DEVOTION: Luke 3:1-14 English Standard Version (ESV)
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord,[a]
make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough places shall become level ways,
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
7 He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
10 And the crowds asked him, "What then shall we do?" 11 And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics[b] is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise." 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"13 And he said to them, "Collect no more than you are authorized to do." 14 Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages."
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK:
Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:30
Thurs- Alzheimers Support group 1pm; Karate 6:15-7:45
Sun- Adult Bible Class 8:15; Worship 9:30; Disciple Makers 10:45
Organist- Barb Dreyer
Acolyte- Cierra Figura
Ushers- Don Turnure, Dave Burmeister, Brent Davis, Larry Schulze
Altar- Set up- Ruth Walters; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Communion assistant- Jason Cluver
Greeters- Don Nolte
Projectionist- Terry McKenzie
Lay Reader- Lois Boeger
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: How many letters did Paul write to the Christians in Corinth? Scholars disagree over whether 2 Corinthians is a single letter, or was compiled from several shorter letters. Some think there were four letters:
Paul's "earlier" letter (1 Cor. 5:9)
The "severe" letter (2 Cor. 2:3)
In this case, 1 Corinthians would have been the second letter Paul wrote to the Corinthian church; and 2 Corinthians, at least the fourth. Thus one option is to accept that 2 Corinthians was originally written as it now appears in the New Testament, and suppose that the "earlier" letter against sexual immorality and the "severe" letter have been lost.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Where are Paul's most thorough instructions on the Lord's Supper found?
ADVENT WEDNESDAYS CONTINUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 AND 19
On December 12 we will have our regular potluck dinners with fried chicken as the main course, followed by worship at 6:30 in the sanctuary. You will receive a postcard when you are supposed to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share!
On Dec. 19th we are going to have a Christmas party in our downstairs fellowship area. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. We will have a Christmas hymn and carol sing, games, cookie decorating, and a Christmas photo booth for you and your family to get a nice (or goofy) picture taken.
Please make plans now to join us for this wonderful preparation of our Lord's birthday!!
GET YOUR GIVING TREE GIFTS IN ASAP!
They absolutely have to be in by Sunday, but if you have trouble with forgetting things, like I do, bring it in as soon as you can so you don't forget it!
BLOOD DRIVE—THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13—3-8pm!!
What better way to celebrate the season of giving than to give blood! Do it! Call the church office to make an appointment or just come in!
LADIES CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON ON WED., DEC. 12 @ NOON @ THE TRUXTON EXIT DENNY'S
All the ladies of the congregation are invited! Instead of white elephant gifts this year, they will be collecting money donations for a charity. Sign up on the sheet on the counter in the narthex or call the church office!
GET YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM CHURCH!!!
They are $6 a box. They're on the glass cabinet in the fellowship hall. Please put the money for them in the box on the cabinet, or in a marked envelope on the office desk.
LITTLE LAMBS IS STILL COLLECTING PLASTIC CAPS FOR THEIR BENCH!!
Any plastic lid will do! They need 300lbs total! There are boxes in the narthex and in Little Lambs.
OPERATION BACKPACK CONTINUES!!
There are hundreds of kids in need in Warrenton. Many of them go to homes without food, especially on weekends. The food that is collected from us gets put into kids backpacks discreetly on Fridays and sent home with them on Fridays. This month's collection is individually wrapped snacks and packets of oatmeal.
For CAROL BOEGER AND HER FAMILY, as they mourn the death of her daughter, Marilyn Bax.
For ROGER KLAUSTERMEIER, (pastor's dad) as he hurt his shoulder last week and may need to have surgery on it.
For LEO BADER, having surgery today after being hurt in a farming accident last week.
For GEORGE HOELSCHER, as he has a trial cancer treatment every Monday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
For HOWARD LINKE, brother of Bob Linke, who remains hospitalized with complications from a triple bypass. .
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For CONNER FIGURA going through tech training for the Air Force. .
For DAVID TATE stationed in Japan, and ALEX WALTERS, stationed in Tennessee. That God would bless their service to our country and keep them safe as they all await possible deployment.
For CALEB FIGURA AND VINCE MASTERS who are both serving our country in the National Guard and take time out of their