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Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church 1711 Grant Street – Hopewell, VA 23860 804-458-7994

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Epistle: Heb. 10:5-10 The Holy Gospel: Luke 1:39-45(46-56)

Hymns for Today: LSB 357(vs. 1 – 5) LSB 375 LSB 803 Serving the Lord and His People Today:
David Voss, Pastor Betty Schneider, Organist Marilyn Antunes, Lector Taylor Leis, Acolyte Madison Van Worth, Assisting Acolyte Karen Van Worth, Nursery Altar Team # 2 Thelma Klein & Cindy Reierson Usher Team # 5 Marilyn Antunes, Kathy Beahm, Rowena Carter, Anna Klein, Sue Skalleberg This Week’s Ministry at Nazareth Dec 13 thru Dec 20 Today 9:30am Sunday School 10:15am Christmas Pageant 11:00am Worship 12:30pm Christmas Party Mon 7:00pm Spiritual Care Tue 9:30am TOPS Wed 6:00pm Soup & Sandwich 7:00pm Advent Service 7:40pm Confirmation 7:45pm Choir Practice Thurs 9:30am Quilters Fri 6:00pm Youth Caroling @ HHCC 7:00pm GS Caroling @ BL Sat Wrapping For Christmas Families Sun 9:30am Sunday School 10:30am Coffee 11:00am Worship/HC
The Scripture Readings for Dec 20th: 1st Reading: Mic. 5:2-5a

Reflecting on Today’s Worship By Pastor David Voss When I hear the word “rejoice” I always think of someone with head held high and waving their arms in the air or someone doing a leap of happiness! So, when Saint Paul tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always” I admit that there are times when I not only don’t feel like rejoicing but I don’t have the time to! There can be days when my head is held low and my hands are in my pockets! I just don’t feel like “rejoicing!” The problem is that my idea (and I have a feeling your idea) of rejoicing is not what Paul is referring to. When Saint Paul tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always”, he is telling us that we should be living in a constant state of appreciation and peace for what Christ has done for us. We should not be anxious about earthly things but be thankful for heavenly things! The birth of Christ granted us the possibility to rejoice even when our heads are held low! No one knows this better than Saint Paul, who wrote his words of rejoicing from prison!

So, today, as we worship, regardless of our state of mind, together we rejoice in the Lord! CHILDREN’S NURSERY – Nazareth provides a Nursery for children that are 4 years old and younger. When you take your child to the Nursery, please fill out one of the Information Sheets on your child. It is important to know if your child has allergies, if they are taking medicine or if they need special assistance. The forms will be located outside of the Nursery door. It is also important that you sign your child out or make special arrangements with the nursery attendant. The Nursery is located on the first floor near the sanctuary. If you need assistance to locate the Nursery, please see an usher. NURSERY SCHEDULE FOR DEC.: You will notice that on December 24th, December 25th and December 31st there are no attendants in the Nursery during this season. The Christmas Services are structured around the family. If your child needs to stretch his or her legs, the Nursery will be open. It’s a reality we have to face: flu season has hit full force! We have provided hand sanitizer for you in the narthex and encourage you to use in on your way in and out of Worship (or anytime you enter or leave the church). Please

respect, without offense, anyone’s desire not to shake hands during the sharing of the peace. May God graciously comfort all who have contracted the flu thus far. ADVENT: The last Advent Service will be on Wed. at 7:00pm. We will also have Soup and Sandwiches at 6:00pm. The third supper will be headed up by the Committee on Finance & Stewardship. If you would like to make a soup, sandwiches or a dessert, please let Al Schneider or Marilyn Antunes know. Beginning in the new church year, we will be accepting individual prayer requests to be spoken by the Pastor during the Prayer of the Church. To submit a name, please call or e-mail Karen or Pastor Voss with the name and nature of the prayer (for healing, for comfort, etc.). If you have any questions about this, please contact Pastor Voss. Our “God 101” class has been very popular with those looking for a nononsense explanation of the basics of Christianity. Join us, share your thoughts, and feel free to ask Pastor Voss tough questions because the truth of God’s Grace is a wonderful thing to explain! 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary.

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER!
Prayer List for the week of Dec 13, 2009 Lord, in Your mercy, hear us as we pray for …
For our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Nursing Homes Mary Blaho, HHCC (229) Velma Fleming, HHCC (227) Mildred Skroback, HHCC Mary Nemetz, In Charlottesville Louis Harvey, BL (130) Phyllis Kane, Conover Nursing & Rehab Center For our Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are home-bound Elsie Voda Mary Petik For our members and friends serving our country in the military Bruce Layne Danny Petik Chris Graham Dustin Petik James Eckenrode David Petik Scott Naumann Jeff & Stacy Crossen Courtney Williams Jeffrey Head Steve Foxx Brandon Edwards Michael McKinzie For our members and friends away at college – Landry Doane Casey Davis Brandon Edwards For our members who are sick, hospitalized or recuperating Gerald Rayner & Family Betty & Al Schneider Rowena Carter Tina Doane Leann Eckstein Annette Dry Ilse Appleby Jordan Layne Charlene Logan Kay Grochowaski Barney Hampton For our friends who are sick, hospitalized or recuperating Darleene Farley Jonathan Weston Connie Williamson Rita Joyner Joann Miller Jeff Walter Mark Black Francis Brinkley Shelby Slayton Nick Doize Pastor Kane For the Family of the Saints departed – Ed Appleby

