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Parish News for the First Sunday in Advent – Ad Te Levavi

The First Sunday of Advent – Ad Te Levavi

03 December 2023


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” (Matt. 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” (Jer. 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!” (Matt. 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” (Rom. 13:11).


Parish News

Annual Congregational Assembly Meeting today after Divine Service. See bulletin insert for details. Light snacks will be provided. Please plan to attend!

Campus Ministry Bible Study/Dinner  resumes this Tuesday at 5:30 pm. We are excited to continue this tradition of welcoming college students here at Immanuel!  Members, please check the bulletin board to sign up to bring a meal. 

YPI Christmas Party December 10 immediately following Divine Service. We will eat pizza, hang wreaths and decorate a Christmas tree in the fellowship hall, play games, sing songs, and have a white elephant gift exchange. YPI is open to all kids, Catechesis students through high school. Check out this event on our Facebook page or contact Amy Cracraft (573-200-6021, amycracraft@gmail.com) to RSVP and for details.

Advent Midweek Meals  December 6th and 13th at 5:30 pm before Advent Evening Prayer services. Make your reservation on the bulletin insert and join us for a delicious meal and fellowship.

German Service  Mark your calendars for December 17 at 4:00 pm for our annual German Service. We will host our guests after service to a reception with authentic German treats and even German coffee. If you would like to help or donate treats, please check out the signup sheet outside the church office.

Advent Lessons and Carols with Children’s Nativity will be Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 pm. All children 6th grade and under are encouraged to participate. Please contact Amy Cracraft at amycracraft@gmail.com if your child will be participating or if you would like to help with this annual event.

Running the iPad is so easy!  Communicant members age 18 years or older, please consider volunteering to run the iPad playing the organ for our services.  Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the parish office.  For more details, speak to Kris Wineinger in person or contact him at wineingerkris@yahoo.com.

The Church Picture Directory has arrived! Find them on the table across from the office. One per household, please.


This Week at Immanuel

Today   First Sunday in Advent – Ad Te Levavi
  • Sunday School /Adult Bible Class, 9:00 am
  • Divine Service, 10:30 am
  • Annual Congregational Assembly Meeting, 12:00 pm
  • Campus Ministry Bible Study/Dinner, 5:30 pm
  • Choir Practice, 7:00 pm
  • Pastor’s Office Hours 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Advent Midweek Meal, 5:30 pm
  • Advent Midweek Service, 7:00 pm
  • Westminster Bible Study, 1:30 pm
  • Youth Catechesis, 9:00 am
Next Sunday  Second Sunday in Advent – Populus Zion
  • Sunday School /Adult Bible Class, 9:00 am
  • Second Sunday Snacks, 9:00 am
  • Divine Service, 10:30 am
  • YPI Christmas Party, 12:00 pm
  • Didache, 3:00 pm


Pastor’s open office hours this week:

Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 pm