Bulletin

12/16/2018

As we prepare for the Lord’s coming, how do we know when He has arrived? John the Baptist asked a similar question of Jesus. Jesus points us to the answer. God’s rule and reign is seen in the restoration of His people and His kingdom. The blind receive their sight. The lame walk. The deaf hear. The lepers are cleansed. The poor receive the Gospel preached to them. When we see the reign and rule of God occurring, the King must be there, ushering in His kingdom. So we rejoice that Jesus is the one we have waited for, and He is among us.

 

Children Activity Bags We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit TV to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station on a small rack. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.

 

Holy Communion The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused, and that participation in the Lord’s Supper is an act of confession of faith, we ordinarily commune those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. If you have a question, please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing.

The Only Right Way  “If you do not want to go wrong or be lost, then believe Scripture, which testifies that all men are sinners and that no man living is just in the sight of God. To become just they will have to become so through Christ, the Blessed Seed, who was promised to Adam, Abraham and the others as He who should crush the serpent’s head and redeem the whole world from the curse. This He has done. He has taken the sin of the whole world upon Himself. Has become a curse for us, and in this way has redeemed from the curse all who believe on Him. Such knowledge and faith make a joyous heart which can say with certainty and assurance: I am no longer conscious of any sins, for all of them lie on the shoulders of Christ, and they surely cannot lie on Him and on us at the same time.” What Luther Says # 4014

Advent 3

December 16, 2018

 

Welcome and Hand of Friendship

 

 Opening Hymn                    Come Thou Long Expected Jesus                                      LSB 338

 

Invocation, Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness    

 

P:   We gather in the name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God,

C:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

P: Alleluia! Christ is coming soon!

C:   He is coming soon indeed! Alleluia!

 

P:   Rejoice in the Lord always!

C:   For He will rejoice over us with gladness.

 

P:   Again, I say, rejoice!

C:   He will quiet us with His love.

 

P:   Steadfast love and faithfulness meet.

C:   Righteousness and peace kiss each other.

 

P:   In Christ, the blind receive their sight, the lame walk,

C:   the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear.

 

P:   In Christ, the dead are raised up,

C:   and the poor have the good news preached to them.

 

P:   Alleluia! Christ is coming soon!

C:   He is coming soon indeed! Alleluia!

 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

 

P:   This Sunday we light the Joy candle being reminded that eternal salvation brings a joy

      unspeakable that is only found in Jesus Christ who is the hope of the nations!

C:   We wait for the Lord, and in His Word do we rejoice.

 

P:   In the season of Advent, we prepare for Jesus to come. While today is a celebration of joy,   

     we know that on our own, we would be entirely devoid of joy. Without Christ’s

     intervention and incarnation, we would be lost in torment forever. Heavenly Father,

C:   we confess that we have doubted Your Son and His power. We have been filled with

     anxiety and stress. Revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You.

(Silence for reflection)

 

P:  In Christ’s death and resurrection, God withdrew His wrath and put away His burning

     anger. He rejoices over you with singing and quiets your anxious hearts by His love. Hear

     these words of forgiveness, for they are from Christ Himself: As a called and ordained

     servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of

     the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:   Amen. “You forgave the iniquity of Your people; You covered all their sin.”

 

Hymn of Praise                           Christ the Eternal Lord                              LSB 829 vs 1-3

        

Prayer of the Day

All: Stir up Your power, O Christ, and come, that in Your presence we may rejoice and rest in the peace that only You can give, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

       

NT Lesson                                     (Rejoice in the Lord always)             Philippians 4:4–7

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Gospel Lesson                 (The evidence of Jesus’ call and Ministry)       Luke 7:18–28

18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” 20 When               the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one   who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” 24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written: “ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

 

Message Hymn                                           Days of Elijah

 

These are the days of Elijah    Declaring the Word of the Lord
And these are the days of his servant, Moses     Righteousness being restored
And these are the days of great trial     Of famine and darkness and sword
So we are the voice in the desert crying        Prepare ye the way of the Lord  

 

Chorus:          Behold he comes   Riding on a cloud  Shining like the sun

At the trumpet’s call   Lift your voice It’s the year of jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill salvation comes

 

And these are the days of Ezekiel     The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of his servant, David     Building the temple of praise
And these are the days of the harvest     The fields are all white in your world
And we are the laborers that are in your vineyard     Declaring the word of the Lord

Chorus

 

There’s no God like Jehovah   There’s no God like Jehovah There’s no God like Jehovah  

There’s no God like Jehovah   There’s no God like Jehovah There’s no God like Jehovah  

Chorus

 

Message                                                The King Will Have His Day

 

OT Lesson             (The Lord will rejoice over you with gladness)     Zephaniah 3:14–20

14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. 16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. 17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” 18 “The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you. 19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame. 20 At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.