Third Sunday of Advent

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Kyrie, p. 168 Hymn of Praise, “Glory to God in the Highest” p. 170 Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you. C And also with you. P Let us pray. …one God, now and forever. C Amen.

Old Testament Reading
14Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;

Zephaniah 3:14–20

shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. 16On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. 17The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. 18I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. 19Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise Please Join us for Advent Service on MEN & WOMEN BIBLE STUDIES: Our Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Men and Women’s Wednesday Bible Studies will take a break during the NURSING HOME: Please have the Advent Season through the New Year. packages turned back in as soon as possible.

IN OUR PRAYERS: As you probably already know, former members Pastor Mike & Phyllis were in an accident. Phyllis broke both of her ankles and had to have surgery. Phyllis will be off her feet for quite a while, but is in the process of being released. We have put them on our prayer list and will keep you updated. We pray that God will comfort them, heal them and give them guidance down the road ahead. The address to Conover Nursing & Rehab Center is 920 4th St SW, Conover, NC 28613-9679. CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Please join the children as we celebrate Jesus’ Birthday downstairs in the Fellowship hall. CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS: Christmas Poinsettias have been ordered for this year. There is still time to bring your own Poinsettia. Please call the Church Secretary to schedule a time to bring it in. ADVENT DEVOTIONS: The Advent Devotions are available in the Narthex. If you need assistance, please ask the ushers. If you need additional copies, please see the Church Secretary. NEW YEARS EVE SERVICE: There will be a New Years Eve Prayer Service on December 31st at 7:00pm. Please join us.

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP: Each Sunday at 10:30am, we encourage you to get a cup of coffee and join in the fellowship at Nazareth. Whether it be your first visit or someone who has been coming here for many years—this is a great opportunity to serve the Lord with gladness. Coffee Fellowship is located in the Adult Sunday School Room. All are invited to come by. If you would be willing to bring snacks to accompany the coffee, please write your name on the sheet posted outside the door. YOUTH GROUP: On Friday, December 18th at 6:00pm, the youth group will go Christmas Caroling to the Hopewell Healthcare Center. They would like to extend the invitation to everyone in the church. Please meet at the church at 6:00pm. After that, they will come back to the church for a $10 gift exchange and fellowship. Please join us in this fun event. Please bring a special treat to share. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Mr. Louis Harvey 5301 Plaza Drive, Rm. #130 Hopewell, VA 23860 Phone # 458-1454

O Christmas Tree
The specific origin of the Christmas tree is lost in the dim and distant past. It seems to be generally recognized that the people who lived in what is now Germany were the first to develop the tradition of the Christmas tree. One tradition is that about 1000 years ago, in Germany, St Boniface came across a group of pagans worshipping under and oak tree. He was so annoyed that he cut down the tree. To his surprise he found that a fir tree grew in its place and the fir was thereafter associated with the primacy of the Christian faith. Martin Luther is credited with first placing candles on the Christmas tree. After his banishment from the Catholic church he spent a great deal of time walking through the forests of evergreen conifers thinking through his beliefs. The candles are said to have represented the stars which were seen by him through the trees The custom of a decorated Christmas tree appears to have started in Britain in the early middle nineteenth century. Albert, the Prince Consort to Queen Victoria, brought the tradition from his homeland of Saxe Coburg which is now part of Germany. The example set by royalty became a general fashion. (courtesy stboniface.org)

Third Sunday of Advent – December 13, 2009
Order of Service: Divine Service – Setting Two
Prelude Greeting and Sharing of the Peace Hymn of Invocation
LSB 357, v. 1-5

Service of the Word
Confession and Absolution, p. 167 Introit P Rejoice in the Lord | always;* C again I will say, | Rejoice. Blessèd is he whose help is the God of | Jacob,* C whose hope is in the | LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is | in them,* C who keeps faith for- | ever; who executes justice for | the oppressed, C who gives food to the | hungry.* The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes | of the blind. C The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the | righteous. Glory be to the Father and | to the Son* C and to the Holy | Spirit; as it was in the be- | ginning,* C is now, and will be forever. | Amen. Rejoice in the Lord | always;* C again I will say, | Rejoice.

are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” 24When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ 28I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” P This is the Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to You, O Christ.

