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BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH
215 3rd Ave SE, MINOT, ND, 58701
Pastors: Janet Hernes Mathistad & Gerald Roise
Organist: Kari Files
Second Sunday of Advent
December 10, 2017

* Standing, for those who are able

Prelude
Anthem:
Carol & Chapel (8:30), Sanctuary (10:30)
Welcome & Announcements
* Confession and Forgiveness
P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who comes to wake us from sleep, who leads us into the light of grace. C: Amen
P: Let us prepare the way of the Lord by confessing our sin against God and neighbor.
Silence for reflection and self-examination
P: God of all time,
C: we confess that we have not prepared for your merciful reign among us. We ignore our neighbors in need and fail in the labor of justice and peace. In your mercy forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your light and to seek the things that will endure until Christ comes again in glory. Amen
P: Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. In + Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven and all things are made new. Rejoice in this good news! C: Amen

GATHERING

“Prepare the Royal Highway”
264(1,3,4)

* Hymn:

Hymn

*Greeting

“Have Mercy on Us, Lord…”

“Love Has Come”


* Kyrie

p. 203

* Praise

Hymn 292 (1,3)

* Prayer of the Day


Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

WORD

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a
*Gospel Verse:
“Alleluia! Lord and Savior…” p. 205


* Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
CHILDREN’S SERMON “Light One Candle” Hymn 240 (2)
Sermon: Pastor Janet
“All Earth Is Hopeful”





* Hymn:

Hymn 266

Apostles’ Creed

p. 105

* The Prayers


* Peace

MEAL


Presentation of the Gifts


Offering
Anthem
“Hark the Glad Sound”
* Offertory:

Hymn 239 (1,3,4)

* Prayer
P: Savior of the nations, come. C: Make your home here in us. Feed us with your love, that our faith shine ever new and our lives reveal your light. Amen








Distribution

* Great Thanksgiving

p. 206

*Holy

p. 207

*Words of Institution


* Lord’s Prayer

p. 208


“O Lamb of God…,” (p. 208) Anthem, Hymn 282
* Blessing
* Post-Communion Prayer
P: God for whom we wait, you come to us in the broken bread and the cup we share. Make us ready always to welcome Christ into our hearts, and send us forth to be your people in the world, announcing your coming among us in Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen

SENDING

* Benediction
P: May Christ, the Sun of righteousness, shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path. Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. C: Amen

“On Jordan’s Bank”

* Hymn:

Hymn 249 (1,3,4,5)



Postlude
Alternate Worship Texts from Sundays and Seasons, copyright © 2017 Augsburg Fortress.



WELCOME TO WORSHIP! Personal hearing devices are available from the ushers. Please sign a worship/communion card. (Take one from the pew rack.)
ACTIVITY BAGS (paper, toys, etc.) are to enjoy and return. COLORED ENVELOPES are for kids offering in our kid’s church.
COMMUNION PRACTICE at Bethany: We offer bread or gluten-free wafers and either wine or white grape juice. All the baptized are welcome at the Lord’s Table. If you are a guest and commune in your home church, we invite you to share in the Lord’s Supper with us. If you do not yet commune, please come forward to receive a blessing.
PRAYER CONCERNS Ike Syverson, Mason Stehley, Donna Erickson, Vicki Amon, Renae Arnold, Shane Morlang, Emma Berg, Dallas Johnson, Lenhart Mindt., Kathy Sherwood, Betty Niemann. All men and women serving in the military.

PRAYER CONCERN POLICY: Names will be carried for up to two months. After two months, you may call to re-enroll a name for another two months.
CAUSE OF THE MONTH: Our cause of the month is mission support for ELCA Good Gifts. Use the global mission envelope in your offering box to support this cause.

CHRISTMAS Party for volunteers and friends of the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry.
Thursday December 14, 2017 Vincent United Methodist Church 4:00PM PLEASE COME AND ENJOY SOME CHRISTMAS TREATS, SPECIAL MUSIC, and FELLOWSHIP ( 1024 2nd St. SE )


Beer and Hymns Christmas Edition: Monday December 11
th 7:00 pm Bootlegrz

Faithful Christians – Expressing Thanks
Coordinator Brian Mathson, Brian Messmer
Altar (8:30)
Ushers (8:30) Parker Wold, Roza Larson, Norman Jacobson, Meredythe Lester
(10:30) Al & Sandy Hanson
Greeters (8:30) Dave Myers
(10:30) Phyllis Hanson, Janice Anderson
Lector (8:30) David Alvin
(10:30)
Communion Assistants (8:30) Debbie Lee, Deanna Syverson
(10:30) Claire Larson, Sue Taft, Shirley Frost
Altar (9:30) Vicki Phippins
(11:30) Claire Larson, Pat Walz
Coffee Hour Treats
Altar Guild Mary Jordahl & Sonja Lee

DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS are available in the narthex for October, November, December.
Bethany’s website: bethanylutheranminot.org
BETHANY’S STREAMING: bethanylutheran.tv
Bulletin & Newsletter Deadlines: The deadline for input and articles in the Messenger newsletter is the 20th of each month, unless otherwise noted. The deadline for bulletin items is 2:00pm on Wednesdays for that following weekend. Thank you!
Alzheimers support group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024 2nd St SE at 7pm. All are welcome.
Blood Pressure Checks will be done the 1st Sunday of the month.
Please save upc bar code labels from your purchases of Our Family Brand Products. The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry gets five cents per label. There is a container for collection in the narthex.



