Dec 20 4th Sunday of Advent

GATHERING SONG "People Look East" ELW #248

CALL TO WORSHIP - Psalm 89:1-4

Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.

For I am persuaded that your steadfast love is established forever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant:

‘I will establish your line forever, and preserve your throne for all generations.’ ”

LIGHTING OF THE FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE

ADVENT HYMN “Light the Way” Written by Marcine Husman

OPENING PRAYER AND

LIGHTING OF FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE

The Spirit and the church cry out:

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

All those who await his appearance pray:

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The whole creation pleads:

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people: come and save us all, who you formed out of clay.

Amen (light candles)

ADVENT HYMN “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” ELW #257

Light the Way by Marcine Husman Used by Permission

Chorus: Light the way with a candle as we wait for His birth.

Spread the news of His coming, to the reaches of earth.

Prepare for His coming, cleanse your heart from all sin.

Prepare for His coming, light your heart from within.

Verse 1: Light the prophecy candle as we wait for the day.

For the lion and lamb together gently to lay.

A star out of Jacob, the virgin shall conceive,

with hope in your heart, the king to receive.

Verse 2: Light the Bethlehem candle as we wait for the day.

From the small town in Judah where the infant did lay.

No room for the Savior, just a stall and some hay.

Make room in your heart for God's love today.

Verse 3: Light the shepherds' candle as we wait for the day.

Keeping watch, ever faithful to our Father we pray.

With eyes up toward heaven, great joy to behold.

Trust the promise eternal and forgiveness untold.

Verse 4: Light the angel's candle as we wait for the day.

Sing Gloria in Excelsis with the harpists that play.

Share the glad tidings with a neighbor or friend.

Of hope, love, and joy and peace without end. (Chorus)

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. 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.

THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: Luke 1:26–38

The holy gospel according to Saint Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."

But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 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."

Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"

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. And now, 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."

Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

GOSPEL RESPONSE: Luke 1:46–55

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

ANTHEM MAGNIFICAT - From Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen

SERMON Pondering a Greeting Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY "Mary's Little Boy Child"

THE NICENE CREED

God has made us God’s own people through our baptism into Christ, living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith. . .

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

THE PEACE IS SHARED

The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

(May we join the Church throughout the world, praying for God’s peace and justice to prevail.)

LITANY FOR CHRIST'S COMING

As the days of Advent hasten on and we draw nearer to the day of Christ's coming, let us pray with fervent hearts for the needs of the world: Come, Lord Jesus, and do not tarry.

Lord Christ, in joy and anticipation, we await your coming with lamps lighted and hearts aglow with faith. Come now and illumine the whole universe.

All creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. Come soon and save those who wait in darkness.

The suffering and the poor look to you for their hope. Come and raise us to glory in your presence.

The troubled and oppressed have no where to turn but to you. Come quickly and banish the powers of evil and darkness around us.

The sick and weary, the dying and faint-hearted cry out in their despair. Come and bring us eternal wholeness and health.

All who mourn make their plea, "O Lord, how long?" Come now and give us eternal life.

The Spirit and the Church cry out: Come, Lord Jesus.

All those who await your appearance pray: Come, Lord Jesus.

The whole creation pleads: Come, Lord Jesus.

Hearken to the prayers of your servants, Lord Jesus. By the sign of the manger of Bethlehem, give us hope in the promise of your return. By the sign of your cross, grant forgiveness and life. Come quickly, Lord, and bring us to the joys of heaven, where we will praise you with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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 and ever. AMEN

BLESSING

Soon, the angel will announce to the shepherds, “Fear not! I bring you good news of great joy.” As we await the coming of Christ, may the God of our salvation grant you peace and joy, hope and gladness. Amen.

SENDING SONG “Joy to the World” ELW #267

SENDING

Fear not! Christ is coming soon. Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

POSTLUDE "Angels We Have Heard on High"