SUNDAY DECEMBER 16th from 11AM: Pastor TeresaÂ preaches on REJOICE and RESTORATION! The 3rd Sunday ofÂ Advent is known as Guadete Sunday or Rose Sunday orÂ â€œRejoice Sunday.â€ Part of our preparation and anticipationÂ of Advent is to REJOICE – yet we live in a world where it isÂ often difficult to rejoice. However in that midst of that veryÂ same world, our Immanuel God is at the work ofÂ RESTORATION.
GREAT NEWS from the MS Youth!!!
We purchased the animals for the MS Bible Study kids tonight. AfterÂ delivering 70+ dozen cookies they ended up with $870. They purchased aÂ heifer, a llama, a pig, 3 rabbits, a flock of chicks (10-50 chicks), and someÂ honeybees.
Heifer International will determine which families need these animals the mostÂ and disperse them accordingly. Many of their animals go to needy families inÂ Africa and South America.
Thank you for all your support. The kids would appreciate it if you could addÂ something to the bulletin sometime thanking everyone for their donations.Â We are now talking about our next project being some community serviceÂ within Japan. Any ideas you may have we’d love to hear!
Julie & Kristi & the MS Youth
Socks and presents for Nozomi no Ie can be brought to church andÂ placed under the Christmas Tree any Sunday, but please no laterÂ than December 16th. Please make sure that you securely tape theÂ child`s name on the present.
December 16th at 3:30
We depart for Christmas Caroling. Please arrive at the SacksÂ driveway before so we can arrange carpools. After caroling at
Nozomi no Ie and Chouyou Gakuen we will gather at the SacksÂ home (on the Lutheran College Campus) for a simple soup andÂ bread supper. If you need directions please contact the pastors atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org
December 16th Worship, Pastor Teresa preaching.
December 23rd Worship, Pastor Susan preaching.
December 24th (Monday) Christmas Eve Candlelight Service,Â 6:30pm. The service will feature a â€œcrecheâ€ of candles. Come andÂ celebrate the Light born into this world.
December 30th Worship, Pastor Teresa preaching.
December 16 texts -Â Zephaniah New Revised Standard
3:14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult withÂ all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!
3:15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he hasÂ turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in yourÂ midst; you shall fear disaster no more.
3:16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do notÂ let your hands grow weak.
3:17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory;Â he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; heÂ will exult over you with loud singing
3:18 as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that youÂ will not bear reproach for it.
3:19 I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save theÂ lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praiseÂ and renown in all the earth.
3:20 At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; forÂ I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of theÂ earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the LORD.
Zephaniah The Message
3:14-15 So sing, Daughter Zion! Raise the rafters, Israel! DaughterÂ Jerusalem, be happy! celebrate! God has reversed his judgmentsÂ against you and sent your enemies off chasing their tails. From nowÂ on, God is Israelâ€™s king, in charge at the center. Thereâ€™s nothing to fearÂ from evil ever again!
3:16-17 Jerusalem will be told: â€œDonâ€™t be afraid. Dear Zion, donâ€™tÂ despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to saveÂ you. Happy to have you back, heâ€™ll calm you with his love and delightÂ you with his songs.
3:18-20 â€œThe accumulated sorrows of your exile will dissipate. I, your God,Â will get rid of them for you. Youâ€™ve carried those burdens long enough.Â At the same time, Iâ€™ll get rid of all those whoâ€™ve made your life miserable.Â Iâ€™ll heal the maimed; Iâ€™ll bring home the homeless. In the very countriesÂ where they were hated they will be venerated. On Judgment Day Iâ€™ll bringÂ you back home – a great family gathering! Youâ€™ll be famous and honoredÂ all over the world. Youâ€™ll see it with your own eyesâ€” all those painfulÂ partings turned into reunions!â€