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Trinity Lutheran Church is planted in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District

We are located at 3621 Tulsa Way at the corner of Montgomery Street and Camp Bowie (across from McDonalds). Tulsa Way intersects Montgomery Street just one block south of Camp Bowie Blvd., approximately one mile north of West Freeway (or I-30) about 1 mile west of Downtown Fort Worth.
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Daily Devotional

Bulletin for Icemaggedon 2013-Otherwise known as the 2nd Sunday in Advent

In case you are worshipping at home this morning. Below is the text and worship listings for the Second Sunday in Advent. ELW hymns can be found at http://www.hymnary.org/hymnal/ELW2006


TrinityLutheran Church

3621 Tulsa Way  Fort Worth, Texas 76107

817/732-1439       (fax)817/735-4147

Website: www.tlcfw.org

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A Word to Our Visitors


Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church-ELCA. We are grateful you chose to worship with us. Whether looking for a church home, curious about the Christian faith or visiting with Family, you are welcome here. We would be honored if you would fill out our Welcome Card, located in the pew racks, so we might better communicate with you. They can be placed in the offering plate or given to an usher.


ALL are welcome to receive the Lord's Supper. We invite you to come forward as the ushers instruct and stand or kneel at the altar rail. You will receive the bread in your hand and be invited to take a small cup of wine or white grape juice. After communing you are invited to rise and return to your seat by way of the side aisle.


TrinityLutheran Church has been planted in the heart of the Fort Worth cultural district for 70 years. We are energized by our mission to pass on the faith, serve the poor and forgotten, worship God and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. We pray your time with us this morning will inspire and challenge you to live your faith in daily life and join us as we live our mission to Make Christ Known, Share God's Love and Grace!



























Erik K. Gronberg, Lead Pastor

Kendra A. Mohn, Teaching Pastor

Laurence D. Furr, Director of Music Ministries

Misti Johnson, Youth Director

Mary Ann Long, Office Administrator

Hugh Masters, Property Maintenance

Diana Smith, Director, Trinity Lutheran Children’s Center




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Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #26191

Second Sunday of Advent                                           December 8, 2013


Holy Communion


At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the light of Christ's coming. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord's table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.


“ELW” indicates hymn numbers in the center of Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

 “ * “ indicates those times when the congregation is asked to stand, if they are able.






The Bells Call Us to Worship


Prelude                        On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry           Michael Burkhardt




Brief Order of Confession and Forgiveness (*stand)

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

        P      Blessed be the holy Trinity, +one God, our life, our mercy, our might.

        C      Amen.





        P      As we await the day of the Lord, let us confess our sin.

                  Great and Holy One,

        C      in this time of waning daylight,we confess the shadows of sin in our lives. We build ourselves up at the expense of others. We rely on our own efforts to make our lives secure. Yet you, O Lord, are the potter, and we are the clay. Come to restore us in your image, remake us into your people, and rebuild what sin has broken, that we and the whole creation may rejoice. Amen.

        P      Fear not, people of God: the Almighty has done great things for us. God casts away our sin from us and makes of us a new creation. In +Jesus Christ, God comes to set you free. Take heart in the tender compassion of our God.

        C      Amen.


Gathering Song                    Prepare the Royal Highway                                 ELW 264

                                                                                                                                               1 & 2



        P      The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

        C      And also with you.



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Hymn of Praise and Lighting of Advent Wreath
















Words and Music: Bob McGee, 1976

© 1976 A. A. Music; all rights reserved; used by permission

CCLI # 11063562


Salutation and Prayer of the Day

        P   The Lord be with you.

        C      And also with you.

        P   Let us pray.

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

        C      Amen (sit)









Anthem(10:30)                      A Shoot Shall Come Forth                          Richard Horn

A shoot shall come forth out of Jesse,

And a bud shall grow out of his roots.

The spirit of life shall be with him,

The spirit of wisdom and truth.

Refrain:  Then the lamb shall lie down with the leopard,

                And the lion eat straw with the ox.

                For the hand of a Child shall lead them

                To the peaceable kingdom of God.


From out of the wells of salvation,

Will he draw us the water of life;

His waist shall be girdled with justice,

The heart of his heart shall be Love. Refrain


He’ll come from the end of his heaven,

And the earth shall be torn from its place.

Our lives shall be filled with his radiance

As floodwaters cover the sea. Refrain


First Reading                                                                                                    Isaiah 11:1-10

      In today's reading the prophet describes the ideal ruler who will come in the future as a green shoot springing from a dead stump (David's royal line) of Jesse (David's father). Gifted by the Spirit, this messiah will seek justice for the poor, and the reign of this monarch will be experienced as paradise regained.

