Rorate Coeli—Fourth Sunday in Advent
22 December 2019
John the Baptizer Points Everyone to the Messiah
The coming of God in all His unveiled power at Mount Sinai was terrifying to the people of Israel. The thundering voice of the Lord puts sinners in fear of death (Deuteronomy 18.15–19). God, therefore, raised up a prophet like Moses—the Messiah, the Christ. God came to His people veiled in human flesh. The skies poured down the Righteous One from heaven; the earth opened her womb and brought forth Salvation (Introit) through the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of the Lord. The fruit of her womb is the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the One whose sandal strap John was not worthy to loose (St. John 1.19–28). In Jesus we are delivered from fear and anxiety. In Him alone we have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4.4–7).
Christmas Divine Service is Wednesday at 10:30am. Christmas Eve Divine Service at 7 & 11pm.
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, studying the 13th chapter of Hebrews.
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.
Wabash Valley Right To Life is again sponsoring their annual pro-life billboard campaign, where positive life messages will be posted around Terre Haute in January and February 2020. We need to raise $525 to sponsor a billboard this year. If you would like to contribute, please do so before January 6, marking your donation “Right To Life.” Please speak to Chuck Roush or call the church office with any questions.
Meal Train for Vicar and Maggie Keller All aboard the Meal Train! Please consider cooking some delicious food to help out our Vicar and Maggie during their first month of parenthood. Sign up for a day or two on the sheet outside the Parish Office. Not a cook? That’s okay, just donate a gift card for your favorite restaurant or some cash and they can enjoy some take out. For details, e-mail Emily Eckardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stacy at email@example.com. Thank you for your generosity!
Talk Radio for the Christmas Season You can listen to Christmas hymn studies on “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come,” “Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising,” “We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth,” “Let All Together Praise Our God,” and “From East to West.” Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 11.1–5; Galatians 4.1–7; St. Luke 2.22–40
Hymns: 375 – 389 – 938 – 381 – 360 – 897
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 1.18-25; Isaiah 40.1-11
[T] St. Matthew 1.39-45; Malachi 3.1-7
[W] St. John 1.1-14; Titus 2.11-14
[Th] St. Matthew 23.34-39; Acts 6.8-15; 7.54-60
[F] St. John 21.19-24; 1 John 1.1-10
[S] St. Matthew 2.13-18; Revelation 14.1-5
Hymn of the Day or Month O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (357)
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.