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

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Reflecting on Today’s Worship By Pastor David Voss

Hymns for Today: LSB 361 LSB 934 LSB 935 Serving the Lord and His People Today:
David Voss, Pastor George Plvan, Guest Pastor Betty Schneider, Organist Kathy Petik, Lector Joey Reierson, Acolyte Joy Voss, Nursery Altar Team # 2 Thelma Klein & Cindy Reierson Usher Team # 6 Hobo & Charlene Logan, Andy & Kathy Petik This Week’s Ministry at Nazareth Dec 20 thru Dec 27 Today 9:30am Sunday School 10:30am Coffee 11:00am Worship Mon 9:00am Wrapping Gifts 7:00pm Church Council Tue 9:30am TOPS Wed 7:00pm Choir Practice Thurs 7:00pm ChristmasEveCandlelight Fri 10:00am Christmas Day Service Sun 9:30am Sunday School 10:30am Coffee 11:00am Worship/HC The Scripture Readings for Dec 25th:
1st Reading: Is. 52:7-10 Epistle: Heb. 1:1-6(7-12) The Holy Gospel: John 1:1-14(15-18)

The Scripture Readings for Dec 27th:
1st Reading: Ex. 13:1-3a, 11-15 Epistle: Col. 3:12-17 The Holy Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

Mary was blessed: Blessed to give birth to the Son of God, blessed to be protected by Him in troubling times, blessed to see the fulfillment of God’s promises fulfilled through Christ from birth until death. None of the blessings that Mary received would have been known to her or benefitted her without faith. Without faith, Mary would have been just another skeptic of the abundant blessings that God bestowed upon her and His people. Elizabeth appreciated this fact as she revealed when she said, “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Wise Elizabeth shares with Mary what is also meant for our ears. God blesses you on this day through His Word and His Sacrament. Blessed are you when you believe that there is a fulfillment of what God promises you through these gifts. By faith, you receive the forgiveness of your sins and everlasting life through Mary’s child – the Son of God – Jesus Christ.

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.

WELCOME BACK! - What a wonderful blessing it is to have back with us Pastor George and Vera Plvan. It is a gift to host two devoted servants of the LORD who love our Great Redeemer. 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. 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. 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 20, 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 – Billy Joyner

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Kyrie, p. 168 Hymn of Praise, “This is the Feast” p. 171 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
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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 origin 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. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men; A This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

MEN & WOMEN BIBLE STUDIES: Our Men and Women’s Wednesday Bible Studies will take a break during the

Advent Season through the New Year. Please Join us for Advent Service on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

IN OUR PRAYERS: As you probably already know, former members Pastor Mike & Phyllis Kane 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 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. CHRISTMAS FAMILIES WRAPPING: We will gather together on Monday,

December 21st at Nazareth Lutheran Church in the Adult Sunday School Room to wrap Christmas presents for our three families. All are invited to attend and help with the wrapping. What a wonderful Stewardship outreach! YOUTH GROUP: The youth would like to thank all of you who went Christmas Caroling with us at the Hopewell Health Care Center. What fun and fellowship they had going around the center not to mention the snacks that were brought after the Caroling at Nazareth Lutheran Church. CHURCH COUNCIL: This is a reminder that the Church Council will meet on Monday, December 21st at 7:00pm in the Adult Sunday School Room. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Mr. Louis Harvey 5301 Plaza Drive, Rm. #130 Hopewell, VA 23860 Phone # 458-1454 STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE CARDS: If you have not turned in your pledge cards, please place them in the Offering Plate.

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 an 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)

Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 20, 2009
Order of Service: Divine Service – Setting Two Prelude Greeting and Sharing of the Peace Hymn of Invocation
LSB 361

Service of the Word
Confession and Absolution, p. 167 Introit
1 Sam. 2:1b, 2, 5b–7; antiphon: Luke 1:46b– 47

My soul magni- | fies the Lord,* and my spirit rejoices in God my | Savior, My mouth derides my | enemies,* because I rejoice in your sal- | vation. There is none holy | like the LORD;* there is none besides you; there is no rock | like our God. The barren has borne | seven,* but she who has many children | is forlorn. The LORD kills and | brings to life;* he brings down to Sheol and | raises up. The LORD makes poor and | makes rich;* he brings low and | he exalts. Glory be to the Father and | to the Son* and to the Holy | Spirit; as it was in the be- | ginning,* is now, and will be forever. | Amen. My soul magni- | fies the Lord,* and my spirit rejoices in God my | Savior,

Hymn of the Day

LSB 934

Sermon Nicene Creed Prayer of the Church Offering and Offertory, p. 176

Service of the Sacrament
Preface, p. 177 Sanctus, p. 178 Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord's Prayer, p. 179 The Words of Institution Pax Domini, Agnus Dei, p. 180 Distribution Post-Communion Canticle, “Thank the Lord”, p. 181 Post-Communion Collect, p. 183 Benediction Closing Hymn Recessional
LSB 935

Acknowledgments

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 79 Att Last Year 89 Weekly Budget Needs $ 3,314.00 Received Last Week $ 1,315.60

Other Income $ 3,011.89 TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! DEC/JAN NURSERY ATTENDANTS Dec 24 – No Attendant Dec 25 – No Attendant Dec 27 – Karen Van Worth Dec 31 – No Attendant Jan 3 – vacant Jan 10 – vacant STEWARDSHIP CORNER: 4th Sunday in Advent Hebrews 10:5-10: Jesus repeatedly told His disciples that He came to do His Father’s will. As God’s Chief Steward He used His time and energy to fulfill the Father’s purposes. May the Holy Spirit help us grow as Advent stewards who use our time and resources in ways that honor our Father in heaven and provide help for our brothers and sisters in Christ. CHRISTMAS FAMILIES: We are collecting items for our three 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.

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.

Choir Anthem Epistle
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Hebrews 10:5–10

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.’”
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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), 9then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. A This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Alleluia and Verse, p. 173 Holy Gospel
Luke 1:39–45

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the first chapter. C Glory to You, O Lord.
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In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” P This is the Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to You, O Christ.