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Servant Schedule & Sermon Topics for December 2023

Updated: Dec 2, 2023

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Click link below to listen to 'Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful' sung by Martina McBride

May God fill you will his New goodness every day and

may the love of Jesus overflow from you to others throughout the year!


In case of a pastoral emergency,

please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell at 610-838-0731 or email



Greetings! Please consider volunteering to make our Worship Service safe and a success. We need you. We have several openings for volunteers. If you know someone who would love to help, and they do not have internet, feel free to give them my contact information. Robin (610-349-2586). Please help!

To Be Determined: Please use the sign-up sheets in the Narthex for volunteer opportunities, i.e., Acolytes, Pastor Assistants (Council Members), Assistant Ministers, Chalisters, Lectors, and Ushers. Thank you.

Click link below to listen to 'Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful' sung by Martina McBride


Servants for NO SERVICE Saturday, December 2, 2023


Sunday, December 3, 2023

Altar Guild: Sharon Bender & Tina Young

Assistant to Pastor: Pat Leith

Coffee/Fellowship Hour: Gina Grekula, Terry & Carol Knauss

Lector: Jerry Latchic

Sunday School Leader: Marianne Zellner

Technology: Bill Young

Usher(s): Jerry Latchic

Sunday, December 3, 2023 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~

1st Sunday of Advent ~ Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.


Servants for Sunday, December 10, 2023

Altar Guild: Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to Pastor: Robin Rooth-Fogel

Coffee/Fellowship Hour: NO Coffee Hour

Lector: Ben Fogel

Sunday School Leader: Sarah Parente

Technology: Bill Young

Usher(s): Robin Rooth-Fogel, Sharon Weisser

Sunday, December 10, 2023 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~

2nd Sunday of Advent ~ John calls people to repent, to clear the decks, to completely reorder their lives so that nothing gets in the way of the Lord’s coming. The reading from Isaiah gives the context for this radical call: the assurance of forgiveness that encourages us to repent; the promise that the coming one will be gentle with the little ones. Isaiah calls us all to be heralds with John, to lift up our voices fearlessly and say, “See, your God is coming!” We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.


Servants for Sunday, December 17, 2023

Altar Guild: Sarah Parente, Barbara Young

Assistant to Pastor: Joanne Robbins

Coffee/Fellowship Hour: Angie Fulmer, Jayne Schrantz, Kevin & Deb Schrantz

Lector: Frank Petak, Jr.

Sunday School Leader: Marianne Zellner

Technology: Angie Fulmer, Bill Young

Usher(s): Caroline Skuba

Sunday, December 17, 2023 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~

3rd Sunday of Advent ~ “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.


Servants for Sunday, December 24, 2023 for 10:00 a.m.

Altar Guild: Janis Hadley, Tina McCardle

Assistant to Pastor: Pat Leith

Coffee/Fellowship Hour: Pat Leith, Tina Young

Lector: Sharon Bender

Sunday School Leader: NO Sunday School

Technology: Bill Young

Usher(s): Sharon Bender, Tina Young

Sunday, December 24, 2023 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~

4th Sunday of Advent ~ God keeps the promise made to David to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David’s throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, “Count me in.” We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, “Count us in.”

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Servants for Sunday, December 24, 2023 for 4:00 p.m.

Altar Guild: All

Assistant to Pastor: Bill Young

Lector:  TBD

Technology:  Bill Young

Usher(s): TBA

Servants for Sunday, December 24, 2023 for 8:00 p.m.

Altar Guild: All

Assistant to Pastor: Terry Ravier

Lector:  Sarah Parente

Technology:  NO Live Stream

Usher(s): TBA

Sunday, December 24, 2023 ~ Christmas Eve Family Worship Service at 4:00 p.m. AND

7:30 p.m. Brass Preludes

8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship Service 

In winter’s deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child. Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice. Paul reminds us that the grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people. The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds. Filled with the light that shines in our lives, we go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world.



Servants for Sunday, December 31, 2023

Altar Guild:  Sharon Bender, Tina Young

Assistant to Pastor: Sarah Parente

Coffee/Fellowship Hour:  Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta

Lector:  TBA

Sunday School Leader:  NO Sunday School

Technology:  Angie Fulmer & Bill Young

Usher(s): TBA

Sunday, December 31, 2023 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~

4th Sunday of Advent ~ The psalmist calls on the natural world, celestial bodies, fire and earth, creatures, and all humanity, to praise God. The voices of Simeon and

84-year-old Anna join the chorus today, recognizing what God is doing in Jesus. Simeon’s song is often sung after communion, for we have seen God’s salvation in the assembled community and have held Jesus in our hands in the bread. Then, like the prophet Anna, we tell of Jesus to all who look for the healing of the world.


From New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church


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​​May the beauty of God be reflected in your eyes, the love of God be

reflected in your hands, the wisdom of God be reflected in your words,

and the knowledge of God flow from your heart,

that all might see, and seeing, believe.

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Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present,

nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

God, the creator, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,

bless you and keep you in eternal love.

The members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wish you a blessed day and we pray that your day is filled with hope, love, peace, and good health!

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