215 3rd Ave SE, MINOT, ND, 58701
Pastors: Janet Hernes Mathistad & Gerald Roise
Organist: Deacon Kari Files, Intern David Myers

Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2018

* Standing, for those who are able

Chapel/Carol (8:30) Sanctuary (10:30)
Welcome & Announcements
* Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, who comes to wake us from sleep, who leads us into the light of grace. Amen
Let us prepare the way of the Lord by confessing our sins against God and neighbor.
Silence is kept for reflection
P: God of all time, C: we confess that we have not prepared 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 come 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


“Prepare the Royal Highway”

* hymn:

Hymn 264
P: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.
*Hymn of Praise: “Angels, from the Realms of..” Hymn 275
*Prayer of the Day:
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen


First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4
Psalmody: Luke 1:68-79

*Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-11
*Gospel Acclamation

*Hymn: “Light One Candle..” Hymn 240 (2)
* Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

*Sermon: Pastor Gerald
Hymn: “There’s a Voice in the….”


Hymn 255

*Apostles’ Creed

P 105

* Prayers



*offertory: “Lost in the Night” Hymn 243 (1,4)
P: Let us pray, C: Savior of the nations, come. Make your home here in us. Feed us with your love, that our faith shines ever new and our lives reveal your light. Amen


*words of institution

* Lord’s Prayer

p. 191

“O Lamb of God…,”(p. 195) Anthem, Hymn 269

* 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. Amen


* 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. Amen

“On Jordan’s Bank…”

* Hymn:

Hymn 249(1,3-5)

*Mission Statement


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Alternate texts from Sundays and Seasons, © 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: Lenhart Mindt, Kari Schoenwald, Bobbi Wendt (Colleen Hodenfield’s sister), Arlin Pedersen, Kevin Seehafer, Gabe Overvold, Jeff Price, Marlene Pankow, Nancy Hirzel, Michelle Schoenwald, Janice Klimpel, Genhard Holen, Kelly Jo Weaver, Betty Wolfe, Barbara Berven, Janet Preskey Ruth Latendresse, Larry Walter, Judy Johnson. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Radiologists, Hospital Employees

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 Global Barnyard. Use the global mission envelope in your offering box to support this cause.
DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS are available in the narthex for October, November, December.
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 4:00pm on Wednesdays for that following weekend. Thank you!

Bethany’s website: bethanylutheranminot.org
BETHANY’S STREAMING: bethanylutheran.tv
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 3rd Sunday of the month.

Bethany Lutheran Foundation
To benefit the ministry of
Bethany Lutheran Church
now and to sustain it for
future generations

2018 Offering Update!
As you are doing your holiday shopping please consider
Actual Jan-Nov $367,512
Anticipated Jan-Nov $374,733
Negative Difference for year to date ($7,221)
The Church Council is asking you to please consider online giving. Forms are available in the Narthex & if you have questions, call the office. Thank you for your support!

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

Special Rehearsals Scheduled

Saturday Rehearsals for Sanctuary Choir:
December 15 10:00am
Saturday Rehearsal for Church School Christmas Program:
December 15 11:45am 1:30pm

(Grades 3-5 Pizza Party)

Christmas Program:

Saturday, December 15th
(note date and time)
(3 yr olds-5th Grade)

Faithful Christians – Expressing Thanks
Coordinator Deb Lee, Allen Hirzel
Altar (8:30)
Ushers (8:30) Marvin Sylstad, Teresa Erie, Pat Julson
(10:30) Duane Olson
Greeters (8:30) Rosie Tollefson, Tessa Nesheim
(10:30) Dennis Wright
Lector (8:30)
(10:30) John Nilsen
Communion Assistants (8:30) David Alvin, Alma Lee
(10:30) Claire Larson, Kathryn Swanson, Sue Taft
Altar (9:30)
(11:30) Claire Larson
Coffee Hour Treats Alma Lee
Altar Guild Lolly Rostad, Pat Julson


TODAY 8:30am Worship
9:30am Fellowship/BLCW Advent
10:30am Worship
TUE 9:30am Mary Circle at
Rosie Tollefson’s
2:00pm Ruth Bible Study
WED 9:30am Staff Meeting
4:45pm Carol Choir
5:00pm Supper
5:15pm Chapel Choir
5:45pm Church School
6:00pm Adult Forum
6:45pm Advent Worship 7:30pm Sanctuary Choir
7:30pm Council Meeting
7:45pm LYO Christmas Lights &
THURS 9:00am Coffee with the Boys-Bethany
10:30pm Soup Kitchen
2:00pm Miriam Bible Study
SAT 10:00am Cantata Rehearsal
11:45-1:30 Church School Practice
Gr 3-5
2:00pm LYO Carmel Roll Set Up
4:00pm Church School Program
SUN 8:30am Worship/Cantata Sunday
9:30am Sunday Morning Circle
9:30am Fellowship/Caramel Rolls 9:30am Friends Thru Faith
10:30am Worship/Cantata Sunday

Lutefisk and Sweet Soup for Sale! Please contact the office


Will meet on December 11th
at Rosie Tollefson’ home!


As you are doing your holiday shopping please consider

If you Amazon, PLEASE consider using amazon.smile.com This is a secure website that is a part of Amazon but donates 0.5% of your purchase back to Bethany Lutheran Church. The link is on our Bethany Facebook page or enter the link:

If your phone number, address or e-mail has changed

please let the office know! Thank you!


Offering envelopes are in the Narthex! Please pick yours up. If you contribute on-line, there will still be a box of envelopes for you. Thank you!

Home Quilt Stitchers!
There are lots of sacks of quilt tops ready to sew, including 4 patches. The sacks are under the pew by the elevator and in the conference room.
Thank you! Sue Taft


Will meet Sunday, December 16th at 9:30!

Bethany Lutheran Church
invites you to
A Blue Christmas
Worship Service
of prayer, music, and God’s Word
shining light in the darkness.
Wednesday, December 19th 7pm
God offers us hope – we are not alone


Remember to fill out and return your pledge card! They are located at the back of the church or you can pick one up at the office! Thank you!!

The Men’s Winter Refuge is once again honored to be participating in the Twice Blessed matching grant campaign through the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation. If the Men’s Winter Refuge receives $10,000 in donations between now and Dec 31, St. Joseph’s will double it with an additional $10,000. To give online with a debit/credit card, simply visit http://sjchfnd.com/organizations/mens-refuge/ and click on the “Donate” button directly under the Men’s Winter Refuge logo. To give with a check, call Men’s Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer and he will gladly send you a donation form and instruction. Mike’s number is 701-822-2585. Any donation you can give will be greatly appreciated and will go directly toward the day-to-day operations of our men’s homeless shelter.

Our Wednesday night church school is hosting a Christmas Toy Drive in support of children-in-need within our community. We are asking volunteers to bring an unwrapped new or slightly used toy between now and December 12th.