Opening Hymn – 1st Service: Grades 5-8 – “His Name Is Wonderful”
2nd Service: 9
Liturgy – Page 15 (abbreviated Communion Liturgy – front of hymnal)
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9:1-7; Colossians 2:6-10; Luke 1:26-38
The Nicene Creed – Pages 18-19 (front of hymnal)
Hymn – 23
SERMON – Luke 1:26-38 – GOD IN THE FLESH
Offertory – Offering
Prayers – Lord’s Prayer
THE LORD’S SUPPER – Page 23 (front of hymnal)
Distribution Hymn – 310
Closing Prayer – Benediction (Pages 24-25)
Closing Hymn – 2
BIBLE TRANSLATION UPDATE – As many of you already know, the 1984 edition of the New International Version (NIV) which we have used for so many years is no longer available in retail stores such as Barnes & Noble, Walmart, etc. We do have a limited number of copies available for purchase through our school, especially for our confirmation students for the next couple of years. You may also call Northwestern Publishing House 1-800-662-6022. They have a few left in stock. Make sure you clarify that you are looking for the 1984 version. Please be advised that virtually any copy of the NIV that you purchase in a regular store will be the 2011 edition which contains significant changes. Our Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod has not yet decided whether we will use this NIV 2011 in our synod publications. Of course, the synod does not mandate what translation of the Bible individual congregations must use. But the synod must decide what version will be regularly used in its catechism, school materials, Bible study materials, etc. All the delegates at the District Conventions will weigh in this summer with a vote which should tell us what direction we plan to take. Look for further updates, but again, please note that we are not currently using the NIV 2011. Check the copyright date on any copy of the NIV which you may purchase in the future.
BAPTISM – Avyn Timothy Langrehr, son of Timothy & Sheryl Langrehr, is received into the kingdom of God’s grace by the washing of Holy Baptism in this morning’s second service.
ALTAR FLOWERS are placed today by Elmer & Virginia Horstman in thanks to God for their 65th wedding anniversary.
2012 OFFERING ENVELOPES are available downstairs. Please pick up yours promptly.
LADIES CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS TEA is THIS Thursday, 7:00 p.m. All ladies are welcome and may bring a guest other than members of our church.
IN GRATITUDE for the work of the St. Paul’s Ladies Aid, $50.00 has been donated to the piano fund.
COUNCIL & WIVES FILL CHRISTMAS BAGS on Wed. Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
ANNUAL VOTERS MEETING is Sun. Jan. 22, 1:00 pm.