Bulletin – 12/08 Second Sunday of Advent

Bulletin - 12/08  Second Sunday of Advent

PRELUDE MUSIC (a time for silent reflection)

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

 

SIGN OF THE CROSS

People        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Celebrant    May your hearts be filled with hope as you hear the promises God made to bless all the peoples on earth through Abraham and Sarah, the parents of our faith.

People       Thanks be to God

Celebrant    Last Sunday we lit the First Candle of Hope in our Advent Wreath, and celebrated the patriarchs. We light it again as we place our hope in Jesus the blessing of God for all nations. (The first candle is relighted)

Celebrant    May your hearts be filled with peace as you hear the words of the prophet Isaiah who told of one who would be born the Prince of Peace, as we will Light the Seasonal Candle in thanks giving for the blessings of peace.

People       Thanks be to God

Celebrant    (Isaiah Chapter 9) For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.  

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true: to you be praise and glory for ever. Of old you spoke by the mouth of your prophets, but in our days you speak through your Son, whom you have appointed the heir of all things. Grant us, your people, to walk in his light, that we may be found ready and watching when he comes again in glory and judgement; for you are our light and our salvation. Blessed be God for ever.   

The second candle is lighted.

Celebrant    Let us pray:
People Lord God you spoke through your prophets and promised a kingdom of peace. We welcome you Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace and our hearts long for the establishment of your kingdom of justice and righteousness. Amen.

 

 

 

Opening HYMN #325 BLUE                   Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees

 Let us break bread together on our knees; let us break bread together on our knees;

                Refrain: When I fall down on my knees, with my

                face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me.

 Let us drink wine together on our knees; let us drink wine together on our knees; (Refrain)

 Let us praise God together on our knees; let praise God together on our knees; (Refrain)

 

OPENING ACCLAMATION

Celebrant   Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.

People       Glory to God for ever and ever.

Beloved God, as we approach your Presence, guide and stir us with your Holy Spirit, that we may become one body, one spirit in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

SONG OF PRAISE #72 BLUE                     Hark the Glad Sound v. 1

Hark! The glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long; let every heart prepare a throne, and every voice a song.

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Celebrant             The Lord be with you.

People            And also with you.

Celebrant             Let us pray.

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. Accompany us now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility. Cast our eyes toward that last day, when Jesus shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead. Through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

A Reading from Romans                                                         15:4-13

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.

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For 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, and 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”; and again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”; and again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”; and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.”

May 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.

 

Reader        The Word of the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.

 

Reader        Let us say together Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19:

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.

 

GRADUAL HYMN #444 BLUE                         Blessed Be the God of Israel

Blessed be the God of Israel who comes to set us free and raises up new hope for us: a Branch from David’s tree. So have the prophets long declared that with a mighty arm God would turn back our enemies and all who wish us harm.

With promised mercy will God still the covenant recall, the oath once sworn to Abraham, from foes to save us all; that we might worship without fear and offer lives of praise, in holiness and righteousness to serve God all our days.

 My child, as prophet of the Lord, you will prepare the way,

to tell God’s people they are saved from sin’s eternal sway.

Then shall God’s mercy from on high shine forth and never cease to drive away the gloom of death and lead us into peace.

 

THE GOSPEL                                                             Matthew 3:1-12

 

Celebrant    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

People         Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This 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.’” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But 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? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do 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. Even 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. “I 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. His 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.”

Celebrant    The Gospel of the Lord.

People         Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

SERMON                                                                                                          Pastor Neil

 

THE NICENE CREED (please stand)

 We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

 With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Celebrant

In readiness and joyful expectation of Christ’s reign of peace, let us pray for our needs and the needs of others.

 

Leader

Pour out your life-giving Spirit on your holy church throughout the world and equip its members to boldly proclaim their common faith and your bountiful blessings to the world. Lord, in your mercy: Come, O Lord, and save us.

Let your Spirit move over our unruly time and heal its people broken in spirit and body. Bring peace to a weary and struggling world. Protect Mother Earth from human neglect. Lord, in your mercy: Come, O Lord, and save us.

Burn out all that is evil in us; consecrate us for holy service and empower us to work toward the salvation of the world. Give us energy and insight for the mission. Lord, in your mercy: Come, O Lord, and save us.

Renew the faith of all those who call you Lord, so that we may devote ourselves to worship, teaching, and prayer—all to reveal your grace, mercy, and healing to a fragile humanity. Give noble purpose to our secular leaders, and a desire to do justice in the land and in the world. Lord, in your mercy: Come, O Lord, and save us.

