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Bulletin for the IV Sunday in Advent, December 24, 2023 9:00AM Service

Worship Helpers: Earl & Patricia Jones

God keeps the promise made to David to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God
will give David’s throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her
coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, “Count me in.” We who know that Jesus is called king
only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of
what God is up to and say, “Count us in.”
(*) 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: Our world is not so different now from the world of Mary and Joseph.
C: We confess our fear, greed and self-centeredness that make us reluctant to work
against oppression.
HH: We forget how God loves justice and hates exploitation and our carelessness with creation’s bounty.
C: We long for the courage and will to walk in God’s ways for the sake of our hurting
and waiting world.
HH: Yet God is patient and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
C: Keep us awake to, help us to prepare for, and welcome the compassion of your Son
who continues to come into our world and our lives each day.
HH: Come, O Christ, and set us free.
C: Come, Emmanuel, bring in your reign of justice and peace.
HH: O God who lifts up the lowly and humbles the wealthy and proud, help us, like Mary, respond to your call to bear Christ’s love, grace, mercy and salvation as your servants. Help us to
join your mission for the sake of the world. Help us also to say, “Here am I, let it be with me
according to your word.” We pray in Jesus’ name.
C: Amen.

*ADVENT SONG Come and Fill Our Hearts ELW 528
(3x by the congregation)
*GREETING
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
C: And also with you.
*HYMN OF PRAISE Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn ELW 242
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
L: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us
from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming
love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and forever.
C: Amen.
WORD
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
-FIRST READING: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
-PSALM: Luke 1:46b-55

-SECOND READING: Romans 16:25-27
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
-LET THE CHILDREN COME (Please pass worship cards to the center aisle)
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION He Came Down ELW 253
*GOSPEL: Luke 1:26-38
L The holy gospel according to Luke, the 1st chapter. C Glory to you , O Lord.
(after the reading)
L The Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to you, O Christ.
-MESSAGE Pastor Megan Morrow
-HYMN OF THE DAY Savior of the Nations Come (vs 1-5) ELW 263
*APOSTLES’ CREED ELW p. 105
*PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
each petition ends with
L Merciful God, C receive our prayer.
*SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE
L The peace of Christ be with you always.
C And also with you.
(Please share a sign of God’s peace with one another, such as Peace be with you.)

THANKSGIVING
-PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
The Offering is presented at the altar as the Offertory is sung.
-OFFERTORY Come Thou Long Expected Jesus ELW 254
*OFFERTORY PRAYER
L God our provider, by your merciful hand abundance springs up from the earth. Receive and
bless these gifts of your own bounty. Let them be a sign of your steadfast love and faithfulness for all people, through Jesus Christ our Savior.
C Amen.
*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.
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 Joy to the World ELW 267
*DISMISSAL
L Go in peace. Prepare. Keep awake.
C Thanks be to God.
POSTLUDE
ADDITIONAL WORSHIP SCHEDULES
‘ONLINE WORSHIP’ – Website: Alliancestjohns.org or
Facebook: Alliance NE St Johns Lutheran
ADDITIONAL CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES– 4:00PM & 7:00PM. Both with Communion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 31ST – Isaiah 61:10- -62:3, Psalm 148,
Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40.
FELLOWSHIP– DECEMBER 31ST– Ray & Carol Rockwell, Ray & Luayne Weisgerber,
JANUARY 7TH– Kathy Bell, Kurt & Tracy Lambert.
WORSHIP HELPERS -December 31st– Melinda Ewing, Luayne Weisgerber, January 7TH–
Reader– Natalie Tyler, Lay Assistant– Melinda Ewing .
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.
Mike & Jane McConkey– In memory of: Deb Wegehoft/Marion & Delbert Grothen/
Fran & Bill McConkey.
Jack & Kay Brock/Sharron Jones/Anne Henze– In memory of: John & Bernadine Brock/
Lou & Albert Friese/George Brock/John Brock III.
GROCERY KART RECEIPTS- We are collecting Grocery Kart receipts for the Preschool. Please
place them in the grocery kart in the Fellowship Room.
HEAD START BACKPACKS- We are still collecting individually wrapped food items for the
Head Start Backpack Program. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
“GO AND…” – JANUARY-Rest At the start of the new year, we are pushed to get organized,
exercise more, and make New Year’s resolutions. How do we take rest among all this? What does
it mean to be like Jesus? It means taking time to pause, rest, and embrace the day. That might
mean taking a nap, getting together with old friends, reading a good book, or enjoying the arts as
we recognize God makes all things new.
Questions to consider: What brings you rest? What does Sabbath mean for you? What does it
look like in your life? Let GO, what are you going to give up this year so that you can rest?
Prayer: O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as
yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing
where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.
FINANCES

Actual expenses thru 12/17/2023 $179,520.65 Giving thru 12/17/2023 $144,990.15
Giving under actual expenses ($34,530.50)
50 Weeks of Budget Expenses $190,794.50 Giving under Budget Expenses ($45,804.35)