Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

2nd Sunday in Advent—Dec. 7th, 2014

 

Opening Hymn: CW 13 “There’s A Voice in the Wilderness Crying”

Please stand.

M:  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C (sings):  Amen.

M:  Beloved in the Lord:  let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

C:  Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions.  I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.  For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.  But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray; Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

C: (sings)  Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy on us.  Amen.

M:  God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.

C (sings):  Amen.

M:  In the peace of this forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

C: (sings) Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you, for your great glory, O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father almighty.  O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer.  You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us.  For you only are holy; you only are the Lord.  You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit, are most high in the glory of God the Father.  Amen

M:  The Lord be with you.            C: And also with you.

M:  Let us pray.

Prayer of the Day:  Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for Your only Son. By His coming give us strength in our conflicts and shed light on our path through the darkness of this world; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen

Please be seated.

First Lesson:  Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lordmake straight in the desert a highway for our God.Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level,  the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out. And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall,  because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall but the word of our God endures forever.” You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid;  say to the towns of Judah,  “Here is your God!” 10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 85– page 97 in Christian Worship (CW)

Second Lesson:  2 Peter 3:8-14

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

Verse of the Day “Alleluia.  Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. All mankind will see God’s salvation.  Alleluia.  (Luke 3:4,6)

M:  Please stand.                  C:  (sings) Glory be to you, O Lord!

Holy Gospel:  Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”[c]“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with[e] water, but he will baptize you with[f] the Holy Spirit.”

 

M: These are God’s Words.            C: (sings) Praise be to you, O Christ! 

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 fully 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 in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy Christian 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.

Please be seated.

Hymn of the Day: CW 16  “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

Sermon: 

Please stand.

C:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with your free Spirit.  Amen.

Please be seated.

Offering Hymn:  334  “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”

Prayer of the Church and –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.

M:  The Lord be with you.                 C: (sings) And also with you.

M:  Lift up your hearts.                       C: (sings) We lift them up unto the Lord.

M:  Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.              C: (sings) It is good and right so to do.

M:  It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, whose way John the Baptist prepared when he called people to repentance and pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

C: (sings) Holy, holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts; heav’n and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna hosanna, hosanna in the hightest.  Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the hightest. 

M:  Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of Me.”

Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”      The peace of the Lord be with you.

C: (sings) Amen.

C: (sings) O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us Your peace.  Amen.

Please be seated.

Distribution Hymn(s): 20 & 27

Please Stand.

C: (sings) Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace according to your word.  For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.

M:  O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

C:  (sings) And His mercy endures forever.

M:  We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this holy supper.  We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: (sings) Amen.

M:  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look on you with favor and + give you His peace.

C: (sings) Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

Closing Hymn:  CW 275  “Blest Be the God of Israel”

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Contact Information:

Pastor Joshua Hillmann     Home/Office# – 223-4250    Cell# – (308) 870-4387

Email – Badgerrev@christbeatrice.com

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>Tammy Schroeder is once again looking to put together a Scrip order.  Take look at the order forms and all the different businesses that participate in the program.  It’s a simple, great way to support NELHS, our area Lutheran high school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

>Materials for this year’s Christmas program are ready.  Please make sure you have a copy of the cd along with a copy of the program with the parts assigned.

 

>A guideline sheet for the Cleaning of the Lord’s House will be posted on all 3 levels, please refer to these as you take your turn.  Supplies (toilet paper, paper towel, dusting spray, garbage bags) are provided.

 

>Council Mtg. Dec. 11 th 7pm.

 

>NELHS Christmas Concert will take place next Sunday Dec. 14th at 4:00pm and we are one of the host congregations.  We are in need of 6 desserts and also help, those willing to setup, serve and cleanup and also monetary gifts are appreciated.  Please consider how you can assist.

 

>If you would like to purchase/sponsor one of the 10 poinsettias that we have from Tri-County FFA the cost is $14  see Tammy Schroeder or help with the Kids’ Christmas bags with a donation please speak with Bruce Freese.

 

B-days & Anniv. –Curtis Hager (12/7); George Maschmeier (12/7); Carson Malchow (12/7); Marty Sheldon (12/9)