 

Creed                                                                 Nicene Creed

 

C:   I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary  and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offering

 

Offertory                               The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came(Choir)          8:00 am

                                                 Vincentine Williams                        10:30 am

Prayers of the Church  

After each petition:

P:  Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

     Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT

 

Preface                                                                       page 194 in the hymnal

 

P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  ♪ And with thy spirit.

P:  Lift up your hearts.

C:  ♪ We lift them up unto the Lord.

P:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C:  ♪ It is meet and right so to do.

P:  It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And with the host of heaven we sing:

Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy                                         page 195 in the hymnal

 

C:  ♪ Ho -ly, ho-ly, ho-ly Lord God of Sa – ba – oth. Heaven and earth are full of Thy   

       glory. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He,  blessed is He,

       blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna

       in the highest.

 

The Words of Institution

 

Pax DominiThe Peace of the Lord                   page 197 in the hymnal

 

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C:  ♪ Amen.

 

Agnus Dei – Lamb of God                                                                 page 198 in the hymnal                                      

C:  ♪ O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;

        have mercy upon us.

        O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;

        have mercy upon us.

        O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;

        grant us Thy peace.  A – men.

 

Distribution of Communion

 

Distribution Hymn                    Hark the Glad Sound                                                  LSB 349

                                                       What Is This Bread (Choir)                                      8:00 am

                                                     

 Nunc Dimittis                                                                                      page 199 in the hymnal        

 

C: ♪ Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy Word, for   

       mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of

       all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel. Glory

       be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

       is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Post Communion Collect

 

All:   Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith as we wait for the day of His coming, that we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P:   The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and ✠ give you peace.  Numbers 6:24–26

 

C:   Amen.

   

Closing Hymn                                Christ the Eternal Lord                                LSB 829 vs 4-5

 

Announcements

 

Dismissal

 

P:   Go in peace, serve the Lord.

C:   Thanks be to God.

Postlude

 

 

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12/23/2018

Micah is one such seer and prophet. He prophesies of the Savior’s birthplace, Bethlehem, which means “house of bread.” How fitting that the Bread of Life would be born in such a place. How fitting that He continues to feed us with His body and blood to this day. As we come to the Lord’s Supper, we come to the house of bread. We come to Bethlehem or, rather, Bethlehem comes to us.

 

Family Room & Children Activity Bags- We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit T. V. to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.

 

Holy Communion- The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused the LCMS ordinarily communes only those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. Please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service if you have a question about this. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing.

 

The Gospel Lets Us See the very Heart of God “Through the Gospel we Christians are able to know not only the nature of angels but what is going on in the Supreme Majesty. This is a far greater revelation than if God had revealed how He created heaven and earth; for here He discloses Himself, His very Essence.”  What Luther Says #  1712

Advent 4

December 23, 2018

 

Welcome and Hand of Friendship

 

Hymn                                Come Thou Precious Ransom Come                            LSB 350

Invocation, Confession and Absolution

     

P:   We gather in then name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God,

C:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

P: Alleluia! Christ is coming soon!

C: He is coming soon indeed! Alleluia!

 

P: Blessed is the fruit of Mary’s womb!

C: He shall stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord!

 

P: His flock shall dwell secure.

C: And He will be their peace.

 

P: My soul magnifies the Lord,

C: and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

 

P: Alleluia! Christ is coming soon!

C: He is coming soon indeed! Alleluia!

 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

 

P:   On the fourth Sunday in Advent, we light the Love candle as it represents God’s love come

     down in His Son Jesus who is the hope of the nations.

C:   We wait for the Lord, and in His Word His love finds us.

