Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Daily readings for December 4-10, 2011

The signs in the heavens, the distress of nations, and the perplexities upon earth are nothing for the Christian to fear. Although the whole world might be falling apart around us, the Christian takes courage from the Lord's Word because He knows that these are merely the signs of the Lord's coming. The Lord is in complete and total charge and He will not forsake His flock, no matter how difficult the end times might get. The Lord will have "the last laugh" on the last day, for everyone "will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." Our response to the signs of tribulation of the end times is to "look up," or anticipate the Lord's return all the more. In other words, when we see the signs which cause the world great distress, we are called to be encouraged that the Lord is fulfilling His Word just as He said. "This generation," the church, "will by no means pass away till all things are fulfilled. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." That is wonderful comfort for the redeemed of the Lord!

            2012 LUTHERAN WITNESS – Renewal rate for 2012 will be $15.75.  If you plan to renew your subscription, please advise Jane Jones as soon as possible.
         CHURCH DECORATING: On Sunday, we will decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. This will take place right after the Thrivent Lunch.
            LWML will have its annual Christmas gathering on December 15. We will meet at Doc’s Soda Fountain in Girard at 11:30 to eat and play games. At 1:30 we will visit Shut-ins.
            OPEN HOUSE: Pastor and Valerie will once again host an open house for the members of Trinity. It will be on Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
            ADVENT MIDWEEK SERVICES: Services will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 14, and 21, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Dessert will be provided after the service. This weeks Theme: “Mary.”
            CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE: The Children’s Christmas program practice will be held each Sunday at 9:00 am. Dress rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 22, from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. A pizza party will follow dress rehearsal.
            CHRISTMAS EVE: Christmas Eve Children’s Service will be at 5:30pm. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be at 11:00 pm.
            CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE will be at 8:00 a.m.
            Food Pantry Assistance
Assist at Virden Food Pantry December  13 2-3 pm.
Assist at Girard Food Pantry December  22 1-3 pm.

Daily Lectionary For December 4-10, 2011
Dec 4                                 Daniel 11:36-12:13, 1 John 4:1-21, Psalms 123:1-4
Dec 5                                       Hosiah 1:1-3:5, 1 John 5:1-21, Psalms 124:1-8
Dec 6                                      Hosiah 4:1-5:15, 2 John 1:1-13, Psalms 125:1-5
Dec 7                                      Hosiah 6:1-9:17, 3 John 1:1-14, Psalms 126:1-6
Dec 8                                       Hosiah 10:1-14:9, Jude 1:1-25, Psalms 127:1-5
Dec 9                                    Joel 1:1-3:21, Revelation 1:1-20, Psalms 128:1-6
Dec 10                                                                  Looking ahead to Advent 3      Isaiah 40:1–11, 1 Corinthians 4:1–5, Matthew 11:2–11

Isaiah 40:1–11, 1 Corinthians 4:1–5, Matthew 11:2–11
John the Baptizer Prepares the Way for the Lord
The voice of the Baptizer cried out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord . . .” (Isa. 40:1). John called the people to be made ready for the Messiah’s coming through repentance, for “all flesh is grass” (Isa. 40:6). Now He asks from prison, “Are you the one who is to come . . .?” (Matt. 11:2). Jesus’ works bear witness that He is. The sick are made well; the dead are raised, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. Their iniquity is pardoned; they have received from the Lord’s hand double forgiveness for all their sins. The “stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:1) still deliver Christ’s overflowing forgiveness to the poor in spirit, comforting God’s people with the word of the Gospel which stands forever. This Gospel produces rejoicing among all those who believe.

Saturday       December 3         5:30 pm                                     Worship Service
Sunday         December 4          9:00 am Children and Youth Christmas Practice
                                            9:00 am                                            Bible Class
                                            10:00 am                                     Worship Service
                                             3:00 pm                          Adult Information Class
Monday        December 5         5:00 pm                                       Decorate Float
Wednesday   December 7         5:00 pm                                         Confirmation
                                             7:00 pm                        Advent Midweek Vespers
                                             7:30 pm                                                       AA
Thursday      December 8        10:00 am                                       LuHigh Chapel                          Thanksgiving
Friday          December 9         5:30 pm                                Christmas in Virden
Saturday     December 10        5:30 pm                                     Worship Service

We are once again collecting coats, sweaters, hats, and gloves for elementary age children. Please place them on or under the tree at the entrance to church.

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