9 am service

Nativity Lutheran Church 

December 5, 2021, 9:00 Service

Advent 2


Bell ringing calls for silence…

Gathering Song

In Silence We Wait,  hymn repeats

Words of Welcome

 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 Hymn 240 and Lighting of Candles    


Prayer of the Day

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.





First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

The Word of the Lord 

Thanks be to God. 

Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-11 

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God. 

(A moment of silence as we wait for the reading of the Gospel.)


The Gospel according to…

Glory to you, O Lord! 

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

Praise to you, O Christ. 


Children’s Message




Song of the Day     Even So Come    

All of creation all of the earth
Make straight a highway a path for the Lord
Jesus is coming soon.

Call back the sinner wake up the saint
Let ev’ry nation shout of Your fame
Jesus is coming soon.

Like a bride waiting for her groom
We’ll be a Church ready for You
Ev’ry heart longing for our King we sing
Even so come Lord Jesus come
Even so come Lord Jesus come.

There will be justice all will be new
Your name forever faithful and true
Jesus is coming soon.

So we wait we wait for You
God we wait You’re coming soon
So we wait we wait for You
God we wait You’re coming soon.

Like a bride waiting for her groom
We’ll be a Church ready for You
Ev’ry heart longing for our King we sing
Even so come Lord Jesus come
Even so come Lord Jesus come.

Prayers of the People

(Offer your prayers on Facebook)

Sharing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you always.        

And also with you.

(Please share that peace in a socially distant and safe way.)



Offertory Prayer

God of our waiting and watching, we offer the gifts of our hearts and our lives to the service of all your people.Prepare the way before us as we meet you in this simple meal, through Christ Jesus, our pathway and our peace. 


The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them 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, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

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. 


Invitation to Communion 

Come to Christ’s banquet.

Feast on God’s gift of grace.


Communion Music

Post Communion Blessing



Children’s Prayers


The God of hope

fill us with all joy and peace in believing,

so that we may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit,

through Christ Jesus for whom we wait.



Sending Song      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.


Called by the grace of God, 

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

Go in peace. Christ is near.

Thanks be to God.


Called by the grace of God, we reach out to all people with the love of Jesus Christ.