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Servant Schedules & Sermon Topics for December 2020 ~ Worship at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Lisa Borrell

Updated: Nov 28, 2020



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If you do not feel comfortable attending New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church services in person, click the link (Youtube livestream link) to watch the service online.

NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND

A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

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In case of a pastoral emergency,

please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell at 610-838-0731 or email MizLKB@aol.com.


SERVANT SCHEDULES AND SERMON TOPICS


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.

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Servants for Sunday, December 6, 2020

​Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: N/A

Lector: TBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA



Sunday, December 6, 2020 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 13, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: N/A

Lector: TBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA



Sunday, December 13. 2020 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 20, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: N/A

Lector: TBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA



Sunday, December 20, 2020 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.”

Servants for Thursday, December 24, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: N/A

Lector: TBA

Pastor's Assistant: TBA


Thursday, December 24, 2020 ~ Christmas Eve ~ 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.



Have a blessed Christmas!

Servants for Sunday, December 27, 2020

Acolyte: TBA

Altar Guild: TBA

Assisting Minister: TBA

Chalister: TBA

Coffee Hour: TBA




Sunday, December 27, 2020 Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~ 1st Sunday of Christmas ~ 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.








TO JOIN US AT 10:00 A.M. FOR OUR

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES HELD AT

NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH LOCATED AT

3233 APPLES CHURCH ROAD, BETHLEHEM, PA 18015.


What follows are the procedures for indoor worship. (Please note … these may be revised as we continue to tweak what works most efficiently for our congregation.)

· Persons at a high risk due to age or health are encouraged to stay at home, especially if exhibiting symptoms such as high fever, cough, loss of smell or taste, or shortness of breath.

· Masks must be worn at all times properly covering one’s nose and mouth. (Only children who are 2 years of age or younger are exempt from this practice.) If you would arrive at church only to discover that you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available at various locations for your use.

· There will be no formal collection of offering during the service. Receptacles will be provided in the Narthex area for worshippers to deposit their offering envelopes (which also may be mailed in to the church office).

· Holy Communion will continue to be received via individually sealed cups/wafers which will be distributed as worshippers enter the sanctuary. We will commune in the pews and collect the used packages for proper disposal after worship.

· To minimize the risk of transmitting germs, worshippers will not be greeted with handshakes following the service nor will the traditional “passing of the peace” take place. Members and friends may certainly speak with each other outside.

· At this point in time, no congregational singing will take place during the worship service. The reasoning behind this is that there remains the risk of producing aerosols (droplets of water suspended in air) that can spread the coronavirus. We will work hard to make a joyful noise in other ways (organ/piano/bells; possible soloists or instrumentalists who are socially distanced from the congregation). While this may not be ideal, it is the safest practice for the welfare of all.

· Likewise, we will not be hosting any coffee hours or in person church suppers until it is deemed safe to do so.

· One person or one family unit will be permitted in the restrooms at a time.

· Worshippers will maintain social distancing while in the sanctuary. Pews have been cordoned off and marked so that people will visually be reminded of where they may be seated for the service. The pews in the balcony will also be available for seating for those who are more readily able to climb steps.

· Children must remain with the adults with whom they came.

· The church will be cleaned after worship each week to ensure cleanliness for the next gathering.

Any virus outbreak in the "in person" worshipping community will necessitate the

closing of the church until further notice when it is deemed safe to re-enter.

The Council understands if you do not feel comfortable attending in person worship just yet. We respect your decision and invite you to tune into the service (via the church’s website at Youtube livestream link) as it will be live streamed each Sunday.





Hope to see you there!

Peace be with you.


BUILDING/ACTIVITIES

  • Appropriate wearing of masks and gloves while in the building at ALL times.

  • No entry into the building prior to 10:00 a.m.

  • Church open for Sunday morning worship services at 10:00 a.m. (see the list of procedures at above).

  • No one in the office, except the pastor, secretary, and treasurer.

  • Offering envelopes should continue to be mailed or use the online Vanco portal, please refrain from dropping off at church.

  • Encourage continuation of zoom meetings (however, meetings of less than 25 attendees with appropriate 6’ distancing and masks is allowed).

  • Pick up of supplies or cleaning are allowed with two people at a time in one area.

  • Food bank will continue with curbside pickup. ALL WORKERS MUST WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES.

  • NO EATING OR DRINKING INSIDE BUILDING (that requires one to remove their masks…a no-no).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cindy Hart 484-548-3937 or Sharon Bender 610-597-8764.


Thank you to those that have been sending offerings in the mail or have been using the online Vanco portal. We are making sure all systems will be operating, our building is clean, and we are ready for worship when we get the green light! We are busy ordering supplies that will be necessary for us to commune together, as well as sanitizing supplies to keep us all safe. Our church congregation sticks together when the going gets tough. Please continue to support the ongoing work of New Jerusalem by sending in your offerings.

SATURDAY SERVICES will be held on the following dates on:

At this time there will be NO Saturday Evening Worship Services (TBD)

Saturday Services have a smaller, more intimate feel, and are typically held on the first Saturday of the month, with some variations to capture important dates in the church year, like Easter. You are invited to join us for these communion services.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

You can also visit New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/njelc3233/


THINK SPRING!


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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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