The Meaning of the Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent.  It is a circular candle holder that typically holds five candles.  During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday until all of the candles, including the fifth candle, are lit at Christmas. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

First Candle
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)


FIRST SUNDAY of ADVENT             NOVEMBER 28, 2021


“Come, O long-expected Jesus, Born to set Your people free;
From our sins and fears release us By Your death on Calvary.” (WS 705:1)


as printed in this bulletin

To prepare for worship read Hymn 704:1-2 in the Worship Supplement


Opening Liturgy/Lighting of the Advent Candle(s)

The Bell calls us to worship

Psalm 80:1-7 – read responsively as candle is lit

P: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock;
C: You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth!
P: Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh,
C: Stir up Your strength, And come and save us!
P: Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine,
C: And we shall be saved!

P: O Lord God of hosts,
C: How long will You be angry Against the prayer of Your people?
P: You have fed them with the bread of tears,
C: And given them tears to drink in great measure.
P: You have made us a strife to our neighbors,
C: And our enemies laugh among themselves.

P: Restore us, O God of hosts;
C: Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!


Hymn 68


P: We begin in the name of the Triune God – 
C: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Confession and Absolution of Sins

P: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
C: If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P: Let us pray:
ALL: Almighty God, merciful Father, we are sinful by nature, and have sinned against You in our thoughts, words, and actions.  But we are sorry for our transgressions and pray You, of Your bountiful mercy, to be gracious and merciful unto us.  Forgive us for Jesus’ sake, renew us by Your Spirit, and lead us in the way everlasting.  Amen.
P: Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  We are forgiven!  With boldness and confidence we may approach the throne to find grace to help in time of need.  In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord!
ALL: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.


Hymn 70



First Reading – Old Testament – Jeremiah 33: 14-18
The prophet Jeremiah foretells the fulfillment of the LORD’s “good” promise of a Savior. The Messiah will come to execute justice and righteousness. He will bring God’s judgment upon sin, but also to bring salvation to the people of God. The Savior is also described as being a King and a Priest who would reign and intercede for God’s people. We rejoice as we await the coming of this Savior.
14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
15 ‘In those days and at that time  I will cause to grow up to David
        A Branch of righteousness;
     He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
16 In those days Judah will be saved,  And Jerusalem will dwell safely.
       And this is the name by which she will be called:
                  THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’
17 “For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’ ”


Second Reading – New Testament Epistle – Colossians 1: 12-23
The Kingship of Jesus is without question. It was foretold by the prophets, and verified by the apostles. Jesus is the Almighty God, who created the world, and is the redeemer of the world. Through His death on the cross, He has redeemed a lost and fallen creation to Himself. Those who were separated from God by sin have been reconciled by the King of kings and the Son of God. 
12 [Give] thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

P: So far the Bible readings – blessed are those who hear the Word of God and treasure it!  Alleluia!

ALL SING: Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.   Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  

ALL: I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.  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.


Hymn 69


Sermon Text – Luke 1: 1-25
1 Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
19 And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.
23 So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. 24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”


Sermon Theme – Jesus is coming – 
1. As the inspired Word relates!
2. As dis-believing Zacharias heard!
3. As God’s grace is given to us!


ALL SING: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Your presence.  Take not Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.  Uphold with Your Spirit free.

Hymn 763 (at Trinity, choir (vv. 1-2); congregation (vv. 3-4)


The Offering is brought forward


Responsive Prayer

P: Almighty God, Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, we thank and praise You for the coming of Your Son Jesus Christ,
C: the Light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel.

P: As Your servants in Old Testament times looked with fervent longing for the coming of the Messiah, grant that we may eagerly and joyfully welcome Him, Jesus our Lord, into our hearts by faith,
C: and thus be delivered by His might from the power of sin, death, and the devil.

P: Dear God, lead us by Your Spirit to an understanding of our great sinfulness
C: and our need of repentance.
P: Help us to hate evil and to love the good.
C: Strengthen us against the temptations of all our adversaries.
P: Incline our hearts to seek righteousness and holiness,
C: so that we may serve and glorify You in every way.

P: Send out Your light to all corners of the earth, that people everywhere may know Your love in the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ, and join the multitude of Your people who say,
C: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”
P: Bless all who are gathered here in Your house this day
C: and sanctify them by Your Word.
P: To those among us who are afflicted in any way,
C: to those who are in sorrow,
P: to those who are enduring trials,
C: to those who may be in any necessity of body or spirit,
P: grant strength, comfort,
C: understanding, and patience.
P: Let them feel the warmth of Your love, and give them peace and joy
C: in the abiding promise of grace through Christ.
P: All these things we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord,
C: who came for our deliverance,
P: died for our salvation,
C: rose again for our justification,
P: and ever lives to plead for us before Your majesty on high.
C: In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
P: any special requests...
We also join to pray the words Jesus taught us:
ALL: Our Father, who art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.


The Benediction

P: The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you His peace.
C [spoken]: Amen.


