Rorate Coeli – Fourth Sunday in Advent
19 December 2021
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).
2022 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 Vespers Join us Wednesday at 7pm to meditate on our Lord’s coming through Scripture and hymns of the Advent season.
Please pick up your 2022 Contribution Envelopes in the Narthex. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Donations for Tornado Victims The LCMS Mid-South District has established a Disaster Relief Fund for relief efforts in the tornado-ravaged communities. If you would like to contribute, you may make a gift online or by check payable to the Mid-South District Office / 1675 Wynne Road / Cordova TN 38016. Please note “Disaster Relief Fund” on any gifts sent by check. When donating online, please designate your gift as “restricted” for the Disaster Relief Fund.
Higher Things Registration Registration forms for Immanuel youth are on the table across from the Parish Office. A $150.00 non-refundable registration fee must accompany the completed registration and turned into the church office. The deadline for registration is January 15.
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.
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 2022. We would like to raise $375 to sponsor a billboard this year. If you would like to contribute, please do so before January 5, marking your donation “Right to Life.” Please call the church office with any questions or e-mail Stacy.Gibbens@ielcth.org.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 11.1–5; Galatians 4.1–7; St. Luke 2.22–40
Hymns: 375 – 384 – 938 – TLH 104 – 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. Luke 1.39-45; Malachi 3.1-7
[W] St. Luke 1.46-56; Malachi 4.1-6
[Th] St. Luke 1.56-66; Isaiah 28.14-19
[F] St. Luke 1.67-80; Isaiah 7.1-17
[S] St. John 1.1-14; Titus 2.11-14
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.