Comfort ye, my people, saith your God.

Comfort ye, my people, saith your God.

Listen to the service:

Isaiah 40:1-3 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God. 2 “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.” 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert[a] A highway for our God.

Comfort ye, my people, saith your God.

Second Sunday in Advent

Saturday, December 6 (6:00 p.m.), & Sunday, December 7, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn WS 701 (V 1-2): Prepare the Royal Highway Hymnary.org link

The Invocation And Responsive Advent Scripture (From Isaiah 40)

Each Pastoral Reading Will Be Preceded By A Brief Introduction

P: The voice said, “Cry Out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is as grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because 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 stands forever.” (Isaiah 40: 6-8)

C: We are flesh – physically and spiritually. Our inherited sinful nature and our actual sins of thought, word and deed are an inherent part of who we are. Because God’s just wrath and judgment blow over us. we wither and fade, spiritually and eternally. Yet above this stands the loving and merciful words and promises of our God, providing comfort and hope in our Advent Savior.

Hymn WS 701 (V 3-4): Prepare the Royal Highway Hymnary.org link

P: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain shall be made low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40: 3-5)

C: In this Advent season, O Lord, we hear the voice of your servants.  As we prepare our hearts to receive our Savior, You level the mountains of pride with Your law; You fill in the valleys of hopelessness and despair with Your redeeming Gospel; You straighten out the crooked places in our hearts and lives and smooth the rough places that sin has created. Through this all, Your glory is revealed for all mankind in Your holy Word.

Hymn LSB 347 (V 3-4): Comfort, Comfort Ye My People Hymnary.org link

P: “Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people,’ saith your God. ‘Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40: 1-2)

C: What wonderful news the Advent and Christmas Gospel bring to our hearts and lives! vComfort from a God Who assures repentant sinners that the war with our enemies, sin, death and Satan is over; Comfort in the assurance of forgiveness and victory – and all because of our Advent Savior.

Messiah Solo: “Comfort Ye My People” (Messiah, Handel)
(Vocalist: Matthew Thurow; Accompanist: Cathy Augustin)

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Isaiah 40:1-3

P: “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; Lift it up, be not afraid; Say unto the cites of Judah, ‘Behold your God!”

C: In this holy season, help us fearlessly, confidently and joyfully lift up the voices of our mouths and hearts and lives, ever crying out to all who will listen: “Behold your God!” Look to the manger and see there the cross and empty tomb – and victory. Look to the God of your salvation – repent, believe and rejoice!

Hymn WS 706 (v3): Go Tell It on the Mountain Hymnary.org link
(We Will Sing The Opening Refrain, V 3 & Then The Refrain Again)

Our Advent Offering

Our Advent Communion Preparation

P: Lo, He Who is coming has come!

C: We welcome Him with thankful hearts.

P: Lo, He Who has come is coming again!

C: We wait for Him with fervent faith.

P: Lo, He comes!

C: Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Prayer By Pastor

Sanctus …….. Sung By Congregation (Melody Hymn 353 In LSB)

  1. Lo, the heav’nly host rejoices: “Holy, holy, holy Lord!”
    Lo, God’s people join their voices: “God of hosts, by all adored,
    Heav’n &earth proclaim Your glory, Sing Your praise with one accord.
  2. Blest is He Who now draws near us In the Name of God the King!
    Blest is He Who comes to cheer us – Let our welcome joyful ring:
    “Hail! Hosanna! Hallelujah!” Highest praises echoing.

The Consecration Of The Elements

The “Agnus Dei” (Melody Of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”)

The Distribution Of The Sacrament (Hymn WS 702 : As Angels Joyed with One Accord Hymnary.org link )
“As Angels Joyed With One Accord”

(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.)

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

Closing Hymn WS 705 : Come, O Long-Expected Jesus Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer And Announcements