St. Paul's Ev. Reformed Church (RCUS)
Lord's Day - December 12, 2021

St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church 

Pastor Daniel R. Schnabel        15480 County Road 31, Hamburg, MN

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

Lord’s Day — December 12, 2021

Prelude & Piano – Corinne

Ringing of the bell

Welcome & Announcements 

Silent Prayer and Call to Worship

• Salutation and Prayer

Gloria Patri                                  735

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

• Confession of Faith- Apostles' Creed  

Hymn “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”        203

 We Read God’s Word: 1 Samuel 2:1-11        (B. p. 244) 

Confession of Sin & Pastoral Prayer  w/ Lord’s Prayer

Call to Repentance and Assurance of Pardon: “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”      Jeremiah 23:5-6

Choir “We Want To Be Ready”            (Luke 1:17)

  • Reading: Luke 1:46-56                            (B. p. 903)

  Sermon: Mary Shows Us There is 

Someone To Sing about!  

We Celebrate The Baptism of Parker

Hymn-Offering  “Jesus Loves Me”   189


Doxology                 731

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Silent Prayer 

Ringing of the Bell


 • Those who are able, please stand 

Welcome to St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church, especially those who are visiting with us. If you are visiting with us for the first time, please fill out a visitor card in the pew or the guest registry in the entryway. But as for me it is good to be near God. Psalm 73:28

-   This Week at St. Paul’s - 

Today Choir after worship.

Brotherhood Christmas Party at 6:00 p.m. 

Tuesday Peace Villa Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. 

Dartball at Watertown at 8:00 p.m. 

Wednesday Youth & Catechism Party at parsonage 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday   Sunday School and Bible Study at 8:45 a.m

Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. 

 Announcements  -  

 Today we have the honor of celebrating covenant baptism for Parker. While water baptism does not wash away our sins, it is a covenant sign and seal pointing to the promise of the gift of righteousness through faith just as God gave to Abraham. Baptism is also setting apart our children as belonging to God and His people.

Today is Nominations Sunday to nominate godly men for the office of elder and deacons. Please read 1 Timothy 3 and the guidelines God gives for those in leadership. Also included on the ballot is any issues you would like brought up or voted on at the annual meeting.

As we come to the close of the year the cut off for reimbursement is today. If you have done work for the church or will before the end of the year, or you have things you purchased on behalf of the church, even if you want you're tithe to count towards this years numbers(taxable year will be the end of the year as normal) on the annual report, please get those to the deacons by the 12th. 

The Women’s Guild is sponsoring a drive for the homeless in Minneapolis. They are collecting new or gently used socks, hats, scarf, gloves or mittens. We will make a disbursements on December 25. 

The Women’s Guild sells boxes of cards($5 for a box of twelve) in the entryway.  

There are some packets on religious exemptions on the reading table. 

Stan & Gloria had a car cross into their lane and hit them head on. Stan is home but sore. Gloria was taken to the hospital with a cracked sternum and broken ribs. Psalm 102:1-2

Linda as sores on her ankle and leg heal.  Psalm 6:2

Pray for the elderly, particularly those in nursing and assisted living homes – LornaBernetta and Dorothy. 2Cor. 4:17

Pray for Mackenzie & Wes  as they are expecting a new baby. Psalm 71:6

Pray for Rev. Johnson,  who is recovering from multiple blood clots and a stroke.   Psalm 18:1-2

Pray for the police officers and their safety. Pray for our servicemen & women and national Guard who are members or related to members- DakotaJeremyTy RyanSamMichael Amanda, and  Caleb, as well as their families as they are serving.  Psalm 91

Pray for this nation. Jeremiah 3:21-22.

Pray for the United Reformed Church of the Congo, the Free Reformed Fellowship of Kenya, the Pearl of the Orient Reformed Church in the Philippines, Rev. Eric Kayayan of Reformed Faith and Life, Rev. Victor D’Assonville of Reformation To Germany, Middle East Reformed Fellowship and Westminster Biblical Missions which we help support with our missions offerings. 2Thess. 3:1

Further Study -  

We waste by giving, our drop is soon spent; but God is not wasted by bestowing, but has the same mercy to do good to his creatures as before.   Thomas Manton

Those who deny election deny that God can have mercy. 

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

When Thomas Hooker was dying, someone said to him: “You are going to receive the rewards of your labors.” He replied: “I am going to receive mercy.”

The calling of God never leaves men where it finds them.

Joseph Hall

Next Lord Supper - Sunday December 26 (Table)

Why we Baptize Children?

  Psalm 127:3 tells us children are a gift from God. God doesn't hand them to us to treat like little unbelievers. So in Genesis 17:7-11 God commanded a covenant sign for believers and their children to assure us we are God's! God gave this command knowing Ishmael would not believe, he would not be saved. For the old covenant sign of circumcision, like new covenant sign of baptism is not a sign of our faith or of our repentance, but of covenant possession (Matt. 28:19), belonging to the Triune God (Romans 14:8)! If one refuses to obey our Triune God applying His sign, it angers Him(Exodus 4:24-25).

  While a baby will not remember their baptism, we as believing parents must remind them they belong to the Triune God and are members of His Church! We teach them they are responsible to repent, believe, and live for the Lord(Genesis 18:19; Galatians 3:27; 1Timothy 2:19). While there are no clear commands to baptize children, let others be honest! Children of believers in the Old Testament were always assumed to be part of the covenant people of God unless they showed something different. The same is true in The New Testament! Nowhere does Jesus or his Apostles exclude children from the covenant promises (Eph 6:1, Col. 3:20, 1Cor. 7:14)! More important Jesus clearly declared in Luke 18:16 "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." Peter even restates Genesis 17:7&8 giving two separate commands in the Greek. "Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." Peter's point is baptism is not a sign of repentance, but points to the Holy Spirit, who by faith makes the promises of God our’s (Believers and their children)! This is why, like with Abraham, upon faith in Jesus by one adult, acting as the Spiritual head, whole households(the Greek word implies children also) were baptized in the NT(Acts 16:15, 30-34; 1 Corinthians 1:16).

  People, in the covenant, may be brought to faith early or late in life. A true believer may sin greatly(2 Samuel 11; Psalm 51). This does not mean the covenant sign is to be reapplied, which is impossible with circumcision. John Calvin wrote, "however the covenant might be violated by them [wayward Jews in the OT], the symbol of the covenant remained ever firm and inviolable by virtue of the Lord's institution.” There are no re-baptisms in the NT! After Peter denied and cursed Jesus, he was not re-baptized. He did have to repent and recommit himself to serving the Lord(John 21:7). While many things are lacking in our faith, God’s promises do not lack anything! When we stumble baptism reminds us of God’s promises and Christ’s shed blood. For faith in Jesus saves (Romans 2:25-29) us and our children, not water baptism. 1Peter 3:21 tells us There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ… 

Apostle’s Creed  

 I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits 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 Ghost, the holy, universal Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Lord’s Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.  

Mary Shows us There is 

Someone To Sing About!

Luke 1:46-56

  1. Sing with joy for we have a merciful and faithful God! 

2. Sing with joy for we have a God who personally has made us objects of His mercy!

Bulletin cover, graphics and picture are by Pastor Schnabel.

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