Bulletin 12/10: Second Sunday of Advent

Bulletin 12/10: Second Sunday of Advent

PRELUDE MUSIC (a time for silent reflection)

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

Leader        Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.                        People         Thanks be to God.

Leader

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent and we will light the Candle of Peace. Last Sunday we lit the First Candle in our Advent Wreath and celebrated the patriarchs. This First Candle reminded us of our hope in Christ. We light it again as we remember our Savior, born a king in the line of King David. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and we believe that he will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises to us, to rule the world wisely and bless all nations.

 

(The first candle is lit.)

 

Today we light the Second Candle of Advent, the Candle of Peace. We remember the prophets who spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a Savior would be born, a king in the line of King David. The prophet Isaiah called Christ “the Prince of Peace.” They told us how he would rule the world wisely and bless all the nations.

 

When Jesus came, he taught people the importance of being peace-makers. He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God.

 

When Christ comes to us he brings us peace and he will bring everlasting peace when he comes again. We light the Candle of Peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through him peace is found.

 

(The second candle is lit.)

 

Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the peace we have in Jesus Christ.

 

Let us pray:

God of Abraham and Sarah and all the Patriarchs of old, you are our Father too. Your love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Son of David. Help us in preparing to celebrate his birth, to make our hearts ready and to place our hope in you. Help us today and every day to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your hope with others. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.

 

 

 

HYMN #706 RED                                                Soon and Very Soon

Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King! (x3)

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We’re going to see the King.

 

No more dying there, we are going to see the King! (x3)

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We’re going to see the King.

 

No more crying there, we are going to see the King! (x3

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We’re going to see the King.

 

 

OPENING SENTENCES AND COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

Officiant   

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in

the desert a highway for our God.

 

Let us pray.

 

Officiant

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

 

A Reading from Malachi                                                             3:1-4

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight– indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Reader       The Word of the Lord.

People        Thanks be to God.

 

Let us say together Baruch 5:1-9

Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God.

Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;

for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.

For God will give you evermore the name, “Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”

Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look toward the east,

and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them.

For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies;

but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne.

For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.

The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God’s command.

For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.


 

HYMN #66 BLUE                              Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

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 every nation, joy of every longing heart.
(continued on next page)

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.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel of Luke                                              3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler 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 region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:

 

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Reader       The Word of the Lord.

People        Thanks be to God.

 

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

Officiant

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

Leader

For the peace of the world, our unity in Christ, and peace among the peoples of the earth. For the leaders of the nations and all in authority. Come, O Lord, and save us.

 

For the church throughout the world and the faithful in every place.  For Eugene and Chilton our bishops, for Neil our pastor, for deacons and all who minister in Christ.

Come, O Lord, and save us.

 

For all who endure illness, oppression, poverty, or any other suffering; for the dead and the dying; for Pastor Neil’s pastoral and healthcare ministry, and for other caregivers.

Come, O Lord, and save us.

 

We especially pray for those suffering from human rights abuses; because of natural and humanity’s disasters, and for those we name now… (please add your petitions).

Come, O Lord, and save us.

 

Bring together those who have been divided by misunderstanding, hatred, and mistrust. Heal the divisions in our nation. Give wisdom and good courage to our leaders.

Come, O Lord, and save us.

 

For all our blessings which we name now…(the people may add their thanksgivings). For ourselves, our families and companions, and those we love. Come, O Lord, and save us.

 

Officiant

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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

 

Officiant 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.

 

Officiant

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through the grace of Jesus Christ. Strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

 

 

THE PEACE

Officiant    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

Officiant

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

 

HYMN #444 BLUE                            Blessed be the King of Israel

(sung to the tune of “Forest Green,” #78 BLUE)

Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free; he visits and redeems us, he grants us liberty. The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release; God shall fulfill his promise and bring his people peace.

 

He from the house of David a child of grace has given; a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven. Before him goes his herald, forerunner in the way, the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of Day.

 

On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise, the dawning of forgiveness upon the sinner’s eyes. He guides the feet of pilgrims along the paths of peace. O bless our God and Savior with songs that never cease.

SERMON                                                                                 Pastor Neil

 

PRESENTATION HYMN #63 BLUE           O Heavenly Word, v. 1-2

     (Sung to tune of “Old 100th”)

O heavenly Word, eternal Light, begotten of the Father’s might, who in these later days wast born for blessing to a world forlorn;

 

pour light upon us from above, and fire our hearts with ardent love, that, as we hear thy truth today, all wrong desires may burn away.

 

 

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)

 

…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, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace.

 

But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people.

 

Through Abraham and Sarah and Hagar, you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory.

 

Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.

On the night before he died for us, our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

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

 

Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with blessed John and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever.

 

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.

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, 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.

 

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. Alleluia, Alleluia!

People        Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

POSTLUDE

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