December 2, 2018

December 2, 2018

Order of Worship

First Sunday of Advent

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of our Lord in word and supper.


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 – Wake, Awake, for the Night Is Flying, ELW 436



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 your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Children's Sermon


First Reading – Jeremiah 33:14-16

In the Old Testament, “righteousness” often has to do with being faithful in relationship. God acts righteously both in punishing Israel for its sin and in having mercy. In today’s reading, Jerusalem’s future name—“The Lord is our righteousness”—proclaims that the Lord is even now working salvation for Israel.


14The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.



Psalm 25:1-10

1To you, O Lord,
  I lift up my soul.
2My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be put to shame,
  nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3Let none who look to you be put to shame;
  rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.
4Show me your ways, O Lord,
  and teach me your paths. 
5Lead me in your truth and teach me,
  for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all         the day 

6Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
  for they are from everlasting. 
7Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;
  remember me according to your steadfast love and for the             sake of your goodness, O
8You are gracious and upright, O Lord;
  therefore you teach sinners in your way.
9You lead the lowly in justice
  and teach the lowly your way.
10All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness
  to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies.  


Psalm Prayer


Second Reading – 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Upon Timothy’s report from the congregation at Thessalonica, Paul is exuberant with gratitude for them. In this passage from his letter, Paul voices overflowing thanks, joy, and blessings for the people of this growing church.


9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p. 188


Gospel – Luke 21:25-36

God will fulfill God’s purposes and, already, hidden signs of that fulfillment abound. On that great day there will be dismay, perplexity, confusion, and terror, but God’s people shall be given strength to stand boldly and receive God’s promised redemption.


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


[Jesus said:] 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”


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




Song of the Day – Hark, the Glad Sound!,ELW 239


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 – What Feast of Love, ELW 487



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 – Let All Things Now Living,ELW 881


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


Thanksgivings: For this season of Advent with its promise of faith, peace, joy and hope.


News and Events:

We celebrate our annual Advent Event today. The tree will be decorated, goodie baskets for shut-ins will be filled, nativity sets will be arranged, and whatever else needs to be put in place for Advent will be taken care of with all activities culminating in a wonderful potluck fellowship.

Thrivent action dollars have been used toward the gift bags for shut-ins.


Surviving The Holidays is the theme of a special gathering to bring comfort and hope to all who are experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one. “Surviving the Holidays” will be held on today from3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church, W2314 Prospect St, Poy Sippi featuring some of the nation's foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. A video will be shown and following that there will be an opportunity for discussion and sharing. It is okay to just watch and listen; no one is required to talk. A “survival guide” booklet will be provided to each participant. Call 920-787-5151 for more information.


The Noisy Offering next Sunday will go to the Waushara Community Christmas Project.


The 3rd Friday Fellowship will be our Annual Christmas Party  on 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. RSVP to Pat or Steve by December 18th.


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


Kermit has donated a copy of his new book, In God's Time, to the church library. Thank you, Kermit. It is also available for purchase on Amazon.


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


Movie Night, Dec 8 at 4 pm features 23 Blast. 23 Blast isbased on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry's attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.


We have received Thrivent Action Team dollars the confirmation students will use to shop for the Waushara Community Christmas Project. We will be purchasing warm clothing as well as other gift items and toys. If you have gifts you would like to donate please bring them in Dec. 9. Thank you.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Mike and Bea

Reader: Terry

Communion Servers: Lee and Jane


Readings for next week: Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11;                                             Luke 3:1-6


Calendar This Week:

Tuesday, Dec 4            8:30 am – Quilters

Wed, Dec 5                 10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                       4:15 pm – Confirmation Class

                                       5:30 pm – Choir

Saturday, Dec 8           4:00 pm – Movie Night 23 Blast

Sunday, Dec 9              9 :00 am – Worship with Noisy Offering



                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