Sunday Service, December 13, 2020 – Third Sunday of Advent 2020
Quote: “Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.” Gandhi
Prelude “Holy Spirit Come” – sung by Enid Rank, Gary Milla, guitar
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” – sung by Ann Borovies
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!
We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence
Gathering Song “Awake, Awake” – led by Deb Wysocki
WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Mel Jones
Though the people had returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon, they continued to face hardship and oppression. In the language of the jubilee year described in Leviticus 25, the prophet, moved by the spirit of God, announces deliverance for those who are oppressed and comfort for those who mourn.
1The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
4They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
8For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
Advent Wreath Lighting—The Candle of Joy
“ Joy to the World” verses 1 and 3
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
John’s gospel describes Jesus as the “light of the world.” John the Baptist is presented as a witness to Jesus, one who directs attention away from himself to Christ, the true light.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
19This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said,
“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ ”
as the prophet Isaiah said.
24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “He Came Down” – led by Jack and Nora Feather
Prayers Carolyn Raudenbush
God of power and might, shine your radiance and come quickly to this weary world. Hear our prayers for everyone in need. Let us all begin with our silent personal prayers. A brief silence.
God of preachers and messengers, you have entrusted us, your church, with the work of proclaiming good news. Strengthen the witness of all people who contribute their prayers and talents to our public worship, and be our strength and companion as we all go out into the world to proclaim your good news.
May we bring, joy to the world.
God of all peoples and nations, you ask us to care for one another, and individually we search for ways to do that. Give us guidance in our search, and courage to do what you ask. Also, be present with the leaders of every nation as they govern. Give them a spirit of righteousness and loving kindness, so that your goodness and mercy is revealed through their actions, as well.
May we bring, joy to the world.
God of exiles and wanderers, you can repair what was once destroyed. We pray for people who have been displaced from their homes by fire, flood, earthquake, storm, war, or discrimination. We will do our part to support the work of Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Disaster Response, and all disaster relief organizations in their recovery efforts.
May we bring, joy to the world.
God of healing, we pray for those known and those unknown who suffer loss, pain, illness, loneliness, isolation, and separation from loved ones. Be with those who suffer from COVID-19 and those who mourn for persons who have died in the pandemic. Especially today we pray for Jim, Mary Ann and Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr., Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Rod, Ruth, Linda, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Lorane & Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Melissa, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Jackie & Jess, The Miliren Family & Sue, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Don Ratushney, Bryan Gerhab, Kelly & Mike (both have Covid), Mel, Joann & James Koller and Marie,
Hospitalized this week: Marie Predmore; and those we name silently in our hearts. A brief silence.
God of both the powerful and the helpless, you clothe us with strength when our spirits are weak and weary. Bestow your spirit and blessings upon this congregation as we continue to help and comfort the people who turn to us in times of need. We will see to it that your church is a place of refuge and healing. May we bring, joy to the world.
God of sinners and saints, you offer joy even in the midst of our grief. We are grateful for the beloved, imperfect people whose lives testified to your radiant love and are now gone from us. We will remember them with affection and follow their example by living a life in the love of Jesus and how he lived. May we bring, joy to the world.
Draw near to us, O God, and receive our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
Closing Hymn “A Candle Is Burning” (Based on Away In a Manger)
– Led by CLC Praise Band
Benediction “ Edelweiss” – led by Ann Borovies
Dismissal: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.