St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church
Lord's Day - December 26, 2021

St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church 

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

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. Romans 3:21-22

Lord’s Day — December 26, 2021

Prelude & Piano – Cambria

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 “Praise To The Lord, The Almighty”  (Ps. 103)    53

 We Read God’s Word:  Matthew 22:37-40  

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  

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

Call to Repentance and Assurance of Pardon: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 

Hymn “To God Be The Glory”                55

  • Reading: Luke 2:25-35                            (B. p. 905)

  Sermon: Simeon Shows Us There is Someone To Sing about!  

We Celebrate The Lord’s Supper (Table)

Hymn-Offering  “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”  616

Benediction

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

Postlude 

 • Those who are able, please stand


-   This Week at St. Paul’s 

Today No Choir.

Tuesday No Dartball

Wednesday No Catechism

Saturday New Years Day worship service at 9:30 a.m. 

Sunday   No Sunday School and Bible Study

Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. 

Choir after worship

 Announcements   -  

Today we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Table). Those who have publicly professed their faith in Christ being examined by a church and hold to the orthodox doctrines of the Christian faith, including justification by faith alone, and are in good standing as members of Christ’s church, are welcome. Please humbly prepare your hearts accordingly. Please remember to fill out a communion card or a guest communion card(by the bulletin board) if you are going to partake of the Lord’s Supper. It is served only on the main floor. Please read 1 Cor. 11:26-29.

The various organizations of the church need to have their reports into the church secretary Debbie by January 9th.  

You can pick up your poinsettias from the kitchen today. We always have many extras left over, if you would like one. 

As we close the year remember how God calls us to give a tithe, 10% of all we are blessed with and even more at times (1Timothy 6:17-18). This is given back to Him in thankful worship through our offerings (Deuteronomy 14:22-23).

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

There are some packets to help write a religious exemptions on the reading table. 


-Further Study -  

If the sight of Christ, while He was yet a child, had so powerful an effect on Simeon, that he approached death with cheerfulness and composure; how much more abundant materials of lasting peace are now furnished to us, who have the opportunity of beholding our salvation altogether completed in Christ?… In a word, His absence from us in body is of such a nature that we are permitted to behold Him sitting at the right hand of the Father. If such a sight does not bring peace to our minds, and make us go cheerfully to death, we are highly ungrateful to God, and hold the honor, which He has bestowed upon us, in little estimation. John Calvin 

Christ was called the consolation of Israel at His first coming.… Now let us comfort ourselves that this Emmanuel will appear in our flesh before long; let us wait for the “consolation of Israel.” Emmanuel came down to us, to take our nature upon Him, and to satisfy God’s wrath, that He might take us to heaven with Himself, and that we might be forever with Him in glory. And therefore let us, if we would make a true use of Emmanuel, desire to be with Him. Richard Sibbes


- Prayer & Praise & Hospital Notes  -


Howard was hospitalized with pneumonia and is now back home! Acts 17:25

Stan & Gloria are recovering from a car accident. Pray for Gloria as she recovers from a cracked sternum and broken ribs. Ps. 102:1-2

inda 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


Approaching

the Lord’s Table

1. With reverence and attention (Leviticus 10:3)

2. Discerning the Lord’s Body. In other words, a clear understanding of the meaning of the Lord’s Supper & His atoning sacrifice as our only hope of salvation. (1Cor. 11:29, John 8:24, Titus 2:14). Trusting His real Spiritual presence with us to bless us!(Mt 18:20, 28:20; John 6:63)

3. Meditation on Christ’s death and suffering (1Corinthians 11:24, Luke 9:22)

4. Judging Ourselves - Remembering His Holy law, the greatness of our sin & guilt (Isaiah 64:6, Matthew 9:13, 1Corinthians 11:23-27)

5. Sorrow & repentance for your sin (1 John 1:8-9)

6. Desire for God and a love for Christ (Matthew 11:28)

7. Feeding on Him in faith (John 6:53-64, 15:1-14)

8. Trusting in Him and His righteousness alone (John 8:24; 11:25,26 Galatians 3:13)

9. Rejoicing in His redeeming love (Romans 5:5-11)

10. Giving thanks for His free gift of grace (1 Peter 2:9-12)

11. Renewal of your thankful commitment to love Christ and serve Him (Ephesians 5:8-11, Matthew 3:8)

12. Special love to all Christians (Galatians 6:10, 1 John 2: 3-11, Romans. 13:9)


Apostles 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 which 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


Simeon Shows us There is 

Someone To Sing About!

Luke 2:25-35



1. Rejoice for in Christ God has prepared the only way of salvation for all people!




2. Rejoice for in Christ God divides the world and bring judgement on those who appose Him! 




 3. Rejoice for in Christ God brings us salvation through His death!






Bulletin cover, graphics and picture are by Pastor Schnabel.


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