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Below you will find periodic messages from Pastor Quinn. 

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Daily Meditation and Prayer

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Daily Meditation and Prayer

I. Begin:  “In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

II. Confess:  The Apostles Creed

III. Pray the Psalm of the Week:  Psalm 85

IV. Meditate on God’s Word

 

Bible Stories for the Family

Monday

He Brings Comfort and Peace – Isaiah 40:1-11

Tuesday

Promise of Peace from the Spirit in Baptism – Mark 1:1-8

Wednesday

Jesus Leaves Peace through the Spirit – John 14:15-31

Thursday

Peace with God through Christ Jesus – Romans 5:1-11

Friday

Jesus Is Our Peace – Ephesians 2:11-22

Saturday

Preparation for Next Sunday’s Service

Sunday

Attend Divine Service

V. Read from Devotional Materials (like Portals of Prayer).

VI. Study the Catechism:  THE LORD’S PRAYER:  The Conclusion

VII. Pray

            A. Collect of the Week:  Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and Forever.  Amen.

            B. Daily Prayers:  Monday: Thanksgiving for our baptism, our calling, and daily work.  Tuesday: Facing conflict and temptation, for faithfulness and courage.  Wednesday: Life in the world, our families, our government.  Thursday: Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Supper, for the church and her pastors, teachers, and other workers.  Friday: Thanksgiving for the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and for those who suffer.  Saturday: Prayers of preparation for the Divine Service the following day.

            C. Special Intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer, Morning or Evening Prayer from the Catechism

VIII. Say the Ten Commandments

IX. Sing or Say the Hymn of the Week:  LSB 349, Hark the Glad Sound

X. Close:  To Him who has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  The Lord Almighty order our days and our deeds are in His + peace. Amen.

Preparation for Next Sunday’s Service

December 17, 2017

Third Sunday in Advent

FIRST READING – Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

1. What is the message proclaimed in verses 1-4?

2. What all has the LORD done for us according to verses 8-11?

PSALMODY – Psalm 126

            1. What makes us glad according to verse 3?

                2. What change takes place in the one whom the LORD restores?    

EPISTLE –  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

1. What instructions are given?

2. What blessings are listed? 

GOSPEL – John 1:6-8, 19-28

1. What was John’s task?

2. Who did John identify himself to be?

Divine Service – Setting LSB Advent Hymns

Wreath Lighting Song – “We Light the Advent Candles”

Opening Hymn – LSB 357, O Come, O Come Emmanuel (stanzas 5-6)

Gospel Verse – LSB 338, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (stanza 1)

Sunday School Christmas Program

Offertory – LSB 349, Hark the Glad Sound (stanza 1)

Sanctus – LSB 349, Hark the Glad Sound (stanza 4)

Communion:

“Rejoice in the Lord Always”

LSB 281, Let Our Gladness Have No End

“What Can I Give Him”

Post Communion Canticle – LSB 387, Joy to the World

Closing Hymn – LSB 379, O Come, All Ye Faithful

The Coming of the Christ Brings True Rejoicing in His Forgiveness

When he preaches repentance, John the Baptist points us to Christ Jesus. John was sent by God “as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). He baptizes with water in order to “make straight the way of the Lord,” who shall redeem His people from their sins (John 1:23). That Lord Jesus “who comes after” John now stands among us and makes Himself known to us (John 1:26–27). He has been anointed by the Holy Spirit “to bring good news to the poor” and “to bind up the brokenhearted” (Is. 61:1). By the washing of the water with His Word and Spirit, He clothes His Church with “the garments of salvation” and adorns her with His own righteousness “as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Is. 61:10). Therefore, we “rejoice always” in the Lord, “pray without ceasing” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:16–18). For “the God of peace,” who has called you by the Gospel, will surely “sanctify you completely,” so that “your whole spirit and soul and body” will “be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23–24).

 

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