+ Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 2 – Saturday, December 8 +
Sun. Is. 8:9-9:7; 1 Peter 4:1-19 Thurs. Is.14:1-23; 2 Peter 3:1-18;
Mon. Is. 9:8-10:11; 1 Peter 5:1-14 Fri. Is. 24:1-13; 1 John 1:1-2:14;
Tues. Is. 10:12-27a,33-34; 2 Peter 1:1-21; Sat. Is. 24:14-25:12; 1 John 2:15-29;
Wed. Is. 11:1-12:6; 2 Peter 2:1-22;
+ Attendance for the Week of November 25, 2018 +
Sunday Services Sunday School Adults: 23 Children: 8 Worship: 61
+ Serving Next Sunday, December 9, 2018 +
Elder: Lance Hoffman Deacon: Jason Krehl Altar Guild: All Guild Members
+ Upcoming Events for Zion +
TODAY CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING ……………………………………. 11:00 a.m.
December 5, 12, 19 ADVENT WEDNESDAYS – Bible Study 5 PM, Dinner 6 PM, Worship 7 PM
December 8 DECORATE CHURCH AND TREE FOR CHRISTMAS…………… 9:00 a.m.
December 9 LADIES AID CHRISTMAS GATHERING …………………………. 11:00 a.m.
December 23 CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM ………………………….. 10:00 a.m.
December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICE ………………………….. 7:00 p.m.
December 25 CHRISTMAS MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE ………………….. 9:00 a.m.
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+ Lectionary Series – Today’s Scripture Readings +
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
Jeremiah 33:14–161 Thessalonians 3:9–13 Luke 19:28–40
The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us
The season of Advent focuses on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this first Sunday establishes this theme for the rest of the season. The Son of God came long ago to be our Savior, “a righteous Branch” descended from David (Jer. 33:15). As He then came into Jerusalem, riding on a lowly donkey to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world (Luke 19:28–40), so does He come to His Church today in the humility of Word and Sacrament to deliver the fruits of His Passion: the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He absolves us and establishes our hearts “blameless in holiness before our God and Father” (1 Thess. 3:13). The same Lord Jesus, who came to Jerusalem then and who comes to us now in peace, will come again with power and great glory on the Last Day. Then there will be “distress of nations in perplexity,” with “people fainting with fear.” Yet, as we anticipate that great and terrible day, He bids us to rest securely in Him: “Raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25, 26, 28).
Life Thoughts in the Church Year
December 2 – Advent I – Advent brings the gift of anticipating: “none who wait for … [the Lord] shall be put to shame” (Psalm 25:3). A surprise pregnancy likewise invites patient faith instead of using death as a solution to difficulty. So does struggling with infertility or enduring permanent disability. Our Father’s salvation comes, not sluggish but steadfast (Psalm 25:10). Life is His promise, and He will move heaven and earth to fulfill it (Jeremiah 33:14). Son of David, our coming King, establish us in hope. Amen.
+ General Announcements +
Mid-week Adventservices begin this Wednesday, December 5th. The Advent Mid-week sermon series, based on the book of Isaiah, will be titled “O Come, Emmanuel“. Please plan to attend! There will be Bible study at 5:00 p.m., followed by a meal at 6:00 p.m., and the worship service at 7:00 p.m.
THIS SATURDAY AT 9 A.M. We will be decking the hall and the sanctuary! Please come to help!
SERVE OUR SERVANTS “S.O.S.” SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, 2018 –
FOOD/FRIENDS/FOOTBALL at the ACME BAR & GRILL, 1105 E. STATE BLVD. from 2pm-6pm. Join Cross Connections for this annual Event! Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat pizza & wings, salad & dessert buffet for $20 per person. A percentage of the proceeds from this event will go directly towards providing FREE Biblical counseling for all active duty military, police, fire and EMT personnel referred to Cross Connections by our 91 ministry partners. These brave men & women willingly risk their lives daily for our freedoms and safety and they deserve our support! Please take some time on Saturday December 8th to stop in to The Acme to SERVE OUR SERVANTS!! As an added bonus the festivities will take place during the Army-Navy football game. All former and current military personnel are encouraged to attend and take part in the friendly rivalry that exists between these two branches of our armed forces.
POINSETTIAS – There is a sign-up sheet posted in the fellowship hall for any members who are interested in having poinsettias to take home with you after the Christmas service – AND for those who wish to help cover the costs but who do NOT wish to take plants home. The cost is just $6 per plant.
COLLECTION CONTINUES FOR - Seminary’s Food Co-op!!! Food, paper goods, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and baby needs are needed. Your donations may be placed in the fellowship hall for delivery.
Prayer Request Closet: Diana Ladig Becky Beardsley Carolyn Martz Charlie and Linda Martz
Pray for all of those elected to help govern our counties, our state, and our nation.
As you pray for your personal family, please pray also for your church family.
Pray for our Shut-ins: Charlotte Avery Nancy Malone Mike Campbell
Pray for all Service Men and Women, especially our own:
Brock Trowbridge Aaron Mason Jeffery Mason Jarrod Phillips Stephen Koziol
December 2 (Advent I) Luke 19:31 – “If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” Consider the faithfulness of that man who owned the donkey and colt. All he needed to hear was, “The Lord has need of it,” and he willingly gave. The Lord has given each of us various callings in life – in our homes, in the Church, and in our communities. In each calling we have good work to do, and that comes from the Lord’s hand. The Lord has need of us in each calling. How is He calling you to generous giving in each of your vocations?