Pre-Service Medley by Choir: “A Sequence Of Christmas Carols”
The Ringing of the Bell
Opening Anthem by the Choir: “On This Holy Night”
Hymn – 55
Liturgy – Page 45 (front of hymnal)
Congregation Sings Psalm 72 (Page 93 – front of hymnal)
Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 9:6-7; Titus 2:11-14; Matthew 1:18-25
Congregation – Luther’s Explanation To The 2nd Article (Opposite Page)
Choir: “A Joyful Christmas Carol”
Hymn – 68
SERMON – Matthew 1:21 –
“HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS”
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
Recessional Music: St. Paul’s Lutheran School Band Students
Kaitlyn Stratman, Joshua Stratman, Michael Lazzaretti
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.
ANNUAL VOTERS MEETING
The annual meeting of the voters will be held Sunday, January 18, 2015 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.
LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT
The Lenten season in 2015 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18. There will again be two opportunities to worship on each of the six Wednesdays of Lent – 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Please plan to join us!
HOSPITALIZED? Information privacy laws are increasingly tighter at the hospitals, so please inform the pastor promptly as to which hospital and what room number. (486-2754).
CLASS OR NO CLASS?
Various classes or no classes during the Christmas season:
No Sunday School December 28. Resumes Jan. 4
No Sunday Bible Study Dec. 28. Resumes Jan. 4
No Midweek Bible Hour Dec. 23-24 & Dec. 30-31 Resumes Jan. 6-7
No Public School Confirmation Dec. 24 & 31.. Resumes Jan. 7
ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL NO school Dec 24-Jan 5 Resumes Jan. 6
OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year 2015 are available in the church basement. If you have not yet picked up yours, please do so promptly.
ALTAR FLOWERS are placed in memory of Hans Linse by Don and Carol Hesselberg
CHRISTMAS FLOWER BASKET arrangement is placed today in memory of Clarence (“Andy”) Anderson by the family.
POINSETTIAS ARE ALSO PLACED
BY THE ST. PAUL’S LADIES AID
IN MEMORY of Sid Kopp & Helen Byzewski by Luella Kopp
IN MEMORY of Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Anderson by the Lawrence Anderson family.
IN MEMORY of Don & Shirley Klich by Greg and Barb Loomis & Family
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 2015-2016 school year. Fee assistance is available. Any of our teachers are happy to answer any of your questions. 486-2641.
A REMINDER ABOUT SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
It is assumed that parents who do not send their children to our Christian Elementary School will surely want to provide their children with this weekly opportunity to learn the ABC’s of Bible History and Doctrine. Sunday School attendance is required for those in Public School Confirmation Class. All children are invited to attend our Sunday School. Sunday School resumes January 4.
ADULT MEMBERSHIP CLASS If you or someone you know is interested in a course on the ABC’s of Bible teachings toward church membership, please call the pastor (486-2754).