Advent 2019 Series – Picture of a Profound Mystery – Service Plan

This post is about the service plan – FOR THE DEVOTIONS CLICK HERE.

It’s that time again when we are ready to release the service plan for our 2019 Advent Series (devotions are found here).

This year we are choosing the texts around Advent and Christmas to focus upon marriage, husbands, and wives.  St. Paul tells us that marriage is about Christ and His Church and this is a profound mystery in Ephesians 5.  There are many reasons why the average Lutheran parish may want to use this series this year (abominable view of marriage abound in our culture, divorce, fornication, cohabitation, etc.).  This series will draw upon the texts around Advent and Christmastime to teach about God’s sacred institution of marriage.  Advent is a penitential season as well, so it is a proper time to consider this institution and consider our sins in relation to it, repent, believe the gospel and boldly confess God’s truth before our fellow Christians and the onlooking world.

Here is a sample service plan to go along with this theme and the use of one of the prayer offices in Lutheran Service Book.

December 4, 2019

Advent Midweek 1 – “Marriage”

Opening Hymn: LSB 352

Psalm 128

Office Hymn: LSB 862

Lessons:  Genesis 1:26-31; 2:15-25;  Luke 1:5-25; 57-80

Closing Hymn: LSB 880


December 11, 2019

Advent Midweek 2 – “Husbands”

Opening Hymn: LSB 347

Psalm 127

Office Hymn: LSB 514

Lessons:  Ephesians 5:22-33  Matthew 1:1-25

Closing Hymn: LSB 880


December 18, 2019

Advent Midweek 3 – “Wives”

Opening Hymn: LSB 334

Psalm 45

Office Hymn: LSB 516

Lessons:  1 Peter 3:1-7  Luke 1:26-56

Closing Hymn: LSB 880


Look for a devotion to be released by mid to late November.


About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


Advent 2019 Series – Picture of a Profound Mystery – Service Plan — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for putting this together! This looks good.

    Christmas Day itself could then be an opportunity to mention a continuation of the family vocation theme: point out the God-ordained fruit of godly marriage: children. That’s what He oriented marriage towards. I’ll grant that Mary and Joseph is something of a special case, but don’t you think there’s enough commonalities to mention it?

  2. Will there be sample sermons or Bible studies as well, or simply the devotions? Either way, I would be interested in receiving them.

  3. Pastor Scheer, do you have any image files that can be used for promotion and bulletins? Thanks.

  4. I concur with Jay Hobson above. It would be really convenient if you released a few other image files as well, with different text on them, or less text even, to be used in different venues (social media, Service folders, newsletters, etc). Regardless, thanks for the theme and the idea. It works well for me this year.

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