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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

2nd Sunday of Advent - 12/5/2021


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


Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. While John the baptizer’s voice in the wilderness may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi’s prophecy could as easily herald the coming Christ as forerunner of the Lord of hosts. Finally all the baptized are called to participate in the sharing of the gospel. In so doing we prepare the way for the coming of Jesus and assist all people in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.”


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 our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.


Word

First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4

God announces a covenant with Israel. A messenger like Malachi (his name means “my messenger”) will prepare the way for the coming of the Lord by purifying and refining God’s people, as silver and gold are refined.

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? 
  For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

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


Psalm: Luke 1:68-79

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us. (Lk. 1:78)

 Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel,
  you have come to your people and set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Savior,
  born of the house of your servant David. R
 Through your holy prophets, you promised of old to save us from our enemies,
  from the hands of all who hate us,
to show mercy to our forebears,
  and to remember your holy covenant.
 This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
  to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship you without fear,
  holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. R
 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
  for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
to give God’s people knowledge of salvation
  by the forgiveness of their sins.
 In the tender compassion of our God
  the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death,
  and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R

   

Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-11

The apostle Paul was the pastor of many new churches. He writes in this letter about his joy to be in partnership with the Christians of Philippi. Listen to how tender-hearted Paul, sometimes a stern preacher, is with his friends as he encourages them to grow in love and knowledge.

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

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


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 3rd chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

John the Baptist is a herald of Jesus, whose way is prepared by “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” As we hear the careful record of human leaders, we sense the spectrum of political and religious authority that will be challenged by this coming Lord.

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, 
 “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
 ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
  make his paths straight.
 Every valley shall be filled,
  and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
 and the crooked shall be made straight,
  and the rough ways made smooth;
 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’

 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.

You send messengers into the world to proclaim the day of your coming. Make our bishops, pastors, deacons, and lay preachers confident in their preaching, that their words and our lives witness to your grace. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Send your Spirit to all living creatures that are endangered. Provide them with shelter and care, and bring us into right relationship with the earth that you create and call good. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Send leaders to our nations, cities, schools, and businesses to work on behalf of those who have lost parents, spouses, and loved ones; immigrants; the imprisoned; those living in poverty; and all who are oppressed. Make them bold in their commitments to justice and reconciliation. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Send your servants to care for those who suffer. Use our ministries and our lives to reach out with compassion to those who are hungry, oppressed, lonely, or ill (especially). Grant them healing and wholeness. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Send prophets to speak difficult truths, even when they are poorly received. Embolden those who ask hard questions and challenge accepted ways. Instill in youth and elders alike a passion for pointing to Jesus in all things. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Here other intercessions may be offered.

We remember your saints, both those publicly celebrated and those more humbly remembered. Confident that your work will be completed, we live in faith until the day of your coming. 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.


WORDS OF INSTITUTION

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.


Invitation to Communion

The risen Christ invites us to this table.

Come, eat and be satisfied.
This is the body and blood of Christ, given for you.  

Amen.


The assembly communes itself using the distributed elements. All who desire communion on this day are welcome to commune with us and partake in the promise of eternal life by Jesus Christ himself. In solidarity with our siblings in recovery, we use non-alcoholic wine. Please indicate if you would like a gluten free communion wafer. If you do not wish to take communion, you are still invited to ask Pastor for a blessing before you leave. Typically, those who commune are baptized into the Christian faith. If you are not baptized and would like to learn more about what it means to be baptized and share in the meal at the Lord's Supper Table, please talk with Pastor. 


Prayer after Communion

Lord of life,

in the gift of your body and blood

you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation.

Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy,

bearing witness to the abundance of your love

in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  

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.

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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:   Pastor Ellie Russey

ASSISTING MINISTER:    Skylar Wood  (Saturday)  - Volunteer Needed  (Sunday)

USHERS:                    Dave & Carol Eglsaer  (Saturday)  - Volunteer Needed  (Sunday)

ALTAR GUILD:            Deb Perttula & Kaye Methot

MUSICIAN:                Carlene Harwick 

Events of the Week

Saturday – Dec. 11th   – Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person 

Sunday -  Dec. 12th    – 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



PLEASE WEAR A MASK WHEN WORSHIPPING OR GATHERING INDOORS.