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

12-06-2020 (Advent 2)

PRELUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“A New Hallelujah” – By: Michael W. Smith

Advent Welcome

Opening Song

“This Is Your House” By: Don Moen

As we gather in this place today,  Holy Spirit, come and have your way, have your way;

As we lay aside our own desire, Sweep across our hearts with Holy fire; have your way;

 

Chorus:This is your house, your home;  We welcome you, Lord, we welcome you

This is your house, your home;  We welcome you today.

 

As we offer up our hearts and lives, Let them be a living sacrifice, have your way

Be glorified in everything we do, Be glorified in everything we say; have your way.     Chorus

 

As we pray (echo) O Lord draw near. It’s your voice (echo) We long to hear.   Chorus x2

We welcome you today.  We welcome you today.

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 CANDLELIGHTING

“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………..

(With 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

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

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

Where there is division, we long for unity

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

Where there is hostility, we long for resolution

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

Where there is separation, we long for reunion

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hear.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

(Read by the Thomas Family)

Today we light two candles. The first candle represents the everlasting hope that has touched our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. In a world of division, brokenness and uncertainty, the second candle summons our hearts to the One called Prince of Peace. As the light shines, may we embrace and extend the peace of Christ in all that we do and say.

(With 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.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P:     Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son.

C:       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.

GOSPEL READING                                                 Mark 1:1-8

 The Gospel of Mark does not begin with a story of Jesus’ birth but with the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord.

The holy gospel according to Mark the 1st chapter.  Glory to you, O Lord.

1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’ ”
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And 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. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He 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. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON                                            Pr. Karen Behling

SONG OF THE DAY

“Fling Wide The Door

Fling wide the door, unbar the gate; the King of glory comes in state;

the Lord of lords and King of kings, the Savior of the world who brings

his great salvation to the earth. So raise a shout of holy mirth

and praise our God and Lord, Creator, Spirit, Word.

 

He is the rock of our belief, the heart of mercy’s gentle self.

His kingly crown is holiness; his scepter is his loveliness;

he brings our sorrows to an end. Now gladly praise our king and friend,

and worship him with song for saving us from wrong.

 

Oh, happy towns and blessed lands that live by their true king’s commands.

And blessed be the hearts he rules, the humble places where he dwells.

He is the rightful Son of bliss who fills our lives and makes us his,

creator of the world, our only strength for good.

 

Come, Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ; our hearts are open wide in trust.

Oh, show us now your lovely grace, upon our sorrows shine your face,

and let your Holy Spirit guide our journey in your grace so wide.

We praise your holy name, from age to age the same!

 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 and light of Christ be with you always

C: And also with you

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

SENDING SONG

“He Is Exalted” – By:Twila Paris

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high; I will praise Him.

He is exalted, forever exalted and I will praise his name!

He is the Lord; forever his truth shall reign.

Heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name

He is exalted; the King is exalted on high!     Repeat

 

He is the Lord: forever his truth shall reign.

Heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name

He is exalted; the King is exalted on high!

He is exalted; the King is exalted on high!

DISMISSAL

L: Go in peace. Prepare the way.

C: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Your Grace Still Amazes Me” – By:Shawn Craig

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.