The Second Sunday of Advent  December 5, 2021   8:00am Service

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*We continue with rehearsals for the Christmas program during Sunday School hour on December 5. We will have a Saturday rehearsal starting at 9:30am on December 11.

 

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Invocation:

P:  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

 

Song: Prepare the Royal Highway LSB# 343

Prepare the royal highway;
The King of kings is near!
Let ev’ry hill and valley
A level road appear!
Then greet the King of Glory
Foretold in sacred story:

Chorus: Hosanna to the Lord,

For He fulfills God’s Word!

 

God’s people, see Him coming:
Your own eternal king!
Palm branches strew before Him!
Spread garments! Shout and sing!
God’s promise will not fail you!
No more shall doubt assail you! Chorus

 

Then fling the gates wide open
To greet your promised king!
Your king, yet ev’ry nation
Its tribute too should bring.
All lands, bow down before Him!
All nations, now adore Him! Chorus

 

His is no earthly kingdom;
It comes from heav’n above.
His rule is peace and freedom
And justice, truth, and love.
So let your praise be sounding
For kindness so abounding: Chorus

 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath: Peace

P: Lord God, we light this candle to thank you for your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. We who live in sin have found peace in his promise of eternal life. As Your Word was spoken to John the Baptist, speak to us through that same Word to prepare the way and make straight the paths to receive and welcome Your only-begotten Son. Lord, be with our families this year as we anticipate His birth this Christmas. In Jesus’ name we pray,

C: Amen.

 

Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, The Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of The Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with The Father, by Whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by The Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to The Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on The Right Hand of The Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in The Holy Spirit, The Lord and Giver of Life; Who proceeds from The Father and The Son; Who with The Father and The Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in One Holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Confession and Absolution

P: Let us humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord.

A moment of silence to confess sins to God our Father

C: O Lord, we are in need of grace. We are desperate for peace. As people born in sin, no matter where we turn, our pursuits to find wholeness leave us feeling empty and alone. Only in You, dear Father, are we made complete. Only in You, dear Savior, are we forgiven. Only in You, dear Holy Spirit, are we restored. Draw us near to Calvary’s cross that we may learn again of the sacrifice made once and for all. Complete, forgive, and restore us today by Your saving grace and perfect peace.

P: The God of grace and peace is not a God who is distant and far away from His creation. As Your everlasting Father, He draws close to you through the saving work of His Son. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, you are fully and freely forgiven! You are the Father’s own children! Upon this your confession, I, as a called servant of Christ, and by His authority, forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen.

 

Kid’s Korner

 

Song: On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry LSB# 344 V 1-3, 5

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings!

 

Then cleansed be ev’ry life from sin;
Make straight the way for God within,
And let us all our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.

 

We hail Thee as our Savior, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without Thy grace we waste away
Like flow’rs that wither and decay.

 

All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
Whose advent sets Thy people free,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Spirit evermore.

Text: Public domain

 

First Reading: Luke 1:39-45

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

P: This is the Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God!

 

The Gospel Reading: Luke 3:1–14

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’” John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same. Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord

C: Praise to you O Christ

 

Sermon: How are you trying to make sure the birth of Jesus is the center of your Christmas celebration?

 

Song: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus LSB# 338

 

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art,
Dear desire of ev’ry nation,
Joy of ev’ry longing heart.

 

Born Thy people to deliver;
Born a child and yet a king!
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Text: Public domain

P: Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. We come to you and we offer those who we know that are part of our community, those that are on our hearts, those on our prayer sheet, those that are sick, those who are hospitalized, the who are fighting diseases like cancer, those battling illnesses of all kinds, those that battle Covid. Lord we ask that you would draw near to them, Lord that you would pour out your healing, that you would visit them in the midst of their suffering that you would make your goodness and mercy known to them. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C: Amen.

P: Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
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.

Livestream pauses, and we continue with Holy Communion.

 

The Words of Institution:

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: ‘Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.’

“In the same way also He took the cup after supper, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying: ‘Drink of it all of you; this cup is the New Testament in My blood, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins. This do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.'”

 

Distribution:

Take and eat, this is the true body of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, given into death for your sins. Take and drink, this is the true blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, shed for the forgiveness of your sins. May this true Body and Blood strengthen and preserve you in The One True Faith until Life Everlasting. Amen.

 

Song: Savior of the Nations, Come LSB# 332

 

1 Savior of the nations, come,
Virgin’s Son, make here Your home!
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.

 

2 Not by human flesh and blood,
By the Spirit of our God,
Was the Word of God made flesh—
Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.

 

3 Here a maid was found with child,
Yet remained a virgin mild.
In her womb this truth was shown:
God was there upon His throne.

 

4 Then stepped forth the Lord of all
From His pure and kingly hall;
God of God, yet fully man,
His heroic course began.

 

5 God the Father was His source,
Back to God He ran His course.
Into hell His road went down,
Back then to His throne and crown.

 

6 For You are the Father’s Son
Who in flesh the vict’ry won.
By Your mighty pow’r make whole
All our ills of flesh and soul.

 

7 From the manger newborn light
Shines in glory through the night.
Darkness there no more resides;
In this light faith now abides.

 

8 Glory to the Father sing,
Glory to the Son, our king,
Glory to the Spirit be
Now and through eternity.

Text (sts. 3, 6–7): © 2006 Concordia Publishing House; (sts. 4–5, 8): © 1978 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004467 Text (sts. 1–2): Public domain

 

Livestream resumes

 

The Benediction:

P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you His Peace. Amen.

 

Closing Song: Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers LSB# 515

Rejoice, rejoice, believers,
And let your lights appear;
The evening is advancing,
And darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising
And soon is drawing nigh.
Up, pray and watch and wrestle;
At midnight comes the cry.

 

The watchers on the mountain
Proclaim the Bridegroom near;
Go forth as He approaches
With alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting;
The gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory;
The Bridegroom is at hand.

 

The saints, who here in patience
Their cross and suff’rings bore,
Shall live and reign forever
When sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory
The Lamb they shall behold;
In triumph cast before Him
Their diadems of gold.

 

Our hope and expectation,
O Jesus, now appear;
Arise, O Sun so longed for,
O’er this benighted sphere.
With hearts and hands uplifted,
We plead, O Lord, to see
The day of earth’s redemption
That sets Your people free!

Text: Public domain

 

Go in Peace. Serve the Lord!