The Sermon: Psalm 27 (Excerpts)
One thing I ask of the Lord, that I may dwell in His house all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling and hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. I will sacrifice with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord.”
Jesus Has Not Cancelled Christmas
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First Sunday in Advent
Saturday, December 2 (6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, December 3, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
Song by Choir – “O Come, Holy Savior” (Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller)
Opening Hymn LSB 335 : O Bride of Christ, Rejoice – “O Bride of Christ, Rejoice”
The Invocation And Confessional Prayer
All: O Triune God of our salvation, as we begin this holy Advent season, we celebrate Your great comings into our world – first in lowliness as our dear Savior and then in the future as our Conqueror returning in glory to judge all mankind and usher in eternity. Because of our sins, we confess to You we deserve neither Your mercy nor Your comings. Yet in repentance and faith, we bow before You, assured of Your forgiving love and of the blessings of Your comings for believing hearts. May we ever find comfort, peace, joy and hope in You and Your wonderful Advents for us. Amen.
The Scripture Reading – Luke 1: 67-79
Zachariah’s Prophesy Regarding The Birth And Mission Of Both The Messiah And His Forerunner
The Nicene Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Sermon…..………………………………… Psalm 27 (Excerpts)
One thing I ask of the Lord, that I may dwell in His house all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling and hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. I will sacrifice with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Jesus Has Not Cancelled Christmas
(Some of the ideas and expressions in this sermon were quoted and adapted from an ILC Chapel Talk by retired ILC Professor Paul Koch)
Our Advent Offering
The Preface (Sung to Melody of “O Come, All Ye Faithful”)
♫ P: The Lord be with you.
♫ C: And with you, His servant.
♫ P: O come, let us lift our hearts unto the Lord.
♫ C: With hearts uplifted Thanks to Him we render;
With joy we come before Him, In gratefulness implore Him,
With thankful hearts adore Him Evermore!
An Advent Prayer Of Thanksgiving (Pastor)
The Sanctus (Sung To Melody Of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)
♫ C: Holy, holy, holy Lord! God of hosts, by all adored!
Heav’n and earth cannot contain All the glory of Your Name!
Hail, Hosanna, God most high! Blest is He Who now draws nigh
In the Name of God the King! Hallelujahs glad we sing:
Hail, hosanna! Praises due Be forever, Lord, to you!
The Consecration Of The Elements
The Lord’s Prayer (Melody of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”)
(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)
Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen
Silent Prayer and Announcements