Music Ministry Advent/Christmas Concert


Music Ministry Advent/Christmas Concert
Sunday December 17, 2017

Faith Ringers:
On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella

Men’s Choir (accompanied by Doug Krantz)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Gesu Bambino

Grace Ringers
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
Joy to the World

Organ Solo:
Doug Krants - Flourish on Adeste Fideles

Adult Choir (accompanied by Sandra Quinlan):
Bethlehem Wind (flute by Kristin Neil)
Advent Alleluia
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
A Stable Lamp is Lighted
Mary Did You Know (accompanied by Shelley Killinger)

Audience singes the following (accompanied by Sandra Quinlan)
O Come All Ye Faithful
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
What Child is This
Joy to the World



Sermon: Sunday December 17, 2017


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The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Sermon: Wednesday December 13, 2017


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(please note that there was a minor problem with the audio recording, sorry for the delay in posting)

Old Testament Reading -- Isaiah 7:10-14
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Epistle Reading – Luke 1:26-45
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

We Mourn the Loss of Dorothy W. (O'Malley) Smelko

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We Mourn the Loss of Dorothy W. (O'Malley) Smelko
(from the Warchol Funeral Home Page)
Age 92, of Upper St. Clair, formerly of Bridgeville, on December 15, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Steven A. Smelko; loving mother of Carolyn (the late Richard) Wible, Laurie (Mark) Coleman and Linda (David) Wotus; sister of Ruth Miller and the late Thomas O’Malley; cherished grandmother of Susan (Bill) Bishop, Carrie (John) Lemonovich, Stephen Kovach, Lindsay (Thomas) Jones, Michael Wotus, Christopher Wotus and Ryan Wotus and great grandmother of 8. Dorothy was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Family and friends received on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412.221.3333). A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 AM at Zion Lutheran Church. The family suggests contributions to Zion Lutheran Church, Bridgeville.