December 9, 2018                   Advent 2

ORDER OF SERVICE

Service of the Word (also found on page 38 in the front part of the red hymnal).


 

OPENING HYMN

Hymn 12, Hark the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes

 

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.

(sung) Amen.

 

FIRST LESSON

Malachi 3:1-4 (printed on back of worship folder)

Malachi calls the promised Messiah “the messenger of the covenant” who is coming. No one will be able to survive being in his holy presence unless he is prepared. The Lord promises to send a messenger to prepare the way before him.

 

PSALM OF THE DAY

Psalm 24 (also found on page 73 of the hymnal)

 

SECOND LESSON

Philippians 1:3-11 (printed on back of worship folder)

God who brought us to faith, will continue to bless us and keep us in the faith until the day when Christ Jesus comes again.

 

GOSPEL

Luke 3:1-6 (printed on back of worship folder)

John the Baptizer encourages us to prepare the way for the coming Lord. We are truly prepared when we confess our sins and in faith look to him who comes with forgiveness and salvation.

 

HYMN OF THE DAY

Hymn 16, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

 

SERMON

1 Corinthians 15:50-53
What to Do about Change?

 

HYMN

Hymn 29, Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

 

CLOSING HYMN

Hymn 6, Come, O Long-Expected Jesus