December 10, 2017
Second Sunday in Advent
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
247 Westmount Road East Telephone 519-745-6422
Pastor Warren Hamp Residence 519-571-0240
PRAYER: Stir up our hearts, O Lord, by Your promises made and fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and make us ready to greet Him Who comes to save us. Grant us humility to repent of our pride and our despair, grace to live in Your promises, and hope to await the Day to which all the prophets and John the Baptist point us; for You live and reign with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
TEXT: Mark 1:1-8
SERMON THEME: Comfort and Joy in the Wilderness
IN OUR PRAYERS:
- Queen Elizabeth, her ministers and parliaments in Canada; caution and wisdom for world leaders
- God’s comfort in the wilderness, for those who face cancer in their bodies: Kathy (a friend of Tammi), Annette, undergoing radiation treatment, Pat, in palliative stage, Brenda (Dorothy’s daughter) receiving chemotherapy
- Christ’s healing and patience, especially for Phylis (Ros’s mother) Jean, and all our shut-ins in long term care; Gina, undergoing surgery this Wednesday; Leanne, for relief again; Kurt, for Christ’s renewal; Conor, for right guidance in his care; Evelyn, recuperating at Lanark Place; Linda (Brian’s sister), for proper care
- Bethel Lutheran Church in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and her pastors, the Rev. Matthew Ziprick and the Rev. James Avery; the Lutheran churches in Haiti, for God to provide leadership to them
- Anthony, Lillian & Skyla
- Sherry, Robert & Lindsay
ACOLYTES: L: Brianna
COMMUNION ASSISTANT: L: Gerry
ATTENDANCE: E: 44 L: 71
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 8
BIBLE STUDY: 14
CURRENT: AA $200
OTHER: CLWR $100, Halifax/Dartmouth $45, Rancheria Nutrition $150, Community Cupboard $10
THE LUTHERAN HOUR weekly message of inspiration and hope will be broadcast of CKWR 98.5 at 7am Sunday mornings. You can also listen on-line or download pod casts at www.lll.ca. “Prep Time” Preparing for Christmas is quite different than preparing for Christ. Today’s Lutheran Hour message explores those differences.
WOMAN TO WOMAN May be downloaded at womantowomanradio.com
ISSUES ETC. You can listen to Lutheran experts teach on subjects like: The Testimony of John the Baptist, Decorating Your Home for Advent, The Advent Hymn “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” Ways to Observe Advent and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
THIS WEEK AT FAITH
|Tuesday:||10:30am Trinity Village Service
1pm Bible Study
|Wednesday:||10:30am Conestoga Lodge Service
|Thursday:||11am Westmount LTC Service
6:30pm Catechesis (Parent: Amy)
8:15 Divine Service
9:30 SS & Bible Study
10:45 Prayer & Preaching
7pm SS Christmas Program
WELCOME to our Visitors – We are glad you can be with us today for Divine Service. If you have not been to Faith before, please feel free to leave your name and address in the Guest Register in the narthex. We would like to keep in touch with you. Welcome in the name of the Lord!
In this Holy and Blessed Penitential Season of ADVENT we are prepared by the Lord Who has come in the flesh to redeem us, Who comes in His Word to make us His own, Who will come again to bring us to His eternal feast.
So we gather also on Wednesdays in Advent (December 13th, 20th) at 7pm to sing Vespers and to receive God’s Word of grace to us. We will wait and rejoice and live with three remembered Servants of Christ: St. Nicholas (6th); St. Lucia (13th) and Katharina Von Bora Luther (20th). Come on Wednesdays and find out what that means!
Even though we are past the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation on October 31st, you can still join our Bible Study Sundays at 9:30am, as we complete our look at how the rediscovery of the Gospel changed the world!
Looking way ahead, the schedule around Christmas looks like this:
Sunday, December 17th at 7pm – Sunday School Christmas Program
Sunday, December 24th at 10am – ONE DIVINE SERVICE for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 24th at 5pm and 7pm – Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols
Monday, December 25th at 10am – Christmas Day Divine Service; the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord
Sunday, December 31st at 10am – ONE DIVINE SERVICE for the First Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, December 31st at 7pm – New Year’s Eve Divine Service at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on East Avenue
Sunday, December 31st at 7:15pm – New Year’s Eve Divine Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church on John St in Waterloo
COMMUNITY CUPBOARD –the cupboard is open again, with over 200 people showing up each week. So we are collecting Women’s underwear (briefs, not bikini – sizes S/M/L/XL) and Men’s briefs or boxers (sizes S/M/L/XL). You can just place them in the shopping cart in the narthex. Thank You!!!
The seminary community warmly invites you to our service of Advent Lessons and Carols. This treasured annual event takes place TODAY, the Second Sunday in Advent, 10 December 2017, at 4.00 pm at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines. The seminary faculty, staff, and students will be joined by Resurrection Lutheran Choir, under the direction of Dianne Humann, together with our own Seminary Chorus, directed by Elisabeth Murto. As members of the seminary community read lessons from the prophets that prepare for Christ’s coming, the congregation and choirs sing beloved Advent hymns and carols. The service culminates with the announcement of the Christmas Gospel, by which the students anticipate Christmas just before leaving for the holidays. Please join us for this service of Word, music, prayer, and praise.
Longest Night Service – Sometimes we are feeling their grief more deeply at this time of year. Holy Cross Lutheran Church – 322 East Avenue in Kitchener – invites you to their Longest Night Service on Monday, December 18th, at 7pm.
There is a Donation Box at the back of the church for anyone who would like to donate towards the purchase of Christmas flowers to decorate the church for the Christmas Season.
Join in the Christmas Jubilee. The Children’s Christmas Programme will be on December 17th @ 7pm. Children will tell about Jesus’ birth with joyful hearts, songs, and readings. Rehearsals are Sunday December 10th and 17th during Sunday School. See you there!
Just a friendly reminder – please refrain from wearing perfumes or other strong scents when coming to worship, in care for your sisters and brothers who are scent-sensitive. Thank you!
Women’s Crisis Services – Anselma House is a local organization providing a safe residence to women experiencing domestic violence. Many women bring their children and stay for up to 12 weeks. Women’s Crisis Services offers local women advocacy, housing, parenting and safety education options as well as child and youth programs. There is a poster in the foyer with stickie notes on it. Each stickie note is a request for a gift card to a local grocery or department store that will be used to help support the needs of women and children at Anselma House. Your donations will either be used by staff to purchase items needed while women are staying at the facility or given to women to help support them as they try to make a new start.
Please place your donations in the gift box under the tree.
Gift cards will be taken to Anselma House in the first week of Jan. 2018.
PLEASE take a look at the Usher Calendar in the narthex, and pick ONE Sunday when you can usher. We’d like to fill in the services for the November and December calendars today. We are thankful for those who serve, but it will be great to know each service has ushers scheduled in advance…
TODAY as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion we will receive the body and blood of our Saviour. We receive the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Since the Lord’s Supper is an expression of our common confession of the Christian faith, we ask that only those persons who are members of a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Canada, or LCMS receive the Sacrament. Those who would like more information about this doctrine or any other teachings of the Lutheran church are asked to speak to our pastor.
A Communion Request – all children who are not confirmed and not yet communing – as well as adults who are visiting or are not yet catechized in the Lutheran confession – are welcome to the Lord’s Table for a baptismal blessing. We would simply ask that those who are not communing would cross their arms over their chest so that the elder assisting knows they are not receiving the host. Thanks to all – this will be a really big help.