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					                                      Regarding the Lord’s Supper
                          We believe that the Lord’s Supper is one of the greatest gifts
                          God gives to His church on earth. It is our Lord’s meal of grace,
                          in which He bestows the forgiveness of sins to troubled souls;
                          and for that reason, we want all who are able to receive the
                          Lord’s Supper.

We also believe, however, that this sacrament can be received to our spiritual detriment,
because we receive with the bread and wine the real body and blood of a holy God who
died to redeem the world. The scriptures tell us:
   “Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy
   manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man
   ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For
   anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and
   drinks judgment on himself.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)

Because we want to be good stewards of this precious and mysterious gift of the Lord’s
Supper, we lovingly restrict its distribution to those who are able properly to examine
themselves and recognize the body and blood of Christ in the meal.

To assist all of our worshippers in examining themselves, we offer the following
questions for your reflection and affirmation:
       Do I believe that I am a sinner without hope of eternal life, except for God’s
       mercy offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? (1 John 1:8-10;
       4:10; John 3:16)
       Am I sorry for my sins, and do I believe Christ’s promise that in His body and
       blood is forgiveness, life and salvation? (Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 26:26-28; Luke
       22:19-20; John 6:51)
       Do I believe that with the bread and wine I receive the body and blood of Jesus
       Christ, not just a symbol of it? (1 Corinthians 10:16; Mark 14:22-24)
       Do I intend, with the help of God, to live a life that is pleasing to God? (Ephesians

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then come with a repentant heart to join us in
the blessing of Christ’s true body and blood for the forgiveness of your sins and the
strengthening of your faith. If you hold a belief that differs from the beliefs of the
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, we kindly ask that you refrain from communing at our
altar at this time. We also ask that children, under the age of 15, who have not been
instructed in the faith, also refrain from communing. If you have any questions we invite
you to speak to one of our pastors after the service. May God bless our worship
                                              “A Miraculous Conception”
                                                           Advent 4
                                                  Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
                                                      December 18, 2011

                                                        AS WE GATHER
Welcome to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, a special welcome to our guests. The angel Gabriel
informs Mary of the miraculous conception inside of her. While Mary struggles to understand,
she faithfully believes and accepts her new role as Mother of the Savior. This miraculous
conception fulfills God’s promise to send a Savior. Today we consider that miraculous
conception and ponder its meaning for our lives. God bless your worship with us today!

   So that everyone can worship without distraction: please turn off all cell phones and
   pagers, and please feel free to take your child(ren) to the staffed nursery or out to the
   narthex if they become restless during the service. Thank you for your cooperation.

ORDER of WORSHIP – Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service, setting 4, p. 203 ff.

PRESERVICE MUSIC ………...……...………“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” ~ arr. Lindbergh



OPENING HYMN                  “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                             Hymn 357
                                                    (Men sing stanza 3, women sing stanza 5)

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION (Page 203 – spoken responsively)

                                SERVICE OF THE WORD
KYRIE (Page 204, sung by all)

SALUTATION & COLLECT OF THE DAY (Page 205, spoken responsively)
P: Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which
   weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign
   with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
OLD TESTAMENT READING…….………………......….…..…..……2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
                   (God promises that David's throne shall endure forever.)
      After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all
his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a palace
of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” 3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever
you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you.” 4 That night the word of
the LORD came to Nathan, saying: 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the
LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a
house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been
moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all
the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my
people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8 “Now then, tell my
servant David, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and
from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you
wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will
make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. 10 And I will
provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of
their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as
they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over
my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. “‘The LORD declares
to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: 16 Your house and your
kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’”

L: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: (with a shout) Thanks be to God!

MUSICAL RESPONSE …………………...………..……...“The King of Glory Comes” ~ Page

EPISTLE READING…………………………..………….......…..……...….Romans 16:25-27
             (The mystery long hidden has finally been revealed in Jesus Christ!)
       Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of
Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but
now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the
eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— 27 to the only wise God be
glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

L: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: (with a shout) Thanks be to God!
ALLELUIA AND VERSE (Page 205 - sung by all)

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the 1st chapter.
C: Glory to You, O Lord. (spoken)

GOSPEL READING………………………..…………..........…………...….…Luke 1:26-38
        (The annunciation of the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary and her faithful response.)
       In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to
a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The
virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are
highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and
wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be
afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a
son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the
Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and
he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will
this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy
Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the
holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is
going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth
month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary
answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: (with a shout) Praise to You, O Christ!

