December 30th Sermon-Clothe Yourself With Love

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Luke 2:41-52 New International Version (NIV)

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[a] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Sunday December 23rd Sermon-Song of Mary

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Luke 1:39-45 New International Version (NIV)

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Farewell to Mitzi!

For 8 years Mitzi Cook has done an amazing job as our church secretary but she is now moving on to other callings.  We pray the best for Mitzi in the future and sincerely thank her for her devotion and all she has done for Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church.  We will miss you, Mitzi!

Sunday December 16th Sermon-Joy!

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Philippians 4:4-7 New International Version (NIV)

Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Sunday December 9th Sermon-Prepare the Way of the Lord

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Luke 3:1-6 New International Version (NIV)

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

Sunday December 2nd Sermon-Hold Your Head Up!

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Gospel Text:

Luke 21:25-36 New International Version (NIV)

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees.30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Schedule of Advent Services

Please join us for Advent worship!  In addition to regular Sunday morning services you are invited to Holden Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights at 6:00 December 5th, 12th, and 19th.  The Christmas Choir will rehearse afterward, so if you enjoy lifting your voice in song you are welcome to join in.  On Christmas Eve there will be worship at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Worship time on Christmas day will be announced in an upcoming post.  We pray you will worship with us this year!

 

Sunday December 2nd First Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Wednesday December 5th

6:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer

6:45 pm Christmas Choir rehearsal

 

Sunday December 9th Second Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Wednesday December 12th

6:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer

6:45 pm Christmas Choir rehearsal

 

Sunday December 16th Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Wednesday December 19th

6:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer

6:45 pm Christmas Choir rehearsal

 

Sunday December 23rd Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Christmas Eve Monday December 24th

6:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion

9:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion

 

Christmas Tuesday December 25th

To be announced

Sunday November 25th Sermon-Reign of Christ

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John 18:33-37 New International Version (NIV)

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”