December 12, 2021 – Third Sunday of Advent

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Entrance Hymn

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

ELW #254
1Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art,
dear desire of ev'ry nation,
joy of ev'ry longing heart.
2Born thy people to deliver,
born a child, and yet a King;
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.

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: We praise you, O God, for this victory wreath that marks our days of preparation for Christ's advent. As we light the candles on this wreath, strengthen our hearts as we await the Lord's coming in glory. Enlighten us with your grace, that we may serve our neighbors in need. Grant this through Christ our Lord, whose coming is certain and whose day draws near.
C: Amen.

Light three candles.

Prayer of the Day

P: Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Luke

Charles Leplae Twee zwangere vrouwen 1953

Luke 1:39–56

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

39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.

46And Mary said,

My soul magnifies the Lord,
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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

Sermon

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.

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.

Dismissal

P: Go in peace. Christ is with you.
C: Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn

My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness

ELW #251
1My soul proclaims your greatness, Lord;
I sing my Savior's praise!
You looked upon my lowliness,
and I am full of grace.
Now ev'ry land and ev'ry age
this blessing shall proclaim—
great wonders you have done for me,
and holy is your name.
2To all who live in holy fear
your mercy ever flows.
With mighty arm you dash the proud,
their scheming hearts expose.
The ruthless you have cast aside,
the lowly throned instead;
the hungry filled with all good things,
the rich sent off unfed.
3To Israel, your servant blest,
your help is ever sure;
the promise to our parents made
their children will secure.
Sing glory to the Holy One,
give honor to the Word,
and praise the Pow'r of the Most High,
one God, by all adored.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Altar Flowers Dedication

The flowers on the altar are given by Ruth Wiley in honor of Vic's birthday and by Pastor & Lorraine Henricks in gratitude for 30 years of shared companionship and ministry with God and the people of Our Saviour Lutheran Church.

Children's Christmas Pageant

The children of OSLC are preparing for a Christmas Pageant to be presented next Sunday, December 19, at the end of the regular service. Come to hear our children gather to tell the story of Christmas.

Share Your Christmas Cards with OSLC

Have you submitted your Christmas card to the church office for sharing through our shared Christmas Card site? Cards will be scanned and letters shared through the link provided in the December issue of The Way (that link will be emailed again closer to Christmas). Email or mail cards to the office for sharing with the church community. If you or someone you know has not been getting The Way and other church mass emails (there was one on December 1), please call the office to see what we can do to fix that.

Devotional Materials

There are many devotional materials on the blue bookshelf in the narthex. They are free for the taking. As you browse through them, take any that appeal to you for yourself or for sharing with someone else. If you have devotional materials that you would like to share, feel free to add them to the collection.

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 the 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.

2022 Daily Texts

The church office still has a few copies of the 2022 edition of Daily Texts that are available until the last one is claimed. Leave a check for $10 with the notation Daily Texts in the collection plate and Megan will work out the best way to get it to you.

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