O Come, O Come Emmanuel
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, ‘Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His Name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
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Second Sunday in Advent
Saturday, December 3 (6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, December 4, 2016 (9:00 a.m.)
Song by Choir – “Savior of the Nations, Come”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller ;
Duet: Teri Schierenbeck & Matt Thurow)
- Savior of the nations, come, Virgin’s Son, make here Thy home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth, That the Lord chose such a birth.
- Not by human flesh and blood, By the Spirit of our God,
Was the Word of God made flesh– Woman’s Offspring, pure and fresh.
- Wondrous Child! O wondrous Child Of the Virgin undefiled!
Mighty God and man in one, Eager now his race to run!
- Praise to God the Father sing, Praise to God the Son, our King,
Praise to God the Spirit be Ever and eternally.
William Reynolds, 1812-1876. Public Domain.
The Invocation And Confession Of Sins
C: In this holy Advent season we come to You, Lord God, as sinners deserving only of Your just condemnation, unworthy of Your grace and mercy. Yet where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. According to saving promises, have mercy on us and forgive us for the sake of Your dear Son, Whose coming as our Savior has rescued and redeemed us. Bless our worship and strengthen and guard our faith. Fill our hearts with Your peace and joy as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. In Your redeeming Name we pray. Amen.
The Absolution and Response
P: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, ‘Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His Name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
♫ 1 O come, O come Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
The Responsive Reading Of Psalm 24
P: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof
C: The world, and those that dwell therein.
P: For he has founded it up on the seas,
C: and established it upon the rivers.
P: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
C: And who shall stand in his holy place?
P: He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
C: Who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
P: He will receive blessing from the Lord,
C: and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
P: Such is the generation of those who seek him,
C: who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
P: Lift up your heads, O ye gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
C: That the King of glory may come in.
P: Who is this King of glory?
C: The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!
P: Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors,
C: that the King of glory may come in.
P: Who is this King of glory?
C: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!
C: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:1)
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I come to you in thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe forever.” (Exodus 19:9)
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people. For the Gentiles will seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10)
♫ 2 O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who ord’rest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go. [Refrain]
3 O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the Law
In cloud and majesty and awe. [Refrain]
4 O come, Thou Branch of Jesse‘s tree,
Free them from Satan’s tyranny
That trust Thy mighty pow’r to save,
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave. [Refrain] [357 v 2-4]
“The Key of the house of David I will lay upon His shoulder; So He shall open, and no one shall shut; And He shall shut and no one shall open.” (Isaiah 22:22; Cf Revelation 3:7-8)
“The Dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1: 78-79)
“And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of all nations, and I fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
♫ 5 O come, thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. [Refrain]
6 O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight. [Refrain]
7 O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace. [Refrain] [357 v 5-7]
Our Advent Gifts Of Faith
The Consecration Of The Elements
The Distribution Of The Sacrament
(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 (Sung To The Melody Of Hymn 366)
Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen
Silent Prayer and Announcements