Fourth Sunday of Advent
Katharine von Bora Luther, renewer of the church
Welcome and Prelude
Please rise in body or spirit.
Lighting the Advent Wreath
LIGHT FOUR CANDLES TO WATCH FOR MESSIAH:
LET THE LIGHT BANISH DARKNESS.
HE IS COMING, TELL THE GLAD TIDINGS,
LET YOUR LIGHTS BE SHINING. (ELW 240)
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.
Father God, there is no miracle as grand as birth. As we prepare for the coming of Your son, Jesus, create in us new life. Transform us so that we may reflect the light of Your son, and become beacons of goodness, kindness, compassion, generosity, honesty, patience, and peace, for the sake of the One whose name brings deliverance and life to all the world, Jesus Christ, infant King.
Almighty God, who called Your servant Katharina von Bora from a cloister to work for the reform of Your church, grant that all of us may go wherever You call, and serve however You will, for Your honor and glory and for the welfare of Your whole church. All this we ask through Jesus Christ, our only mediator and advocate.
Please be seated.
Children’s Time - "Joseph & Mary"
Preaching Text - Luke 1:26-49
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.
and by this bread make of us the body of Your Son.
with the Holy Spirit, in Your holy Church, both now and forever.
A Let us pray. Holy One, we give You thanks that in this bread 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.
“O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL” 283v. 1
(Call to worship for Christmas Eve)
O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.