NICENE CREED (Page 206 – spoken by all)

HYMN OF THE DAY            “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came”                         Hymn 356
                                                      (Men sing stanza 2, women sing stanza 3)

SERMON                          "An Angel’s Announcement”                            Luke 1:26-38

RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS                     (8:00 am)
Today we are pleased to receive the following people into the Our Shepherd family.

Adult Confirmation:                         Profession of Faith:
Laura (Lori) James                          Sharlin Drake
Jessica Miller                              William (Bill) Levihn
Tom Short

P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according
   to their needs.
    (Petitions)      P: Lord, in your mercy,
                     C: hear our prayer.
P: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy;
   through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C: Amen.

 (This is a time when we give back to the Lord as a response of faith. As our offerings are being
 gathered, we ask that each of you sign the Rite of Fellowship Folder located in each pew. If you are
 visiting with us please include your full name, mailing address, & phone number. After all have signed
 it please pass it back to the center aisle.)

MUSICAL OFFERING..…………...……………………....……....“Magnificat (Mary’s Song)”

                                SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT
    Regarding the Lord’s Supper: We are celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion
    which, we believe to be a great gift from our loving God. If you desire to participate with
    us in this sacred part of our service, please refer to our communion statement on the
    inside front cover of the bulletin. Thank you.
    Communion Distribution: We will commune this morning in “tables,” at the foot of the
    chancel. The ushers will direct each pew to come forward by the side aisle. You will return
    to your seat by the center aisle. Please place individual cups in the basket in front of the
    first pew.

PREFACE (Page 208 – spoken responsively)

SANCTUS (Page 208 - sung by all)


LORD’S PRAYER (Page 209 – spoken by all)


PAX DOMINI (Page 209 – spoken responsively)

AGNUS DEI (Page 210 - sung by all)

DISTRIBUTION & HYMNS Hymn 349, “Hark the Glad Sound”
                     Hymn 934, “My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord”

NUNC DIMITTIS (Page 211 – sung by all)

POST COMMUNION COLLECT (Page 212 – far right column, spoken responsively)

BENEDICAMUS AND BENEDICTION (Page 212 – spoken responsively)


CLOSING HYMN            “Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord”           Hymn 352

POSTLUDE …………………….………….…...…“Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord” ~ Manz

THIS WEEK’S INDEPENDENT BIBLE READING.......1 Kings 21, Psalm 97, 1 Timothy 4
Preacher:     Pastor Ron May
Liturgist:    Pastor Phil Rigdon
Elder:        Bruce Bowman
Organist:     Joyce Zimmerman
Vocal Soloist: LaDonna Strakis
Lay Reader: 8:00 Dan Devlin
Communion Assistants:
              8:00 Thomas Mattick          10:45 Tom Hansing
Acolytes:     8:00 Isaiah Mears            10:45 Kelsey Wood
Ushers:       8:00 Eric Brauer             10:45 Norm Hedges
                   Keith Lehman                  Drew Davis
                   Dave Rieger                   Martin Wright
                   Lee Minneman                  Ben Blair
                   Sam Schuch                    Jim Lovitz
                   Larry Zimmerman
                   Jay Grueneberg
Sound Tech: 8:00 Dan Hampton               10:45 Nick Butler
Greeters:     8:00 John & Jackie Widau     10:45 Mark & Kim Meyerholtz
                   Bob & Shirley Wittman         Jeff & Alison Reed
Nursery Attendants:
              8:00 Angie Grueneberg        10:45 Andrea Mathews
                                                 Cheyenne Mathews

Preacher:  Pastor Phil Rigdon
Liturgist: Pastor Phil Rigdon
Elder:     Curt Marsh
Organist:  Joyce Zimmerman
Acolyte:   Nicole Ford
Ushers:    Norm Hedges, Drew Davis, Martin Wright, Ben Blair, Jim Lovitz

      As you are leaving God’s
        house today, take an
    opportunity to greet someone
      you’ve never spoken to

      We are God’s family in

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