Second Sunday in Advent: Sunday, Dec. 9

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Second Sunday in Advent

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Here I Am to Worship”

“Good Good Father”

“Waiting Here for You”

“Go, My Children With My Blessing”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service II, page 167

#392 “God Loves me Dearly”

#332 “Savior of the Nations, Come”

#540 “Christ, the Word of God


#349 “Hark the Glad Sound”

Collect of the Day

 P: Let us pray. Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of your only-begotten  Son, that by his coming we may be enabled to serve you with pure minds; through       the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

ALL: Amen.

Old Testament Reading                                                                       Genesis 22:1–14

P      The Old Testament Reading is from Genesis, the twenty-second chapter.

1After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

P      This is the Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                                             Romans 8:31–34

P  The Epistle is from Romans, the eighth chapter.

31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                 Matthew 20:20–28

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

Glory to You, O Lord.

20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.

Acknowledgments: Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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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.

Notes and News


Sunday           8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM Education Classes

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

7:00 PM CSM – Bible Study

Monday         6:30 PM   Financial Peace

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Men’s Bible Study

10:30 AM Women’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

6:00 PM Bd. of Directors

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

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

12:30 PM Youth Group – Christmas Party

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 1 Kings 11:1–10 and answer these questions:

  1. Why do you think Solomon ended so badly?
  2. What are your demons and devils, leading you to end badly?
  3. What does it mean when Matthew writes that Jesus is greater than Solomon (Mt 12:42)?

How did Jesus end?

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Advent Services will be held on Wed. Dec.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.

 Thank You: You have shown love. Thank you for the prayers, food, gift certificates, and money, We love you. Merry Christmas. Nancy & Jerry Smith and family.

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!

 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.

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!  Silent Auction will end today. If you have questions, contact Lindsay Hietala or Marcus

The Life Outreach Center will be holding a December Diaper Drive from December 1st through December 31st. Please help support the families that we work with in our community by donating any brand and size diapers and wipes. There will be a drop-off box located at your church that you may place your donation in. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 906.482.8681. We thank you ahead of time for supporting our ministry!

Angel Tree: The annual adopt-a-family angel tree program is underway.  Angel ornaments with gift suggestions are on the Christmas tree in the narthex.  Sign-up sheets are on the table next to the tree. When taking an ornament be sure to sign the color-coordinated sheet on the line corresponding to the number on your angel. Please include your telephone number.  This is very important because it helps us check the lists versus gifts received before delivering the gifts to the families.  Tape the ornament to your wrapped package. Please bring your gifts to church by Tuesday, December 18. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Carter at 370-3383 or Kristin Wanhala 370-6432.

Portals of Prayer:  The Jan. – Mar. Portals of Prayer are located on the information table in the narthex, please take one as you leave today.

 Needed: People to help others with transportation: There are people in our church family who need help getting to medical appointments and possibly with other errands and I’d like to put together a pool of those of you who can help. It shouldn’t be “spur of the moment” so you would get a call as soon as I learn of the need. Please, if you could help with this type of care, call me at 487-6524 (leave a message) or email me at Thanks much, Lou Ann Vitton, Care Ministry Director

 Bd. of Directors: Members are invited to address the Board of Directors during their regular meetings. The next meeting is on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 pm. The current board members are Bob Chalgren, Jed Chrestensen, Maura Leinonen, Rob Scholie, Jason Sommerville, Jim Spence, and Kristin Wanhala.

Attention College Students!   Are your parents coming to pick you up, watch you graduate, or visit for Winter Carnival?  Do they need a place to stay?  Consider using the SPPLC Hospitality Home program!  For a donation instead of a hotel bill, they can stay in the comfort of a church member’s home! Their donation goes to support the Youth Group’s trip to National Youth Gathering. Contact Renata at to make arrangements.

SERVING: Ushers:   Lorna Kaspala, Greg Blust,

Wayne Volk, volunteer (Early)

Peter Pietila, Jerry Smith,

Jim Lahti, Marilynn Dewald

Elders:     Chris Middlebrook (Early)

Tim Stites, Jon Leinonen (Late)

Acolytes: Sam Roberts (Early)

Sam Leinonen, Kadence Stites (Late)

Lay Reader: Jason Sommerville

Greeters: Charlotte Clouthier, Jim Walters (Early)

Lynn Lanala, Lori Nordmark (Late)

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


Sun. 12/2 – (8:30) 188 + (11:00) 139= 327

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:


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $ 10,700.25
      Other Income $      146.98
Total $ 10,847.23
Year to Date Budget Need $436,912.00
Year to Date Actual $439,013.03
Year to Date Difference $    2,101.03