First Advent Midweek Worship/Devotion 12/2/2020

WEDNESDAY                     DECEMBER 2, 2020
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
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WELCOME to everyone who is worshiping with us today. We are glad that you are here!  We pray that your worship experience here at Christ The King is spiritually uplifting and rewarding.  If you are visiting, please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to Pastor Harry.
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THE OFFERING The offering will not be collected during the service, but may be placed in the offering plate either before or after worship.

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OPENING HYMN:   331 “The Advent Of Our King” (1,2)
The advent of our King
our prayers must now employ,
and we must hymns of welcome sing
in strains of holy joy.

The everlasting Son
incarnate deigns to be;
himself a servant's form puts on
to set his servants free.

P. Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

C. God has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.

P. Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

C. My own eyes have seen the salvation which God has prepared in the sight of every people.

P. God has visited and redeemed his people.

C. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

P. Heaven and earth are full of God’s glory.

C. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

We praise you, Lord, for the earth and its abundance.  And we are grateful for seeds of hope planted in our hearts through the quiet Advent of your Son, born of Mary long ago.  Through him you set before our eyes the promise of a rich harvest of righteousness to come.  As food and drink sustain our bodies, so your Word of promise nourishes our pilgrim spirits as we daily travel on the way, moving toward his final coming again in glory, through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON:    Genesis 18: 10-15
  Then the LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
 Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.  Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.  So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
  Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”
  Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
 But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”  

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  Luke 1:39-45
  At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,  where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In a loud
voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!  But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”  

P. I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.

C. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

P. “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

C. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

HYMN:  345 “Hark A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding” (1,5)
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding.
"Christ is nigh," it seems to say;
"Cast away the works of darkness,
O ye children of the day.”

Honor, glory, might, and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit,
while eternal ages run.

THE HOMILY:  “The Women Of Christmas - Elizabeth”

P. Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth

C. before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us.

P. Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

C. Return to us, O God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine,

P. The root your right hand has planted, the son you have raised up for yourself.

C. Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.

P. Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.

C. Restore us, O LORD God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

P. From near and far we come to worship at your manger-throne, Lord Jesus Christ.

C. Come, fill our hearts with joy.

P. With eager hearts we wait to hear again the good tidings of your saving love for us, by which our lives are renewed in purpose.

C. Come, fill our lives with joy.

P. With hurried steps we hasten to make ready for the celebration of your birth, surrounded by those we love.

C. Come, fill our homes with joy.

P. Through crowded streets and rushing throngs, we make our way to share the good will which God has showered on us richly.

C. Come, fill our neighborhoods with joy.

P. With reverence we gather in this house of prayer, to sing your praise and hear again the message of your love.

C. Come, fill our church with joy.

P. From near and far your people come to worship at your manger-throne, Lord Jesus Christ.

C. Come, fill our world with joy, great joy which shall be for all people.  Amen.

Our Father who are art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy  kingdom come; they 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.

P. May the blessings of our Almighty God, Who is the source of the joy of this precious season, be with you now and always.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN   332 “Savior Of The Nations, Come” (1-3)
Savior of the nations, come;
Virgin's Son, here make 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.

Here a maid was found with child,
Yet remained a virgin mild.
In her womb this truth was shown:
God was there upon His throne.


Sunday, December 6, 2nd Sunday In Advent
Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 9
2nd Mid-Week Advent Worship Service at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 12, 2013
Sunday School Rehearsal at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 13, 3rd Sunday In Advent
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM at 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Caroling at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 16
3rd Mid-Week Advent Worship Service at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 20, 4th Sunday In Advent
Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Choral Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 25, Christmas Day
Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 31, New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Service at 7:30 p.m.

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