Worship - 3rd Sunday of Advent
December 13, 2020
Introduction: God puts people in our lives to prepare us for Christ. Their job is to till the soil of our hearts to prepare us to receive the seed of the Word. John the Baptist was called to prepare the people for the coming Lord. Many heard his message and repented, but many others resisted and turned away from John’s witness thereby rejecting the coming Christ. Will we listen to the call and receive him or will we turn away?
Light Of The World Verse 1
The world waits for a miracle The heart longs for a little bit of hope O come O come Emmanuel A child prays for peace on earth And she's calling out from a sea of hurt O come O come Emmanuel And can you hear the angels singing
Glory to the Light of the world Glory the Light of the world is here
The drought breaks with the tears of a mother A baby’s cry is the sound of love come down Come down Emmanuel woh He is the song for the suffering He is Messiah the Prince of peace has come He has come Emmanuel oh
Glory to the light of the world Glory to the light of the world Glory to the light of the world Glory to the light of the world
For all who wait for all who hunger For all who’ve prayed for all who wonder Behold your King behold Messiah Emmanuel Emmanuel
Glory to the light of the world Glory to the light of the world Glory to the light of the world Behold your King behold Messiah Emmanuel Emmanuel
The world waits for a miracle The heart longs for a little bit of hope O come O come Emmanuel
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Prayer of the Day Lord Jesus Christ, give ear to our prayers, and lighten the darkness of our hearts by your gracious
First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Sent to the Brokenhearted The words spoken by Isaiah were the same words Jesus spoke in when he stood before his people and proclaimed the coming kingdom (Luke 4:18). Sent to the brokenhearted and captive, both Isaiah and Jesus were given God’s commission to free people and remind them of God’s covenantal love and mercy.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion — to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. “For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.”
Psalm 126 The Lord Has Done Great Things For those who recognize the generous hand of God in their midst, their hearts sing for joy just as the heart of the psalmist who proclaimed that the Lord has done great things for his people and makes their hearts glad. God’s goodness was a like a dream come true for those who struggled in pain but were then filled with joy.
When the Lord restored the for tunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed. Restore our for tunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negev. Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 The Will of God for You Saint Paul proclaimed to the Christians in Thessalonica that God’s will for them in Christ was that they would give thanks in everything, rejoice always, and pray unceasingly. Though hard to do, it’s a reminder that God is always working in our lives. Let us take care not the quench the Holy Spirit as he moves and fills us.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
Gospel Reading: John 1:6-8, 19-28 A Witness to the Light The arrival of John the Baptist, who was not the light, but the one who was sent to bear witness to the Light, had come. The goal of John’s witness was that all would come to believe in the Messiah of Israel. The Light, Jesus, was coming into the world and this was a call to prepare our hearts to receive him
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Sermon: Give Us More - Pastor Jill
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Prayers of the Church For Advent God of light and life, by the power of your Spirit and the light of your Word, enable us to continue our Advent waiting in faithfulness as we prepare to receive the one who is the Light of the World. Let the light of Christ shine in our lives so that all may know his love and saving power. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer. For Regeneration Holy Lord, in these early days of winter the creation groans with change. Field lay fallow and darkness comes earlier. Allow your people to experience that same rest and regeneration that the created order is experiencing, so that we would have strength for each new day. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer. For Bearing Witness to God’s Love Holy Spirit, giver of faith, empower us to bear witness to your light and life in the wilderness places of your world: in war-torn countries, dilapidated neighborhoods, poverty-stricken lives, and in the empty and searching hearts that we encounter daily. Fill with your love and hope, those who are struggling with despair. Help us to be bearers of your Good News to all who need to hear a word of love. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer. For Health and Healing God of strength, stir in us and make us aware of the needs of the whole human family. Help us to bring words of understanding, comfort, and hope to those who need kindness and encouragement, [especially those who are suffering this day… ]. Keep us mindful that while most of us experience Advent as a time of joyful expectation, for many it is a difficult time of the year. Bring light to those who are in darkness, so that the coming Christ would lift their hearts in joy. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer. 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.
Closing Song - Jay Stocker