December 02, 2018 Advent 01
The judgment is coming, but there will be deliverance for God’s people.
Liturgy: Service of the Word (p.38)
Hymns: 1 2 21 26v.4
Psalm 25 (p. 75)
FIRST LESSON: JEREMIAH 33:14-16
To the faithful, come words of promise: Justice will be carried out on the wicked and there will be deliverance. The line of David will continue as a “righteous branch” sprouts. He comes to bring peace and safety. He comes to bring life.
SECOND LESSON: 1 THESSALONIANS 3:9-13
The Apostle Paul exhorts the Thessalonians and all believers - those who know the Christ’s deliverance from sin - to continue living lives of faith and hope in the promise that the Lord Jesus will come again to bring us to eternal life.
THE GOSPEL: LUKE 21:25-36
Jesus has proclaimed to us that He will come again to judge the world. Eschatological signage abounds for those looking through eyes of faith. Yet, even as we anticipate His coming again to be our Judge, we need not cower in fear, for with Him comes the deliverance promised of old.
Sermon Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16
The Days are Coming
1. For righteousness.
2. For justice.
Prayer of the Church: Advent (p. 123)
WELS Connection for December
Today, during the gathering of the Offering, we’ll view the December edition of the WELS Connection news video. We’ll hear about new, exciting opportunities for a WELS Christian training facility in Hanoi, Vietnam. Please also check the bulletin insert, for more information.
As we begin a new church year, we’ve also begin a new series of Scripture readings and sermons, the Inter Lutheran Commission on Worship (ILCW) C series, followed by many Lutheran churches. That series may be found on p. 165 in the front of our hymnals. Pastor Schleis’ sermon will often be one of the three readings, or it may be from a Christian Worship Supplement (CW-S) alternate. We’ll continue to use the Scripture readings from the new Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) translation. More information can be found on the EHV website www.wartburgproject.org
The new Meditations booklets, with daily Bible readings, devotions and prayers from TODAY through March 02, are now available on the Entryway table. A suggested donation of $5 per copy helps cover costs. Please help yourselves.
Children’s Christmas Eve service rehearsal TODAY
After church today, we’ll have the first of our children’s Christmas Eve service program rehearsals. We plan to be done by 11:30 AM. The children, Christ Light through catechism ages, have already received their programs, and have begun short practicing in their Wednesday evening classes. The final group practice is scheduled for Wed. December 19, 6:30-7:30 PM (right after catechism and Christ Light classes).
Parents, please assist your children with their parts at home, and feel free to contact Christ Light teacher Cindi Krzewina or Pastor Schleis with any questions. The children’s participation in our Christmas Eve service has been a vital way of keeping “Christ in Christmas” for our families.
We’ll begin our special midweek Advent services this Thursday December 06 at 6:30 PM, in the Overflow Room. The theme for these services will be What Child is This? Pastor Nass from St. Paul (WELS), Green Bay will be preaching on Genesis 3:15 “He is the Snake Crusher.” We’ll celebrate Close Communion on December 06 and 13. Our adult choir will have practices, 5:30-6:00 PM, the evenings of the Advent services.
Last Sat. November 24, two children were brought into God’s Kingdom of Grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Pastor Schleis baptized Esme Charneski (daughter of Adam Charneski and Shelly Brice) and Nevaeh Saektook (daughter of Adam Charneski and Maressa Saektook. Children baptized here under the age of five are added to our Cradle Roll, and Christian materials are periodically mailed to their parents.
Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) High School News
FVL’s Fox Folk Marionettes: The group will be presenting “The Search for the King.” at St. Paul-GB for their Christmas for Kids event at 1PM Sat., 12/8.
FVL Christmas Concert: The FVL Choirs invite you to attend their annual Christmas Concert on 12/16 at 4PM. The concert is free and open to all. Come and enjoy these songs dedicated to the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The concert will be livestreamed on FVL YouTube channel- check fvlhs.org for the link.
Sun. Dec. 2 9:30 AM Worship Service
Ushers: David Gierczak (head), Randy Peterman, Lloyd Jastrow
10:30 AM Christmas Eve Service rehearsal, children
Mon. Dec. 3 9:00 AM Needle Club
Tues. Dec. 4 10:00AM Pastors’ Winkel
Wed. Dec. 5 5:00 PM Catechism Class
5:30 PM ChristLight
Thurs. Dec. 6 5:30 PM Choir Rehearsal
6:30 PM Advent Worship w/ Communion
Usher: Roger Francois
Sun. Dec. 9 9:30 AM Worship Service w/Communion
Ushers: Greg Keiler (head), Derek Cole, Kevin Cole, Allan Lemke
10:45 AM Bible Class
3PM & 7PM WLS Christmas Concerts
Officiant: Pastor Paul Schleis
Organist: Denise Schleis
Sunday Offerings Rec’d Budgeted Variance YTD $38,999.55 $39,842.86 ($843.31) 11/22-11/25 $1,483.22 $1,732.32 ($249.10)
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.” (Romans 13:8)
First Ev. Lutheran Church
(Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod)
743 S. Monroe Ave. Green Bay, WI 54301
2nd & 3rd Thursdays 6:30 PM
Sunday Worship 9:30 AM
Sunday Bible Class 10:45 AM
Church Office: 435-7970
Pastor Paul Schleis: 621-0460 (cell phone)