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,

      and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

2The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,

      the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

      the spirit of counsel and might,

      the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

3His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.


He shall not judge by what his eyes see,

      or decide by what his ears hear;

4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,

      and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

      and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

5Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,

      and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

6The wolf shall live with the lamb,

      the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling together,

      and a little child shall lead them.

7The cow and the bear shall graze,

      their young shall lie down together;

      and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,

      and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den.

9They will not hurt or destroy

      on all my holy mountain;

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD

      as the waters cover the sea.

            10On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

        L      The word of the Lord.

        C      Thanks be to God.


Second Reading                                                                                           Romans 15:4-13

      God's promise to include Gentiles within the circle of God's blessed people has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Christians live out their unity by welcoming and encouraging each other just as Christ has welcomed them into God's family.






For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

            7Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 8For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

                  "Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles,

                        and sing praises to your name";

10and again he says,

                  "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people";

11and again,

                  "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,

                        and let all the peoples praise him";

12and again Isaiah says,

                  "The root of Jesse shall come,

                        the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;

                  in him the Gentiles shall hope."

13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

        L      The word of the Lord.

        C      Thanks be to God.










Gospel Acclamation(*stand)


    P      The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the third chapter.

        C      Glory to you, O Lord.


Gospel                                                                                                             Matthew 3:1-12

      Just before Jesus begins his public ministry, John the Baptist appears, calling people to mend their ways and speaking of a powerful one who is to come.

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

                  "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

                  'Prepare the way of the Lord,

                        make his paths straight.'"

4Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.



            7But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruit worthy of repentance. 9Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

      11I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

        P      The Gospel of the Lord.

        C      Praise to you, O Christ.(sit)


Children’s Time(10:30)




Hymn of the Day          On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry                          ELW 249

                                                                                                                              8:30 – 1, 2, & 5


Baptism of Amelia Deanna Wise-Scira(8:30)


Apostles’ Creed(*stand)

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Prayers of Intercession


(If you are unable to stand for the entire prayers, feel free to be seated during this time.)


         A      In hope and anticipation, we pray for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation.


              After each petition of the prayers:

         A      Hear us, O God.

        C      Your mercy is great.


        P      Almighty God, we entrust to you all for whom we pray, confident that you fulfill your promises through Christ our Savior and Lord

        C      Amen.



        P      The peace of the Lord be with you always.

        C      And also with you. (sit)





Offering                        On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry       Michael Burkhardt


Presentation of Gifts(*stand)

Sung to the tune, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (ELW 276)


Alleluia! Sing the story; God’s great faithfulness proclaim.

Tell of prophets and apostles; sing the pow’r of Jesus’ name.

Who the neighbor? Who the list-‘ner? Who has ears to hear our song?

God of his-t’ry, tune our voices, truth revealing, sing out strong.

Words by Mary Anne Parrott

Copyright © 1995 Chalice Press

Used by permission from publisher






Offering Prayer

         A      Let us pray.

God of abundance, we bring before you the precious fruits of your creation, and with them our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for all those in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior and Lord.

        C      Amen.


Great Thanksgiving

        P      The Lord be with you.

        C      And also with you.

        P      Lift up your hearts.

        C      We lift them to the Lord.

        P      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

        C      It is right to give our thanks and praise.

        P      It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,  . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


The Eucharistic Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Invitation to Communion


Communion (sit)


Hymns during Communion                                                                  ELW 253, 244, 255


Table Blessing(*stand)

        P      The body and blood … grace.

        C      Amen.


Prayer after Communion

    A      Let us pray.

God of wonder, we give thanks that you have fed us once again with this foretaste of the feast to come. Strengthen us through this gift to serve our neighbor with joy, that all may come to see your glory reflected in the lives of your people; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

        C      Amen.







Sending Song                        Prepare the Royal Highway                                 ELW 264

                                                                                                                                               3 & 4


         A      Make Christ known.

        C      Share God’s love and grace.

         A      Go in peace.  Bring good news to the poor.

        C      Thanks be to God.


Postlude                         On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry        Michael Burkhardt







  Rounded Rectangle: Music Notes<br />







The organ selections today are taken from a set of variations on the tune Puer Nobis, and written by Michael Burkhardt. This tune is set with several texts including the one we sing today as our “hymn of the day” – On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry – ELW 249. The tune first appears in a 15th-century manuscript in Trier, Germany. The text was written in Latin by the French poet Charles Coffin. He wrote it for the season of Advent in the early 18th century. One hundred years later it was translated into English by John Chandler and published in Hymns of the Primitive Church, (London, 1837).





