Sunday, December 4, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

May the blessings of each day be the blessing you need most.
- an Irish Blessing brought to us by Dolores Shaw

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Let All Living Things Keep Silence” trad. French

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit “Come, O Long-Expected Jesus”          Christian Gregor

Come, O long-expected Jesus,
Born to see 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,
Long-desired of every nation,
Joy of every waiting heart.

† Call to Worship

We come to worship the coming King. The One who was and is and is to come!
Robed in Justice, carrying equity in his heart, Righteousness is a belt around his waist, faithfulness in the clasps of his sandals.
We have prepared ourselves for worship.
We intend to do no harm; to love our neighbors and to stay in love with God!
We look forward to the Reign of the coming King!
The wolves will walk with the lambs; the leopards skip with the kids; and the calves will be friends with the lion cubs.
Peace will come through the root of Jesse, and we will abide with the King!

† Advent Candle Lighting

We light this candle as a symbol of Christ the Way.  May the Word sent from God through the prophets lead us to the way of salvation.  O come, O come, Emmanuel.

† Hymn “Heralds of Christ”       No. 567

Heralds of Christ, who bear the King’s commands,
immortal tidings in your mortal hands,
pass on and carry swift the news you bring;
make straight, make straight the highway of the King.

Through desert ways, dark fen, and deep morass,
through jungles, sluggish seas, and mountain pass,
build now the road, and falter not, nor stay;
prepare across the earth the King’s highway. (cont.)

† Hymn (continued) “Heralds of Christ”       No. 567

Lord, give us faith and strength the road to build,
to see the promise of the day fulfilled,
when war shall be no more, and strife shall cease
upon the highway of the Prince of Peace.

Morning Prayer (unison)

Let us give thanks for the Child whom we celebrate this Advent season — the Child who came to earth as an infant, died, and rose as our Savior; and for whose coming again we wait with anticipation and love.

To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 11:1-10

Carol Curtis is the Liturgist.

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Anthem “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” Douglas Wagner,

Come, O long-expected Jesus, on “Promised Land”
Born to see
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,
Long-desired of every nation,
Joy of every waiting heart.

Prepare a way, make straight the path,
Proclaim so all may know.
The valleys shall be lifted up
And all the hills made low.
Awake, for the morn is breaking forth;
We wait for the coming light
To comfort sorrow, banish pain,
And pierce the dying night.

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,
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

From the Epistles Romans 15:4-13

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles,
and sing praises to your name”;

and again he says,

“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;

and again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples praise him”;

and again Isaiah says,

“The root of Jesse shall come,
the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles shall hope.”

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sermon “Prepare”          Rev. Travis Knoll

Bible Lesson: Matthew 3:1-12

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “I Come with Joy”        No. 617

I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved and free,
In awe and wonder to recall his life laid down for me,
his life laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread,
in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends,
and strangers now are friends.

And thus with joy we meet our Lord. His presence, always near,
is in such friendship better known; we see and praise him here,
we see and praise him here.

Together met, together bound we’ll go our different ways,
and as his people in the world, we’ll live and speak his praise,
we’ll live and speak his praise.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “O Sacrum Convivium” Vincent Novello

O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory to us is given. Alleluia.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.  With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

Prayer of Confession and Pardon No. 8

(unison) Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.  We have failed to be an obedient church.  We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy.  Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

All pray in silence

(leader) Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us.  In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

(unison to leader) In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
(unison) Glory to God.  Amen.

Please stand.

The Great Thanksgiving (with Musical  Setting B: pp. 19-20)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is good to give our thanks and praise.

(pastor prays, concluding) And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

(sung, leader calls and congregation echoes one line at a time)
Holy, holy, holy Lord, w God of power and might. w Heaven and earth are full of your glory w Hosanna in the highest. w Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna w in the highest

(pastor prays, concluding) And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
(sung, call and echo) Christ has died w Christ is risen w Christ will come again!

(pastor prays, concluding) All honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
(sung, call and echo) Amen w Amen w Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Please be seated.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Prepare the Way of the Lord”   No. 207

(This will be done 6 times through)

(Choir in unison) Prepare the way of the Lord w Prepare the way of the Lord
w and all people will see w the salvation of our God.

(Choir in a round) Prepare the way of the Lord w Prepare the way of the Lord w and all people will see w the salvation of our God.

(2X by the Choir and Congregation in unison) Prepare the way of the Lord
w Prepare the way of the Lord w and all people will see
w the salvation of our God.

(2X by the Choir & Congregation in a round) Prepare the way of the Lord
w Prepare the way of the Lord w and all people will see
w the salvation of our God.

† Dismissal with Blessing

And now go, to prepare yourselves and your households to receive the one who is coming!
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall Come”   arr. Thomas Helmore

Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Veniat Rex”                           Morgan



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