 

Hymn                                         O Little Town of Bethlehem                              LSB 361 vs 1-2

 

P:   In the season of Advent we prepare for Jesus to come. Sometimes in our preparations we  

      lose sight of God’s grace. Despite God’s unconditional love, we still try to earn our way

      into security and salvation. We turn to the Lord for forgiveness. Heavenly Father,

C:   we confess that we have not trusted Your Word of forgiveness, life, and salvation. We

      have questioned if we are truly forgiven. We have doubted the new life we now live.

      We have distrusted Your way of salvation. Restore us, O God. Let Your face shine, that

      we may be saved!

(Silence for reflection)

P:   God’s ways are always best for all people. Christ’s death and resurrection for Your

      forgiveness remains effective, and it always will. Hear these words of forgiveness for they

      are from Christ Himself: you are forgiven all your sins in the name of the Father and of

      the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:   Amen. We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once

      for all.

 

Hymn of Praise                           O Little Town of Bethlehem                           LSB 361 vs 3-4

 

Prayer of the Day

 

All:  Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your presence we may be defended from the attacks of Satan; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

NT Lesson                   (We have been sanctified through Jesus Christ)    Hebrews 10:5–10

 

5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, O God.’ 8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made). 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.               

 

Gospel   Lesson                           (Mary visits Elizabeth)                                Luke 1:39–56

 

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

 

Message Hymn                            O Come, O Come Emmanuel                                  LSB vs 1,4,5

Sermon                                          The King’s Royal Roots

 

O T Lesson                  (The ruler of Israel shall come from Bethlehem)         Micah 5:2–5a

 

2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” 3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. 4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. 5 And he will be their peace.

Creed                                                  The Christmas Creed

I believe in the Christ of the Cradle, the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary in Bethlehem.  I believe that the Baby, born in the manger, given the name Jesus, is True God and True man, sent by the Father to be the Savior of the world.

I believe in the Christ of the Cross, who had no sin of His own, but because He took upon Himself my sin and the sin of the world, He died a sinner’s death.  He suffered death and hell in my place and was raised on the third day, and now I am saved through faith, faith in Him as my Savior, a faith which was created in me by the Holy Spirit, by grace, for His sake.

I believe in the Christ of the Crown, who is seated at the right hand of God, ruling all creation and governing and protecting His Church.  I believe that He will return visibly with great glory to judge the world and to lead me and all believers to live with Him forever in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness.

From the Cradle, to the Cross, to the Crown, Jesus lived, died, and rose again for me.   Amen.

Offering

 

Offertory                               David Ellis and Eric & Karen Marrero                        8:00 am

                                               Lift Up Your Head, Ye Mighty Gates (Choir)     10:30 am

Prayers of the Church

 

After each petition:

P:   Lord, in Your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

 

Lord’s Prayer

 

C:  Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Service of the Sacrament

 

Preface                                                                       page 160 in the hymnal

 

P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  ♪ And also with you.

P:   Lift up your hearts.

C:  ♪ We lift them to the Lord.

P:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C:   ♪ It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P:   It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And ever more praising You and singing:

 

Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy                                        page 161 in the hymnal

 

C:  ♪ Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might: Heaven and earth are full of Your

       glory. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is He who comes in

        the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

The Words of Institution

 

Pax DominiThe Peace of the Lord                   page 163 in the hymnal

 

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C:  ♪ Amen.

Agnes Dei – Lamb of God

C:  ♪ Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

        Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

        Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Communion                                                                                                                              

 

Distribution Hymn                      Savior Of The Nations Come                                    LSB 332

                                                         Advent Prayer   (Choir)                                  10:30 am

                                                                                                   

Post Communion Canticle                                              page 164 in the hymnal

 

C:  ♪Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev’ryone what He has done.  Let all

       who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name.  He recalls His

       promises and leads His people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving.  

       Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post Communion Thanksgiving

 

All: Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith as we wait for the day of His coming; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Benediction                      

   P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be  

          gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

C:   Amen.

Sending Song                                            Prepare the Royal Highway                            LSB 343

 

Announcements

 

The Sending

 

P:   Go in peace, serve the Lord.

C:   Thanks be to God.

 

Postlude