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Bulletin, Prayers, and Announcements for December 19


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GATHERING HYMN:240 Light One Candle

ADVENT LITANY

P: By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us.

C: By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us.

P: The days are surely coming, says the Lord.

C: Instill in us a yearning to seek your presence in each other.

P: The days are surely coming, says the Lord.

C: Quicken us to help all people feel welcomed and supported.

P: The days are surely coming, says the Lord.

C: Rouse us to care for one another, friend and stranger alike.

P: The days are surely coming, says the Lord.

C: Inspire us to be your handiwork in the world.

P: The days are surely coming, says the Lord.

C: Fill us with a holy hunger for a just world where all are fed.

P: The days are surely coming, says the Lord.

C: The days are surely coming, says the Lord.

P: Stir up our hearts, Lord, God, to prepare the way of your Son.

C: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come!

Lighting of the Advent Candle: sing verse 4 of 253 He Came Down


PRAYER OF THE DAY (Read in unison)

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


READINGS

Micah 5:2-5a

2But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,   who are one of the little clans of Judah,  from you shall come forth for me   one who is to rule in Israel,  whose origin is from of old,   from ancient days. 3Therefore he shall give them up until the time   when she who is in labor has brought forth;  then the rest of his kindred shall return   to the people of Israel. 4And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,   in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.  And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great   to the ends of the earth; 5aand he shall be the one of peace.

Luke 1:46b-55

46bMy soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 47my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: 49you, the Almighty, have done great things for me   and holy is your name. 50You have mercy on those who fear you, from generation to generation. 51You have shown strength with your arm   and scattered the proud in their conceit, 52casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. 53You have filled the hungry with good things   and sent the rich away empty. 54You have come to the aid of your servant Israel, to remember the promise of mercy, 55the promise made to our forebears,   to Abraham and his children forever.

Hebrews 10:5-10

5Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,  “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,   but a body you have prepared for me; 6in burnt offerings and sin offerings   you have taken no pleasure. 7Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’   (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).” 8When 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, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Holy Gospel: Luke 1:39--55

P: The Holy Gospel of Luke Chapter 1 and I read in Jesus’ name.

C: Glory to you O Lord.


39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” [ 46And Mary said,  “My soul magnifies the Lord,   47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me,   and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him   from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm;   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,   and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things,   and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel,   in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,   to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord

C: Praise to You, O Christ.


SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY: 723 Canticle of the Turning

STATEMENT OF FAITH: THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

P: Hear us, O God,

C: your mercy is great.


PEACE

Please share a sign of peace with those around in whatever way you are most comfortable.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


OFFERING

We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. For members and friends, the mission and ministry of this congregation is completely dependent upon your generous giving. Our offering is a significant act of worship, and we now worship God through our giving. If you have brought your offering with you today, please place it in the basket in the back as you leave. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. Thank you for supporting our ministry.

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


SENDING HYMN: 267 Joy to the World


BENEDICTION

L: Go in peace. Christ is near.

C: Thanks be to God.


WE PRAY FOR: : Andy Helmann, Lola Frye, Holly and Harry Hinzpeter, Shirley Hyer, Calvin Nelson, Kandy Hagen, Mariam Burdick, Kathy Haske, Suzanne Soltvedt, Lola St. Clair, John Thompson, Clarence Johnson, Carol Leopold, Alan Leopold, Pete Nelson, Donnie Benson, David Benson, Barney Johnson, Everett Burdick, Bob Brod, LouAnn Bever, Sue Ann Preuss and Deacon Karen and Pastor Jim as they mourn the death of her mother

The Elroy Senior Meal Site will need a cook starting the first of the year, 2022. It is part time 6 – 7 hours a day, 4 days a week. If you are interested or know someone have them call Karen Nelson at 608-547-4108 or stop down to the meal site any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday after 9:30 A.M.

COMMUNION INSTRUCTION for children will be given soon. If you have a child you would like to attend, let the church office know (608-462-5398).

+ Together In Mission +

WELCOME! If you are a visitor please fill out a “Welcome Card” and drop it in the offering plate. Fountain Grace Trinity Lutheran Parish is a congregation of the ELCA in the La Crosse Area Synod. We invite you to participate with us in following Christ as he leads.

Parish Office: 226 Erickson Street, Elroy WI 53929 Parish E-mail: fgtlpadmin@centurytel.net Phone: (608)462-5398 Sunday Organist: Heather Vlasak Sunday Pianist: Bev Rood

Parish Secretary: Kris Stauffacher; Grace Custodian: Dave Clark

Check us out on our web page www.fgtlp.org

AND find us on Facebook search @FGTLutheranParish

We gather each week to worship God, Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. at Grace & each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Trinity or Fountain.

Our Communion invitation is for all who seek to partake of the real presence of Christ in this meal. All are welcome to the Lord’s Table.

Office Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 AM—1 PM

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