Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1300 Mansfield Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
715-723-6048
Office Hours: M-Th, 8a.m.-4p.m.

11-29-2020 (Advent 1)

PRELUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“The Potter’s Hand” By: Darlene Zschech

ADVENT GREETING

OPENING SONG

“Come, Now Is The Time To Worship” By:Brian Doerksen

Come, now is the time to worship. Come, now is the time to give your heart.

Come, just as you are to worship. Come, just as you are before your God, come.

 

One day ev’ry tongue will confess you are God. One day ev’ry knee will bow.

Still the greatest treasure remains for those who gladly choose You now.

Repeat All

 Repeat the first verse

WELCOME

L: The home of God is among mortals.

C: God is with us.

L: Look! God promises, I am making all things new.

C: God is with us.

ADVENT CANDLE-LIGHTING

“Where The Promise Shines” – By:Joel Raney

(Choir Only)

Where the world is waiting for an unknown day, where a voice, forgotten, cries “Prepare the way!”  Show us in a manger our redemption’s sign; bring us to a morning where the promise shines………..

(Congregation)

…….Lead us on, lead us on, to a morning where the promise shines.

Lead us on, lead us on, to a morning where the promise shines.

ADVENT LITANY

(Read by The Rohland family)

Advent is a time for God’s people to reawaken their longings .

We wait in hope for the Lord.

We long for every hurt to be healed.

We wait in hope for the Lord.

We long for every tear to be dried.

We wait in hope for the Lord.

We long for every injustice to be made right.

We wait in hope for the Lord.

We celebrate God’s promises and long for those yet to unfold

We wait in hope for the Lord.

 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

(Read by the Rohland family)

 This morning we light the first candle which reminds us that even in the midst of darkness, the light of hope shines. Jesus Christ is the promised One of God, the light of the world.  May this light of hope illuminate our hearts throughout this Advent season.

(Congregation)

Lead us on, lead us on, to a morning where the promise shines.

Lead us on, lead us on, to a morning where the promise shines…….

(Choir Only)

……….to a morning where the promise shines,

GREETING

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

L: Stir up your power, O Christ, and come.

C: By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

HOLY GOSPEL – Mark 13:24-37

[Jesus said:] 24“In those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
25and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to You, O Christ!

SERMON – Pastor Karen Behling

SONG OF THE DAY

“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”

Rejoice, rejoice, believers, and let your lights appear;

the evening is advancing, and darker night is near.

The bridegroom is arising and soon is drawing nigh.

Up, pray and watch and wrestle; at midnight comes the cry.

 

The watchers on the mountain proclaim the bridegroom near;

go forth as he approaches with alleluias clear.

The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.

Arise, O heirs of glory; the bridegroom is at hand.

 

The saints, who here in patience their cross and suff’rings bore,

shall live and reign forever when sorrow is no more.

Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold;

in triumph cast before him their diadems of gold.

 

Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;

arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.

With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see

the day of earth’s redemption that sets your people free!

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

P: Lord, in your mercy, C: hear our prayer.

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.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

PEACE

P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU FOR OFFERINGS & OFFERING PRAYER

L: Generous God, you have created all that is, and you provide for us in every season. Bless all that we offer, that through these gifts the world will receive your blessing. In the name of Jesus, Emmanuel, we pray.

C: Amen.

BLESSING

L: May the Creator of the stars bless our waiting, the long-expected Savior fill us with love, and the unexpected Spirit guide our journey, ☩ now and forever.

C: Amen.

SENDING SONG

“Lord, I Lift Your Name On High” – By:Rick Founds

Lord, I lift your name on high; Lord, I love to sing your praises.

I’m so glad you’re in my life, I’m so glad you came to save us.

 

You came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross, my debt to pay,

from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky; Lord, I lift Your name on high.     Repeat

DISMISSAL

P: Go in peace to prepare the way.

C: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Build Up” – By:Larry Olson & Hans Peterson

Hymns, songs and portions of the liturgy are reprinted under the following licenses:

CCLI #2339821, OneLicense #A-723565, Augsburg #SAS013411.

The scripture readings are reprinted from the NRSV Bible.