Worship for December 13, 2020 - Advent Wk 3


An Advent prayer for Preparing to Worship:

Holy God, our hope and strength, by the power of your Spirit
prepare the way in our hearts for the coming of your Word,
so that we may see the glorious signs of your promise fulfilled;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Welcome - Jeff Foels


Passing of the Peace

We encourage you to contact others in the church,
to reach out and connect, to check in on those that
might need help,
and to let others know the help you need, in mind, body, and spirit, in this uncertain time.



Advent Candle-Lighting and Prayer
with Gordon Dosher and Megan Dosher Hansen

Loving God, we open ourselves to you, trusting that this is how you made us: you created us for joy-filled hearts and lives.
Show us the creative power of hope. Teach us the peace that comes from justice.
Fill us with the kind of joy that cannot be contained, but must be shared.
Prepare our hearts to be transformed by you, that we may walk in the light of Christ. Amen.


1st Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 - Gordon Dosher and Megan Dosher Hansen


The 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 broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to 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. 4 They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. 8 For 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. 9 Their 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. 10 I 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. 11 For 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.


Sermon: Jeff Foels



2nd Scripture: John 1:6-8, 19-28 - Jeff Foels
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.


Music: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Text: Georg Weissel, 1642 Music: Musica Sacra, c. 1778
Piano: Jusun Kim


Closing: Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer 
Pastor Jeff Foels


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



Sending

Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:

Be in the world in peace;

Have courage;

Hold onto what is good;

Return no one evil for evil;

Support the weak;

Help the suffering;

Honor all God’s children;

Love and serve the Lord, 

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.


May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith,

buoyant in hope, and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son,

and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.


Alelluia! Amen. 



God bless you while you stay steadfast in His Love!





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