Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 23, 2018 8:00am Trinity Lutheran Church
Trinity is a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran School Association and the Good Shepherd Community. Cover Artwork by students of Prince of Peace Preschool – Trinity Campus 1
Those Serving Today Officiating Today
Rev. David Hinz
Maggie Philabaum, Ethan Kutzorik
MacKenzie Felchle, Jayden Felchle
Lector Acolyte Visuals
Jolyn Antonsen, Evora Sorokie
Information Desk Greeters
Zone – 3
Zone – 4
Zone – 3
Shirley Skuza, Lori Zipp
Zone – 4
Karen Petron-Broda Wayne Smolnik, Loren Tvrdik, Fred Joesting, John Heintze, Jon Roesch, Mark Thompson Marvin Neubert, Karen PetronBroda, Wayne & Sue Kulzer, Janet Renn, Josh Morey, Russ Hackett
Zone – 3
Zone – 4 Lay Minister
Bob Koroll, Jon Lentz
If you have difficulty standing during the worship service, please feel free to remain seated during those parts of the service. 2
Fourth Sunday in Advent Divine Service Setting 3 (LSB pg 184) December 23, 2018
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OPENING HYMN: “What Hope”! An Eden Prophesied” LSB 342 INVOCATION The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism. P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen. P In joyful expectation of the resurrection to life eternal, we remember before the Lord our departed family and friends who have gone before us in faith and all those who are in our hearts and minds this day. CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION P Let us also draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. P Our help is in the name of the Lord, C who made heaven and earth. P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord, C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination. P O almighty God, merciful Father, C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being. P Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgives us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the children of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. Grant this, Lord, unto us all. C Amen. 3
PSALM 80:1–7 P Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! C You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. P Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, C stir up your might and come to save us! P Restore us, O God; C let your face shine, that we may be saved! P O LORD God of hosts, C how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? P You have fed them with the bread of tears C and given them tears to drink in full measure. P You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, C and our enemies laugh among themselves. P Restore us, O God of hosts; C let your face shine, that we may be saved! GLORIA PATRI
SALUTATION AND COLLECT OF THE DAY
P Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Sit OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Micah 5:2-5a But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. 4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5 And he shall be their peace. L This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God. 5
HYMN: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” LSB 361 EPISTLE: Hebrews 10:5-10 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; 6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” 8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. L This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God. Stand ALLELUIA
HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 1:39-56 P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the first chapter.
those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of 6
what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 46 And
Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
(Back Page of the LSB Hymnal)
Sit CHILDREN’S MESSAGE HYMN OF THE DAY: “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came” LSB 356 THE MESSAGE
OFFERING (Please sign and date the Rite of Friendship pad located in the pew. The children are invited to bring their offerings to the front at this time.)
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH THE LORD'S PRAYER ALL: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. SALUTATION AND BENEDICAMUS
CLOSING HYMN: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” (Tune: Bring a Torch) 1. Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel's strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art, Dear de-sire of ev'ry nation, Joy of ev'ry longing heart.
2. Born Thy people to deliver; Born a child and yet a king! Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all-sufficient merit Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Acknowledgments Divine Service, Setting Three from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.
Please check for your plastic containers from the kitchen in the Narthex. The ones that aren’t picked up will be donated in the new year. Place of Hope is raising funds to replace their vans. Please see the info. desk for a packet of information regarding this worthwhile fundraiser! Trinity Prayer Shawl Ministry...We hope that you will consider giving a prayer shawl, especially at Christmas, to someone who is going through an illness or difficult time. You are welcome to ask at the Welcome desk on Sunday morning or to call the office. You may pick the one you choose and they are considered gifts from Trinity.
NO Confirmation Classes or God’s Grub this week.
Fourth Sunday in Advent 8:00am Worship Z3 9:15am Bible Classes & SS 10:30am Worship Z4 (HC) 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 6:00pm Children’s Christmas Program
MONDAY 3:00pm Christmas Eve Worship Z5 5:00pm Christmas Eve Worship Z1
General Fund Offerings Building Debt Offerings
TUESDAY 9:00am Christmas Day Worship (HC) Z2 WEDNESDAY 7:00am Men’s Bible Study at GS 9:30am Parish Workers (NL)
THURSDAY 6:30PM Worship Team
Annual Funds Promised
Readings for next Sunday: Micah 5:2-5; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-56
FRIDAY 6:00pm Narc. Anon. SATURDAY 9:00am Altar Guild
An anonymous member has donated $10,000 to Trinity’s Memorial Reserve fund, with a challenge that this amount be matched by the congregation by January 13th, 2019. Let’s meet this challenge! Specify in the memo line, your special gift to the Memorial Reserve Fund.
First Sunday after Christmas 8:00am Worship Z3 10:30am Worship Z4 12:00pm Anyuak Worship
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Sunday Morning Fellowship December our hosts are Sandy Molitor and Karen PetronBroda. Members who have last names beginning with the letters “W, X, Y & Z” are asked to bring treats for our fellowship time. If you can help, please sign up on the bulletin board. Please remember in your prayers this week: Betty Winczewski, Judy Heintze, Riley Stockinger, Jessica Raveling, Bonnie Duea, Les Fread & Pam Hadley undergoing medical care and following surgery. Steve Robarge (brother of Bob Robarge), Jim Bump, Janine Lutgen (sister of Mona Hanson), Donald Zwick and Sandy Duffy as they continue their cancer treatment and care.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the Advent dinners, all the people who came to the dinners, and those who brought desserts. We really appreciate all the wonderful help from many volunteers. We also that Thrivent and Cashwise for the donations to help with the food purchases. Attention ALL Thrivent members! Did you know each of you are allowed two $250 action team gift cards EACH YEAR? Strongly consider using yours for Trinity events (God's Grub, an outing, Sunday School, VBS, potluck, service project, etc.). It starts with an idea powered by your passion. Bring it together to make an immediate impact on a cause you care about. We'll help get you started. In His service, Trinity Leadership Team. The whole congregation at Trinity wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Ken Knafla for many years of selfless service as maintenance and repair person in our building. Ken has been willing to do all the thankless jobs around our beautiful building, keeping it up and running! Thank you Ken!!! The Children’s Christmas Program is TODAY, December 23rd at 6:00pm Christmas Worship Opportunities: Monday, December 24th: 3:00pm and 5:00pm (No Holy communion) Tuesday, December 25th 9:00am with Holy Communion 12