            The children, youth, and adult choirs will present the musical “Light of the World” by Mark Patterson, on the fourth Sunday of Advent – December 22, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

            The adult choir will be singing on Christmas Eve along with more bell ringing.








 Rounded Rectangle: Worship Leaders<br />



Director of Music Ministries                                                                  Dr. Laurence Furr

Altar Guild                                                                          Linda Perrin and Keri Steagall

Ushers                                                   Kirby Davis, Jack Juengermann, Bob Mansfield,

                                                                           Cam Schoepp, Donna Will and Doug Will

Usher Coordinator                                                                                     Kermit Anderson

Counter                                                                                                                   Kirby Davis


8:30 a.m.

Assisting Minister                                                                                                 Joey Yarbro

Reader                                                                                                                      Joey Yarbro

Crucifer                                                                                                                   Joey Yarbro

Greeters                                                                    Diane Walker and Cathie Witkowski


10:30 a.m.

Assisting Minister                                                                                               Diana Smith

Reader                                                                                                                     Jennifer Hill

Crucifer                                                                                                Kyle David McCarthy

Acolyte                                                                                                                Hadley Bruno

Children’s Time                                                                                                  Laurie Jaecks

Communion Assistant                                                             Emily Gay and Taylor Gay

Greeters                                                                               Robyn Jones and Nathan Jones





Altar flowers are given to the glory of God by the family of Eleanora Martin, in loving memory and to recall her birthday.

















  Rounded Rectangle: Announcements







Sacrament of Holy Baptism Today

            This morning we have the privilege of participating in a Baptism during the 8:30 a.m. worship service. Amelia Deanna Wise-Scira, born on May 5, 2013, is the daughter of Olivia Wise-Scira and Nicholas Scira. Hergodparents are Robyn Jones, Nathan Jones, Bethany Cowin and Stephen Cowin.

We rejoice with Amelia’s family and sponsors, as she receives the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.


Procession of the Virgin of Guadalupe-San Gabriel - TODAY

Trinity is cordially invited to the annual parade, worship and dinner to celebrate the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe with our partners at San Gabriel-Alvarado. This is an important cultural and spiritual event in the Latino community. All are welcome to attend. The parade begins at noon, followed by a meal and then worship. Those desiring to leave from Trinity will do so after 10:30am worship. We should return by 4:30pm.


Advent Wednesday Night Worship and Fellowship

            Using Holden Evening Prayer, we are focusing on the theme, “Dark Awaiting Dawn.” Each week we will take time to reflect on the journey and be gathered in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. Worship begins at 7:00pm and will end by 7:30pm. Join us for this special time of reflection in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle.

            Come early to enjoy the fellowship and a yummy selection of soups, sandwiches and salad at our special Wednesdays Together, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


Thanks Trinity YO! for bringing Joy to our Community!

On Thanksgiving morning, members of Trinity’s YO! brought thanks-giving to our community through "Operation Turkey Sandwich"! Ninety-nine sack lunches were constructed and distributed, from the gifts of the Trinity community. Great day, great message and even a few tears. Thank you, Trinity, for your help.


Join Pastor G over at McDonalds from 9:30-10:10am for discussion, fellowship and even a little talk about the Bible passages for that week. This is intended especially for those who have never done a Bible study before.


Game Night at Presbyterian Night Shelter – This Week

            Trinity now has its own night to host games and refreshments at the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Our next opportunity is this Tuesday, December 10. We will meet at Trinity about 6:30 p.m., carpool over to the shelter on East Lancaster, arriving back at Trinity by 8:30 p.m. Please plan to join us, and let Linda Perrin know so we don’t leave you behind at Trinity by accident!

Each month we need about: 400 paper napkins; 40 dozen (480) store-bought cookies, 400 plastic cups, 3 gallons of milk and 3 large containers of powdered lemonade mix. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex the week before “our” Tuesday. Donated supplies need to be left (clearly marked PNS) in the church kitchen today, Monday, or Tuesday (December 8, 9 and 10).


2013 Financial Year Soon Coming to a Close –

December 15 will be last week to receive pledges

"Raising Faith: Tending the Vine" Pledge emphasis is coming to a close for 2014, we encourage you to consider your 2013 commitment to your community. You should have received your giving statement for 2013 (January – October); we hope you will compare that to your pledge and prayerfully consider if you are able to make that commitment. For those who are current, we thank you for your faithful stewardship and encourage you to consider an additional gift especially to our Raising Faith campaign to retire that mortgage as soon as possible. Thank you for your faithful stewardship of God's financial resources.


Toy Collection for Christmas

            Donations are being collected for our partners at San Miguel. Ornament-nametags, on the narthex window, list the name, age and gender of specific children at San Miguel. All toys should be new, unwrapped and child-safe. There will be boxes in the Narthex to receive your gifts. Please bring them to the church by Wednesday, December 18!

