Second Advent Midweek Worship/Devotion 12/9/2020

WEDNESDAY                                 DECEMBER 9, 2020
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
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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  344 “On Jordan’s Bank The Baptist’s Cry” 1,5)
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh.
Awake and harken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings!

All praise to you, eternal Son,
whose advent has our freedom won,
whom with the Father we adore,
and Holy Spirit, evermore.

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!

You are our Shepherd, God, and we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your own flock.  We are your children and you are our God.  As Mary trusted in you beyond her own reason, we ask that we trust in your will for our lives as well.  Help us, during this Christmas season, to have full confidence in your loving care; as demonstrated in the precious gift of the Christ Child; in whose name we pray.  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON:  Isaiah 7:13-14
  Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also?  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  Luke 1:26-35
  In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,  to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
  “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.   

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

C. We all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to our own ways.

P. And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

C. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.  Have mercy on us, and grant us peace.

HYMN:  398 “Hail To The Lord’s Anointed” (1-2)
Hail to the Lord's Anointed,
great David's greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.

He comes with succor speedy
to those who suffer wrong;
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong;
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.

THE HOMILY:  “The Women Of Christmas - Mary”

P. To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;

C. in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.

P. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.

C. Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;
P. guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

C. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.

P. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.

C. Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

P. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

C. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.

P. Our Savior Jesus Christ, you came to be the sacrifice by which our sins are washed away.

C. Give us your innocence, O Lamb of God!

P. Our Savior Jesus Christ, by your holy suffering and innocent death, you take away the sin of the world.

C. Give us your righteousness, O Lamb of God!

P. Our Savior Jesus Christ, you came into the world as helpless as we, a child in need of love and care, surrounded by a human family.

C. Give us your confidence, O Lamb of God!

P. Our Savior Jesus Christ, you came in great humility, to care for us as you would have us care for others in your name.

C. Give us your gentleness, O Lamb of God!

P. Our Savior Jesus Christ, you came triumphantly, to grant us everlasting life, a place with you in paradise.

C. Give us your victory, O Lamb of God, for you are our Savior, Christ the Lord.  Amen.

Our Father who are 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.

P. May the blessings of our Almighty God, who gave us the gift of our Savior, be with you now and always.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  340 “Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates” (1,2,5)
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates!
Behold, the King of glory waits.
The King of kings is drawing near;
The Savior of the world is here.
Life and salvation He doth bring;
Therefore rejoice and gladly sing.
To God the Father raise
Your joyful songs of praise.

A righteous Helper comes to thee;
His chariot is humility,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress.
The end of all our woe He brings;
Therefore the earth is glad and sings.
To Christ the Savior raise
Your grateful hymns of praise.

Redeemer, come and open wide
My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide!
O enter with Thy grace divine;
Thy face of mercy on me shine.
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on
Until our glorious goal is won.
Eternal praise and fame
We offer to Thy name.

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