December 16, 2018

December 16, 2018

Order of Worship

Third Sunday of Advent

The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.


At the ringing of the bell, please observe a moment of silence


Welcome and Reminders


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the Lord of Israel who comes to set us free, the mighty Savior who comes to show mercy, the Dawn from on high who guides us into peace. Amen.

 Let us come before God in confession.

Silence is kept for reflection.

To you, O God, we lift up our souls. You know us through and through; we confess our sins to you. Remember not our sins; remember us with your steadfast love. Show us your ways; teach us your paths; and lead us in justice and truth, for the sake of your goodness in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

 Children of God, come with joy and draw water from the well of salvation. Remember the gift of baptism: your sin is washed away in the name of ☩ Jesus; you belong to Christ; you are anointed to serve. Stand up and raise your heads! The reign of God is near. Amen.


Gathering Song –O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, ELW 257 v.1,2,4



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.


Kyrie p. 138


Prayer of the Day

Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Children's Sermon


First Reading – Zephaniah 3:14-20

The prophet Zephaniah’s message is mostly one of judgment for sin. This reading, however, which comes from the conclusion of the book, prophesies joy for Judah and Jerusalem. Judgment has led to repentance, and God’s salvation is at hand.


14Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. 16On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. 17The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing 18as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. 19I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. 20At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-6

2Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid,
  for the
Lord God is my strength and my might, and has         become my salvation.

3With joy you will draw water
  from the wells of salvation. 
4And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name;
  make known the deeds of the
Lord among the nations;         proclaim that this name is exalted.

5Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
  let this be known in all the earth.
6Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
  for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem –What Can I Bring


Second Reading – Philippians 4:4-7

Despite being in prison, Paul is remarkably upbeat as he writes this letter. Here, he urges his friends in Philippi to trust God with all their worries and concerns, with the hope they will experience God’s joy and peace.


4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p. 188


Gospel – Luke 1:39-55

We are presented with Elizabeth, John’s mother, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, two women filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. In Elizabeth’s inspired greeting and Mary’s song of praise we hear of a saving God who remembers, scatters, lifts up, and fulfills all things.


Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.


39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
53he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”


Response after the conclusion of the Gospel: Praise to you, O Christ.




Song of the Day – Let Justice Flow like Streams,ELW 717


Apostles' Creed p. 105


Prayers of Intercession - Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, ELW 752

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us


Each petition concludes with, Lord in your mercy,

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer


The Meal

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

Offering and Prayer

God of abundance, we bring before you the precious fruits of your creation, and with them our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for all those in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Distribution Song –I Received the Living God, ELW 477



Prayer after Communion

Holy One, we give you thanks that in this bread and cup we have feasted again on your endless love. Let that love overflow more and more in our lives, that we may be messengers to prepare your way, harvesters of justice and righteousness, and bearers of your eternal Word, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.




Sending Song –Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers,ELW 244


Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.



Thanksgivings: For all those people in our lives who give us hope, peace, joy and love.


News and Events:

Thank you to Karen and Roger for donating our beautiful Christmas tree, Jim for his assistance with getting it set up and Terry for coordinating the whole process and thank you to Bea for the decorating you do.


Let there be light! Thanks to Paul, Mike and Lee for installing the new lights in the gathering area as well as new exit signs.


The 3rd Friday Fellowship will be our Annual Christmas Party this Friday, December 21 at 5:30 pm. They will serve hot and cold sandwiches along with your potluck dish. They will provide beverages, but if you like something special feel free to bring it. We will be playing games which will include a white elephant gift. Please do not buy a new gift. It’s about the fun. 


Russ and Barb Castner have a landline again. Their phone number is 920-622-3494.


We are invited to Grace English Lutheran Church Adult Choir's annual presentation of their Christmas Contata, “Christmas Dreams” by Joseph M. Martin and Heather Sorenson. The presentation will be Wednesday, December 19 at 7 pm at Grace English Lutheran Church in Berlin. A fellowship time will follow the presentation.


2019 offering envelopes are waiting for you on the table in the gathering area. If you would like envelopes and do not see a box with your name on it, contact Paul or Debi Smith.


St. John's Scholarship applications are available in the Gathering Area. Completed applications are due Friday, Dec 28, 2018.


A mirror, two old folding tables and an interior door are waiting for a home. If you are interested talk with Mike.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 6:00 pm on December 24.


Interested in a Directory update? A directory with current photos is extremely helpful for new members and our last Directory was done in 2014. Julie has agreed to assemble the directory and take care of having it printed. The Council would appreciate it if someone would come forward and handle getting photos from everyone. If you have any reasonable ideas or comments, and especially if you could help with this huge endeavor, please contact Julie


A message from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: We are a church that does God’s work in the world and in local communities pursuing justice, peace and human dignity for and with all people. In partnership with Lutheran congregations and Lutheran social ministry organizations, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has welcomed more than 379,000 refugees to the United States since 1939. This ongoing partnership and work is driven by God’s love for all people and a vision for congregations to be welcoming and generous centers for mission and ministry.
The work of the ELCA through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee
Service includes responding to people caught in conflict and facing persecution, advocating for their needs and interests, helping people access resources for basic human needs, working with foster care programs for minors, legal assistance, developing new and innovative service programs and partnerships, and much more. Join us in this courageous work of serving and loving our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ. Learn more about Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service today.


Readings for next week: Micah 5:2-5aHebrews 10:5-10; 

                                            Luke 1:39-45[46-55]


Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, Dec 19    10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                         4:15 pm – Confirmation Class

                                         5:30 pm – Choir

Sunday, Dec 23              9:00 am – Worship with the

                                                           Children's Christmas Program


                      St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home,

Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358


Welcome to those visiting today. Please fill out the yellow visitor card in the pew rack in front of you. May the Holy Spirit who has gathered us together for worship today be with you.


In Holy Communion we believe we receive the body and blood of Christ for forgiveness, renewal and strength in our faith and life. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Gluten-free wafers are available. Take one from the center cup of the bread tray.


On the first Sundays of the month, the sacrament is served at the altar. Come forward, kneel or stand at the rail. You will be served the bread. The wine is served in individual glasses. The lighter colored glasses in the center of the tray are juice.


Other Sundays we serve the sacrament by intinction in procession. Come forward, receive the bread and dip it in one of the chalices (the gold chalice has wine in it, the silver chalice has juice). Gluten-free wafers are in the cup in the center.


People with special needs should make these known to the ushers or to the servers as they are being served. Children who have not made their First Communion and those who do not wish to commune are invited to come forward for a blessing.


Four chairs in the back row of the sanctuary are available for people with special circumstances. Two portable lift cushions are available to help those who need assistance getting up from a sitting position. Contact an usher for assistance.


You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime

at 920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497