December 30, 2018

December 30, 2018

Order of Worship

First Sunday of Christmas

On the first Sunday of Christmas we find the boy Samuel and the boy Jesus, both in the temple, both growing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and humankind. We too have returned to the house of God “to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God,” who has gifted us with a savior. As the festival continues, “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” It is Christmas, still.


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, who shines in glory, clothes us in compassion, and bears gifts of mercy for all. Amen.


Let us confess our sins with confidence in God’s promise of forgiveness.

Silence for reflection.

God, wonderful counselor, we confess that we have turned from your gifts and chosen our own way. We have not made room for you in our hearts or in our world. We have lived in fear; we have not welcomed the stranger; we desire gifts that will not endure. Forgive us our sins, known and unknown, and open us to receive the peace of Jesus dwelling in and among us. Amen.


God’s loving kindness has appeared to us in Christ our Savior. We are saved, not by anything we have done, but by God’s mercy poured out on us richly. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Through the Spirit living in you, God give you faith to trust Jesus, who is Love born for you, now and always. Amen.


Gathering Song – Angels, from the Realms of GloryELW 275



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

Shine into our hearts the light of your wisdom, O God, and open our minds to the knowledge of your word, that in all things we may think and act according to your good will and may live continually in the light of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


First Reading – 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Having dedicated her son Samuel to God’s service, Hannah visits him every year when she and her husband, Elkanah, come to the Lord’s house to offer sacrifices. God grants Hannah more children, and Samuel himself gains favor in the sight of all.


18Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord”; and then they would return to their home.
26Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and with the people.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 148

1Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens;
  praise God in the heights.
2Praise the Lord, all you angels;
  sing praise, all you hosts of heaven.
3Praise the Lord, sun and moon;
  sing praise, all you shining stars.
4Praise the Lord, heaven of heavens,
  and you waters above the heavens.
5Let them praise the name of the Lord,
  who commanded, and they were created,
6who made them stand fast forever and ever,
  giving them a law that shall not pass away.
7Praise the Lord from the earth,
  you sea monsters and all deeps;
8fire and hail, snow and fog,
  tempestuous wind, doing God’s will;
9mountains and all hills,
  fruit trees and all cedars;
10wild beasts and all cattle,
  creeping things and flying birds;
11sovereigns of the earth and all peoples,
  princes and all rulers of the world;
12young men and maidens,
  old and young together. 
13Let them praise the name of the Lord,
  whose name only is exalted, whose splendor is over earth and heaven.
14The Lord has raised up strength for the people and praise for all faithful servants,
  the children of Israel, a people who are near the
Lord. Hallelujah!

Psalm Prayer

Second Reading – Colossians 3:12-17

Just as newly baptized Christians in the early church were clothed with white robes upon arising from the baptismal waters, so all who have received God’s gift of life in Jesus Christ are covered with the character of Christ.


12As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p.188


Gospel –Luke 2:41-52

Jesus grew up in a family that went to the Passover festival each year. It was in this environment of faithful adherence to the law that Jesus grew into spiritual maturity and an understanding of his identity and mission.


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


41Now every year [Jesus’] parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” 49He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50But they did not understand what he said to them. 51Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.


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




Song of the Day – Once in Royal David's City, ELW 269


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

Holy God, your beauty shines forth from the manger and your love flows from the cross. As you gather us around these signs of your love come among us, warm us to extend your care among the hungry and all in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. 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 –Your Little Ones, Dear LordELW 286



Prayer after Communion

God of wonder, in Jesus we behold the light of the world come near. As you have come among us now, send us out in joy, hastening to share the good news of your love. We ask this in the name of Jesus, through the Spirit dwelling among us now and forever. Amen.




Sending Song – Joy to the World, ELW 267


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


Thanksgivings: For another wonderful Christmas season at St. John's.


News and Events:

Council will meet Thursday, Jan 3 at 6:05 pm


Thank you for your donationsfor Christmas flowers:

Marty in loving memory of her brother, Jerry

Tim and Jeanne

Pat Bahr


Upcoming January meetings conducted after worship:

January 20 – St. John's Foundation Meeting (Discuss how we want to handle our investments)

January 27 – Annual Congregational Meeting (Yearly business meeting for the church)


Having a difficult day or know someone who could use a warm meal? There is soup available in the chest freezer downstairs provided by Sisters into Soup. Help yourself.


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 Attoe 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 Attoe -


CAP Services’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps individuals and families maximize their tax returns. We have IRS-certified volunteers that provide free basic tax preparation and help taxpayers claim special tax credits for which they may qualify, such as the Child Tax Credit, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Tax preparation is provided by appointment at the CAPsell Center, 205 East Main St, Wautoma.  To find out if you’re eligible and to make an appointment call 1-800-660-5430 beginning January 14, 2019.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Mike and Bea

Reader: Peter

Communion Servers:Steve and Jackie

Coffee Hour: Bea and Mike


Readings for next week: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1- 12;                                                                Matthew2:1-12


Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, January 2        5:30 pm – Choir

Thursday, January 3            6:0pm – Council meeting

Sunday, January 6                9:00 am – Worship



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