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Advent 1
 

St. Johannes Lutheran Church
December 1, 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 at 5:30 PM!
  • Bible Study-Home of Cynthia Mays  MONDAYS, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 1 - ADVENT 1 Series A

  • Saturday, December 7 - Chrismon Tree and church decorated for Christmas (Robbin Mosier)

  • Sunday, December 8-Advent 2
  • Sunday, December 15 - Advent 3 German Fest and Christmas Pageant with Children immediately after church
  • 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

The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God.

  • Isaiah 2:1-5
    Weapons of war transformed into instruments of peace

  • Psalm 122
    I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Ps. 122:1)

  • Romans 13:11-14
    Salvation is near; time to wake from sleep

  • Matthew 24:36-44
    The sudden coming of the Son of Man

 
Bereaved:  Pastor Jim and Ida Blalock and their family.  Sick and Recovering: Pastor Steve Cooper,  Anne Foster (back at Roper), Marie Mood, Pastor Steve Cooper, Charles Long, III, Gena Allen, Rev. John Satterwhite, Barbara Lyerly, Marlene Barton,  Maude Hickman, John Fowlkes (now at home), Howard Walker, Andy Hogue, Diane Hogue, Mary Sweat, Ted Bowers, George Kornahrens, Elmore Marlow, Carol Drowota, Leslie Carpenter, Donald Foster, Jr., Billy Cornwell, Marilyn Stehmeier, Harry Kluttz, Leslie Carpenter

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 1

Worship Assistant: Barbara Pace
Lector: Chuck Long
Acolyte: Cynthia Mays (?)
Council members of the Month: Barbara Williams & ?

Advent Candle- Joseph Ilgen & Chuck Long

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 and Christmas Pageant!  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 will be performed as part of the German Christmas Fest after church on Sunday, December 15th. Special thanks to the following for volunteering for speaking roles: Lucas, Rosalee, Ella. Whoville children: Stella, Henry, Miles.

Thank you to all who signed up for altar flowers for December.  Christmas poinsettias will be available soon!  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 will be announced next week!

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