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Third Sunday of Advent 12/13/2020

Happy Day! This Sunday, December 13th is the third Sunday of Advent. Your 2021 offering envelopes are now available at St. Peter's. They are set out on the table in the Fireside Room, and you can pick them up during the week. If you'd rather not come to the church, give us a call and we'll have someone (masked) deliver your envelopes to you. Later in the month, we will mail envelopes not picked up. Thank you, and look for additional important announcements in the weekly bulletin. Join us online (facebook live) at 9:00 am or anytime thereafter on the website. You can find thebulletin for December 13 on our website as well as the recording of the service. The music is printed in the back. Families with children are welcome to also join a separate facebook live event for Family Worship/Sunday School at 10am. Sunday School and youth families can see the correspondence from Ms. Julie for additional details. Last call for Christmas Eve poinsettias: By December 15, submit a poinsettia donation of $15 along with name(s) of loved one(s) you would like to remember or honor. These names will be printed in our Christmas Eve bulletin. Traditionally a poinsettia plant is purchased per order form from members, but this year a large poinsettia display will be set up for this purpose instead. Plants can still be brought home on a first come, first served basis after Christmas Eve. Readings for Sunday 12/13: Lessons: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 and Thessalonians 5:16-24 Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

Music for Sunday 12/13: Opening Hymn: "Prepare the Royal Highway" ELW #264 Gospel Acclamation: "Mass: O Come Emmanuel" chorus Hymn of the Day: "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist Cries" ELW #249 Closing Hymn: "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" ELW #270 Organist, Richard C, and our Handbells will provide music for this Sunday. Sheryl K will read for us. Terra W is on live stream. Thank you to our worship leaders! About worship Sunday 12/13:

“Rejoice always,” begins the reading from 1 Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy. “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of a spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes we are happy to wear. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party. (sundaysandseasons)

Blessings, and have a good weekend, St. Peter's Lutheran Staff Click for the December Parish Visitor Please practice social distancing and mask wearing while gathering in person.

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