Fourth Sunday in Advent: Sunday, Dec. 23

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Fourth Sunday in Advent

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

“Sing to the King”

“Christ Be All Around Me”

11:00am Traditional Service

#344 “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s


#367 “Angels from the Realms of


#357 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

#338 “Come, Thou Long-Expected


Old Testament Reading                                                          Isaiah 7:1–14

P    The Old Testament Reading is from Isaiah, the seventh chapter.

1In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it. 2When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.

3And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field. 4And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. 5Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying, 6“Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” 7thus says the Lord God:

“‘It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
8For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.

(Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken to pieces so that it will no longer be a people.)

9“‘And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you are not firm in faith,
you will not be firm at all.’”

10Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11“Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I



will not put the Lord to the test.” 13And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                              Galatians 4:4–6

P   The Epistle is from Galatians, the fourth chapter.

4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                  Matthew 1:18–25

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

Glory to You, O Lord.

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

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.

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

Monday          3:00 PM  Christmas Eve Svc., w/comm.

5:00 PM Christmas Eve Svc., w/comm.

7:00 PM Christmas Eve Svc., w/comm.

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

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

Pray this week for:

Submit a Prayer:

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

Lori Pemberton, Mary Ann Tervo, Julie Sutinen, Jim, Karen Donovan

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

Missionary of the Month: Rev. Gary Schuschke, Germany


Read Matthew 1:1–17 again and answer these questions:

  1. Recall several children’s Christmas pageants you’ve attended over the years. Were any of them perfect?
  2. Who are the four women in this list? Were any of them perfect?
  3. Why do you think Matthew’s “Christmas pageant” is less than perfect? Why is this good news?

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Thank You: We would like to thank all those that participated in the angel tree and helped give a blessed and wonderful Christmas to those families.

 Christmas Eve Services: We will have 3 Christmas Eve Services on Monday, Dec. 24th with communion at 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m.

 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

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!

 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!

 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

 Education Classes: There will be no Sunday School or Adult Bible Study on Sunday, Dec. 23rd or Dec. 30th.  Classes will resume on Sunday, Jan. 6th.

Confirmation Winter Camp – If you are in 7-8th grade we want you to join us for winter camp on Jan 11-13.  It will be a great time to build relationships, your faith all the while we are playing some broomball, tubing, cross-country skiing, campfires, and more!  The cost is just $125!!  Talk to Marcus ASAP as registration is due today.

TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that youare 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.

 SERVING: Ushers:   Christian Fitzgerald, Craig Sporalski,

Mark VanWagner, John Litzner (Early)

Jerry Smith, Jim Lahti,

Marilynn Dewald, Deb Olson (Late)

Elders:     Warren Weingarten (Early)

Tim Stites, Don Kuiper (Late)

Acolytes: Wyatt Jenkins (Early)

Logan Moilanen, Leah Motowski (Late)

Lay Reader: John Pemberton

Greeters: Bev Auel, Wayne Volk, Pauline Kokkonen (Early)

Roger & Janet Turpening, Elsa Strayer (Late)


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $    7,767.00
      Other Income $       225.10
Total $   7,992.10
Year to Date Budget Need $455,504.00
Year to Date Actual $458,629.71
Year to Date Difference $    3,125.71

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Office Information:

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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: