Midweek Advent Service

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December 15, 2021

What Hope! – A Banner Will Be Unfurled

The congregation stands.

Hymn – God’s Own Son Most Holy – CW 17

God’s own Son most holy 
Came a servant lowly,
Came to live among us, 
Came to suffer for us,
Bore the cross to save us, 
Hope and freedom gave us.

Still he comes within us; 
Still his voice would win us
From the sins that hurt us, 
Would to truth convert us
From our foolish errors 
Ere he comes in terrors.

Opening Responses

P: We worship in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P:  You are my lamp, O LORD; 
C:  The LORD turns my darkness into light.

P:  Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
C:  Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death.

P:  You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning 
C: My God turns my darkness into light.   

P:  For with you is the fountain of life; 
C:  In your light we see light. 

The congregation sings.

Thus, if we have known him
And will not disown him
Nor have loved him coldly 
But will trust him boldly,
He will then receive us, 
Heal us, and forgive us.

P:  All you people of the world, 
C:  You who live on the earth, 

P:  When a banner is raised on the mountains, 
C:  You will see it, 

P:  And when a trumpet sounds, 
C:  You will hear it. 

P:  This is what the Lord says to me: 
C:  I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

The congregation sings.

Those who then are loyal 
Find a welcome royal.
Come, then, O Lord Jesus, 
From our sins release us.
Let us here confess you 
Till in heav’n we bless you.

Lord, Have Mercy

P: Lord Jesus, you have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in you should stay in darkness.
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: You have come in your Word saying, “Let light shine out of darkness,” and have made your light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 
C: Christ, have mercy.

P: You will come in glory giving your city light. Nations will walk in your light.
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: Be our light and scatter the darkness
C: Receive our evening hymn of praise.

Hymn of Praise – Reflections – Light of the Stable

Hail, hail to the newborn King!
Let our voices sing him our praises
Hail, hail to the guiding Light
That brought us tonight to our Savior
Halle, Hallelujah
  Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
  Halle, Hallelujah

Come now, let it shine so bright
To the knowing Light of the stable
Kneel close to the Child so dear
Cast aside your fear and be thankful

Hail, hail to the newborn King
Let our voices sing him our praises
Hail, hail to the guiding Light
That brought us tonight to our Savior
Halle, Hallelujah
  Halle, Hallelujah
Halle, Hallelujah
  Halle, Hallelujah

Prayer

P: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who led your people Israel with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ. May his Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.  
C: Amen.

Anthem – Reflections – Gloria / Lux Venit

Lux venit, lux venit, lux venit sur sum corda 
(Translation: Hearts look upward)
Lux venit lux venit, lux venit 
Arise shine for your Light has come.

In grace, in might, the Babe lay in stable stark
Redemption’s Light pierces through the shadow’s dark. 

Alleluia
Lux venit, lux venit, lux venit sur sum corda
Lux venit lux venit, lux venit 
Arise shine for your Light has come.

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plain
And the mountains in reply
Echo back their joyous strains

Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo
  Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo
  Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
  Gloria oh sing gloria
Him whose birth the angels sing
  Gloria oh sing gloria
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord the newborn King

Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo
  Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo
  Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo

Angels we have heard on high
  Gloria oh sing gloria
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
  Gloria oh sing gloria
Jesus, Lord of heav’n and earth
With us sing our Savior’s birth

Gloria oh gloria in excelsis Deo
Alleluia!

The Reading – Isaiah 51:1-8

Listen and hear the Advent Blessings from the LORD.

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness 
  and who seek the LORD: 
Look to the rock from which you were cut 
  and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
look to Abraham, your father, 
  and to Sarah, who gave you birth. 
When I called him he was but one, 
  and I blessed him and made him many.
The LORD will surely comfort Zion 
  and will look with compassion on all her ruins; 
he will make her deserts like Eden, 
  her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. 
Joy and gladness will be found in her, 
  thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

“Listen to me, my people; 
  hear me, my nation: 
The law will go out from me; 
  my justice will become a light to the nations.
My righteousness draws near speedily, 
  my salvation is on the way, 
  and my arm will bring justice to the nations. 
The islands will look to me 
  and wait in hope for my arm.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, 
  look at the earth beneath; 
the heavens will vanish like smoke, 
  the earth will wear out like a garment 
  and its inhabitants die like flies. 
But my salvation will last forever, 
  my righteousness will never fail.

“Hear me, you who know what is right, 
  you people who have my law in your hearts: 
Do not fear the reproach of men 
  or be terrified by their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment; 
  the worm will devour them like wool. 
But my righteousness will last forever, 
  my salvation through all generations.” 

P: The Lord will come again in glory. The Spirit and the Church cry out:
C: Come, Lord Jesus. Come!

The Hymn – What Hope! An Eden Prophesied

As banner of God’s love unfurled, 
Christ came to suffer loss, 
That by his death a dying world 
Would rally to the cross. 

Come, Jesus, come, Messiah Lord, 
Lost Paradise restore; 
Lead past the angel’s flaming sword 
Come, open heaven’s door. 

Sermon – Isaiah 11:10-12

A Banner Will Be Unfurled

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.

He will raise a banner for the nations 
  and gather the exiles of Israel; 
he will assemble the scattered people of Judah 
  from the four quarters of the earth. 

Prayer

P: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, through whom we have become your children. Forgive us for the times when we have not spoken or acted like your children. Help us to trust you and believe your words and promises always, knowing that they always come true for us. As we look forward to Christmas, may we receive your daily gifts with thanksgiving, and show our gratitude by loving and gentle behavior toward each other and toward all whom we meet.

Anthem – Reflections – Noel

Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore
  Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
  Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love:
The Light of the world, given for us
  Noel.

Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore
  Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
  Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love;
The Light of the world, given for us
  Noel.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given:
And the government shall be upon his shoulders:
And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,
The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
And we will call him Emmanuel, God with us, 
  Emmanuel, God with us!

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love.

The first Noel the angel did say,
“O come all ye faithful.”
The story of amazing love: 
The Light of the world, given for us
  Noel, Noel.

The Offering

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.

Closing – Reflections – The Blessing

The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make his face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn his
Face toward you
And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen
  Amen, amen, amen

May his favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children

May his presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, he is with you

In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, he is for you
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you.