Wednesday Services in Advent December 8, 2013

December 8, 2013
8800 N. Rollin Hwy., Addison, MI 49220
517.547.4261 ~ Fax: 517.547.4262
Christian Care
Gifts of Love
Meals On Wheels
*Cheryl Perry 547-6465
Kids’ Worship Connection
Small Groups
*Ken Pollack—467-7081
Altar Guild
Usher Teams
*Richard Covell 392.6765
Coffee Connection
Special Events
*Cheryl Bias 734.812.6685
Welcome Center
*Mike Helf—517-547-5210
Wednesday Services in Advent
December 11th & 18, 6pm Supper, 7pm Worship
Children’s Christmas program Sunday, December 22.
Practice today at 9:45 and Wednesday at 6:00PM.
Fellowship Event Leader Mtg
TODAY at 9:45AM. If you have led an event or are interested in getting involved with
one, meet with Doug Morningstar & Wendy Chetkovich today, in Room 8.
Are you a “people-person”? Never met a stranger?
The day-to-day work of LCOL generates many opportunities to visit with people. Every
day our church comes to know folks who are hospitalized, can’t leave home, or are reaching out to connect with God’s people. If God has gifted you with a love for new faces,
please contact Pastor Steve. He would love to be able share opportunities to visit and
plug you into a community of visitors. (715-218-8571; [email protected])
Pastor: Rev. Steven Newberg
715.218.8571 [email protected]
We have 40 poinsettias available for purchase for $8 that can be used to decorate the
church on Christmas Eve. Plants may be purchased in honor or an occasion or person or
in memory of a loved one. Forms are on the Volunteer Desk.
Music Minister: Rex Engle
517.784.8335 [email protected]
Angel Tree
Administration: Nancy Teets
517.499.0786 [email protected]
Cong. Chairman: Bill Langenderfer
Vice Chair: Jay Fernamberg
Finance: John Boehk
Bob Jacobs—517.467.2050
Ron Wyman—517.547.5257
There are still some names of children on the Angel Tree with needs and wants for each
child. Gifts must be wrapped and under the tree December 15.
Pastor Steve needs your input!
Our between service time has become very busy. While Bible classes and some volunteers
have always wished for more time, our priority has been suitable time for fellowship from
both services. Now our Fellowship team regularly serves more than a hundred—including
hungry neighbors and guests - and volunteers are having to miss church. I would like open
up the time between services by 30 minutes. While our leaders discuss this change, I’d like
to ask you to share any complications you see. Please call (715-218-8571) or email
([email protected]) me during this coming week. No issue is too small. We’d like to
think through this potential change completely and make sure we are aware of all concerns. ~Pastor Steve
Email: [email protected] ~ Web:
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This Week at LCOL
Traditional Worship
Coffee Connection
Adult Bible Study
Children’s Christmas Practice
Praise Worship/Children’s Worship
Ruth Small Group
Men’s Bible Study @ Brooklyn Big Boy
Covell Small Group
Wed. 10:00am
Bible Study with Pastor
Prayer Shawl Knitters
Meals On Wheels— The Frautschis
Brooklyn Small Group
Staff Meeting
Children’s Christmas Practice
Soup Supper
Advent Service
Christmas Card Sales
Still some available at the Volunteer desk. All proceeds go to
the Youth activities. Thank
Serving in God’s House Today
Hal Schmidt & Bob Barth
Paula Jordon
Steve Bauer, Bob Jacobs, Tom Shoup, Gordon Stites,
Bill Decker, Doug Morningstar, Clif Weber
Praise Team: Sue Weber, Christin Draa, Linda Baker, Cheryl
Bias, Mike Blackmar, Louie Walch, Dennis Pickford
Multi Media: Mike & Danny Tucker/Nick & Austin
The Fenstemachers & The Rileys
Lay Readers: Kathy Schmidt & Tim Wegman
Coffee Connection: Team John
Children’s Message:
Pastor Newberg
Children’s Worship: Richard & Carol Moran
Love, INC is in desperate need of diapers size 4 & 5. If you would like
to donate a package of diapers (any size) or a donation towards diapers, please see Rex. Thank You!
The Capital Campaign Team will be
adding bricks to the church in the
parish hall this morning during Coffee
Connection. Come and celebrate
what God is doing at LCOL!
Lights of Love
Lights of Love trees in Adrian, Hudson, Onsted & Tecumseh will be lit
today at 6PM in memory of lost loved
ones. You are invited to attend. Light
refreshments will be served.
This Week’s Catechism Meditation
The First Petition of the Lord’s Prayer
Hallowed be Thy Name
What does this mean? God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition
that it may be kept holy among us also.
