Catechism Lesson for the Week of December 8, 2019

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of December 8, 2019:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE SIXTH PETITION

“And lead us not into temptation.”

What does this mean?

Answer:  God tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God may guard and preserve us that the devil, the world, and our flesh may not deceive us or mislead us into unbelief, despair, and other great and shameful sins, but that, although we may be so tempted, we may finally prevail and gain the victory.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia
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Hymns for December 8, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019, Hymns
2nd Sunday in Advent, Populus Zion (LSB Divine Service – Setting 3)

Hymn of Invocation: LSB #501, “Come Down, O Love Divine”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #336, “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”
Offering Hymn: LSB #509, “Christ Is Surely Coming”
Distribution Hymns: LSB #333, “Once He Came in Blessing”
LSB #508, “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near”
LSB #351, “Creator of the Stars of Night”
LSB #850, “God of Grace and God of Glory”
Evening Hymn: LSB #331, “The Advent of Our King” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.
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Scripture Readings for December 8, 2019

Scripture Readings for December 8, 2019
2nd Sunday of Advent, Populus Zion (LSB Divine Service-Setting 3)

INTROIT: Isaiah 30:19, 30, Psalm 80:1
PSALM: Psalm 50:1–15
OLD TESTAMENT: Malachi 4:1–6
GRADUAL: Psalm 50:2-3a,5
EPISTLE: Romans 15:4-13
GOSPEL: Luke 21:25-36

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Catechism Lesson for the Week of December 1, 2019

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of December 1, 2019:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE SECOND PETITION

“Thy kingdom come.”

What does this mean?

Answer:  To be sure, the kingdom of God comes of itself, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us.

How is this done?

Answer:  When the heavenly Father gives us his Holy Spirit so that by his grace we may believe his holy Word and live a godly life, both here in time and hereafter forever.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia
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Hymns for December 1, 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019, Hymns
1st Sunday in Advent, Ad te levavi (LSB Divine Service – Setting 3)

Processional Hymn: LSB #336, “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #332, “Savior of the Nations, Come”
Distribution Hymns: LSB #334, “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”
LSB #343, “Prepare the Royal Highway”
LSB #337, “The Night Will Soon Be Ending”
LSB #632, “O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee”
Evening Hymn: LSB #341, “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.

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Scripture Readings for December 1, 2019

Scripture Readings for December 1, 2019
1st Sunday of Advent, Ad te levavi (LSB Divine Service-Setting 3)

INTROIT: Psalm 25:4 (antiphon, Psalm 25:1-3a)
OLD TESTAMENT: Jeremiah 23:5–8
GRADUAL: Psalm 25:3a, 4 
EPISTLE: Romans 13:11–14
VERSE: Psalm 85:7
GOSPEL: Matthew 21:1–9

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Catechism Lesson for the Week of November 24, 2019

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of November 24, 2019:

[II] THE CREED

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE THIRD ARTICLE: SANCTIFICATION

“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.”

What does this mean?

Answer:  I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.  But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and abundantly forgives all my sins, and the sins of all believers, and on the last day he will raise me and all the dead and will grant eternal life to me and to all who believe in Christ.  This is most certainly true.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia
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Hymns for November 24, 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019, Hymns
Last Sunday of the Church Year (Festival Service)

Processional Hymn: LSB #663, “Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray”
Psalm Hymn: LSB #442, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”
Kyrie Hymn: LSB #942, “Kyrie, God Father”
Gradual Hymn: LSB #516, “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Coming”
Creed Hymn: LSB #954, “We All Believe in One True God”
Offering Hymn: LSB #673, “Oh, What Their Joy”
Sanctus Hymn:  LSB #960, “Isaiah Mighty Seer”
Distribution Hymns:  LSB #641, “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”
LSB #514, “The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us”
LSB #515, “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”
LSB #672, “Jerusalem the Golden”
Evening Hymn: LSB #888, “O Gladsome Light, O Grace” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.
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Scripture Readings for November 24, 2019

Scripture Readings for November 24, 2019
Last Sunday of the Church Year (Festival Service)

PSALM: Psalm 149
OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 65:17-25
EPISTLE: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
GOSPEL: Matthew 25:1-13

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Notes from the Nov 14 meeting

Pastor opened the meeting with a devotion and prayer. He explained that “Overwatch” is a military term used to describe a force protection tactic in which one individual or unit supports another by providing covering fire during a mission.  We as Christians employ a similar overwatch tactic called prayer. We call upon God for His blessing and protection in a dangerous world. Through prayer, the members of Operation Barnabas play a significant role in providing overwatch protection for the men and women in our nation’s armed forces.  It’s all about encouraging one another with the love of God in Jesus Christ, specifically all those who are military-connected.

Those who were present at the meeting included:   Pastor & Marty, Warren & Carolyn, Kathy, and Dawn.

An up-coming event on December 14 is the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony where live wreaths are placed on the graves of the military at Evergreen cemetery in Tucson, Fort Huachuca Military Cemetery in Sierra Vista, and the State Military Memorial Cemetery in Marana.    The ceremony begins at 10:00 A.M. and lasts for about an hour. Then wreaths are handed out to be laid on Veteran’s graves. Kathy, Marty and Dawn will be attending at Marana.

Operation Barnabas Veteran’s Day Celebration 2019

We recapped the Veteran’s Day Celebration at Claire’s Café.  There were 30 Veterans who received $10 food vouchers for breakfast or Lunch.  Pastor’s sermon on the patio was heard by Church members and patrons of the Café.  The sermon was directed to all Veterans who were encouraged to wear the armor of God.  The baked goods and pickles & jam brought in $533 for our treasury.  

Chaplain Michael A. Morehouse, AUS (Ret)
Service held on the patio at Claire’s Cafe Catalina, AZ
Veterans Day Celebration 2019

A discussion was held about our newly adopted Chaplain—Joshua Schneider who is based in Afghanistan.  We want to support him and his fellow soldiers with four boxes of Advent & Christmas items. Some of the suggestions for what to pack include trail mix, candy canes with their religious meaning, Nativity ornaments for a tree or to set out in their living quarters, and some posters on Advent and why Christ came for them—to receive His forgiveness, life and salvation.  The boxes will be packed on Tues., Nov. 26 at the Church at 10:00 A.M. and then mailed quickly, hopefully arriving before Christmas.

Monday, we will be delivering a load of clothing, household items, books, bedding and towels to Old Pueblo Community Services where the items will be available for Veterans who have been homeless and are setting up living quarters.  This is the fourth load we have delivered in 2019.

Our next official meeting will be Thurs., January 30, 2020 at the Church at 10:00.  The next Stand Down is March 19 at the Grand Luxe Hotel on W. Grant Rd.  

Pastor closed the meeting by reading the names of fallen soldiers in the past two months.  Prayers were said for their families.

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