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Advent 4
 

St. Johannes Lutheran Church
December 22, 2019

Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way. Kyrie eleison, every day!

from Setting 8 of the Lutheran Liturgy

  • Dr. Michael Kogan's Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, January 7th at 5:30 PM!
  • WILL RESUME IN JANUARY  Bible Study-Home of Cynthia Mays  MONDAYS, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 22 - Advent 4

  • Tuesday, December 24 - 3:00 Family Christmas Eve Service

  • Sunday, December 29 - Christmas 1- Lessons and Carols

  • Saturday, January 4 - Take down all Christmas decorations

Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel. The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on the O Antiphons, ancient prayers appointed for the seven days preceding Christmas. On this final Sunday of Advent we prepare to celebrate the birth of the one born to save us from the power of sin and death.

 
Bereaved: Linda Jantzen and her family.
Sick and Recovering: Gena Allen, Ted Bowers, Pastor Steve Cooper, Billy Cornwell, Leslie Carpenter, Anne Foster, Donald Foster,Carol Drowota, John Fowlkes (now at home),Diane and Andy Hogue, Harry Kluttz, George Kornahrens, Charles Long III, Barbara Lyerly,  Elmore Marlow, Marie Mood, Rev. John Satterwhite, Marilyn Stehmeier, Mary Sweat

Prayer of Forgiveness

Father, today I ask forgiveness of all the negative and harmful words I have spoken to others. I do not want to abuse them in such a way again. Transform my thoughts and let me understand how marvelously you made me. Change my habits so I use my tongue to speak hope and favor upon all life. In Jesus' name. Amen

Prayer for Healing

I don't always know what your will is Lord, especially in times like now, when I desperately seek your face. I offer you no promises, no bargains, no deals to exchange for my health. I simply bow my heart before you to tell you the desire of my heart: that I want to spend as many years as I can loving you here, loving others, and wanting to become more like you. However you choose to accomplish that is up to you—and okay with me. If you use doctors to provide healing, give them wisdom to know what to do. Regardless of how you accomplish it, the healing you give is always miraculous. And you deserve all the praise.

I absolutely believe you have the power to heal. You demonstrated that on earth, and you still heal in miraculous ways today. Even when my faith is weak, you say it is enough, and my love for you is strong. And I know you already hold my heart and life in your hands. It's up to you. If I can bring you more glory through healing, then that's what I ask for. That's what I desire.

But if your answer is no, or not now, I know that your grace is sufficient for me. Ultimately, I want your will to be my will. I look forward to spending an eternity with you. But Lord, if you have planned still more for me to do here on this earth, I not only need and want your physical healing, Lord, but a thorough, deep-down cleansing and strengthening—a whole-hearted renewal of all that I am. Because all that I am is yours. Use this trial to strengthen me from a "what-if" faith to a "no-matter-what" faith. And no matter what, I choose to honor you and give you glory. In Jesus's name, Amen.

Advent 3

Worship Assistant: Kirsten Hughes
Lector: Andy Hogue
Acolyte: Barbara Pace
Council members of the Month: Barbara Williams & Kay Winnett

Advent Candle- Stella Robertson

Christmas Eve service at 3:00 PM!  Bring your children and your family to this special service!

CALL FOR MUSICIANS

We have Many Gifts and One Spirit!   We will have Music Ministry rehearsals for anyone interested in singing, playing handbells, or playing any other instrument as we prepare for Advent and Christmas!  Scheduled rehearsals will be on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM
If you have any questions, please contact
Sean Holleran at (502)533-0785 or swholl01@gmail.com. 

“Let every instrument be tuned for Praise, let all rejoice who have a Voice to raise!”

 
 

The pageant was a big hit!  Thank you to the whole congregation for staying after church to be members of the Whoville Community!  So much fun was had by all!  St. Johannes is full of talent!  
The Cast was: Grinch-Lucas Murley 
Narrator-Chuck Long
Girl 1-Rosalie Carpenter
Girl 2 Stella Robertson
Adult in Whoville/Musician-Sean Holleran Technical/Sound-Joseph Ilgen
Makeup-Amanda Robertson 
Set Dressing-Cynthia Mays

The annual German Fest  was complete with German music, beer, wine, and authenic German cuisine prepared by Cynthia Mays and Anne Spann.  Lloyd and Mary Lou Waitschies prepared the knockwurst and bratwurst and Diane McDanel prepared the German Apple Cake. Special thanks to the Parish Life Committee for serving and cleaning up! Also special thanks to Cynthia, Anne, and Jenny Welch for the beautiful decorations on the tables and Gatch Hall! A great time was had by all!

Thank you to all who signed up for altar flowers for December.  Please contact Amy Bifano in the office (843)722-8906 or by emailing office @stjohanneschurch.org if you would like to donate flowers. The new Flower Chart is up in the narthex for 2020.  Please sign up soon for specific dates you may want.

The volunteer position of "Flower Person" is currently available.  If you are interested in handling this job, please let the Parish Administrator know!


Please welcome Pastor Rich Donoughue

Outreach Project for St. Johannes for Month of December 

The Parsonage at
St. Johannes

Call Manager, Barbara Pace, to schedule your wedding, reception, bridal luncheon, dinner party, including week's stay in this beautiful home!
843-789-0639
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