In the Morning
Isaiah 24:14-25:12; Psalm 24
Isaiah 26:1-19; Psalm 122
Isaiah 26:20-27:13; Psalm 33
Isaiah 28:14-29; Psalm 50
Isaiah 29:1-14; Psalm 18:1-20
Isaiah 29:15-30:14; Psalm 102
Isaiah 30:15-26; Psalm 90
Daily Prayers for the LCOL family
Praying for One Another
In the Evening
1 John 2:15-29; Psalm 25
1 John 3:1-24; Psalm 40
1 John 4:1-21; Psalm 85
1 John 5:1-21; Psalm 14
Jude 1-25; Psalm 126
Revelation 1:1-20; Psalm 130
Revelation 2:1-29; Psalm 80
Cooper Teets
Donna McCarley
Donna Budde
Andrew Wyman
Travis Fernamberg
Kathy Schmidt
Joe Toth
John Denney
Ken Pollack
Dewight Moyer
Tom Shoup
Garrett & Sara Barth
Last Week @ LCOL
Kids’ Church:
Adult Bible Study
Advent Worship
 Jacob Wiltse
General Fund:
 Jackie Klinger, cancer
Weekly Need:
 Dan Tumusiime,
 The Jodway
and Atwood families
General Fund:
 Donna McCarley
GF Budget:
 Virginia Roesch
 Charlie Cox
 Lia Henning
 Dick & Carolyn Herman
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Today’s Worship ~ 8:30AM
Invocation, Confession & Absolution
Opening Hymn
27 “Prepare the Royal Highway”
The Kyrie, Hymn of Praise & Collect
The Old Testament
Isaiah 11:1-10
Special Music
“Waiting for a King” The Choir
The Epistle
Romans 15:4-13
The Gospel
Matthew 3:1-12
Message Hymn
14 “On Jordan’s Banks”
The Message
“Prepare the Way”
The Creed
The Prayers
The Offering
Closing Hymn
50 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
The Closing Prayer
Choral Blessing
Chancel Flowers last Sunday were given to the
glory of God by Elmer & Jeannie Hehl in honor of their
60th anniversary. This Sunday’s flowers are from Dick &
Sharon Covell in honor of their 22nd anniversary.
Today’s Worship ~ 10:30AM
Coming Together
“Glorious is Our God”
The Psalm Prayer
The Word
Isaiah 11:1-10
“Well Done”
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Children’s Message
“We Shall See the Glory of the Lord”
The Message “Prepare the Way”
The Offering
The Sacrament
The Blessing
Thank You from Christian Care for the anonymous
donation of 50 turkeys, Meijers for the $150 gift certificate and all who donated food and delivered baskets.
Welcome To Our Guests
We’re glad you’re here!
You’ve heard it before and so have we:
people think church is too boring, too
intimidating, or just not relevant to their
lives. We know the opposite to be true!
Lutheran Church of the Lakes is a community dedicated to letting God’s love in Jesus change our entire lives!
What does that look like? We are
about loving a God who loved us first.
We’re about loving people the way He
does. And we’re about trusting in His
promise to remake this world in His image
--Eternal Love. Because of that, we want
What about Holy Communion?
We understand Communion to be more
than just a symbol or a statement--it is a
“means of grace.” Like the Bible, it proclaims the fearful cost of our salvation, the
depth of our Savior’s love, and the perfect
trust we can have because of Jesus’ death
and resurrection. It is an intimate moment where God himself is with us, and
should never be taken lightly. For that
reason, the Bible tells us: “A person ought
to examine themselves before they eat of
the bread and drink of the cup.”
“Come to the Table” “Shine On Us”
“Mighty to Save”
Bible Study
to get to know you. If you’d like to join
us, or if there is anything we can do for
you, please don’t hesitate to ask Pastor
Steve or any of our volunteers. We are
here for you!
Helpful info
The Coffee Connection is available
at 9:30AM in the parish hall which is back
through the reception area and to your
right. Restrooms & a water fountain are
located in the hallway and in the parish
For children, there are small bags
with books, toy & a coloring page hanging
on the stair wall to the left of the worship center.
We have a self-serve nursery at the
back of the sanctuary. Changing tables
are in both women’s restrooms. C h i l dren ages 3 years through 4th grade are
invited to the Children’s Worship Center
at both the 8:30 & 10:30 service times,
and Kids’ Connection at 9:45.
Sundays: 9:45 ‘The Meaning of Christmas’ with Dave Ruth.
2nd & 4th Monday:
Men’s Breakfast @ Brooklyn Big Boy
Every Tuesday:
“Thru the Bible” is led by Pastor every
Tuesday at 10:00am at the church.
Every Thursday: 9:00AM
‘Bible Babes” Women encouraging
women in their Christian walk
What about Money?
We are a church. We invest in people. We aren’t a business trying to
increase it’s bottom line. It’s because
of the faithful and regular giving of
people like you that we continue to
make a difference, equipping and encouraging people in our community
and around the world. Is this your
church? Give joyfully. Not sure yet?
Relax and enjoy this time of worship.
We aren’t glad you’re here because of
your money. You’re our guest and
you matter (even if you don’t know it
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Scripture Readings
Isaiah 11:1-10
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of
the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of
knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in
the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the
meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of
his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness
the belt of his loins. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the
leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the
lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead
them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie
down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The
nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the
weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall
not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall
be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the
In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for
the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting
place shall be glorious.
Romans 15:4-13
For whatever was written in former days was written for
our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the
God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such
harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that
together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as
Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the
promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles
might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I
will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”
And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the
peoples extol him.”
And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even
he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may
abound in hope.
Matthew 3:1-12
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah
when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”
Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather
belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the
Sermon Notes
The King is Coming: Prepare the Way
In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
How do we prepare?
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek His presence continually!
Remember what He’s done!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.
Am I more and more familiar with God’s Word? How?
Remember who you are!
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
Do I remind myself of this? How? How often?
Remember what He is doing!
He is the LORD our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
Am I prayerfully aware of Him? What is your way to do this?
He remembers the promise He’s made to you!
He remembers his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations. (Introit)
Failing to seek Him? Don’t worry or be afraid. He has not forgotten you.
Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us;
we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.
Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in
the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who
warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping
with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We
have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from
these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe
is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does
not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after
me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing
fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather
his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”