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

12-20-2020 (Advent 4)

PRELUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Hallelujah” – By: Leonard Cohen

ADVENT WELCOME

GATHERING SONG

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” – Hymn #257

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

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.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

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

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.

When we longed for the silence to be broken,

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.

When we longed for the light that shines in the darkness

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.

When we longed for the peace that surpasses understanding.

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

Today we light four candles. The first candle is the light of hope granting strength to the weary. The second candle is the light of the peace that surpasses our understanding. The third candle is the light of joy that touches the depths of our soul. The fourth candle reminds us of the light of God’s love poured out in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

(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.

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: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.

C: With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

GOSPEL – Luke 1:26-38

David: The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a young woman engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The woman’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

Karen: But Mary was much perplexed by these words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

David: The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Karen: And Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

David: The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. Hear this: your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Karen: Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

David: And the angel departed from Mary.

The Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ

SERMON – Pastor Karen Behling

SONG OF THE DAY

“Here I Am Lord” – Hymn #574

“I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?”

 

Refrain

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

 

“I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them. They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?”  Refrain

 

“I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them. My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?”  Refrain

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 – Magnificat of Mary (Luke 46)

Our souls proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior. For you, Lord, have looked with favor on your servants.

You, the Almighty, have done great things for us and holy is your name.

You have mercy on those who love you, from generation to generation.

You have shown strength with your arm and scattered the proud in their arrogance, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.

You have come to the aid of your people, to remember the promise of mercy, the promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and Sarah and all of their children forever.

Amen

SPECIAL MUSIC – OSLC Praise Team

“Night of Silence” – Marty Haugen

PEACE

P: The peace and light of Christ be with you always

C: And also with you

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

SENDING SONG

“Shout To The Lord” – By: Darlene Zschech

My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like you.

All of my days I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter; tower of refuge and strength;

Let ev’ry breath, all that I am never cease to worship you.

 

Shout to the Lord, all the earth; let us sing power and majesty, praise to the King;

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name.

I sing for joy at the work of your hands; forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand.

Nothing compares to the promise I have in you. Repeat all

DISMISSAL

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

C: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Jesus, Name Above All Names” – By:Naida Hearn

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.