First Sunday of Advent

W E L C O M E . . . !

Please join Immanuel Lutheran’s Worship Service on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada). Br. Brian Brozovic will lead our Service of the Word worship service both in Sanctuary and on Zoom this morning. We are ever thankful to him for his service during this interim period. A small Coffee Hour will follow in the Helen Room and on-line immediately after the service.

Join us…! All are welcome.

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GATHERING

In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

This is the season of waiting and anticipation, the time when we look toward the light in the darkness.
We come to this time filled with hope and longing, remembering the awe and joy of the Christmas story, yet heavy with the weight of the world and our lives.
We come to this time with lives full of to-dos—parties to attend, presents to buy and wrap, cookies to bake, meals to plan, families to call and friends to meet.
We come to this time eager for Christ’s presence. We are eager for Jesus to be born and for him to come again.

Light one candle to watch for Messiah (sung – WOV 630)

  1. Light one candle to watch for Messiah:
    let the light banish darkness.
    He shall bring salvation to Israel,
    God fullfills the promise.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (read together)

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

WORD

FIRST READING: Isaiah 2:1-5

The visionary message presented in this reading focuses on a future day when God establishes a universal reign of peace. Divine decisions will make war obsolete, and the worshiping community responds: “Let us walk in the light of that Lord now!”

1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2In days to come
  the mountain of the Lord’s house
 shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
  and shall be raised above the hills;
 all the nations shall stream to it.
  3Many peoples shall come and say,
 “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
  to the house of the God of Jacob;
 that he may teach us his ways
  and that we may walk in his paths.”
 For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
  and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4He shall judge between the nations,
  and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
 they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
  and their spears into pruning hooks;
 nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
  neither shall they learn war any more.
5O house of Jacob,
  come, let us walk
  in the light of the Lord!

Word of God, word of life.     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 122 (sung responsively)

1I was glad when they | said to me,
  “Let us go to the house | of the Lord.”
2Now our | feet are standing
  within your gates, | O Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem is built | as a city
  that is at unity | with itself;
4to which the tribes go up, the tribes | of the Lord,
  the assembly of Israel, to praise the name | of the Lord.
5For there are the | thrones of judgment,
  the thrones of the | house of David.
6Pray for the peace | of Jerusalem:
  “May they pros- | per who love you.
7Peace be with- | in your walls
  and quietness with- | in your towers.
8For the sake of my kindred | and companions,
  I pray for | your prosperity.
9Because of the house of the | Lord our God,
  I will seek to | do you good.”

SECOND READING: Romans 13:11-14

Paul compares the advent of Christ to the coming of dawn. We live our lives today in light of Christ’s coming in the future.

11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Word of God, word of life.     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?
you have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

GOSPEL: Matthew 24:36-44

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus describes his second coming as a sudden, turbulent event that will bring about deep change to our normal, day-to-day lives. Therefore, he urges people to stay awake, be aware, and wait expectantly, because the Son of Man will come unannounced.

[Jesus said to the disciples,] 36“About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ

HOMILY

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

As we prepare for the fullness of Christ’s presence, let us pray for a world that yearns for new hope.

A brief silence.

God of all, your children everywhere cry out for mercy. Awaken the global church to the urgent needs of our time. Break down barriers of culture and custom and unite people of all faiths in your redemptive and healing work. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of wonder, the earth’s beauty and abundance is your gift. Teach us your ways of sharing resources and caring for life. Guard fragile habitats, preserve the wild places, and protect endangered plants and animals. Sustain areas suffering damage from drought and floods God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of peace, you judge the nations. Beat our weapons into tools for serving the neighbor. Strengthen the resolve of all who work for an end to war. We pray for lasting peace in the land of Jesus’ birth and in Ukraine, Iran and other nations suffering war and violence. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of lovingkindness, you desire fullness of life for everyone. Fill those who hunger. Comfort the grieving and attend to those near death. Bring help and hope to any who are sick or needing your care. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of community, you are present when we gather in your name. Guide congregations in transition or conflict especially Immanuel as we seek a new pastor. Give wisdom to congregational councils, call committees, and ministry leaders. Keep us alert to unexpected opportunities for mission. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other prayers & petitions may be offered either silently or aloud. On zoom please unmute yourself to speak and re-mute yourself when finished.

God of promise, your goodness is everlasting. We give thanks for the lives of the faithful who now rest in you. We trust that you will bring us into the company of all the saints with rejoicing. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of our longing, you know our deepest needs. By your Spirit, gather our prayers and join them with the prayers of all your children. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

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.

SENDING

Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.  Amen.

PEACE AND DISMISSAL

The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

SENDING HYMN: LBW 34 O come, o come Emmanuel (vs. 1-4)

  1. Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
    that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

  1. Oh, come, oh, come, great Lord of might, who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
    in ancient times once gave the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe. Refrain
     
  2. Oh, come, strong Branch of Jesse, free your own from Satan’s tyranny;
    from depths of hell your people save and give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Refrain
     
  3. Oh, come, blest Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by your advent here;
    disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Refrain

Text: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.