Sunday Service, December 6, 2020 – Second Sunday of Advent 2020

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December 6, 2020                           Worship Service                                      10 a.m.

Second Sunday of Advent

Communion Sunday

Welcome to worship today.

Welcome to this real live community of Faith, Christ Lutheran Church! 

We hope that your virtual presence among us this morning will enliven your spirit. 

We are glad and grateful to have you worshipping with us. 

Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)
7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Prelude                       “On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry / All Earth is Hopeful”  – organ

 

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

Chime

Silence

Prayer

Gathering Song                                 KYRIE”  led by CLC Praise Band

WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11                                                 Carlee Gross

In grand, flowing, poetic lines, the prophet announces that the exile of God’s people in Babylon is over.  God will deliver Israel and will care for her as a shepherd cares for the sheep. This word can be trusted, because the only enduring reality in life is the word of God.

1Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.

3A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.
9Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.

Advent Wreath Lighting—The Candle of Peace

                                              “Joy to the World” Verses 1 and 2~ led by CLC Praise Band

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

The Gospel of Mark does not begin with a story of Jesus’ birth but with the voice of John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord.

1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’ ”
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.

Message  

Message Song                    “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” ~ led by CLC Praise Band

Prayers                                                                                    Kathie Jones

God of power and might, comfort your people and come quickly to this weary world. Hear our prayers for everyone in need.  Let us begin with our own personal silent prayers.  Silence.

Faithful God, be ever with us in this Advent Season, as we prepare to hear again the story of Jesus’ birth.  Each day we look for you with faithfulness and sometimes impatience. Sustain and support us in our doubts and questions, and nurture our faith as we live to serve you.

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus

Loving God, you set the stars in the sky and breathe life into the earth. We promise to work to renew the face of your creation and mend the wounds of environmental damage, so that all the world can declare your praise.

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,  guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus

Steadfast God, you never tire of seeking justice. Where people suffer from discrimination, judgment, and injustice, give us guidance to speak words of truth and comfort. We pray especially for our divided country and an entire world of contention and disfunction. Guide us and all world leaders to work together, with love, compassion, and understanding, in order to build  a world where all can live in freedom, love, and faithfulness to you, others, and our better selves.

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus

Tender God, like we do, you know both sorrow and joy. We pray for those in our families and congregation who are not joyful in this holiday season. We will do your will to comfort those who grieve, be a companion to those who are lonely, tend to those who are sick or struggling with depression, and strive to embrace all people with your healing embrace. Today we pray especially for Jim, Mary Ann and Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Rod, Ruth, Linda, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Allison, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Dale Kichline, Lorane & Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Melissa, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Judy & Greg, Pearl, Mel, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Jackie & Jess, The Miliren  Family & Sue, Janet Mills, Ramona Daily, Ferd, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Don Ratushney, Bryan Gerhab.

Condolences to the family of Ronald Zelko who passed away on November 30, 2020.

Hospitalized this week: Kelly Flack and Mel Jones. and those we name in our hearts.  Silence.

Eternal God, we give thanks for our loved ones who have prepared your way in the wilderness and taught us to love and serve you.  We will continue their faithful work, for their generous lives are an example for us all.

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus         

Words of Institution                                                                 Mark 14:22-24 (NRSV)

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.    He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

We gather at this table and  remember how on the night when Jesus was handed over,  he gathered with his disciples in the upper room and together they shared in an ordinary meal that had extraordinary implications.

For at this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who betrayed him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who denied him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with  those who fled from him in his time

            of  need. 

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with people from all walks of life.

And so whenever we gather at this table to share the bread and the cup in this community of faith, we proclaim Jesus’ life, which affirms there is a place at the table for all people, for the love of God transcends every power that tries to contain it.

The Awakening Church Service

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                        Ann Borovies

The Body of Christ Given for you.

The Blood of Christ Shed for you.

With this piece of bread and sip of wine we remember Jesus

Post Communion Prayer

Gracious God, as we received this bread and wine, we receive the presence and life of Christ within us so that the spirit of Christ might work through us. Amen

Closing Hymn                                    “Prepare Ye / Day by Day”-led by CLC Praise Band                         

Benediction                                           “Edelweiss”

Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.                 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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