November 28, 2021 – First Sunday of Advent

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Gathering and Announcements

Advent Liturgy

P: Among the poor,
C: Among the proud,
P: Among the persecuted,
C: Among the privileged,
P: Christ is coming,
All: Christ is coming to make all things new.

Refrain
My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,
and the world is about to turn.

P: With a gentle touch,
C: With an angry word,
P: With a clear conscience,
C: With burning love,
P: Christ is coming,
All: Christ is coming to make all things new.

Refrain

P: That the kingdom might come,
C: That the world might believe,
P: That the powerful might stumble,
C: That the humble might be raised,
P: Christ is coming,
All: Christ is coming to make all things new.

Refrain

Candle Lighting and Blessing of the Wreath

P: Blessed are you, God of Jacob, for you promise to transform weapons of war into implements of planting and harvest and to teach us your way of peace; you promises that our night of sin is far gone and that your day of salvation is dawning.

P: As we light the first candle on this wreath, wake us from our sleep, wrap us in your light, empower us to live honorably, and guide us along your path of peace.

P: O house of Jacob, come,
C: Amen.

Light the first candle.

Prayer of the Day

P: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

A Reading from the Epistle to the Ephesians

Ephesians 1:15–20

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places[.]

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Luke

Gabriel appears to Zechariah

Luke 1:1–24

P: The holy gospel according to St. Luke, the 1st chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

1Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.

5In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. 7But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.

8Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, 9he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. 10Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. 11Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. 13But the angel said to him, Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. 16He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 18Zechariah said to the angel, How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years. 19The angel replied, I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.

21Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. 22When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. 23When his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

24After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion.

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

Sermon: Zechariah's Problem

Music for Meditation

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

O Antiphons

P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

P: O Wisdom, proceeding from the mouth of the Most High, pervading and permeating all creation, mightily ordering all things:
C: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

P: O Adonai, Lord of Might and ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai:
C: Come with an outstretched arm and redeem us.

P: O Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before whom all kings are mute, to whom the nations will do homage:
C: Come, quickly to deliver us.

P: O Key of David and Scepter of the house of Israel, who opens the gates to heaven:
C: Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and the shadow of death.

P: O Dayspring, Splendor of light everlasting:
C: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

P: O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the Cornerstone uniting all people:
C: Come and save us all, whom you formed out of clay.

P: O Emmanuel, our King and our Lawgiver, the Anointed of the nations and their Savior:
C: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

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.

Blessing

P: The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ Jesus for whom we wait.
C: Amen.


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Altar Flowers Dedication

The flowers on the altar are given by Karl & lois Rubbel in honor of Lucas Rubbel's 4th birthday and by Daryl & Rita Miller in memory of our parents.

Tree-Trimming Day at Church

Join the Worship & Music Committee in getting the church ready for Christmas. Our annual Tree-Trimming Day this year will be this Saturday, December 4, beginning at 9 a.m. Come and help us deck the halls!

Safe Harbor Donations

The Mission Committee will be collecting items for Safe Harbor until December 5. They are in need of pillows and socks (new), and new or gently used coats at this time. Due to covid, they have had to turn people away now. This way they can give them items to help them stay warm.

Angel Tree

The Mission Committee will be again participating in the Angel Tree gift program for Fairview Elementary children's Christmas requests. The gifts need to be turned in by the week of December 6. Contact Pam Schwartzkopf for more details about gift needs.

Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias will decorate the santuary for Christmas. If you would like to purchase one in honor or memory of someone, please fill out the green flower card in the pew and put it into the offering plate or let church office know before Monday, December 20. The price of the poinsettias are $10 each. Poinsettia sponsors will be listed in the Christmas Eve service bulletin.

Altar Flowers Sign-Up – Now into 2022

The Flower Chart is located on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Cost is $25 a vase. New charts for the first 6 months of 2022 have been added. This is your chance to grab a special date for your special someone or special occasion.

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