First Sunday in Advent: Sunday, Dec. 2

Songs/Hymns for the Day

First Sunday in Advent

  8:30am Contemporary Service


“O Come O Come Emmanuel”

“King of Love”

“Here Is Our King”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service I, page 151

#331 “The Advent of Our King”

#343 “Prepare the Royal Highway”

#348 “The King Shall Come When

Morning Dawns”


Collect of the Day

    P: 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.

ALL: Amen.


Old Testament Reading                                                                       Jeremiah 23:1–6

P      The Old Testament Reading is from Jeremiah, the twenty-third chapter.

1“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. 3Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord.

5“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”

P      This is the Word of the Lord.

C     Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                                             Romans 1:1–6

P      The Epistle is from Romans, the first chapter.

1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                    Matthew 1:1–17

P  The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the first chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

1The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

12And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

17So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.


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   Notes and News


Sunday           8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc., w/comm.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

12:30 PM Youth Group – Laser Tag

6:30 PM Advent by Candlelight

7:00 PM CSM – Bible Study

Monday         4:30 PM   Ministry Council

6:30 PM Financial Peace

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday   9:00 AM   Parents Day Out

4:00 PM Confirmation

5:00 PM Praise Team rehearsal

5:30 PM Adult Choir

6:00 PM Advent Supper

7:00 PM Advent Service

Thursday        5:30 PM  Home Bible Study

Next Sunday  8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc., w/comm.

7:00 PM CSM – Bible Study

Pray this week for:

Submit a Prayer:

Cancer: Julia Munson, Nancy Pintar, Elaine Monette, Sue Etapa,

Lori Pemberton, Mary Ann Tervo, Julie Sutinen, Jim

Other Prayers: Jen DePuydt, Mary, Pastor Paul, Nancy Smith

Missionary of the Month: Rev. Gary Schuschke, Germany


Read Genesis 22:1–14 and answer these questions:

  1. Why do you think God tested Abraham’s faith? Why does God test our faith?
  2. When God tested Abraham he provided a ram of sacrifice. What does God provide for you in your tests?
  3. Jesus is the Son of Abraham (Mt 1:1) because Jesus, like Abraham’s son Isaac, is the Son of sacrifice. What did Jesus sacrifice for you? What can you sacrifice for him?

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TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that you are worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus with us.  Part of worshiping our Lord is bringing our financial gifts in the form of offerings to support the ministry of Christ’s church.  As our guest today, please do not feel obligated to give an offering.  We are just thankful that you are here and hope you will continue to worship with us. Want to give your offerings online? Go to

HOLY COMMUNION: In preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper, please ask yourself these questions: Have I confessed and repented of my sins? Do I believe that in this Sacrament I am receiving the actual body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, into my mouth, for the forgiveness of my sins? Do I share the confession and wish to participate in the unity of this congregation? Will I, with the Lord’s help, amend my sinful life? If you answer, “yes” to all of these questions, please join us for this blessed gift from God for our forgiveness. If you need a gluten free wafer, please ask the pastor when you are kneeling at the rail.

Advent Services will be held on Wed. Dec. 5th, 12th & 19th. The Holden Evening Prayer will be used. Supper will be provided at 6:00 p.m. with services beginning at 7:00 p.m.

 Looking for a Truck: We are looking for a used, but decent plow truck for the church. Ideally it would be 3/4 ton with a V plow. If you or someone you know is looking to sell one, please let me know.

 Sunday School Teacher Opening for Spring Semester: One of our beloved Sunday School teachers is graduating in December, and we are looking for someone to step in for the spring semester (January-May). For more information, please contact Abby Gehrke at

Sunday School Christmas Program: The Sunday School Christmas program will be on Sunday, December 16 at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The preschool through 6th grade will be sharing the Christmas musical Star of Wonder. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to invite them to worship too!

CSM –  Concordia student ministries or CSM is our college focus ministry based out of our student house at Michigan Tech. We have events every Saturday afternoon/ evening Bible study on Sunday nights. Come connect with other Christian college students and join us at one of our weekly events!

 2018 Operation Christmas Child: A very sincere thank you to all who contributed to the success of this year’s OCC Mission Project. We exceeded our goal by donating a record 260 boxes and $3,329. Special thanks is due to a number of our members for their very generous money donations, and to Thrivent Financial and Walmart for donating gift cards which were used to purchase items to fill additional boxes. Please pray for the dedicated Samaritan’s Purse workers, along with the millions of children worldwide who will receive boxes along with a 12 week follow-up discipleship program. Pray that the kids, their families, and their communities will come to a lasting relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior. Keep in mind, now is also a good time to begin collecting items for next year with the goal of setting yet another record!!

72nd Annual Holiday Bazaar, Bake Sale, & Tea – The ladies of the Dorcas Society/LWML thank everyone for your business at this year’s event, along with people from the community.  We raised $1,275.  Funds will be disbursed at our January 15 meeting to various missions, both locally and elsewhere.  We also are grateful for the ladies and gentlemen who helped with set up, take down, serving, plowing the parking lot and sanding the sidewalks, carrying down boxes from the storage room upstairs, etc.  God blessed us in every way.  To Him be the glory!

Senior Saints – Our December get-together will take place on Thursday, 12-20-18, starting at noon with a ham dinner.  The  ham will be provided, with the rest of the meal being potluck.  The program will feature home-schooled kids in our midst, who will share their musical talents with us older kids.  They have done this for a few years now and it has been interesting to see the changes each time.  We invite all the seniors in our midst to join us for a time of good food, fellowship, and enjoyment.  Contact John or Jean Pemberton (487-9412) for more information.

Love Inc. will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser on Dec. 8th at Shopko in Houghton from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop by to make a donation and pick up a sweet treat for Love Inc. If you would like to bake anything for it, please contact Gillian Whitaker at 482.4319. Love Inc. is also in need of mattresses and couches.

Silent Auction – You may have seen all the awesome items up for grabs in the multi-purpose room but if not, please take a look!  This is one of the fundraisers that our youth are doing to raise funds to help 20 of them attend the 2019 National Youth Gathering!  You will be able to bid on items through Sunday, Dec 9. If you have questions, contact Lindsay Hietala or Marcus

SERVING: Ushers:   Christian Fitzgerald, Craig Sporalski,

Mark VanWagner, John Litzner (Early)

Marilynn Dewald, Sam Coates,

Deb Olson, Ken Clark (Late)

Elders:     Duane Fenske, Warren Weingarten (Early)

Mike Salmi (Late)

Acolytes: Myah Campioni, Dani Williston (Early)

Erik Wanhala (Late)

Lay Reader: Ken Clark

Greeters: Greg & Sherry Blust (Early)

Jean Pemberton, Rachele Lambert (Late)


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $    6,675.62
      Other Income $         61.25
Total $   6,736.87
Year to Date Budget Need $427,616.00
Year to Date Actual $428,165.80
Year to Date Difference $       549.80

“Lutheran Hour” Radio Ministry, Sunday 8:30 AM, WHKB 102.3FM


Sun. 11/25 – (8:30) 85 + (11:00) 116= 201

Office Information:

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm |

906-482-4750 |


Pastor: Aaron Gehrke;

Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff:

Preschool Director/Teacher: Jaime Schuldt:

Office Manager: Judy Fenske;

Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper;

Business Manager: Jason Auel;

Volunteer Ministry Staff:

Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton;

Group Life: Rob Cooke;

Hospitality: Anne Cooke:

Community: Kerri Mayra;

Children’s Ministry: Abby Gehrke;

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers: