Midweek Advent Service

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December 16, 2020

Pastor Bodden’s Welcome 

Invocation

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

P: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.  

Hymn

Come, O Long-Expected Jesus

Come, O long-expected Jesus, 
Born to set your people free;
From our sins and fears release us 
By your death on Calvary.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation, 
Hope to all the earth impart,
Dear Desire of ev’ry nation, 
Joy of ev’ry longing heart.

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

Advent Psalm 130

P: I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, 
C: and in his word I put my hope. 

P: I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, 
C: more than watchmen wait for the morning. 

P: Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 
C: He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. 

Prayer

P: Lord, we wait with eager anticipation for the light of your coming. We live in a sin-darkened world filled with hate, violence, and rebellion. But we are not alone. Remind us of the peace we have, even now, in you.
C: Amen. 

Junior Choir – O Come, Emmanuel

First Reading – Isaiah 54:9-17

“To me this is like the days of Noah, 
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. 
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, 
never to rebuke you again.
Though the mountains be shaken 
and the hills be removed, 
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken 
nor my covenant of peace be removed,” 
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. 

“Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, 
I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, 
your foundations with lapis lazuli.
I will make your battlements of rubies, 
your gates of sparkling jewels, 
and all your walls of precious stones.
All your children will be taught by the Lord, 
and great will be their peace. 
In righteousness you will be established: 
Tyranny will be far from you; 
you will have nothing to fear. 
Terror will be far removed; 
it will not come near you.
If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; 
whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

“See, it is I who created the blacksmith 
who fans the coals into flame 
and forges a weapon fit for its work. 
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
no weapon forged against you will prevail, 
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. 
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, 
and this is their vindication from me,” 
declares the Lord. 

Chimes  

Second Reading – Romans 15:8-13

  For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name.”
  Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.” And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”
  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

P: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
C: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Hymn of the Day

Arise, O Christian People

Arise, O Christian people! 
Prepare yourselves today.
Prepare to greet the Savior, 
Who takes your sins away.
To us by grace alone 
The truth and light was given;
The promised Lord from heaven 
To all the world is shown.

Prepare the way before him; 
Prepare for him the best.
Cast out what would offend him, 
This great, this heav’nly guest.
Make straight, make plain the way: 
The lowly valleys raising,
The heights of pride abasing, 
His path all even lay.

The humble heart and lowly 
God raises up on high;
Beneath his feet in terror 
The haughty soul shall lie.
The heart sincere and right, 
That heeds God’s invitation
And makes true preparation –
It is the Lord’s delight.

Prepare my heart, Lord Jesus; 
Turn not from me aside,
And help me to receive you 
This blessed Adventtide.
From stall and manger low 
Come now to dwell within me;
I’ll sing your praises gladly 
And forth your glory show.

Devotion – Isaiah 9:6-7

And he will be called…Prince of Peace.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this. 

Offering

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. 

Junior Choir – African Gloria

Closing Words

P: Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith – to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Closing Hymn 

Rise, Arise

Rise, arise! Rise, arise!
Christians, rise to greet your King.
Open wide the gates before him;
Let the glad hosannas ring;
Haste to worship and adore him.
Hark! The watchman on the mountain cries:
Rise, arise! Rise, arise!

Oh, rejoice! Oh, rejoice!
Christ has come as long fortold.
The Messiah long-expected,
The incarnate Word behold!
Though by earthly kings rejected,
Hail him Lord of all with mighty voice.
Oh, rejoice! Oh, rejoice!

Crown him King! Crown him King!
His exalted name confess.
From his heav’nly throne descending,
Jesus, Lord our righteousness,
Brings us joy and peace unending.
Oh, let heart and tongue his praises sing!
Crown him King! Crown him King!