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

12-13-2020 (Advent 3)

PRELUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Almost There” – By:Michael W. Smith

ADVENT WELCOME

GATHERING SONG

“Rise Up And Sing” By:Ray Makeever

Rise up and sing!  Bring in the morning; dawn is a borning, day has begun.

Raise the glad sound!  Around us are breaking skies that are waking light the sun.

 

Rise up, good friends!  Now is the hour; sunlight will shower hope for the day.

Rise from your sleep, and keep your dreams with you. Let the light kiss you soft on your way.

 

Rise with the world, curled up a waiting end to the hating, day full of grace.

Rise up in song! The long night is ending; now God is sending peace to this place.

 

Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.

WELCOME

P: The home of God is among mortals.

C: God is with us.

P: 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.

LITANY

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

Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning

In the darkness, we long to see the light

Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning

In the silence, we long for a comforting word.

Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning

In hardship, we long for an act of love

Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning

In Christ, we celebrate and rejoice in the promise of joy.

Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE -Harris Family

(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

P: Let us pray together,

C: Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

HOLY GOSPEL – John 1:6-8, 19-28

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
19This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said,
“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ ”
as the prophet Isaiah said.
24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

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

SERMON – Pr. Karen Behling

SONG OF THE DAY

“How Majestic Is Your Name” – By: Michael W. Smith

Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

Chorus: Oh Lord, we praise your name, Oh Lord, we magnify your name.

Prince of peace, Mighty God, Oh Lord, God Almighty.

Repeat All

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

C: 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

“Prepare the Royal Highway” – Hymn #264

Prepare the royal highway; the King of kings is near!

Let ev’ry hill and valley a level road appear!

Then greet the King of glory, foretold in sacred story:

Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

 

God’s people, see him coming: your own eternal king!

Palm branches strew before him! Spread garments! Shout and sing!

God’s promise will not fail you! No more shall doubt assail you!

Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

 

Then fling the gates wide open to greet your promised king!

Your king, yet ev’ry nation its tribute too may bring.

All lands will bow before him; their voices join your singing:

Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

 

His is no earthly kingdom; it comes from heav’n above.

His rule is peace and freedom and justice, truth, and love.

So let your praise be sounding for kindness so abounding:

Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

DISMISSAL

P: Continue your day in peace. Prepare the way.

C: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Jesus Messiah” – By: Chris Tomlin

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.