Sunday Services 9:00am
Adult Bible Class 10:00am (Thursday’s)
Sunday School Sunday’s 10:15am (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Sr. LYF 2nd Sunday 10:15am (Falls, Winter, Spring)
Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
Pastor Michael Boothby
Church Phone: 712-278-2324
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St. Paul’s website: http://stpaulsireton.blogspot.com
Pastor’s Twitter Account: @pastorboothby
Second Sunday in Advent-December 4, 2016
BLESSED BY THE MEANS OF GRACE LAST WEEK
Divine Service 129 Sunday School 29
December 4-Parker Kruid & Zach Steckelberg, December 11-Grace Schuller, Morgan Richter
December 4-Mark & Shelley Rus, Robert & Gail Vander Hamm, Don & Dorothy Van Wyhe, December 11-Mark & Nikki Van Oort, Greg & Genise Vreeman, Richard & Ashley Steckelberg
Elder of the Month:
December-Lyle Ten Napel & Arven Koopmans
December-Marty Toczek, Bonnie Van Den Berg, Cindy Koopmans
THIS WEEK WITH GOD
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service w/Communion
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
2:00 p.m. – Caroling/Lunch to follow
Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. – Confirmation Classes
6:00 p.m. – Soup & Sandwich Supper
7:00 p.m. – Advent Service
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study
6:00 p.m. – Elder’s Meeting
Next Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Divine Service
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School
6:00 p.m. – Live Nativity in Ireton
In Our Prayers:
From our congregation: Phyllis Winterfeld, Family of Ashley Vreeman
Other requests: Jesse (Sonichsen) West, Shirley Cain (brain tumor), Randee Peters (cancer), Kody Hedden, Kathy Huitink, Marjorie Smith
Servicemen: 1SG. Mike Shannon, TSgt. Jesse Richardson, HM3 Rodrigo Banda, CPL Aaron Hoogland
Missionaries: Shaun Daugherty: Missionaries in China, Rev. Henry Witte: Missionary to Hispanics
CAROLING: Today we will be going caroling. Cookie trays will be made up at 1:30pm to bring to those we carol at and everyone is welcomed to bring baked items. We will leave St. Paul’s at 2:00pm to carol. Soup and taverns will be served at St. Paul’s following. Contact Missy Eilts with questions.
POINSETTIAS: Today is the deadline to order poinsettias at $15 each. Forms are in the Narthex. Please give form and payment to Gloria Ping.
NEED COOKIES DELIVERED TO MISSION CENTRAL: Thank you to Marty Toczek, Gretchen Schuller and Gretchen Rens for making cookies for Mission Central! We are in need of someone to deliver them by December 17th to Mission Central. Contact Marty if are able to deliver them.
ADVENT SERVICE & SOUP SUPPER: Our Advent Services have begun on Wednesday’s at 7:00pm. The Jr. LYF will be serving soup and sandwiches before the service beginning at 6:00pm.
IRETON LIVE NATIVITY: "Experience the Birth, A Christmas Nativity" will take place in Ireton next Sunday, December 11 from 6 - 8 p.m. Come join them on a hayride and witness the events that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy the music, the story and animals as you "Experience the Birth". You will want to check in at the Ireton Community Center. Enjoy cookies, hot apple cider and hot chocolate before or after your ride. The living nativity group is still in need of really long extension cords to use. Please label them and drop them off at First Reformed Church before Dec 9.
2017 GREETER’S & PRAYER CIRCLE LISTS: The 2017 greeter’s and prayer circle lists can be found in your church mailboxes. At the end of 2016 please discard old lists.
COMMUNING AT ST. PAUL’S: St. Paul's Lutheran Church holds to a confession of faith shared by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We believe that the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is truly in, with, and under the bread and wine in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Communing at our altar serves also as a public confession of agreement with the doctrines of the LCMS. If you have not yet been instructed, are in doubt, or hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and the LCMS, please speak to Pastor Mike before communing.
CARING TREE: The LWL are again doing the Caring Tree for Ireton Christian-Kids of the Kingdom Preschool, West Sioux Elementary-Ireton Center and the Daycare. Items needed are sweat pants sizes 2-3 & 6-10, small sweat shirts and t-shirts, boy’s underwear sizes 2-3 and boys & girls sizes 6-10, mittens (not gloves for the small ones), plastic books, markers and hand sanitizer. The tree is located in the south entrance to the church.
2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES: Those that signed up for 2017 offering envelopes can find them in your church mailboxes.
NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS: The new 2017 council members are invited to the December council meeting on December 15 at 5:30pm.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: The Children’s Christmas Program will be Sunday, December 18 at 9:00am. Lunch will follow the program with sandwiches and goodies.
CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES: Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Saturday, December 24 at 5:30pm. Christmas Day Communion Service will be Sunday, December 25 at 9:00am.
CHRISTIAN CONCERT: Christian Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist and Speaker Jennie Williamson will be performing at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars on Saturday, December 17, at 3:00pm. Ice cream social to follow.
IRETON PROMOTION & APPAREL: The Ireton Booster Club will have a Christmas Promotion meal December 12 from 5:30-6:30. Drawing will follow. They also are having an Ireton apparel sale. Forms can be found at the Vet Clinic or the city office. Apparel orders are due by December 10.
The past two months, I have used my newsletter space to explain and clarify the liturgy used during our worship services. This month, we will continue into the portion of the service called the “Service of the Word”. We ended last month's discussion with the Hymn of Praise.
After the Hymn of Praise is sung, the pastor turns to the congregation for the Salutation:
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
The Salutation is a much stronger greeting than the “Good Morning!” exchanged before the service. The salutation’s emphasis is the existence of a special relationship between the pastor and his congregation. The pastor is declaring the Lord’s presence among the congregation. The congregation confirms the Lord’s presence with the pastor by replying. The salutation signifies a spiritual tie between the pastor and the people that the Lord alone brings.
From the gracious greeting, the Service of the Word moves to prayer as the gathered guests approach God’s throne. The collect of the day helps the gathered guests focus on a central theme drawn from the readings of the day. The collect of the day changes every Sunday, but I'm including the collect for the first Sunday in Advent as an example. This prayer focuses on repentance and being saved by God’s mighty hand, powerful themes in the season of Advent.
Let us pray.
Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
After the collect is prayed, the readings from Holy Scripture becomes the focus of the worshipers.
The Service of the Word truly gets its name from the Word of God that is read and meditated upon during the service. The first reading usually comes from an Old Testament book. Old Testament readings are important in worship because they highlight the history of God’s people and display His overarching plan of salvation from the beginning of time.
After the Old Testament Reading, a reading from an Epistle traditionally comes next. The word Epistle is the Greek word for “letter” as the second lesson of a Sunday will come from a letter written by an apostle to a person or a church. It is important for all Christians to note that Epistles are not just general letters written for no particular reason. Each one of the epistles from our Holy Scriptures were written by a specific person to an intended recipient, for a definite purpose.
As we prepare to hear the reading of the Gospel, a short piece of music is sung. The alleluias sang by the congregation literally mean “Praise the Lord.” We are excited and thankful for the message of life that will soon be read to us from the Gospels.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
The Gospel reading is from one of the four sources that tell us about the life, ministry, and saving work of Jesus Christ. These Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John respectively. Each Gospel writer highlights different themes and aspects of Jesus' ministry, but they all tell the same unified story of salvation.
Pastor Mike Boothby
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