Be with those who are dying and ill, and their families and loved ones. Bless the pastoral ministries of this congregation. Safeguard immigrants and refugees. Provide solace and healing to those beleaguered by hurricanes, floods, and fires. Lord, in your mercy: Come, O Lord, and save us.

We especially pray for those we name now… (please add your petitions). Lord, in your mercy:

Come, O Lord, and save us.

 

Celebrant

Rouse up your power and come, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us. Do not cast us away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from us. Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch and wait, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of Advent, as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let us confess our sins to God (Silence may be kept).

 Celebrant and People

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you,

opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

Celebrant

Almighty God have mercy on you ☩, forgive you all your sins

through the grace of Jesus Christ. Strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

THE PEACE

Celebrant  The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People         And also with you.

[Please greet one another in the name of the Lord.]

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

Celebrant

Let us with gladness present the offerings and gifts of our life and labor to the Lord. [Please be seated]

 

Offertory HYMN #202 RED                     People, Look East

People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table. People, look east and sing today: Love, the Guest, is on the way.

 Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, one more seed is planted there. Give up your strength the seed to nourish, that in course the flower may flourish. People, look east and sing today: Love, the Rose, is on the way.

 Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim, one more light the bowl shall brim, shining beyond the frosty weather, bright as sun and moon together. People, look east and sing today: Love, the Star, is on the way.

 Angels announce with shouts of mirth him who brings new life to earth. Set every peak and valley humming with the word, the Lord is coming. People look east today: Love, the Lord, is on the way.

 

 Celebrant             Please stand as you are able.

 

PRESENTATION HYMN #66 BLUE              Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus v. 1

  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.

THE HOLY COMMUNION

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Celebrant            The Lord be with you.

People                  And also with you.

Celebrant             Lift up your hearts.

People                   We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People                   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Celebrant will chant:

It is indeed right and salutary … (preface continues, chanted by Celebrant) …we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 

SANCTUS        S-130

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God. You alone do wondrous deeds and keep your promises forever. You founded the earth upon the seas, and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. You love the righteous and give justice to those who are oppressed. Through Abraham and Sarah and Hagar, you promised to raise up children in every nation who would bless your glorious name.

You prepared a way through the sea and saved your people Israel. You prepared a way in the wilderness and ransomed your people from exile. Through the prophets you renewed your promise and you sent your messenger, to prepare the way for the coming of your Son, who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

It is he, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, who became a servant to show forth your truthfulness, to confirm your promises, and to lead all nations to glorify you for your mercy; who gave sight to the blind, made the lame to walk the deaf to hear, cleansed lepers, raised the dead, and brought good news to the poor.

In the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body given for you.

After supper, he took the cup, again gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this for the remembrance of me. For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

People Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

We remember then, his suffering and death, his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension to the heavenly throne. With patience and steadfast hope we await the day of his coming,
when the wolf shall live with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; when the righteous shall flourish, and there shall be an abundance of peace; and when he shall share with us the great and promised feast.

Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit, upon your redeemed and holy people, ☩ and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,
that we may bear fruit worthy of repentance, abound in hope, be filled with all joy and peace in believing, and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

People         Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

 

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.

 

PRE-COMMUNION ANTHEM                                            S-164

 Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world: give us your peace, give us your peace.

 

The gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

WELCOME TO THE TABLE

All are welcome to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, without exception. The usher will direct you when to come forward (those in the back of the room come first). Cup your hands together to receive the bread and when the wine is offered, either dip your wafer in the wine or assist the chalice bearer to guide the cup to your lips. Alternately, you may cross your hands over your chest to indicate you wish a blessing from the priest. The elements will be brought to those who are unable to come forward.

 

COMMUNION MUSIC

 

THE THANKSGIVING 

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

THE BLESSING

Sisters and brothers, we go out into the world in peace, as part of God’s beloved community. May God help us all to be of good courage, hold on to what is good, return to no one an evil for an evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, aid the suffering, do justice, honor all people, and let our gentleness be known by everyone. May God, who raised our Lord Jesus from death, lift us up and restore us to wholeness. And may God bless us all, ☩ in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Amen.

 

Closing HYMN #657 BLUE                              Love Divine

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down, fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art; visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.

 Come, almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive; suddenly return, and never, never more thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, pray, and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

 Finish then thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be; let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee: changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place, till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

THE DISMISSAL

Celebrant    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.

 

POSTLUDE

 

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