December 20, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent

You can follow the order of the service here or Download a PDF copy that you can print ahead of time.

Feel free to also check out the following:

Fourth Advent Candle

Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Lighting of Advent Candles

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.

Prayer of the Day

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.

Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Luke

Luke 1:26–38

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. 34Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I am a virgin? 35The angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God. 38Then Mary said, Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. Then the angel departed from her.

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: The Invitation


The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (v. 1 & 2)

ELW #265

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came on the organ. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

1The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
with wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
"All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,
most highly favored lady,"
2"For know a blessed Mother thou shalt be,
all generations laud and honor thee;
thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
most highly favored lady."

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the Church

P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

Lord's Prayer

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 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.


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Online Carols

Need a little extra Christmas music from one of our own? Andrew Johnson, OSLC member and graduate student of Sacred Music at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, is playing a service of lessons and carols today from the church where he works in Baltimore. That service will be available online during and after the service. Just go to YouTube and search for Mount Calvary Catholic Church, Baltimore.

Support for Local Health Care Workers

Our partners at Carle BroMenn have asked us to show support for health care workers during this difficult year by writing them cards of thanks and encouragement. Details on how to write and deliver cards of support were sent out this past week via a special mailing (check your Spam/Junk mail if you have not been getting email from the church). Contact the church office if you did not receive the mailing or would like more information.

2021 Offering Envelopes

Offering envelopes for 2021 are here. If you still do not have yours, stop by the church to pick them up from the bench just inside the door to the administrative alcove. Envelopes that have not been picked up by December 21 will be mailed.

Church Office Holiday Closures

The church office will be closed the following dates:

Please make sure all items for the January issue of The Way are received in the office by Wednesday, December 23.

Mission Opportunity at Midwest Food Bank

The Mission Committee will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank again on Monday, January 18 from 6–8 p.m. We need a group of up to 20–25 volunteers. Children 10 years or older are able to help as long as they are accompanied by their parent. Everyone also needs to have close-toed shoes. Please contact Rob and Shawna Mahnke if you are interested in helping.

Charitable Trust Donations

Are you celebrating a special event—birthday, anniversary, career success? Share your joy with a Thanks offering designated to the Charitable Trust, a way to give financial blessings to OSLC's future.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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