Bethany Lutheran Foundation
To benefit the ministry of
Bethany Lutheran Church
now and to sustain it for
future generations
A Gift THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

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Nursery is available on Sunday’s during the 10:30 Worship!



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Please pick up your pans from the kitchen!!




Friends Thru Faith
Carnival Silent Auction!
We are looking for volunteers to help collect items for the silent auction. If you are willing to help please contact
Allen (701-340-5223) Or
Ariel Hirzel
(701-578-5989)






ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF Dec 10
th:

TODAY 8:30am Worship
9:30am Fellowship/BLWC Advent Drama
9:30am Bible Study for Dummies
10:30am Worship
TUES 5:30pm Foundation Meeting
WED 10:00am Staff Meeting
4:45pm Carol Choir
5:00pm Supper
5:15pm Chapel Choir
5:45pm Confirmation/Church School
6:00pm Adult Forum
6:45pm Advent Worship
7:30pm Sanctuary Choir
7:30pm Council Meeting
7:15pm LYO God’s Work Our Hands: Tie Blankets
THURS 9:00am Coffee with the Boys-Bethany
10:30am Soup Kitchen
2:00pm Miriam Bible Study
SAT 7:15am Bfast with the Boys-Bethany
10:0am Cantata Rehearsal
11:45am Church School Practice: Grades 1-5 (11:45-1:30pm)
2:00pm LYO Carmel Roll Set Up
4:00pm Church School Program
SUN 8:30am Worship
9:30am Fellowship/LYO Carmel
Rolls
9:30am Friends Thru Faith
10:30am Worship


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Please pick up your Offering Envelopes from the back of the Church! Thank you



Our Stinky Barnyard Challenge revealed:

First Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church are teaming up this holiday season with ELCA Good Gifts to help end world hunger. You can help us make a difference by purchasing an animal (the more, the stinkier!), anonymously giving it to someone else in hopes that they too will pay it forward by also buying an animal. We hope you have fun with this challenge, we hope you will pray for the people who will be receiving your gift, and we hope that if you find an animal on your doorstep or in your mailbox, you will pay it forward! Thank you for helping us fill our barn... no cinnamon sticks and potpourri this Christmas, it's all about the manure!


Bethany Women are asking you to remember the women at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and to include them in your Christmas giving. Their needs include sweat suits and panties (size large & extra large), personal care items-something to let them know they are loved and valued. If you wish to wait until after Christmas to take advantage of sales, that is fine, too. There will be containers by the front door and the elevator door. Thank you for your generosity. Sue Taft

We are collecting items for Women Escaping from Human Trafficking.
All items collected will stay in Western ND.
Items needed are:
Bottled water/Juice boxes
Choc bars/granola bars
Gift Cards ($10.00) for McDonalds or other fast food Restaurants
Flip Flips (Sm, Med, Lg)
Socks (Sm, Med, Lg)
Sweat shirts & sweat pants (Sm, Med, Lg)
Tampons & Pads
Underwear (Sm, Med, Lg)
Chap-stick
There are 3 boxes around the church to place the items in.
Please have all items here by Dec 15
th.
Thank you!





Voices of Note’
presents a
‘Christmas Concert’
join us for an evening of
carols & refreshments
Concert is free and open to the public
Tuesday, December 19
th at 7:00pm
Vincent United Methodist Church
(no offering – gift to all!)


Bethany is wanting to compile a list of all our Veterans so if you are a Veteran or know of someone who is please let the office know. Thank you!
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If you would like to have your newsletter emailed to you instead of being mailed please let the church office know.
Thank you!



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Poinsettias for Christmas Worship

You can help make the sanctuary festive by loaning a poinsettia for Advent and Christmas worship. Bring your plant to the office anytime during Advent, mark it with your name, and pick it up again after worship on Christmas Day. If you would like your memorial recognized in the Christmas bulletin (December 25), please have your flower at the church by December 20.


We are updating information in the computer and are finding that there are some adults who are still listed with their parents. We would like to get their information to send them newsletters ect. We would like them to have the schedule of worship and events offered here and would love for them to join us. If you know your adult child is not getting this information, contact the church office or they can contact us with their address, phone number and email. Thank you!