Rounded Rectangle: Youth Ministry Spotlight<br />





Dec 8:             Procession of the Virgin of Guadalupe at San Gabriel

Dec 10:          Game Night at Presbyterian Night Shelter

Dec 11:          Advent Evening Worship preceded by Wednesdays Together

Dec 15:          Rehearsal for Christmas Program

Dec 18:          Advent Evening Worship preceded by Wednesdays Together

Dec 22:          Christmas Program at 10:30am Worship

                        Distribute gifts at San Miguel (leave after worship)

Jan 17-19      NTNL High School Extravaganza 2014

Feb 21-23      NTNL Peer Ministry I, II and III


Kyrie Fort Worth (every Sunday evening)

Our joint ministry on Magnolia, Kyrie-Fort Worth has continued to grow in 2013. We now have two lay leaders who are doing the majority of the speaking on Sundays and seeing more local bands and others interested in playing. Please join us some Sunday night at 5pm.

Zio Carlo Brewpub ~ 1001 West Magnolia Street; Fort Worth 76104


10pm Christmas Eve Vespers with Communion

End your Christmas Eve by gathering around the baptismal font for a reflective service of readings, carols, candlelight and communion. This service will be approximately 30 minutes and end with cookies, coffee and fellowship. Please feel free to bring cookies and libations to share if you desire. 

Poinsettias for Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, we traditionally have a multitude of smaller poinsettia plants. Each of these plants is $10, and there is a sign-up sheet/payment box in the narthex. Deadline for ordering Christmas Eve poinsettias is Thursday, December 19. All remembrances, both memorials and honorariums, will be listed in the Christmas Eve bulletins. These flowers may be taken, after the 7:30pm service, for your personal enjoyment.



Advance Notice ~ Special Deadlines

Our January Trinity Views will be printed one week earlier than normal, in order to work around the Christmas schedule. This means that the Views deadlines will move up one week, as well. Deadline for the January Views is TODAY! All reports, for inclusion in the 2013 Annual Report, will be due on Sunday, January 5, 2014.


Trinity Staff Christmas Gift Envelopes Available

It is a tradition at Trinity that members, who desire, contribute to a gift for the Trinity staff at Christmas. Envelopes for such a gift are available in the narthex. This gift is shared equally by all the staff and pastors. They appreciate you thinking of them in this holiday season.


            Rounded Rectangle: Worship Texts</p />





                                      December 15                                 December 22

   1st Reading             Isaiah 35:1-10                                Isaiah 7:10-16

   Psalm                       Psalm 146:5-10                              Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

   2nd Reading           James 5:7-10                                   Romans 1:1-7

   Gospel                      Matthew 11:2-11                           Matthew 1:18-23
















Christmas Eve

Worship Opportunities



5:00pm:          Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Worship

                      Family worship  Children's sermon

                      Holy Communion by intinction

                      Candlelighting and singing of “Silent Night”


7:30pm:          Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

                      Christmas Eve worship with traditional carols

                      Holy Communion by intinction

                      Candlelighting and singing of “Silent Night”


10:00pm:        Christmas Eve Vespers

                           Readings, Carols, Candlelight and Holy Communion

                           Followed by a time of Fellowship














Our Response of Love

      November 24                   8:30am Worship       10:30am Worship

Worship Attendance                      34                                      87

Communion Attendance              29                                      68


      December 1                      8:30am Worship       10:30am Worship

Worship Attendance                      88                                      93

Communion Attendance              75                                      80


      December 4                                        7:00pm Worship

Worship Attendance                                           54




Rounded Rectangle: For those who need assistance . . .<br />




The parking spaces on either side of the church entrance on Tulsa Way are reserved for handicap parking. Unless you qualify, please do not use this section. For those who would like assistance with sound amplification during the worship service, external hearing devices are available. You may keep the ear piece for your own personal use each Sunday. Large print copies are available for the worship portion of the bulletin. Please contact an usher if you wish to have either of these items.




For the convenience of parents . . .


         We have a staffed nursery, available from 9:00 a.m. – Noon, for babies, 1, 2, and 3 year olds. It is located at the top of the stairs (the blue ocean room) in the third floor education wing. There are activity bags for small children to help keep them occupied during our worship service. Please return your packet(s) to the narthex at the end of the service.































Save the<br />
Date2nd Annual TLC Women’s Retreat


Friday evening, March 7 –

Saturday afternoon, March 8



Bible Study led by Pastor Mohn –


Fellowship – Crafts


All Women(age 20s and up) are welcome!





BriarwoodRetreat Center

in Argyle




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