Closing Hymn – 645



TODAY >> Zion: 9 a.m.; Trinity: 11 a.m.
        >> Sunday School sessions at both Trinity and Zion
                     Zion – after church; Trinity – at 10 a.m. (3 yr olds at 10:15)
   >> Christmas Eve children’s program rehearsal (see below for details)
WED   >> Midweek Advent service at Trinity – 7 p.m. (details below)
FRI >> Catechism class – 9 a.m. – Shyla Tvedt
SAT >> Catechism class – 8 a.m. CST – Manny Mertz
    >> Christmas VBS – 10 a.m. to noon – MORE BELOW!
NEXT SUNDAY >> Zion: 9 a.m.; Trinity: 11 a.m.
          >> BOTH services with Holy Communion
        >> Sunday School sessions at both Trinity and Zion
                     Zion – after church; Trinity – at 10 a.m.
      >> Christmas Eve children’s program rehearsal (see below for details)


>> 12/7 Tue    Trinity Ladies’ Aid – 7 p.m.
>> 12/08 Wed    Midweek Advent service at Trinity – 7 p.m.
>> 12/12 Sun    Christmas dinner at Trinity after church
>> 12/14 Tue    Brookings Bible Study at DeBough’s – 7 p.m.
>> 12/15 Wed    Midweek Advent service at Trinity – 7 p.m.
>> 12/17 Fri    ILC closing concert – at Messiah Lutheran – 7:30 p.m.
>> 12/23 Thu    Zion Christmas Eve/Eve service – 6 p.m.
>> 12/24 Fri    Trinity Christmas Eve service – 6 p.m.
>> 12/25 Sat    Trinity Christmas Day service – 10 a.m.
>> 12/31 Sat    Trinity NY Eve service – 7 p.m. (w/ family game nite!)


ONE DAY CHRISTMAS V B S!  We are trying something new at Trinity this year!  On Saturday, December 4th, from 10 a.m. to noon, we are offering a Christmas VBS.  The idea is to allow parents a couple hours’ worth of shopping without the kids!  This is open to our Zion/Trinity members as well as the public. Info is on billboard by Hy-Vee (11/26&28, 12/3), facebook, and our web page!    AND – we will need your help in these areas:
   >> narrating the Christmas Bible story
   >> helping with crafts
   >> leading singing Christmas carols
   >> helping with recess / games / snacks
If you can help - or if you have any questions, please see Rebecca Larson or PK. Thank you so very much!


CHRISTMAS REHEARSAL EVERY SUNDAY From now through Christmas-time we will be rehearsing the children’s Christmas program after church; at first this will be brief, but as Christmas gets closer, practices will be longer.


MIDWEEK ADVENT AT TRINITY The theme for our three Wednesday night services is “Symbols of Salvation.” Our speakers will be: 12/01 John Klatt; 12/08 Cory Drehle; 12/15 Paul Krause. Make plans now to join us for these special 7 p.m. services as we prepare for Christ’s coming!


Undecided call:
Pastor Neal Radichel, Mankato, MN, to Eden Prairie, MN
Returned call:
Pastor Rob Sauers, Fond du Lac, WI, to St. Louis (Manchester), MO


>> Do you have something you are thankful for at Zion/Trinity?  Let Pastor Krause know, and he will be happy to include it in the bulletin!
Zion Lutheran Church    Hidewood Township, SD – 9:00 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church           Watertown, SD – 11:00 a.m. 
Members:     Church of the Lutheran Confession
Pastor Paul Krause. . . cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . .   cell: 920-238-5132
Krause’s home: 886-6887                                  Church and School: 886-2976
Organists: Melanie Dummann, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson, Naomi Rehder


STATISTICS – week of November 21, 2021
Attendances- Zion: 30; SS: 5; T-day Eve: 14
Trinity: 44; SS: 3; T-day: 42; Sch.Bd: 4(+PK/CK)


Jesus is the Coming One!
Matthew 11:3
"Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"


    THE COMING ONE was one of the Old Testament names for the Messiah, the promised Savior. This is still a wonderfully appropriate name for our Lord because He came as promised, He comes through Word and Sacrament, and He will come again in glory.
   Jesus came to restore lost sinners to God's family, to give us life for death—eternal life in the new creation. He who came to "seek and to save the lost" looks forward to coming again and saying, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
   In the earliest days of the Christian Church the focus was fixed on Christ's return to such an extent that they did not make a point of celebrating His birth. But we don't need to stop celebrating Christmas in order to look forward to Christ's return.
   In fact, as we look toward Judgment Day our great comfort—the heart of our hope—is that HE WHO COMES is the same ONE WHO CAME in Bethlehem, Who took our flesh and bore our sorrows; Who came to live and die in our place; Who forgives our sins and gives us His righteousness.
   We do not confess "from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead" with fear and trembling because HE WHO COMES IS THE ONE WHO CAME to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

from online Daily Devotions – for Saturday, November 26, 2021