Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son.
By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and forever.
First Lesson: A Reading from the Book of Isaiah
1Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord's hand
double for all her sins.
3A voice cries out:
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
6A voice says, Cry out!
And I said, What shall I cry?
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.
9Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
Here is your God!
10See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.
Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Mark
1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
6Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7He proclaimed, The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.
8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
P: The Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
This year you can buy a poinsettia not to decorate the church, but to brighten the home of one of our own community shut-ins.
You can also designate your gift to recognize someone important in your own life.
Those gifts and commemorations will be listed in the church bulletin posted online for our Christmas Eve services.
Poinsettias are $11 each.
Simply include that amount with your offering mailed to the church with a notation "Poinsettia" and the name(s) of any you want to recognize with your gift.
Poinsettia requests must be received by December 17.
Change in Office Hours
Effective tomorrow, November 30, the church office hours will be
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday (closed on Friday).
Megan will take an hour lunch break, usually from 1:00 to 2:00,
and may not be in the building at that time.
Call ahead if you need someone to be there when you stop by.
The Mission committee is once again asking for help filling Fairview Elementary children's Christmas requests with their Angel Tree program.
We have 25 children that have been assigned to our church.
Fairview asks that you buy a minimum of 3 gifts per child.
Please have your gifts wrapped, placed in a large bag marked with your Angel's number, and bring it to church by Sunday, December 6.
If you are interested, please email Kay DeFrees.
Kay will forward you the listing of children in need with instructions.
Charitable Trust Donations
Did you know that memorials do not automatically go to the Charitable Trust?
Only by designating the "Charitable Trust" as the recipient is the donation added to the fund for future OSLC needs.
The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank.
We are collecting the following items: