The Holy Spirit Makes Every Christmas Possible

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The Sermon: 2 Peter 1: 19-21

19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Makes Every Christmas Possible

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For Unto us a Child is born. Isaiah 9:6 Christmas Bible Verses

Second Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 8, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

(Director: Cathy Augustin, Accompanist: Audra Wiste, Flute: Lauren Sotnyk)

O, come, O, come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel will come to you, O Israel!

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer Our spirits by your advent here Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel will come to you, O Israel. Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, O come.

Opening  WS 701 : Prepare the Royal Highway Hymnary.org link

(The Lighting Of The Second Advent Candle)

The Invocational and Responsive Advent Prayer

P: Eternal Father, throughout the centuries You repeated and reaffirmed Your promise to send the Offspring of the woman to crush the serpent’s head. Through Your prophets of old, You continually directed the eyes of Your people to the Advent of their Savior.

C: We praise You, O Lord, for keeping Your promise and sending Your Son to destroy the works of the devil.

P: As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our King, use Your mighty Word to shatter our pride and to rouse us from spiritual slumber and apathy.

C: Move us to take to heart the words of John: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

P: You sent Your Son to redeem us from sin. Let this Good News be our joy and strength. Use it to cheer the lonely, encourage the fearful, and give hope to the despairing. In these days before Christmas, spare us from the stress of deadlines and the frenzy of commercialism.

C: Fill our lives with the message of Your peace and the music of Your grace.

P: Direct our eyes not only to the manger but also the skies, where we will see Your Son coming again, not as a lowly Child but as the Lord of lords.

C: Lift up our hearts in joyful anticipation of that day. Come quickly, Lord Jesus, in Your grace, in Your power and in Your glory.
Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

WS 702 v 1, 4 & 7: As Angels Joyed with One Accord Hymnary.org link

The Scripture Reading – Luke 1: 67-79

(The Song Of Zechariah Is A Litany Of Praise To The God Whose Spirit-Breathed Old Testament Covenant Prophecies have Found Fulfillment In The Savior And Salvation His Forerunner Son proclaimed.)

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)

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

The Sermon…..…………………………………….… 2 Peter 1: 19-21

19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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“Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)

WS 715 : Where Shepherds Lately Knelt Hymnary.org link

The Advent Offering

Song by a Youth Quintet – “Hodie, Veni, Christe(Come, This day, O Christ)
Vocalists: Emily Tester, Sarah Tester, Carl Reim, Nate Rehm, David Rehm

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.

Benediction Amen

Closing LSB 359 : Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Hymnary.org link st=(v1-4)

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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