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Trinity is a congregation gathered by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit around His saving Word and life-giving Sacraments.         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 500 S. Country Club   
El Reno, OK 73036 
(405) 262-7116   
 
As a faithful congregation of the Oklahoma District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod we joyfully hold to the teachings of the Scriptures as they are confessed in the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, the Augsburg Confession and the entire Book of Concord of 1580.  
 
 
 
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So do not fear, for I am with  you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand . Isaiah 41:10
  
 
As we look at our Sunday bulletin and see our ever lengthening list of people who are ill or in need and also as we look at the concerns for our community and country, we see an ever increasing need for prayer. Therefore, we ask each of you to increase your prayers in this time of need. 
   
 
 
Have you ever noticed the beautiful flower arrangements on the altar during our services? These are just another example of God’s beauty and love. Each month, these are provided by congregation members in honor or in memory of loved ones. If this is something you would be interested in, look for the flower signup sheet in the Narthex or contact any altar committee member for details. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and helping to make our services even more beautiful. 
 
Thank you,   The Altar Committee   
 
 
 
 
December Dates to Remember 
 
Sun. Dec. 2 – Sunday School Christmas Practice 9:15 a.m. 
Evangelism/Stewardship following service 
 
Tues. Dec. 4 – Guild Christmas Party- 12:30 p.m. bring your favorite dish and a $15 gift. 
 
Wed. Dec. 5 – Meal 6:00 p.m. 
Advent Service7:00 p.m
 
Sat. Dec. 8 – Men’s Prayer Breakfast 9 am 
 
Sun. Dec. 9 – Sunday School Christmas Practice 9:15 a.m. Elders & Trustees following service 
 
Wed. Dec. 12 – Meal 6:00 p.m. 
Early ChildhoodEducation Christmas Program7:00pm 
 
Sun. Dec. 16 – Sunday School Christmas Practice 9:15 a.m. Voters Meeting following service  
 
Wed. Dec. 19 – Meal 6:00 p.m. Advent Service7:00 p.m.       
Thur. Dec. 20 – LWML 10 a.m. 
 
Sun. Dec. 23 – Sunday School Christmas Practice 9:15 a.m. 
 
Mon. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service & Sunday School Christmas Program 6:00 p.m. 
 
 
 
Hope, Peace, Joy, Love 
 
It’s back!  “It” being the Christmas season.  Also, “it” is the season of Advent in the Church.  It is the beginning of a new Church year.  Advent is about the coming of our Savior.  It calls attention to the arrival of Jesus in the past, present and future.  Advent is about preparation.  So you get Gospel readings for the next four weeks that include Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (the coming of the King), John the Baptist (preparing the way for the One to come), John the Baptist asking about Jesus (“Is he really the one, or should we expect someone else?”), and, of course, Luke’s accounts of the birth of Jesus being foretold and “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11. 
      
Instead of dwelling on “Black Friday” shopping events, past political campaigns, or Christian persecution on our own soil, let’s keep it simple.  Let’s go back to Christmas.  How about the Christmas wreath?  Yes, that sounds good.  Let’s go with the wreath. 
      
The Advent wreath started many years ago.  We don’t really know when.  There is evidence of pre-Christian Germans using wreaths with lit candles during the cold, dark days of December as a sign of hope for the future (The History of the Advent Wreath, Rev. William Saunders).  By the 1600’s the Lutherans were well into it – Jesus, the Light that came into the world – removed the darkness.  More details go into the wreath, but here are the nuts and bolts for the candles and Lutherans today: 
 
Four colored candles (3 blue; 1 pink) are displayed for the four weeks before Christmas.  The Christ candle is in the middle. The first blue candle is the Hope candle (or Prophecy candle).  It represents the hope and anticipation of Christ’s coming in the flesh that the prophets wrote about.  Advent two is the next blue candle called the Peace candle (or Bethlehem candle).  It represents Christ humbly born in Bethlehem.  The third candle is the pink one – the Joy candle (or Rejoicing candle).  It is also called the Shepherd’s candle because they rejoiced at the sight of the Savior.  Advent Four is the last blue candle.  It is the Love candle (or Angels’ candle) which reminds us of the announcement by the angels of Jesus’ birth.  The middle candle is the Christ candle lit on Christmas Eve and throughout the twelve days of Christmas.   
      
So there you have it: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  There are other renditions and variations out there.  But for the Lutheran Church, this is a pretty much the target. 
      
May the Light of the Savior be with you as we walk through the darkness (especially December 21 – shortest daylight of 2018) of the Advent season!  May the Light shine on Christmas Eve and Christmas day as you celebrate the Savior’s birth in worship and with family and friends! 
 
“Merry Christmas,”  Pastor Jeff    
 
 
                                      
 
 
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The Children’s Christmas Program will be Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve, at 6:00 p.m. All children of the congregation are invited to participate in it. We will practice on Sunday mornings during the Sunday school hour starting at 9:15 a.m. all month. Join us even if you usually don’t attend Sunday School. The more children that participate, the better the program will be. If you have any questions please contact Loren O’Hara, Ashley Baker or Kelly Zachgo. Thank you and Merry Christmas. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
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 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as on speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be all the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
 
 
 
 
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