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Bulletin for the Third Sunday in Advent, December 17, 2023

(*) Please stand as you are able
(-) Please be seated
GATHERING
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
-PRELUDE
-WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
-LITANY & LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
P: Blessed be God, the eternal ☩ One-in-Three, who was, and is, and is to come.
C: Blessed be God forever and ever.
HH: In the Genesis story at the beginning of the Bible, we hear God create the world with God’s Word.
C: God said, “Let there be light.” God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of
every kind.” God said, “It is good.”
HH: Then, in the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we hear how the Word, is God.
C: And, the Word became flesh! The Word became Jesus! God came into the world
in Jesus!
HH: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the
beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came
into being. What has come into being in him was life,
C: and the life was the light of all people. (John 1:1-4)
HH: The true light, which helps everyone to see, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and
the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.
C: He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
HH: But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,
who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
C: And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory
as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:9-14)
*OPENING SONG This Little Light of Mine ELW 677
DWELLING IN THE STORY – GOD’S LOVE HAS COME DOWN FOR US
*INVITATION
P: Come, holy people, called by God, let us follow the way prepared for us.
C: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

A: Once again the world is surprised at a manger, as the glory and love of God comes in unexpected
ways.
C: Let us go to Bethlehem to see what God has made known to us.
P: There in Bethlehem and here today at St. John’s, we are reminded anew of the wonder of God’s love
for all.
C: Let us open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds to the grace and truth born for us – born
for all.
A: Let us pray… Amazing God, on that night so long ago, You gathered a group of unlikely outsiders—
Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and others to be part of a great miracle: the birth of Jesus, our Savior.
C: Today You have sought us out and brought us to the manger. You have interrupted
our routines with Your Good News. You have gathered this unlikely assortment of
folks to become a holy people, a community of faith. We want to respond. Show us
how. Help us receive and share your renewing love as we praise You for offering us
grace, mercy and salvation in Jesus Your Son, in whose name we pray. Amen.
-ST. JOHN’S CHOIR ANTHEM
PART I: MARY AND JOSEPH
-CONGREGATION SONG Holy Child Within a Manger WOV 638
(Blue hymnal)
PART II: THE ANIMALS
-CHILDREN’S SONG Away in a Manger Mini-Revolution Kids
PART III: THE ANGELS
-CONGREGATION SONG Angels We Have Heard on High ELW 289
PART IV: THE SHEPHERDS
-Special Music Silent Night Cynthia Horn & Gwen Wimmer
-CONGREGATION SONG Go Tell it On the Mountain ELW 290
PART V: WISE PEOPLE AND A STAR
-CHILDREN’S SONG Joy to the World Mini-Revolution Kids
PART VI: GOOD NEWS TO SHARE!
*GOOD NEWS PEACE!
L Jesus loves you always! Christ’s peace be with you.
C And also with you.
(Please share a sign of God’s peace with one another, such as Peace be with you.)
-PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
The Offering is presented at the altar as the Offertory is sung and the Lord’s table is prepared.
-OFFERTORY Come Thou Long Expected Jesus ELW 254
*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (Each petition ends with..)
P Merciful God, C receive our prayer.

MEAL
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.
*LORD’S PRAYER
L Please join us in the Lord’s Prayer sung to the tune “Finlandia”
C Our Heavenly Father, who in love abideth. We worship Thee, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as is in heaven now and evermore. Give
us this day our daily bread of life. Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors. And
lead us not into temptations’ power, deliver us from evil here on earth. And may the
kingdom, power and the glory, now and forevermore be Thine. Amen.
*INVITATION TO COMMUNION
*HOLY COMMUNION
(We invite you to come forward down the center aisle starting with the back pews. When you reach the
front, hold out your hands if you would like to receive communion, or hold your arms across your chest
to receive a blessing. If children receive communion in their home congregation, they are welcome to
receive communion at St. John’s. Just say, “Gluten free” if you would like gluten free wafers. There are
cups with red wine and white grape juice in the trays. Let us know if you’d like communion brought to
you in the pew. All are welcome at Christ’s table!)
*COMMUNION HYMNS Lamb of God ELW 195
He Came Down ELW 253
What Feast of Love ELW 487
-POST-COMMUNION BLESSING
*PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
SENDING
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
*BLESSING
L: The God of peace bless you, the love of Christ sustain you in hope, and the anointing of the Spirit ☩
remain upon you now and forever. C: Amen.
*SENDING HYMN Go, My Children, with My Blessing ELW 543
*DISMISSAL
L: Go in peace. Keep awake to Jesus coming into your life today!
C: Thanks be to God.
-POSTLUDE
ADDITIONAL WORSHIP SCHEDULES
ONLINE WORSHIP –WEBSITE: Alliancestjohns.org FACEBOOK: Alliance NE St Johns Lutheran
ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF DECEMER 24th– 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Luke 1:46b-55,
Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38
CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS-Packing starts Dec. 18th & 19th! Distribution Dec. 21st from
11:30-1:30.

GREENHOUSE HELP – If you are interested in helping with the Greenhouse, please give Russ
Finch a call at (608) 797-0455. He said he is available almost any time!
CHURCH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM– December 17th. Be a part of our inter-active nativity!
CARRY-IN SOUP & SANDWICH MEAL– Wednesday, December 20 at 5:30PM, Community
Choir Cantata at 7:00PM.
COMMUNITY TABLE– December 18th at 10:30am. Masonic Center-123 W 3rd Street.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES –Advent 4 at 9:00AM (Non-Communion), 4:00PM & 7:00PM
with Communion.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES HELPERS –Please sign-up in the Fellowship Room to help with
Christmas Eve services.
FELLOWSHIP FOR DECEMBER 31ST– Ray & Carol Rockwell, Ray & Luayne Weisgerber.
TIME, TALENT AND PLEDGE – Please turn in your paperwork so we can update our lists.
Thank you for all you do!
“GO AND…” – Ready, Set, Go! In the Great Commission, Jesus calls us to GO. We are taking those
words to heart. We invite you to be part of this call to GO!
DECEMBER-Be Present As we await and celebrate Christ’s birth, we remember that God is present and
shows up. The babe in the manger, God Incarnate, is God’s gift of deep love for us. We are invited to
pause, be still, and be fully present in this holy season. Society calls us to a different place where busyness, spending, and rushing about are marks of success. God, in Christ, offers another way: Emmanuel
– God with us.
Questions to consider: What can I add to this season that would truly allow me to pause? What tradition
do you have that nurtures being present at this time of year? As you are on the GO, how are you going
to practice being present?
Prayer: Emmanuel, you are present with us. Help us be present with each other. Amen.
FINANCES
Actual expenses thru 12/10/2023 $171,437.63 Giving thru 11/26/2023 $140,026.72
Giving under actual expenses ($31,410.91)
49 Weeks of Budget Expenses $186,978.61 Giving under Budget Expenses ($46,951.89)

POINSETTIAS FURNISHED BY:
Wayne & Mary Crawford– In memory of Eugene & Caroline Bargman/Ray & Dorothy Crawford.
Chuck & Elaine Leisy- Lyle & Martha Stone/Raymond & Betty Leisy.
Megan Morrow- Those we’ve lost at St. John’s this year.
Harold & Maurine Roller– In memory of Bonnie Hutt/ May Hall/Marylin Sallee.
Patricia & Earl Jones- In honor of 90th birthday of Delma Jones.
Linda & Richard McCune– In memory of family & friends.