November 28

Unto Us

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Unto Us 

Jesus’s birth is a powerful display of God’s faithfulness to bring peace, hope, healing, and life to a lost and dying world. This four-week series explores the Christmas story by examining the relationship between the four Old Testament Readings of Advent (3 from Isaiah, one from 2 Samuel) and the purpose and work of Christ in the New Testament. Because of Jesus, we can experience the joy that comes through his finished work. ‘Unto Us’ provides a powerful guide for helping people understand and apply the nativity story.


November 29, 2020 – A Man of Action

Expectations of the Messiah were that he would be a man of action.  At his coming, life would not continue as it had previously.  Things would change.  The hope for believers is in the Messiah who is a man of action on their behalf, doing something about sin and its consequences.

Isaiah 64:1-9

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.

Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever.  Behold, please look, we are all your people.


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About the speaker

PJ Aarsvold

My name is PJ Aarsvold, and I am extremely excited to be serving here at Bethlehem! As a vicar, I am a pastoral intern. Both my wife, Melanie, and I grew up in Minnesota. I grew up in a rural town near Rochester called Plainview. Melanie and I met at my home church (Immanuel Lutheran in Plainview, MN) when Melanie and a few other camp counselors were visiting to lead Sunday school and do a presentation about Camp Omega. We got married at the same church two years later (June 2018)! Before attending the seminary, I received a degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota. While I did enjoy many of my math classes, I am much more excited about serving in the pastoral ministry and working towards Jesus' mission of bringing as many as possible to Himself. Melanie graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where she studied psychology and family studies. She is currently enjoying working with children in Bethlehem's after school child care while working towards a Master's Degree in Family and Community Services.

PJ Aarsvold

  • P J gave a sermon based on the Bible, very enlightening. Wonderflul to hear a sermon using scripture and not just using themes as other sermons usually in the past given by the senior minister. Praying God will bless you, P J Aarsvold and Melanie, in all your ministries!

    • Thank you for your kind words and blessings Wanda! We are so thankful and blessed to be at such a great church with wonderful people and wonderful pastors to learn from. I hope that you have a great holiday season!

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