Second Sunday of Advent

December 8, 2019

At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord's table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.

We Gather for Worship

Invitation to Silent Prayer
Call to Worship
Confession and Forgiveness
Entrance Hymn:         "Prepare the Royal Highway"

Canticle: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (vs. 1)                  
Prayer of the Day
   L: The Lord be with you.    C: And also with you.
   L: Let us pray: 

WOV pg. 94

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ELW pg. 98
ELW pg. 147
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Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

We Hear God's Word

First Reading
       The word of the Lord.       Thanks be to God.  
Psalm 72:1-7,18-19
Second Reading 
       The word of the Lord.      Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation
       L: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 3rd chapter
       C: Glory to you, O Lord.

      L: The Gospel of the Lord.
      C: Praise to you, O Christ.
Children's Time with Lighting of Candle and Song

                            "A Candle Is Burning"
                  A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright,
                   a candle of hope in December's dark night.
         While angels sing blessings from heaven's starry sky,
                  Our hearts we prepare now for Jesus is night.


Isaiah 11:1-10

Romans 15: 4-13

ELW pg. 216

(Matthew 3:1-12)

We Respond to the Word

Hymn of the Day: "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry"
The Apostles' Creed
Prayers of Intercession (Please be seated)
Petition is made
P: Lord in your mercy.          C: Hear our prayer.
Sharing of the Peace
The Offering (musical accompaniment)
Offertory Prayer

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ELW pg. 217

We Receive God's Gifts in the Sacrament

Great Thanksgiving
Words of Institution
The Lord's Prayer (Traditional Version)
Holy Communion (By Table)
"The Lamb of God"

ELW pg. 114
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EWL pg. 146

We are Sent Forth to Serve

Sending Hymn:       "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
    P: Go in Peace. Prepare.
   C: Thanks be to God.

ELW #254

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