9 am service

Nativity Lutheran Church                          

December 6, 2020, 9:00 am

 Advent 2

 

Gather

 

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus 

Come, thou long expected Jesus, 

born to set thy people free; from our fears 

and sins release us; 

let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, 

hope of all the earth thou art, 

dear desire of every nations, 

joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver, 

born a child, and yet a king;

 born to reign in us forever, 

now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit 

rule in all our hearts alone; 

by thine all sufficient merit 

raises us to thy glorious throne.

 

 

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. 

 

Prayer of the Day

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

 

 Advent Hymn and Candles

 

 Word

 

 Holy Reading: Isaiah 40: 1-11

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to

her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from 

the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the 

desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and 

hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 

Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the 

mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” 

All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the 

flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. 

The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.

Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with 

strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of 

Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for 

him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a 

shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently 

lead the mother sheep.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Acclamation 

 

 

  Gospel

 

 

The Gospel according to…

 Glory to you, O Lord!

 

 

Gospel: Mark 1: 1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way;

the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 Children’s Message

 

Message

 

Hymn of the Day

We Three Kings of Orient Are

We three kings of Orient are

Bearing gifts we traverse a far

Field and fountain, moor and mountain

Following yonder star.

Oh, star of wonder, star of night

star with royal beauty bright

westward leading, still proceeding

guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain

Gold I bring to crown Him again

King forever, ceasing never

Over us all to reign.

Oh, star of wonder, star of night

star with royal beauty bright

westward leading, still proceeding

guide us to thy perfect light.

Frankincense to offer have I; 

incense owns a deity nigh; 

prayer and praising, gladly raising, 

worshipping God Most High.

Oh, star of wonder, star of night

star with royal beauty bright

westward leading, still proceeding

guide us to thy perfect light.

Apostles Creed   

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. 

Amen.

 

  Prayers of the People

(Offer your petition on FaceBook)

 

 

Sharing the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you all.

And also with you.

 

Meal

 

Offering

 

Offertory Prayer

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.

You have set before us these gifts of your good creation.

Prepare us for your heavenly banquet,

nourish us with this rich food and drink,

and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world,

through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen

 

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and … we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, Holy, Holy  

 Holy, Holy, Holy One.

 God of Power, God of might.

 Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

Hosana in the highest. Blessed! Blessed

is the one who comes Blessed! Blessed!

in the name of God.

 

 

 

Words of Institution

In the night in which he was betrayed,

Our Lord Jesus took bread,

and gave thanks; broke it,

and gave it to his disciples,

saying: Take and eat;

this is my body, given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup,

gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink,

saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, 

shed for you and for all people

for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this in remembrance of me.

 

 

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.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

  and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

 

Invitation to Communion

 

Distribution

 

Communion Music

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

and ransom captive Israel,

that mourns in lonely exile here

until the Son of God appear.

 

Refrain

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high,

embracing all things far and nigh:

in strength and beauty come and stay;

teach us your will and guide our way. 

Refrain

 

 O come, O come, O Lord of might,

as to your tribes on Sinai’s height

in ancient times you gave the law

in cloud, and majesty, and awe. 

Refrain

 

O come, O Branch of Jesse, free

your own from Satan’s tyranny;

from depths of hell your people save,

and give them vict’ry o’er the grave. 

Refrain

 

O come, O Key of David, come,

and open wide our heav’nly home;

make safe the way that leads on high,

and close the path to misery. 

Refrain

 

O come, O Dayspring, come and cheer;

O Sun of justice, now draw near.

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

and death’s dark shadow put to flight. 

Refrain

 

O come, O King of nations, come,

O Cornerstone that binds in one:

refresh the hearts that long for you;

restore the broken, make us new. 

Refrain

 

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

and ransom captive Israel,

that mourns in lonely exile here

until the Son of God appear. 

Refrain

 Text: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. composite Text sts. 2, 6, 7 © 1997 Augsburg Fortress.
Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.

 

Post Communion Blessing

 

Prayer after Communion

Gracious and abundant God,

you have done great things for us, and we rejoice.

In this bread and cup you give us life forever.

In your boundless mercy, strengthen us

and open our hearts to the world’s needs,

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen

 

Send

 

Children’s Prayers

Blessing

The Creator of the stars bless your Advent waiting,

the long-expected Savior fill you with love,

the unexpected Spirit guide your journey,

now and forever.

Amen.

 

Announcements

Sending Song

Soon and Very Soon

Soon and very soon

We are going to see the king

                      3x

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

We are going to see the King.

No more crying there

We are going to see the king

                     3x

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

We are going to see the King.

No more dying there

We are going to see the King

                    3x

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

We are going to see the King.

Soon and very soon

We are going to see the king

                      3x

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

We are going to see the King.

 

Dismissal

Called by the grace of God,

we reach out to all people with the love of Jesus Christ. 

 

Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord

Thanks be to God. We will.