Ad Te Levavi—First Sunday in Advent
01 December 2019
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 media.higherthings.org/reflections. If you are unable to access them online, copies are available in the Narthex and outside the Parish Office.
Advent Midweek Vespers is this Wednesday at 7pm. The Lord bless us all with eager hearts to gather and hear His good news of the promised Savior, who has come for our redemption, still comes in His Church to bless and preserve His flock, and will come again at the last day to raise the dead and bring all believers in Him into eternal life.
Congregational Assembly Annual Meeting is next Sunday, December 8, following Divine Service. Please plan to attend!
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, studying Hebrews.
Matins is prayed in the Nave on Wednesday mornings at 8:30am and on feast days. Everyone is welcome to join in this service of Psalms and prayer from Lutheran Service Book. Coffee Break Bible Study follows.
GivePlus Mobile App No checks? No problem! Electronic giving is now available at Immanuel with the GivePlus mobile app. Simply download the app and set up a one time or recurring gift. Simple and secure giving electronically with your mobile device. Additional information is available on the table outside the office.
German Christmas Service Immanuel will host our annual German Service on December 15 at 4pm. Please plan to attend and invite your friends and neighbors. Please sign up on the sheet outside the Parish Office to help with the many jobs that need to be done before and after the service. We want to put our best foot forward for the friends and neighbors from our community who come to visit us!
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.