How to Use this Service: This order of worship is intended to be a resource for people to worship in their own homes. The service can be led by an individual, or parts can be divided among those present. The message from Pastor Scott can be read and may also include a time for discussion. The suggested prayers may be used, but people are encouraged to include their own prayers as the Spirit guides them. This service will be live streamed on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Praise Song – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
A: And also with you.
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Praise Song – Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Advent Wreath Prayer
We praise you, O God, for this wheel of time that marks our days of preparation for Christ’s advent. As we light the candles on this wreath, open our eyes to see your presence in the lowly ones of this earth. Enlighten us with your grace, that we may sing of your advent among us in the Word made flesh.
Grant this through Christ our Lord, whose coming is certain and whose day draws near. Amen
Light the candles while singing Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah (vs. 1-4)
Prayer of the Day:
L: Let us pray,
A: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
A reading from 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
L: The word of the Lord,
A: Thanks be to God.
L: The holy gospel according to Luke 1:26-38
A: Glory to you, O Lord.
L: The gospel of the Lord.
A: Praise to you, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day #723 – Canticle of the Turning
L: God of power and might, comfort your people and come quickly to this weary world. Hear our prayers for everyone in need.
L: O God, Emmanuel, we pray be with us. Bless our national church and our own congregation. Bless also our neighbors of other denominations and faiths, that strengthened by your presence we may support one another in love and together serve those in need. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: O God, King of nations, bring peace and justice to the countries of the world. Lead the nations of the Middle East toward peace with one another and justice for all. We pray especially for people who are oppressed by tyranny and those who live with civil war. Guide our elected leaders toward honest and compassionate policies that serve all the people. Preserve our nation from discord and violence. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: O God, Key of David, look with mercy on all who are locked into despair, who fear the darkness, who live brokenhearted. Open windows to those who are isolated. Abide with all who are incarcerated. Give shelter to the homeless and the refugees. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: God, we pray for all those among us who are sick or injured, especially for Barb Curry, Doug Walker, Jim Mandicino, and Jim Sorvaag’s sister, Karen, as they face the ordeals of cancer. We also pray for John Berg, John Luebke, Dennis Grohn’s brother, Alan, and Chuck Prior’s sister, Patti Hudson, as they continue to face health issues, Amy Graves for upcoming surgery for a broken leg, and those who have tested positive for COVID. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: God, we pray for those who grieve death and loss, especially Micki Benjamin and her family, Kathy Meisner and her family, and Lee Goodwin and family for the loss of his sister, Gayle. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: O God, Ruler of might, send your healing power to all in bodily need. Curb the coronavirus and strengthen medical workers. We pray for all those with COVID-19. Guide world health organizations and governmental officials in the distribution of the vaccines, so that they would be safe and effective. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: Draw near to us, O God, and receive our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Sung to The Blessing, by Carrie Jobe & Cody Carnes)
Sending Song #267 – Joy to the World