Third Advent Midweek Worship/Devotion 12/16/2020

WEDNESDAY                                          DECEMBER 16, 2020
MID-WEEK ADVENT WORSHIP/DEVOTION
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.
(Please turn off all electronic devices before worship begins; or, if you are using a Bible app to enhance your worship experience, please enable the do not disturb function on your phone.)

THE OFFERING The offering will not be collected during the service, but may be placed in the offering plate either before or after worship.
We also accept offerings electronically.  If you prefer, or are worshipping using Facebook Live, you may use PayPal, as found on our website (ctklchurch.org) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ctklclcms) to submit your offerings.

OPENING HYMN:   357 “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel” (1,2,5)
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in her ways to go. [Refrain]

O come, thou Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery. [Refrain]

AN ADVENT APPROACH
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!

THE PRAYER FOR THE DAY
O God, the Prophetess Anna waited patiently for the coming of your Son into our world. Now that he has come, make us instruments of your peace to those who still sit in darkness. Help us to proclaim his coming, not only now, but the whole year through. In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON:  1 Samuel 2:1-10
  Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.  “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.  “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.  “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.  Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry hunger no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.  “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.  The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; upon them he has set the world.  He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails;  those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”   

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  Luke 2:36-38
  There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,  and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.   

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

C. Jesus came and preached peace to those who were far off and those who were near.

P. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

C. Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

HYMN:   HYMN:  352  “Let The Earth Now Praise The Lord” (1-3)
Let the earth now praise the Lord,
Who has truly kept His word
And at last to us did send
Christ, the sinner's help and friend.

What the fathers most desired,
What the prophets' heart inspired,
What they longed for many a year,
Stands fulfilled in glory here.

Abram's promised great reward,
Zion's helper, Jacob's Lord--
Him of twofold race behold--
Truly came, as long foretold.

THE HOMILY:   “The Women Of Christmas - Anna”

THE PSALM FOR THE DAY  Psalm 71:1-8, 19-24
P. In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.

C. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me.

P. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
 
C. Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men.

P. For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.

C. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.

P. I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge

C. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

P. Our righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?
 
C. Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.


P. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

C. I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

P. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-- I, whom you have redeemed.

C. My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long.

THE PRAYERS
P.    In great humility you came to us, Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us that same humility, that we may acknowledge our unworthiness and look to you alone for forgiveness and life.

C. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

P. In fulfillment of God’s promises you came to see us, Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us the grace in everything to trust God’s true and certain Word.

C.    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

P.    In obedience to your Father’s will you came to us, Lord Jesus Christ. So fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may follow in your steps, walking in the way of your commandments.

C.    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

P.    In human form you came to us, Lord Jesus Christ.  Help us to see in other human beings the image of God, and to love them in your name, as you have loved us.

C.    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

P.    In victory you came to us, Lord Jesus Christ, triumphant over sin and death. Grant us at last, with you and by your grace,  that everlasting victory.

C.    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.

THE BLESSING
P. May the blessings of our Almighty God, Who gave us peace through our Savior, be with you now and always.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  349 “Hark The Glad Sound, The  Savior Comes”
Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes,
The Savior promised long;
Let ev'ry heart prepare a throne
And ev'ry voice a song.


He comes the pris'ners to release,
In Satan's bondage held.
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim,
And heav'n's eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name.

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HOLIDAY DATES TO REMEMBER

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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