Populus Zion – Second Sunday in Advent
06 December 2020
The Lord Comes on the Last Day
The day on which our Lord returns will be a “great and awesome day” (Malachi 4.5). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will “set them ablaze” (Malachi 4.1). The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in: “…straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (St. Luke 21.28). Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness will bring healing in His wings. Give attention, then, to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away, and so “through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures” (Romans 15.4) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus’ coming. Then, by God’s grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.
2021 Altar Flowers Chart is on the table in the Narthex. Please print clearly to sign up for the dates you would like to donate flowers and, if you wish, a designation “in memory of” or “in honor of” a person or occasion.
Advent Meditations from Higher Things are available online at https://higherthings.org/reflections. They are available to read or listen to online, or to print out at home. If you are unable to access them online, printed copies are available in the Narthex and Parish Center.
Advent Midweek Vespers will be prayed on Wednesdays at 7pm. The theme is “Hark the Glad Sound! Three Advent Old Testament Prophets.” This week the theme is Isaiah the prophet. Vicar Harris is the preacher.
December 2020 Calendar and Hymn of the Month is available in the Narthex or in the Parish Center.
Board of Parish Education will be launching a committee to research the feasibility of starting a school at Immanuel. The first meeting has been moved to Tuesday, January 19. Questions? Email Joe Eckardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study Join us at 9am each Sunday. Adult Bible Class is studying the Gospel according to St. Luke, currently studying St. Luke 3.1-20, the Ministry of John the Baptist. High School class is studying the differences between Lutheran theology and other denominations with Vicar in the library.
Wabash Valley Right To Life is sponsoring their annual pro-life billboard campaign, where positive life messages will be posted around Terre Haute in January and February 2021. We would like to raise $375 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 call the church office with any questions or e-mail email@example.com.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 40.1–8; 1 Corinthians 4.1–5; St. Matthew 11.2–10
Hymns: 345 – 344 – 347 – 346 – 339 – 354
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] Acts 17.16-34; 1 Chronicles 17.1-27
[T] 1 John 4.9-16; 1 Chronicles 7.11-22
[W] Colossians 1.1-8; Isaiah 11.1-10
[Th] Philippians 2.12-18; Jeremiah 23.2-8
[F] Philippians 3.12-16; Jeremiah 30.1-22
[S] Colossians 3.1-11; Jeremiah 33.14-26
Hymn of the Day or Month The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us (The Lutheran Hymnal 67, bulletin)
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.