First Sunday after Christmas: Sunday, Dec. 30

Songs/Hymns for the Day

First Sunday after Christmas

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Away in a Manger”

“No Longer Slaves”

“Offering”

“This Is Amazing Grace”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service I, page 151

#374 “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”

#389 “Let All Together Praise Our God”

#377 “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing”

#367 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

 

Collect of the Day

    P: O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of   Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

ALL: Amen.

Old Testament Reading                                                                      Exodus 13:11–15

P      The Old Testament Reading is from Exodus, the thirteenth chapter.

11“When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your fathers, and shall give it to you, 12you shall set apart to the Lord all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the Lord’s. 13Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. 14And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

15For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’”

P      This is the Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                                         Colossians 3:12–17

P      The Epistle is from Colossians, the third chapter.

12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

P  This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Holy Gospel                                                                                                      Luke 2:22–40

P  The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the second chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

22 When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,

according to your word;

30for my eyes have seen your salvation

31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

32a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and for glory to your people Israel.”

33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

P  This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.

Acknowledgments

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division 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 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 www.copperluth.org/give.

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:   Lorna Kaspala, Greg Blust,

Wayne Volk, volunteer (Early)

Ken Clark, Peter Pietila,

Jerry Smith, volunteer (Late)

Elders:     Dennis Hagenbuch, Chris Middlebrook (Early)

Mike Salmi, Tim Stites (Late)

Acolytes: Sam Roberts, Luke Mikkola (Early)

Logan Moilanen, Emily Brown (Late)

Lay Reader: Mike Salmi

Greeters: Greg & Sherry Blust (Early)

Lynn Lanala, Rachele Lambert (Late)

   Notes and News

 LORD’S WORK AT SS PETER & PAUL, WEEK OF DEC. 30 – JAN. 6

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

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

Monday          7:00 PM  New Year’s Eve Svc., w/comm.

Wednesday    5:00 PM   Praise Team Rehearsal

6:00 PM Adult Choir

Thursday        4:00 PM  CC Christian Basketball

Next Sunday  8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

Pray this week for:

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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

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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 lavitton@gmail.com. Thanks much, Lou Ann Vitton, Care Ministry Director

 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.

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ATTENDANCE AT SERVICES: 

Sun. 12/16 – (8:30) 200 + (11:00) 131 = 331

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Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff: marcus@copperluth.org

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Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper; maintenance@copperluth.org

Business Manager: Jason Auel; business@copperluth.org

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Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton; louann@copperluth.org

Group Life: Rob Cooke; groups@copperluth.org

Hospitality: Anne Cooke: anne@copperluth.org

Community: Kerri Mayra; community@copperluth.org

Children’s Ministry: Abby Gehrke; children@copperluth.org

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers: bryant@copperluth.org