The Word and Music  Series A

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 8th

Collect Prayer of the Day...Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we maybe enabled to serve You with pure hearts and minds.  This we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  AMEN


Psalm 72:1-7, 12-14 Solomonic.  God, give Your justice to the king and Your righteousness to the king's son. He will judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted ones with justice. May the mountains bring prosperity to the people and the hills, righteousness. May he vindicate the afflicted among the people, help the poor, and crush the oppressor. May he continue while the sun endures and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like rain that falls on the cut grass, like spring showers that water the earth. May the righteous flourish in his days and prosperity abound until the moon is no more. For he will rescue the poor who cry out and the afflicted who have no helper. He will have pity on the poor and helpless and save the lives of the poor. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight.

Romans 15:4-7 For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction,  so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Now may the God who gives  endurance and encouragement  allow you to live in harmony with one another,  according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ  with a united mind and voice. Therefore accept one another,  just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God..  

"For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning - not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.” ”     Frederick Buechner

The Holy Gospel from St. Matthew 3:1-12  In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea and saying, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!"  3For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight! 4John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  Therefore produce fruit consistent with  repentance. And don't presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.'  For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore, every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. "I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove  His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn. But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out."


Classic Hymnal Service (8:15am):    Lutheran Service Book   #525, "Crown Him with Many Crowns,"  #344, "On Jordan's Bank the Baptists Cry"  #338 "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus"
 Liturgical Contemporary Service (10:45am):  Call to Worship: ""  Praise Set: "," ","  Special: "," Message: ","   Offering: ""  and Sending: ""



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