Advent Service – Wednesday December 22nd at 5:30pm led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

ADVENT WORSHIP

Wednesday, December 22, 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 – Joy to the World (ELW 267, v. 1 & 4)

1) Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king;
let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

4) He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

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 fourth week of Advent we remember the gift of Love we have in Christ.  The light of the candles is meant to remind us of the love that God has for us.  Jesus shows us God’s perfect love.  He is God’s love in human form.  The Bible says that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  “Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one.  Love is never boastful or conceited, rude or selfish.  Love is not quick to take offense.  It keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat over other people’s troubles, but rejoices in the right, the good, and the true.  There is nothing that love cannot face, there is no limit to its faith, to its hope, to its endurance.  Love never ends.  As we light this fourth candle, we remember that we are called to love like Christ loves us.  As we light this candle, we are reminded that we are called to show that love in the way we treat others. 

          (acolyte lights all four blue candles on the Advent Wreath.)

PRAYER

          Let us pray:  Loving God, we thank you for your gift of love – shown to us perfectly in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Help us prepare our hearts for the Lord’s coming by loving others as Christ loves us.  We ask this in the name of the one born in Bethlehem, Jesus our Lord.  AMEN.

PSALM 13:1-6

          How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?

          How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day klong?  How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

          Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!  Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,

          and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

          But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

          I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

JOHN 14:20-24

          “On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.  They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”  Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”  Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.” 

VIDEO MESSAGE – Love

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 – Mary Did you Know

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

          Thanks to the Tuesday morning Women’s Study Group

for providing and serving the meal tonight!

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

Holy Communion & Candlelighting

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

          Holy Communion & Candlelighting                                                            

*Sunday, December 26 at 8:30 a.m.

          Service of Nine Lessons and Carols