Ad Te Levavi – First Sunday in Advent
28 November 2021
The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us
The new Church Year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. “Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey” (St. Matthew 21.5). Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be “The LORD is our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23.5–6). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ’s body and blood, we also sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (St. Matthew 21.9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for “our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Romans 13.11).
Advent Daily Reflections from Higher Things are available to download to print or for your electronic device at higherthings.org/reflections. If you are unable to access them online, copies are available in the Narthex and outside the Parish Office.
YPI Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 4 from 5-8pm. We will have pizza and snacks, a gift exchange, and will make Christmas cards to send to our homebound members. Please bring a snack or dessert to share, and $5 to cover the cost of pizza. If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a gift in the price range of $10-15. Please RSVP by text/call to Becky Wiesneth at 812.236.2652. Please join us for a fun evening of fellowship!
Higher Things Registration Registration forms are on the table across from the Parish Office. Only YPI student registrations will be taken at this time. A $150.00 non-refundable registration fee must accompany the completed registration and turned into the church office ASAP. Final deadline for registration is January 15. If additional chaperones are needed, those adults will be invited to attend by Vicar Norris.
Ladies Luncheon & Tea will be Sunday, December 12 following Divine Service. Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and fun for ladies of all ages. A light lunch with a variety of Teas and Christmas Treats will be served. Seating is limited to 50 so reserve your seat soon on your bulletin insert or by contacting Leslie Bilyeu at email@example.com or Kara Cress at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservation deadline is December 5. All proceeds from the $8.00 entrance fee and silent auction will be donated to the Sutton family.
Online Giving with Vanco Mobile If you are traveling during the holiday season, please consider continuing your normal periodic giving online with Vanco Mobile! You can download the free Vanco Mobile App at Google Play or Apple App store.
Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: The Advent Hymn “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” Encouragement for Christians in World of Darkness, A Lutheran View of Transgenderism, The Socialist Attack on the Family, Jesus’ Transfiguration and more. You can listen at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Malachi 4.1–6; Romans 15.4–13; St. Luke 21.25–36
Hymns: 340 – TLH 67 – 355 – 398 – 515 – 336
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. Matthew 11.25-30; Genesis 3.1-24
[T] Acts 3.22-26; Genesis 9.1-19
[W] Colossians 1.15-29; Genesis 22.1-19
[Th] Hebrews 1.1-4; Genesis 49.1-28
[F] Hebrews 2.1-4; Numbers 24.14-25
[S] Ephesians 3.1-12; Deuteronomy 18.15-19
Hymn of the Day or Month Savior of the Nations, Come (332)
Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us; R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L Bless we the Lord. R Thanks be to God.