November – December 2018

St. Andrew
Nov 30 – Dec 1 all-day

1st Reading: Ezek 3:16-21
Epistle: Rom 10:8b-18
Gospel: John 1:35-42a

Color: Red

Hymn of the Day: 586 Preach you the Word, and plant it home

St. Andrew, Apostle

Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade and were called from their fishing by Jesus to follow Him, promising that He would make them “fishers of men.”

The Gospel of John teaches that Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist, whose testimony first led Andrew and John the Evangelist to follow Jesus (John 1:35-40). Andrew at once recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and hastened to introduce him to his brother (John 1:41).

According to tradition, Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross.

Source: “Saint Andrew” “Andrew, Saint.”

1 S in Advent
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Divine Service
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
John of Damascus
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day

John of Damascus

John (ca. 675-749) is known as the great compiler and summarizer of the orthodox faith and the last great Greek theologian. Born in Damascus, John gave up an influential position in the Islamic court to devote himself to the Christian faith. Around 716 he entered a monastery outside of Jerusalem and was ordained a priest. When the Byzantine emperor Leo the Isaurian in 726 issued a decree forbidding images (icons), John forcefully resisted. In his Apostolic Discourses he argued for the legitimacy of the veneration of images, which earned him the condemnation of the Iconoclast Council in 754. John also wrote defenses of the orthodox faith against contemporary heresies. In addition, he was a gifted hymnwriter (“Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain”) and contributed to the liturgy of the Byzantine churches. His greatest work was the Fount of Wisdom which was a massive compendium of truth from previous Christian theologians, covering practically every conceivable doctrinal topic. John’s summary of the orthodox faith left a lasting stamp on both the Eastern and Western churches.

Source: Commemorations Biographies

Breakfast Bible Class
Dec 4 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am
Divine Service
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nicholas of Myra
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day

Nicholas of Myra, Pastor

Of the many saints commemorated by the Christian Church, Nicholas (d. A.D. 342) is one of the best known. Very little is known historically of him, although there was a church of Saint Nicholas in Constantinople as early as the sixth century. Research has affirmed that there was a bishop by the name of Nicholas in the city of Myra in Lycia (part of Turkey today) in the fourth century. From that coastal location, legends about Nicholas have traveled throughout time and space. He is associated with charitable giving in many countries around the world and is portrayed as the rescuer of sailors, the protector of children, and the friend of people in distress or need. In commemoration of “Sinte Klaas” (Dutch for Saint Nicholas, in English “Santa Claus”), December 6 is a day for giving and receiving gifts in many parts of Europe.

Source: Commemorations Biographies

Bible Class @ Lincoln Village
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day

Ambrose of Milan, Pastor and Hymnwriter

Born in Trier in A.D. 340, Ambrose was one of the four great Latin Doctors of the Church (with Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory the Great). He was a prolific author of hymns, the most common of which is Veni, Redemptor gentium (“Savior of the Nations, Come”). His name is also associated with Ambrosian Chant, the style of chanting the ancient liturgy that took hold in the province of Milan. While serving as a civil governor, Ambrose sought to bring peace among Christians in Milan who were divided into quarreling factions. When a new bishop was to be elected in 374, Ambrose addressed the crowd, and someone cried out, “Ambrose, bishop!” The entire gathering gave their support. This acclaim of Ambrose, a 34-year-old catechumen, led to his baptism on December 7, after which he was consecrated bishop of Milan. A strong defender of the faith, Ambrose convinced the Roman emperor Gratian in 379 to forbid the Arian heresy in the West. At Ambrose’s urging, Gratian’s successor, Theodosius, also publicly opposed Arianism. Ambrose died on Good Friday, April 4, 397. As a courageous doctor and musician he upheld the truth of God’s Word.

Source: Commemorations Biographies

2 S in Advent
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day