November 27, 2022
St. Paul Lutheran LCMS
Website – stpauljulesburg.org
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Zion Lutheran LCMS
Big Springs ,NE
11212022 Vol.3 Issue 52
All Things for All People
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:17-20
There’s some good sense in the advice to “take the bull by the horns” and give it your best shot. It is also good sense to be a little suspicious of someone you hardly know who demands your trust, and who says that they have your best interests at heart. Experience has often taught us otherwise. But what about those times that do seem out of our control or beyond our best efforts to solve them? What about those times when we need others, when we need family and friends, and when we really need God? What about the struggles, temptations, failures and challenges that leave us helpless when help matters the most?
Our reading for today talks about a person for moments such as those and, in fact, for any and all times. It talks about one who could be Himself and, at the same time, care for others more than Himself. Jesus Christ alone could be all things to all people because He truly loves people with a perfect, selfless love. In this reading, the Apostle Paul describes Jesus this way: “In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Jesus is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the Redeemer of the world, and the Firstborn from the dead (e.g., Colossians 1:18; Galatians 4:5; Revelation 22:13). Jesus himself says, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19), and “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
If you are apprehensive in this world today, I appreciate how you feel. If you are anxious in your spirit, we all have been at times. If you wonder whether there is anyone who really can and does care about you, perfectly and all the time, it’s Jesus. If you want the peace and power of His gracious love and forgiveness as the source of your very life and salvation, it’s not in you by nature nor does it come from the “princes of this world.” It comes from the Prince of everlasting peace, the Savior of the world, Jesus the Messiah. He is the only one who is all things to all people, whose life, death, and resurrection offers you a forgiven past, a confident present, and a certain future right now, today.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
First Sunday in Advent– November 27, 2022
Behold, the Messiah comes to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, and it shall be proclaimed in all of Jerusalem: “This is the prophet Jesus!” From Mount Sinai to Calvary, the Lord reveals His edicts, His decrees, and Jesus is the very fulfillment of them all. Christ is faithful in the midst of faithlessness; humble in the midst of arrogance. He alone is the rightful Prophet, Priest, and King. Hosanna in the highest!
Order of Worship - Matins pg. 219
Hymn #331 “The Advent of Our King”
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Epistle: Romans 13:11-14
Holy Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
Hymn #332 “Savior of the Nations, Come”
TE Deum pg. 223 “We Praise You, O God”
Prayer of the Church
Benedicamus pg. 228
Hymn #350 “Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come” _________________________________________________________________
Servants on November 27, - 2022 St. Paul ZiON
Ushers / Greeters – Craig Nicolaus / Dennis Aulston Ushers /Greeters
Organist – Jeanie Boehm Dayton and Jodi Christensen
Acolytes – Jennifer Toyne Altar Guild
St. Paul Zion
November 27 – 8:00 Sunday School 10:00 Sunday School
9:00 Worship 11:00 Worship
November 28 – 9:30 Bible Study December 4 - Decorating Church
November 30 – 7:00 Advent Service Spaghetti lunch
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Advent Services will be at St. Paul. on November 30, December 7, and December14, starting at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!