Advent Service – at 5:30 pm led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson – 12/15

ADVENT WORSHIP

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 5:30 p.m.

PRELUDE

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
          Welcome!  We are glad that you are joining together in this Advent worship in person or online.  May God bless you richly and give you hope!  The Advent season is a time of preparation.  We prepare our hearts to meet our Living Lord Jesus who promises to return in glory, just as surely as He came among us as a tiny baby.

          Let’s prepare our hearts for worship.    

GATHERING SONG – Blessed Be the God of Israel (ELW 250)

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

GREETING

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

          And also with you.

ADVENT WREATH REFLECTION & LIGHTING

          The third week of Advent we remember the gift of Joy we have in Christ.  We remember the joy that Mary felt when the angel Gabriel told her that a special child would be born to her – a child who would save and deliver all people.  Joy is the gift we all receive from the unconditional love Christ has for us.  God wants us all to have joy.  The angel who announced to the shepherds that Jesus had been born told them: “Do not be afraid.  I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people – for to you is born this day, in the City of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”  As we light this third candle, we remember that Christ came to bring true and everlasting joy to all people.  As we light this candle, we are reminded that Christ came to save all people.  (acolyte lights 3 blue candles)

PRAYER

          Let us pray:  Loving God, we thank you for the joy you bring us.  Help us prepare our hearts for the Lord’s coming by helping us see that Christ came for every person we meet wherever we go.  We ask this in the name of the one born in Bethlehem, Jesus our Lord.  AMEN.

PSALM 16:6-11

          The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

          I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also, my heart instructs me.

          I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

          Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

          For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.

          You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

LUKE 1:39-49

          39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
46And Mary said,
 “My soul magnifies the Lord,
 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
 Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
 and holy is his name.

VIDEO MESSAGE –

Hope  (last week’s)

          Joy  (this week’s)

HYMN – Hark, the Glad Sound! (ELW 239)

1) Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long;
let ev’ry heart prepare a throne and ev’ry voice a song.

2) He comes the pris’ners to release, in Satan’s bondage held.
The gates of brass before him burst, the iron fetters yield.

3) He comes the broken heart to bind, the bleeding soul to cure,
and with the treasures of his grace to enrich the humble poor.

4) Our glad hosannas, Prince of peace, your welcome shall proclaim,
and heav’n’s eternal arches ring with your beloved name.

OFFERING PRAYER

          Let us pray:  Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.  Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts:  ourselves, our time, and our possessions.  Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.   AMEN.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

          Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.  We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice of hope each day.  We who are anxious over many things look forward hoping for your coming among us.  We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.  We whose hearts are heavy seek the love and comfort of your presence.  We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.  To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”  AMEN.

BENEDICTION

          The Lord bless you and keep you.

          The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

          The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace,

          In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.


TABLE BLESSING   

As we prepare for the coming of your Son, O God, we are hungry and thirsty for signs of his hope in our lives.  We give you thanks for this season of waiting and hopefulness for Jesus to be even more present in our lives.  We give you thanks for this food and time together, signs of your gracious love.  May this meal strengthen us to love each other and our neighbors as we wait for the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

VIDEO SONG – He Shall Reign Forevermore

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

Thanks to the Hand Bell Choir

for providing and serving the meal tonight!

*Advent Services:  Wed., Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m. 

*Christmas Eve Worship: Fri., Dec. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

*Christmas Day Worship: Sat., Dec. 25 at 5 p.m.