Sunday Service, November 29, 2020 – First Sunday of Advent 2020

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November 29, 2020                           Worship Service                                      10 a.m.

First Sunday of Advent

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. 


Prelude                                   “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  /  Fling Wide the Door”

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord  – CLC PRAISE BAND


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                             “ O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” – Led by Aaron Harley


First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9                                                            Anne Baum

This lament comes from a people who have had their hopes shattered. The visions of a rebuilt Jerusalem and a renewed people of God, spoken of in Isaiah 40–55, have not been realized. Instead, the people experience ruin, conflict, and famine. This lament calls God to account—to be the God who has brought deliverance in the past.

1O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
2as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him.
5You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
because you hid yourself we transgressed.
6We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7There is no one who calls on your name,
or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
8Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
9Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.

Advent Wreath Lighting—The Candle of Hope


                                                                         “Joy to the World”                            Praise Band

Gospel: Mark 13:24-37

Jesus encourages his followers to look forward to the day when he returns in power and glory to end all suffering.

[Jesus said:] 24“In those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
25and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

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


Message Song            “Blessings”  -led by Amy Kares, Gary Milla (guitar), Steve Wysocki (piano)

Prayers                                                                                    Kevin Gough

God of power and might, come quickly to this weary world. Hear our prayers for everyone in need.  We begin with our silent personal prayers.  A brief silence.

We pray for the ministry we share in Christ’s name. Open our hearts to your call for justice, peace, and healing,  and we will use our hands and hearts to tend to the needs of the world.

As we wait, we hope, knowing you are always with us!

We pray for this planet in need of restoration: for devastated habitats, polluted waters, thawing ice, blazing fires, swelling floods, and long-lasting droughts. We promise to find ways to renew the face of the earth, tend to its needs, and strengthen our relationship to your creation.

As we wait, we hope, knowing you are always with us!

We pray for all people who care for others in our community and around the world. Fill them with compassion and the power to respond with justice for those who are oppressed, with welcome for those who are excluded, and with relief for those who suffer. We give thanks for all those in our congregation who see needs and respond with help to meet those needs, and for our congregational nurse who initiates, oversees, and coordinates this work. Bountifully bless all those who contributed time, talents, and support to the meal distribution for Covid-19 Relief last week.  We will continue to look for more ways to share your love.

As we wait, we hope, knowing you are always with us!

We pray for people who are in crisis at this critical time: for those without homes facing severe weather, for those who are unemployed or underemployed, and for those in poverty or facing food insecurity. Inspire us as we search for ways to make our congregation ever relevant to the needs of our people, our community, and our world.

As we wait, we hope, knowing you are always with us!

We pray for our country as we navigate a contentious election and a divided country.  Be with all those who have been newly elected, and be a guiding light to them to navigate the way to find compromise and to lead with fairness, love, compassion, and equity.

As we wait, we hope, knowing you are always with us!

We pray for the people in our families and congregation who live with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, and other invisible illnesses, especially 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 and Don Ratushney.

Hospitalized this week: Bryan Gerhab and those we name silently in our hearts. A brief silence. Ease their suffering and support them when they struggle.

As we wait, we hope, knowing you are always with us!

We give thanks for the lives and witness of those who died while waiting for justice, peace, or healing, those whose names we know and love, and those whose names are known only to you. Sustain all who still yearn for the completion of your redeeming work.

As we wait, we hope, knowing you are always with us!

Draw near to us, O God, and receive our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


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                                              Soon and Very Soon”  -led by Aaron Harley                    


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


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