Pentecost Gospel: John 14:23-31

2nd Sunday after Christmas 4th January 2015
Closed Communion
The A.E.L.C uphold the Historical Biblical and Lutheran practise of
Closed Communion. Therefore we ask that only A.E.L.C members come
forward for Communion.
Hymns: 21, 272, 632, [292, 39,] 631.
Introit: Psalm 119: 97-104
Oh, how I love Your Instruction!
It is my meditation all day long.
Your Commandments make me wiser than my enemies.
For they are always with me.
I have had more insight than all my teachers.
For Your Testimonies are my meditation.
I have been behaving more intelligently than the old men,
because I have been keeping Your Directions.
I have kept my feet back from every evil path.
in order that I may keep Your Word.
I have not turned away from Your Decisions.
For You Yourself have taught me.
How delicious are Your Words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Because of Your Directions I behave perceptively.
Therefore I hate every false path.
Almighty God, you have poured into our hearts the true
Light of Your incarnate Word. Grant that this Light may shine forth in our
lives; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who live sand
reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Old Testament: 1 Kings 3:4-14
Epistle: Ephesians 3:1-12
Gospel: Luke 2:41-52
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.
The text for the sermon is the Gospel heard before from Luke 2:41-50.
41 Every year Jesus’ parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of
the Passover. 42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to the
Feast, according to the custom. 43 When they had spent the days
there, and while they were returning, the Boy Jesus stayed behind in
Jerusalem. His parents were unaware of this. 44 They thought He was
with the others who were travelling with them. After travelling for a
day, they began to look for Him among their relatives and
acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they went back to
Jerusalem, looking for Him. 46 After three days they found Him in the
temple, sitting among the teachers, both listening to them and asking
them questions. 47 All those who heard Him were astonished at His
understanding and answers. 48 When His parents saw Him, they were
astonished. His mother asked Him, “Son, why have You done this to
us? Look! Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 He asked them, “Why have you been looking for Me? Did you not
know that I had to be about My Father’s business?”
50 However, they did not understand what He said to them. 51 Then
He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He was obedient
to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew
wiser and taller and increased in the approval of God and of people.
Lord God, Heavenly Father, sanctify us through Your Truth, Your
Word is truth. Amen.
Despair. A hard word for a hard emotion and feeling. You feel it
from time to time. You feel despair when you reflect on opportunities that
came your way but that you ignored. You feel it when you reflect on poor
choices you have made in life. You feel it when you are tempted to be
dissatisfied with what God has provided for you. You look across the
fence to where the grass seems greener and wonder why you don't have
this or that. Despair holds you most closely when you compare your life to
the perfect, pure, holy will of God, as it is summarized most powerfully in
the Ten Commandments. Your sin rises up before your eyes, and you
recognize, with the apostle, "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me
from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24). Despair is such a harsh and
cruel taskmaster when it enters into your life and penetrates to your very
soul. Precisely in these moments and times, you hear God's Word
sounding forth powerfully: "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be
steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing
that in the Lord your labour is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).
Nothing will ever separate you from the love of God that is yours in Christ
Jesus. Nothing. Not your fear. Not your despair. Not your sin. Look to
Christ. Cling to Him. Say to Him, "I am Yours; save me" (Psalm 119:94).
Jesus says to you, "Stay close to Me, I am your rock and castle. Your
ransom I Myself will be; For you I strive and wrestle. For I am yours, and
you are Mine, And where I am you may remain; The foe shall not divide
us" (LSB 556:7).
Divine Service 11th January (White)
Readings: Psalm 29
Old Testament Genesis 1:1-5
Epistle: Romans 6:1-11
Gospel: Mark 1:4-11
9am Our Saviour Lowood
The Baptism of our Lord
Hymns: 217, 13, 39. [290, 147,] 47.
Divine Service 18th January (Green)
9am Trinity Marburg LR
Readings: Psalm 139:1-10
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Old Testament: 1 Samuel 3:1-20
Parish Hymns: 377, 39, 336, 437.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel John 1:43-51
Hymns TCB: 911, 402, 688,[619,] 918.
Divine Service 25th January (White)
Readings: Psalm 62
Testament Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Epistle Letters. 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
9am St Johns Minden
3rd Sunday after Epiphany Old
Hymns 47, 217, 336, [284, 44,] 197.
> Our next mid week Bible Study will be held at Pastors house at 9 Macadamia Dr
Lowood 10am Thursday 15th January 2015. [Yes already!] Bring and share morning
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9 Macadamia Dr Lowood, 4311.Services for Tin Can Bay. 10 am every third Sunday,
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