December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Gathering and Announcements

Entrance Hymn

Prepare the Royal Highway (v. 1 & 2)

ELW #264
1Prepare the royal highway;
the King of kings is near!
Let ev'ry hill and valley
a level road appear!
Then greet the King of glory,
foretold in sacred story:
Hosanna to the Lord,
for he fulfills God's word!
2God's people, see him coming:
your own eternal king!
Palm branches strew before him!
Spread garments! Shout and sing!
God's promise will not fail you!
No more shall doubt assail you!
Hosanna to the Lord,
for he fulfills God's word!

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.

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.


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.


Candle Lighting and Blessing of the Wreath

P: 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.
C: Amen.

Light all four candles.

Prayer of the Day

P: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Luke

Cappella Tornabuoni, Zacharias Writes Down the Name of his Son 02

Luke 1:57–80

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

57Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

59On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 60But his mother said, No; he is to be called John. 62They said to her, None of your relatives has this name. 62Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. 63He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, His name is John. And all of them were amazed. 64Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 66All who heard them pondered them and said, What then will this child become? For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:

68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
69He has raised up a mighty savior for us
in the house of his servant David,
70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
72Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered his holy covenant,
73the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
to grant us 74that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness
before him all our days.
76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
78By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

80The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

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

Sermon: Tender Mercies

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.

Words of Institution

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

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.


P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
C: Amen.

Prayer After Communion

P: Jesus, Bread of life, we have received from your table more than we could ever ask. As you have nourished us in this meal, now strengthen us to love the world with your own life. In your name we pray.
C: Amen.


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.


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

Sending Hymn

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (v. 1, 4, & 6)

ELW #257
1O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.
4O come, O Branch of Jesse, free
your own from Satan's tyranny;
from depths of hell your people save,
and give them vict'ry o'er the grave.
6O come, O Dayspring, come and cheer;
O Sun of justice, now draw near.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death's dark shadow put to flight.

Children's Christmas Pageant

Christmas Carols Around the World

All songs are preceded by an introduction.

We invite you to sing along with us on the following last two verses of I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve:

When mother trims the Christmas tree
Which fills the room with light,
She tells me of the wondrous Star
That made the dark world bright.
And so I love each Christmas Eve
And I love Jesus, too;
And that He loves me every day
I know so well is true.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Altar Flowers Dedication

The flowers on the altar are given by Mike & Cindy Dodge in honor of their 40th anniversary and by Jerry & Alberta Newman in celebration of their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Children's Christmas Pageant

The children of OSLC are presenting their Christmas Pageant at the end of today's service. All participants will be masked. We hope you can stay for this performance.

Seasonal Cancelations & Closures

There will be no Stretch & Pray next week, December 26, and also none on January 2.

Prayer Group will not meet on Thursday, December 30. We will resume on Thursday, January 6, 2022.

The church office will only be open 2 days between December 23 and January 4. Please submit any material for the January issue of our newsletter, The Way, as early as possible and by December 22 at the latest so we can make it available by January 1. 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.

Offerings Given in 2021

If you would like to make an additional offering prior to 2021 year's end for federal tax purposes, the Finance Committee will take extra steps to ensure any offering received as of December 31, 2021, is credited to your giving for the year. Any questions, please ask either Jeff Lord, Bob Krampien, or Cheryl Schulke.

Christmas Poinsettias

Last change to sponsor a poinsettias 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.

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). Mail or email cards to the office for sharing with the church community by December 21. (If you drop paper cards or photos off by Tuesday morning, Megan can scan them for virtual sharing.)

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.

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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