First Sunday of Advent
Dorothy Day, renewer of society
Welcome and Prelude
Please rise in body or spirit.
Lighting the Advent Wreath
LIGHT ONE CANDLE TO WATCH FOR MESSIAH:
LET THE LIGHT BANISH THE DARKNESS.
HE SHALL BRING SALVATION TO ISRAEL,
GOD FULFILLS THE PROMISE. (ELW 240)
P Blessed are You, God of our salvation; You promised to raise up a righteous branch, One Who would bring justice and righteousness to the land, so that we might live in safety. As we light this candle, kindle in us the fire of Your justice and righteousness, and make us blameless before You at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all the saints; let Your face shine on us and bless us that we may be saved.
P Blessed are You, God of our salvation; You promised that the One of peace would come from Bethlehem to feed Your flock and make us live securely. As we light these candles, kindle in us the fire of Your love, infuse in us the fruit of Your Word, and empower us to lift up the lowly and to fill the hungry with good things; let Your face shine on us and bless us that we may be saved.
Greeting and Prayer of the Day
P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C AND ALSO WITH YOU.
P Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
God of deliverance, You rescued Daniel from the mouths of the lions when he was punished for worshiping You. Liberate all who are endangered for the sake of their faith, and rescue us from anything that separates us from worshiping only You, for the sake of the One who made Your name known to all people, across land and seas, Jesus Christ, our redeemer.
God our Creator, Your servant Dorothy Day exemplified the Catholic faith by her conversion, life of prayer and voluntary poverty, works of mercy, and witness to the justice and peace of the Gospel. May her life inspire people to turn to Christ as their savior and guide, to see His face in the world’s poor and to raise their voices for the justice of God’s kingdom.
Please be seated.
Children’s Time - "The Manger Seen"
Preaching Text - Daniel 6:6-27
The Word of the Lord/THANKS BE TO GOD.
Silence for reflection follows the sermon.
Prayers of Intercession and Thanksgiving
A Filled with expectation and longing, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation.
A brief silence.
Lord, in Your mercy/HEAR OUR PRAYER
P Hear the prayers of Your people, O God, and in Your mercy grant us all we need, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Offering the Gifts and Tithes and Prayer
A Let us pray. God of abundance, we bring before You the precious fruits of Your creation, and with them our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for all those in need until the coming of Your Son, our Savior and Lord.
P The Lord be with you.
C AND ALSO WITH YOU.
P Lift up your hearts.
C WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE
P Holy God, our Bread of life, our Table, and our Food,
You created a world in which all might be satisfied
by Your abundance.
You dined with Abraham and Sarah, promising them life,
and fed Your people Israel with manna from heaven.
You sent Your Son to eat with sinners
and to become food for the world.
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.
P Remembering, therefore, His life given for us and His rising
from the grave, we await His coming again to share with us
the everlasting feast.
By Your Spirit nurture and sustain us with this meal:
strengthen us to serve all in hunger and want,
and by this bread and cup make of us the body of Your Son.
Through Him all glory and honor is Yours, Almighty Father,
with the Holy Spirit, in Your holy Church, both now and forever.
P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C OUR FATHER, WHO ART…
P God fills the hungry with good things. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Distribution of Bread
P The body of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in His grace.
A Let us pray. Holy One, we give You thanks that in this bread and cup we have feasted again on Your endless love. Let that love overflow more and more in our lives, that we may be messengers to prepare Your way, harvesters of justice and righteousness, and bearers of Your eternal Word, our Savior Jesus Christ.
P May God direct Your ways in peace, make You abound in love for one another and for all, and strengthen Your hearts until the coming of our Lord Jesus. Almighty God, Father, +
Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
“OH, COME, OH, COME EMMANUEL” 257 vv. 1,2,3
1 O COME, O COME, IMMANUEL,
AND RANSOM CAPTIVE ISRAEL
THAT MOURNS IN LONELY EXILE HERE
UNTIL THE SON OF GOD APPEAR.
REFRAIN: REJOICE! REJOICE! IMMANUEL SHALL COME TO YOU, O ISRAEL.
2 O COME, O WISDOM FROM ON HIGH,
WHO ORDERED ALL THINGS MIGHTILY;
TO US THE PATH OF KNOWLEDGE SHOW
AND TEACH US IN ITS WAYS TO GO. REFRAIN
3 O COME, O COME, GREAT LORD OF MIGHT,
WHO TO YOUR TRIBES ON SINAI'S HEIGHT
IN ANCIENT TIMES DID GIVE THE LAW
IN CLOUD AND MAJESTY AND AWE. REFRAIN
Please be seated.
A Go in peace. Christ is with you.
C Thanks be to God.