Dec 6 2nd Sunday of Advent

OPENING PRAYER

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 Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before whom all kings are mute,

to whom the nations will do homage: come quickly to deliver us. Amen

GATHERING SONG Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn" ELW #242

PRAYER OF REPENTANCE - (Based on Isaiah 40:1-11)

Comfort us now, most Holy God. Speak tenderly to us and hear our cry.

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Lord, we come to you broken and repentant.

O God, heal our brokenness and forgive us our sins.

Lift us, O Lord, from the depths of despair. We repent, and ask that our sins be forgiven.

Almighty God, forgive us for our sins.

(Silence)

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Lift up your voices, O people of God. Stand tall and lift your voices in triumph.

See, the Lord comes in victory and might. His reward is salvation to all who believe.

The Glory of the Lord has been revealed! And His mouth has spoken victory and grace!

Thank you, O God, for loving us, for comforting us,

for healing us, for forgiving us and for lifting us up to greet another day. Amen

LIGHTING OF SECOND ADVENT CANDLE

Blessed are you, O God. Help us to hear John the Baptist calling us to prepare the Lord’s way. Show us how to welcome others as Christ has welcomed us. Amen.

ADVENT SONG “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” #257

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. 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.

THE FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!" See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.

ANTHEM "Shepherd's Song"

PSALM 85

You have been gracious to your land, O LORD; you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.

You have forgiven the iniquity of your people and blotted out all their sins.

I will listen to what the LORD God is saying; for you speak peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to you.

Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, that your glory may dwell in our land.

Steadfast love and faithfulness have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Faithfulness shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, and our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness shall go before the LORD and shall prepare for God a pathway.

THE SECOND LESSON: 2 Peter 3:8-15a

Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL SONG I Hear A Sound/Prepare Ye

THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: Mark 1:1-8

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

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And 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. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He 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. I 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 “The Beginning” Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY “Comfort, Comfort Now My People” ELW #256

“Comfort, comfort now my people; tell of peace!” So says our God.

“Comfort those who sit in darkness mourning under sorrow’s load.

To God’s people now proclaim that my pardon waits for them!

Tell them that their war is over, God will reign in peace forever.”

2 For the herald’s voice is crying in the desert far and near,

calling us to true repentance, since the reign of God is here.

Oh, that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way.

Valleys rise greet the savior; hills, bow down in humble favor.

3 Straight shall be what long was crooked, and the rougher places plain.

Let your hearts be true and humble, as befits God’s holy reign.

For the glory of the Lord now on earth is shed abroad,

and all flesh shall see the token that God’s word is never broken.

THE NICENE CREED

In infinite mercy God watched over the people of Israel. In unending love God sent his Son to be our Savior. God delivered us from sin through the waters of Baptism. With joy we proclaim in words and action the faith which makes us God’s own people. . .

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.)

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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

The Creator of the stars bless our Advent waiting, the long-expected Savior fill us with love,

the unexpected Spirit guide our journey, + now and forever.

Amen.

SENDING SONG “Good Christian Friends RejoiceELW #288

SENDING

Go in peace. Live the gospel. Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE

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