Children’s Message Hymn of the Day Sermon Apostles’ Creed, p. 175 Prayer of the Church Offering and Offertory, p. 176 Lord’s Prayer Benediction Closing Hymn Recessional
Acknowledgments

LSB 375

LSB 803

Divine Service, Setting Two from Lutheran Service Book Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Explanation of the Lutheran Liturgy This glossary of terms has been made available to describe the gift of liturgy and how it serves the proclamation of the Gospel.

Absolution – A formal act by the pastor by the authority of Christ of pronouncing God's forgiveness of sins. Agnus Dei – A prayer to Jesus, the lamb of the Passover sacrifice which prefigured the crucifixion. Alleluia – An expression of praise, "Praise the Lord," from the Hebrew Hallelujah. Benediction - A blessing from God at the conclusion of the worship service. Baptism – Water and God’s Word poured upon the one who receives God’s Grace and the promise of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). Canticle - A biblical song, other than a Psalm. The most familiar canticles are the songs of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) and Mary (Luke 1:46-55). Confession - An acknowledgment of sin. Confessions of sin during the liturgy are general, made by all the people. The church also provides for private confession. Collect – A short liturgical prayer, variable according to the season of the church year and the occasion. Creed - A concise and formal statement of basic beliefs about God. The term is derived from the Latin credo, "I believe." Creeds state important points of doctrine. Hymn - A form of congregational song in praise of God, using important words that proclaim what God has done and is actively doing for us through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Introit - A psalm that is read by pastor and congregation. The term is from Latin, "to go in" or "enter" as it fittingly leads us into the Service of the Word. Kyrie – A supplication for the LORD to have mercy upon His people. Lord's Prayer - This prayer of Jesus was given to his disciples as an example of how they should pray. (See Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4) Offering – An expression of thanksgiving and generosity for the mission of the church that is in response to Christ's self-offering for our salvation. Pax Domini - Latin for "peace of the Lord". Prior to the distribution of the Lord's body and blood, the pastor blesses the people with these words. Prayer – Intercessions to God that His gracious will may be done. Salutation - This dialogue of greeting and response is based on Boaz's greeting to the reapers in Ruth 2:4. Sanctus - Based on the song of the seraphim (Isaiah 6:1-3). Sermon – A proclamation of God’s Word by the pastor as it applies to the congregation with an emphasis on rightly distinguishing God’s Law and Gospel. Words of Institution – The spoken words of our Savior, Jesus Christ, used by the Holy Spirit to present the body and blood of our savior in, with, and under the bread

OUR MISSION STATEMENT AT NLC: A Community In Christ; Growing In Faith; Active In Love.

IN HIS HOUSE and FOR HIS WORK Att Last Sunday 76 Att Last Year 67 Weekly Budget Needs $ 3,314.00 Received Last Week $ 4,760.30

Other Income $ 540.00 TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! DEC. NURSERY ATTENDANTS Dec 20 – Vacant Dec 24 – No Attendant Dec 25 – No Attendant Dec 27 – Karen Van Worth STEWARDSHIP CORNER: 3rd Sunday in Advent Philippians 4:4-7: Our LCMS definition of stewardship begins with these words: “Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God…” During this preparation season of Advent we are reminded that Christian stewardship really is free and joyous when we acknowledge that God is the Owner of all things and He delights in lavishing His gifts upon us to use to His glory and the welfare of our neighbors. CHRISTMAS FAMILIES: We are collecting items for our two Christmas Families. The items are listed on the back of a Christmas Card. Please take a card off of the tree. When bringing the item back to the church, tape the Christmas Card on the package. Items need to be in by Dec. 19th. 2010 CALENDARS: Our 2010 Calendars are available in the Narthex. Please take one. If you need assistance, you may ask an usher. and renown in all the earth. 20At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and praised

Thank you to J.T. Morris & Son for providing these calendars to us. INVITATION CARDS are available in the Narthex in the clear stand on the table next to the door. You are invited to take an envelope. Inside you will find two cards to leave with someone to invite them to worship with us at Nazareth. [You can return the envelopes at any time for refills!] You might want to carry them with you in your wallet or purse, having them ready to hand to someone you've met. You might also want to consider leaving them on the table if you go out to eat, along with your tip and a cross. Remember our job is to ignite the world with Christ's Love! CHRISTMAS is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends for fellowship. However, there are some people including members of Nazareth who will be unable to gather with family and friends for the Christmas holiday. Please remember those who are hospitalized, shut-in or away at college or on military assignment in your prayers. If you can send a card, a letter or just a note; make a telephone call or a personal visit it would be very meaningful for those who cannot be with family and friends on Christmas. The names of our hospitalized, shut-ins, military and college members are listed in our worship folder.

among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” says the LORD. A This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Choir Anthem Epistle
4Rejoice

in the Lord always; again I will your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. A This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Philippians 4:4-7 say, Rejoice. 5Let

Alleluia and Verse, p. 173 Holy Gospel
Luke 7:18–28

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the seventh chapter. C Glory to You, O Lord.

18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers