8 December 2019


Time of the Church:                Christmas; Advent
Color:                                      Blue
Divine Service:                       Setting III
Introit:                                     Psalm 105: 4 – 8  antiphon: Isaiah 40: 3b
Old Testament:                       Isaiah 11: 1 – 10
Psalm                                      Psalm 72: 1 – 7 antiphon: verse 18
Epistle:                                    Romans 15: 4 – 13
Gradual:                                  Zechariah 9: 9; Psalm 118: 26. alt
Verse:                                      Luke 3: 4b, 6
Gospel:                                    Matthew 3: 1 – 12
Proper Preface:                       Common


By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord

     “John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent’” (Matt. 3:1–2). His preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepared people for the coming of Christ into the world. St. John’s work was historically complete with the incarnate advent of Jesus, but his vital ministry continues in preaching Law and Gospel. The Son of God has come in the flesh, “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots” (Is. 11:1), and continues to bear the fruits of righteousness. His good tree of the cross is “a signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10), by which He calls the nations to repentance. “With the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips” (Is. 11:4), He slays the wicked and brings the dead to life, making sons of Abraham out of lifeless stones. So also the “root of Jesse” comes to us, “even he who arises to rule the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:12), that “we might have hope” and be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:4, 13).

Second Sunday In Advent Evangelism folder


 Audio of readings and sermon will be available by Tuesday / 10 December

Opening Hymn:             331 / The Advent Of Our King
Sermon Hymn:              344 / On Jordon’s Bank The Baptist’s Cry
Distribution Hymns:       AGPS 145 / Jesus, Name Above All Name
348 / The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns                                   
790 / Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
803 / Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
643 / Sent Forth By God’s Blessing

Closing Hymn:          352 / Let The Earth Now Praise The Lord

First Mid Week Service In Advent

 4 December 2019

Time of the Church:                        Christmas / Advent
Color:                                              Blue
Divine Service:                                Setting III
Introit:                                              Psalm 21:  antiphon: verse 1
Old Testament:                                Isaiah 40: 1 – 5
Gospel:                                            Luke 1: 5 – 25
Proper Preface:                               Advent


First Advent Mid Week Sermon Pulpit Notes 


Opening Hymn:                    331 / The Advent Of Our King
Sermon Hymn:                     332 / Savior Of The Nations Come
Distribution Hymns:              350 / Come Thou Precious Ransom Come
                                    345 / Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding
                          790 / Praise To The Lord, The Almighty

Closing Hymn:               347 / Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People

First Sunday In Advent

1 December 2019


Church Year:                          Time Of Christmas – Advent

Color:                                     Blue or Purple

Divine Service:                        Setting III

Lectionary Propers:                

Introit:                                     Psalm 118: 25 – 28 antiphon: Zechariah 9: 9b, alt

Old Testament:                         Isaiah 2: 1 – 5

Psalm:                                     Psalm 122  antiphon: verse 6

Epistle:                                    Romans 13: 8 – 14

Gradual:                                  Zechariah 9: 9; Psalm 118: 26, alt

Verse:                                      Psalm 24: 7

Gospel:                                    Matthew 24: 36 – 44

Proper Preface:                       Advent


The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Now

     The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins of the world in His body. Now He comes by the ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death, the devil and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His Holy Church, “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word, we “walk in the light of the Lord” (Is. 2:5). That is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42).
Opening Hymn:                      357 / O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Sermon Hymn:                       332 / Savior Of The Nations Come
Distribution Hymns:                349 / Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding
338 / Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
347 / Comfort, Comfort Ye My People
344 / On Jordan’s Banks The Baptist’s Cry
550 / Lamb of God
Closing Hymn:                         832 / Jesus Shall Reign