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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

1st Sunday of Advent - 11/28/2021

The 115th Anniversary of the faith community of Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church


Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Jesus’ contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the 

advent of Christ in word and supper.


Announcements

As you prepare for worship, gathered in virtual community and connected by God’s beautiful and unfathomable design, you are invited to light a candle for your home worship space.


Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.


Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,

who alone does wonders,

who lifts up the lowly,

who fills the hungry with good things.

Amen.

Let us confess our sin, trusting in the tender mercy of our God.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God for whom we wait,

in the presence of one another,

we confess our sin before you.

We fail in believing that your good news is for us.

We falter in our call to tend your creation.

We find our sense of self in material wealth.

We fear those different from ourselves.

We forget that we are your children

and turn away from your love.

Forgive us, Blessed One,

and assure us again of your saving grace.

Amen.


God, in Christ Jesus, has looked with favor upon you!

Through the power of the Holy Spirit,

your sins are forgiven.

You are children of the Most High,

inheritors of the eternal promise,

and recipients of divine mercy.

God strengthens you anew to follow the way of peace.

Amen.


Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.


Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.


Word

First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16

In the Old Testament, “righteousness” often has to do with being faithful in relationship. God acts righteously both in punishing Israel for its sin and in having mercy. In today’s reading, Jerusalem’s future name—“The Lord is our righteousness”—proclaims that God is even now working salvation for Israel.

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.


Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (Ps. 25:1)

 To you, O Lord,
  I lift up my soul.
My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be put to shame,
  nor let my enemies triumph over me.
 Let none who look to you be put to shame;
  rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.
Show me your ways, O Lord,
  and teach me your paths. R
 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
  for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
  for they are from | everlasting. 
 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;
  remember me according to your steadfast love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
You are gracious and upright, O Lord;
  therefore you teach sinners in your way.
 You lead the lowly in justice
  and teach the lowly your way.
All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness
  to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies. 

   

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Upon Timothy’s report from the congregation at Thessalonica, Paul is exuberant with gratitude for them. In this passage from his letter, Paul voices overflowing thanks, joy, and blessings for the people of this growing church.

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
  Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 21st chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

God will fulfill God’s purposes and, already, hidden signs of that fulfillment abound. On that great day there will be dismay, perplexity, confusion, and terror, but God’s people shall be given strength to stand boldly and receive God’s promised redemption.

[Jesus said:] “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
  Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
  “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

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 truly 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 with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

    who has spoken through the prophets.

    We believe in one holy catholic 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.


Prayers of Intercession

In this season of watching and waiting, let us pray for all people and places that yearn for God’s presence.

A brief silence.

God of presence and peace, strengthen your church around the globe to proclaim the message of your love coming to the world. Open our hearts to recognize your face in all people and in all of creation. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


God of mighty redwoods and microscopic plants, fields and city parks, the wind and the waves, be a healing balm to our wounded planet. May we nurture what you have lovingly created. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


God of equity and compassion, bring righteousness and goodness to all peoples of the earth. Give a heart of discernment and integrity to leaders in our communities (local, state, and national government officials may be named). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


God of comfort and care, be present with those who watch and wait. Come to all who await births, deaths, divorces, new unions, new jobs, retirements, healing, and life transitions of every kind (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


God of promises kept and new dreams awakened, shelter your people from destructive storms. We pray for those whose lives have been upended by natural disasters (especially), for the work of Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran World Relief, and other relief organizations. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of companionship and community, we give you thanks for the saints who journeyed with us and now abide in you. Even in distress and uncertainty, make us confident that your promises endure forever. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


God of new life, you come among us in the places we least expect. Receive these prayers and those of our hearts, in the name of Jesus.

Amen.


Peace (In ASL)

The peace of Christ be with you always.   

And also with you.


Offering 


Offering Prayer

God of our waiting and watching,

we offer the gifts of our hearts and our lives

to the service of all your people.

Prepare the way before us

as we meet you in this simple meal,

through Christ Jesus, our pathway and our peace.

Amen.


THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD 

The presiding minister leads the following prayer.

Let us pray.

Praise and thanks to you, holy God,

for by your Word you made all things:

you spoke light into darkness,

called forth beauty from chaos,

and brought life into being.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


By your Word you called your people Israel

to tell of your wonderful gifts:

freedom from captivity,

water on the desert journey,

a pathway home from exile,

wisdom for life with you.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


Through Jesus, your Word made flesh,

you speak to us and call us to witness:

forgiveness through the cross,

life to those entombed by death,

the way of your self-giving love.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


Send your Spirit of truth, O God;

rekindle your gifts within us:

renew our faith, increase our hope,

and deepen our love, for the sake of a world in need.

Faithful to your Word, O God,

draw near to all who call on you;

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory forever.

Amen.



Lord’s Prayer

Our faithful teacher Jesus gave us the words we need to bring us back to God and our God-given selves when he taught us to pray:

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


Blessing 

The God of hope

fill us with all joy and peace in believing,

so that we may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit,

through Christ Jesus for whom we wait.

Amen.



Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is near.

Thanks be to God.


Please remember the following people in your prayersPaxton, Marlene Robbins, Tara Henry, Craig, Ray Berg, Anne Balko, Christina Bell, Jake Rosenberg, Dawn Syers, Rick, Tommy Paradise, Lana, Joe, Arlene Posont, Paige, Mary Kutsick, Jamie, Billie Lindquist, Jonnie Tru, Gary, Kay St.Amour, Florence, Jen Lincoln, Amy Sturtleen, Phil, Doris Hayrynen, and all who are in our prayers today.


Nursing Home: Ruth Elavsky, Jim LeVeque, and Babe Strand

Assisted Living: Norma Secreast

In Service: Airman Craig Oas, Ryan Graves, Zac Culter, Mike Knickerbocker, Sean Sutherland, Peter Peterson, Mathew Moilanen, Michael Graves, Airman Mikala Robinson, and our veterans who have returned to their communities.


General:  All who deal with COVID-19 here in our neighborhoods and beyond.

PRESIDING MINISTER:   Bruce Dausey

ASSISTING MINISTER:    George Balko  (Saturday)  - Joanie Hinsa  (Sunday)

USHERS:                    Carol & Dave Eglsaer  (Saturday)  - The Wood Family  (Sunday)

ALTAR GUILD:            Bruce Dausey

MUSICIAN:                Tari Johnson

Events of the Week

Saturday – Dec. 4th   – Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person 

Sunday -  Dec. 5th    – 10:30am Worship Service  - In-person and on Facebook Live  


Please contact Pastor Tommy Richter if pastoral care is needed - 

pastor.tommyrichter@gmail.com

or 215-470-9948 cell; 906-286-4383 home



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