Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

 

                              Welcome to Monona!                            Welcome to the Advent season - 2021

Dear Members,

From now on  Sunday services will be available through YouTube and Facebook (contains a link to the YouTube video).  Daily devotions are also available there.  

 

This week’s Sunday service can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpv2txxNeXN0BCt6d8tP2iw/featured

 

Our Facebook page can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/Monona-Lutheran-Church-111089293859686

NOTE:  You’ll need to ‘Like' us on Facebook.

 

If you would like to receive the Word and Sacrament in your home to make sure your faith remains strong and your inner peace and faith controls your outlook, please call me at 1-516-477-1770.  Let us know what is happening with your family so we can keep caught up as if we were at church.

What a brand-new world we live in.  Psalm 91 read and digest often.  I do every day!

 

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Nowak

 

 

Monona Ev. Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

4411 Monona Drive

Monona, WI 53716 

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Midweek Advent 2                                                                December 8, 2021 

THE ORDER OF VESPERS 

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Welcome

 

Opening Hymn.     The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came.            LSB 356

 

Preparation.                                                                                     Page 229

 

The Collect

P: Let us pray:

ALL: Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your Only-begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Reading                                                                                        Luke 1:46-56

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his offspring forever.” And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

 

Response

P: O Lord, have mercy on us.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn of the Day.                 The Advent of Our King.                         LSB 331

 

HOMILY

Mary’s Song
Luke 1:46-56

 

Responsive 1                                                                                        Page 282 

 

Benediction.                                  

 

Closing Hymn.            Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers                             LSB 515 

 

 

 

+ S + D + G+ 

 

 

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ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2021

 

MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES

                    Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

 

December 8th – “Mary’s Song”.                        Luke 1:46-56

 

December 15th –“Simeon’sSong”                      Luke 2:25-35

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24TH, 2021

             Candlelight Service 6:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25TH,2021

                        No Worship Service

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26TH, 2021
              Worship Service w/Communion
9:00 a.m.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31ST, 2021
              Worship Service w/Communion
6:30 p.m. 

 

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Adoring Him with Our Gifts

 

Throughout Scripture, everyone who has come into the presence of the Lord has been in awe of Him and has adored Him. Think of Moses and the burning bush. Quietly watching over his father-in-law's sheep, Moses saw a bush on fire but not being consumed. When God spoke to Moses telling him to remove his shoes, Moses realized

who was speaking, and "Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God" (Exodus 3:6). But he listened and spent 40 years showing adoration to God by obediently leading God's people according to God's direction.

Isaiah writes about the vision through which God called him to be His prophet: "1 saw the Lord ... high and exalted ... [and the angels} were calling to one another: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty. '" His reaction was to confess his sinfulness and, like Moses, to adore God by answering His question, "Whom shall 1 send?" with "Here am I Send me!" (Isaiah 6: 1-8).

This is the Christmas season, and we cannot help but think of the Wise Men, too, who came in search of the newborn King, bringing their gifts and bowing before Him in adoration. Matthew 2:11 records, "On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him." And they offered to the Christ Child the gifts they had brought for Him, "gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh".

The shepherds adored Him, too. They heard about Jesus from the angels as they sat outdoors watching their sheep and ran to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child. They didn't have gifts to bring as the Magi did, but they, too, responded in adoration. Luke writes, "When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them" (Luke 2:17-18).

God gives gifts to each of us and uses us to tell the Good News of the birth of His Son

Who came to bring us forgiveness of sins and life eternal. Some of us, like the Wise Men, are blessed with monetary gifts to be used to support mission and ministry. Others of us are more like the shepherds, able to "spread the word concerning what [we} have been told ... about this Child. " By God's grace, all of us can respond in faithful obedience to God's Word. In these ways, we adore our Savior.

 

In the Love of The Christ Child,

Pastor Nowak 

 

Thanks for Visiting

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To all who are weary and need rest,

To all who are lonely and need sheltering love,

To all who sin and need a Savior, and

To whomever will come, our church opens its doors in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

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