 ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL NO school Dec 25-Jan 3 Resumes Jan. 4
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – GIVING IT A SECOND THOUGHT
Many of the children in our congregation are enrolled at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. Perhaps you have thought of enrolling your children in this “handmaiden” to the Christian home. St. Paul’s School includes 4K Preschool & Kindergarten through Grade 8. Give it a thought for the 2017-2018 school year. Fee assistance is available. Any of our teachers are happy to answer any of your questions. 486-2641.
ANNUAL VOTERS MEETING
The annual meeting of the voters will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. downstairs at the church. Elections for church offices will be held. Male communicant members 18 and over are encouraged to attend. Church Council & Finance Committee will meet immediately following to organize.