Nov 29 1st Sunday of Advent

PRELUDE "Sleepers Awake"

OPENING PRAYER AND LIGHTING OF FIRST 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 Creator and ruler of the house of Israel,

who appeared to Moses in the burning bush

and gave him the Law on Sinai:

come with an outstretched arm and redeem us. Amen

Light the First Candle on the Advent Wreath

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Faithful God,

we confess that we have been unfaithful to you.

Like dry leaves and withered grass, our lives are blown about by our sins and the powers of evil around us.

Restore us, O God; let the light of your face shine on us, and we shall be saved. Amen.

God is patient, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

In the name of + Jesus Christ, I bring you this good news:

You are free from all that imprisons you; your sins are forgiven; God heals your broken hearts. Live in peace and harmony as you wait for the day of God.

Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence– as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil– to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

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

THE SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Paul writes: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind--just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you--so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

GOSPEL HYMN

We Wait the Peaceful Kingdom

THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: Mark 13:24–37

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

Jesus said: "In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

"From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

"But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake -- for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."

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

SERMON “Awake to What?” Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers” #244


3 The saints, who here in patience their cross and sufferings bore,

Shall live and reign forever when sorrow is no more.

Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold;

In triumph cast before him Their diadems of gold.

1. Rejoice, rejoice, believers! And let your lights appear;

The evening is advancing, And darker night is near.

The Bridegroom is arising, And soon is drawing nigh;

Up, pray, and watch, and wrestle! At midnight comes the cry.


2. The watchers on the mountain proclaim the bridegroom near;

Go forth as he approaches with alleluias clear.

The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.

Arise, O heirs of glory; the bridegroom is at hand.



4 Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;

Arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.

With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see

The day of earth’s redemption that sets Your people free!


3 The saints, who here in patience their cross and sufferings bore,

Shall live and reign forever when sorrow is no more.

Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold;

In triumph cast before him Their diadems of gold.

1. Rejoice, rejoice, believers! And let your lights appear;

The evening is advancing, And darker night is near.

The Bridegroom is arising, And soon is drawing nigh;

Up, pray, and watch, and wrestle! At midnight comes the cry.


2. The watchers on the mountain proclaim the bridegroom near;

Go forth as he approaches with alleluias clear.

The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.

Arise, O heirs of glory; the bridegroom is at hand.



4 Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;

Arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.

With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see

The day of earth’s redemption that sets Your people free!

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 OFFERING and OFFERING PRAYER

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

THE SERVICE OF BIDDING PRAYERS FOR HEALING

(Bidding Prayers offer a prayer thought, and invite time for silent prayer, then a responsive...)

Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

Let us pray for all who suffer, all in pain or grief or any kind of suffering… (Silent Prayer)

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for recovery from sickness, that God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the suffering, may grant God’s healing power… (Silent Prayer)

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for healing in our communities, between nations, among peoples, within families… (Silent Prayer)

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all those who depend upon our prayers… (Silent Prayer)

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Those who are able, please take hold of the hand of someone near:

As you hear the promise of God’s presence, as you take the hand of God’s people, may God bless you with the healing power of the Holy Spirit. May God forgive you your sins, release you from suffering, and restore you to wholeness and strength. May God deliver you from all evil, preserve you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.)

NOISY OFFERING - The Noisy Offering Can is in the Narthex. The Church is open every day for prayer.

SENDING SONG “Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death” ELW #452

- Text: F. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984; Tune: Carl Glaser, 1784-1829. Text 1980 Augsburg Publishing House, Augsburg Fortress

SENDING

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

1 Awake, O sleeper, rise from death, and Christ shall give you light,

so learn his love - its length and breadth, its fullness, depth, and height.

2 To us on earth he came to bring from sin and fear release,

to give the Spirit's unity, the very bond of peace.

3 There is one Body and one hope, one Spirit and one call,

one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God who made us all.

4 Then walk in love as Christ has loved, who died that he might save;

with kind and gentle hearts forgive as God in Christ forgave.

5 For us Christ lived, for us he died and conquered in the strife.

Awake, arise, go forth in faith, and Christ shall give you life.