Sunday Service  @ 9am
Wednesday Service @ 6:30pm

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2090 Emerson Ave Alliance, NE 69301

Bulletin for the First Sunday of Christmas Celebration, December 31, 2023

Worship Helpers: Melinda Ewing, Luayne Weisgerber

FELLOWSHIP: Ray & Carol Rockwell, Ray & Luayne Weisgerber

(*) 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

*GATHERING SONG O Come All Ye Faithful ELW 283

*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.

*PRAYER OF THE DAY
L: Almighty God, you wonderfully created the dignity of human nature and yet more wonderfully restored it. In your mercy, let us share the divine life of the one who came to share our
humanity, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

WORD
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

-FIRST LESSON: John 1:1-14 The Word became flesh

LIGHTING THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE

-CAROL Joy to the World (vs. 1-2) ELW 267

-SECOND LESSON: Isaiah 9:2-7 A Child is Foretold

-LIGHTING THE SECOND ADVENT CANDLE

-CAROL Angels We Have Heard on High ELW 289

-THIRD LESSON: Luke 2:1-7 Jesus is Born

LIGHTING THE THIRD ADVENT CANDLE

-CAROL Away in a Manger ELW 277

-FOURTH LESSON: Luke 2:8-20 The Angels and the Shepherds

LIGHTING THE FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE

-CAROL Infant Holy, Infant Lowly ELW 276

-LET THE CHILDREN COME

-FIFTH LESSON: Matthew 2:1-12 The Wise Men

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

-CAROL We Three Kings of Orient Are WOV 646

-SIXTH LESSON: Galatians 4:4-7, Galatians 5:13-14 For Love & Life

*APOSTLES’ CREED ELW p. 105

*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
L Hear us, O God. C Your mercy is great.

*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.)

-PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
The Offering is presented at the altar as the Offertory is sung.

-OFFERTORY What Child is This (vs 1 & 3) ELW 296

*OFFERTORY PRAYER
L God of abundance, receive and bless these gifts we have offered. Join our hearts with the song
of the angels, and gather us at your table of celebration. Strengthen us to share with all the world
the abundance of your grace upon grace, poured out in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.
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: May the Lord God, who has called you out of darkness to be servants of light, grant you the
joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, and the peace of the Christ Child. In the name
of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

*SENDING SONG Go Tell It on the Mountain ELW 290

*DISMISSAL
L Christ the Savior is born! Go in peace. Proclaim this good news!
C Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE

ADDITIONAL WORSHIP SCHEDULES

‘ONLINE WORSHIP’ – Website: Alliancestjohns.org or
Facebook: Alliance NE St Johns Lutheran

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 7th – Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7,
Mark 1:4-11.

FELLOWSHIP– JANUARY 7TH– Kathy Bell, Kurt & Tracy Lambert.

WORSHIP HELPERS – January 7TH– Reader– Natalie Tyler, Lay Assistant– Melinda
Ewing .

POINSETTIAS FURNISHED BY:
Wayne & Mary Crawford– In memory- 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.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY– Bible study will start up again on January 10th at 9:30am.
Please join us as we continue the study of women of the Bible!

WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP– We have resumed Wednesday night worship at 6:30PM.

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!

CHRISTMAS BASKETS/TREE OF WARMTH– What an amazing amount of God’s love and
support was given!! There were at least 250 boxes given with almost 600 people being blessed!
Thank you for all your contributions and support of this ministry.

YEAR-END GIVING– Please remember your year-end giving needs to be postmarked no later
than December 31st, if mailed. Checks should be dated no later than December 31st. All offering
received through today, December 31st, will go towards the 2023 giving. Thank you for all of
your financial support. We literally couldn’t have this church and the out-reach of St. John’s
without you!

“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)