December 4, 2022

The Second Sunday of Advent

10:20AM


Welcome and Announcements


Prelude




Lighting the Advent Wreath

L1: Today we light the first and second Advent candles. We look to John, the one you sent to point us to the light. The light will come into our world and enlighten everyone. We have known people who called us into God’s light. They seem, like John, to prepare us for a deeper faith.

L2: God sent John the Baptizer to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus Christ, the true Light of the World. John called people to repent of their sins and to live faithfully. He baptized with a cleansing water and proclaimed the new life that Christ would bring. This Advent we ask for God’s mercy and a new beginning.

Light two purple candles.

P: Merciful God, we give thanks that you send messengers like John to call us to greater faith. We ask that in these days we prepare for you in prayer and acts of compassion. Forgive us and lead us to your light. Amen.



*Hymn #88

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs. 2 and 3”



Opening Prayer


*Hymn#96

“On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

*Call To Confession


*Prayer Of Confession

God, we admit that we do not always stand as a signal for your righteousness. In the hustle and bustle of our lives, we have left little room to witness—to be your hands and feet in a world that needs us now more than ever. In the warm belly of comfort, many of us have relaxed in the layers of our privilege, not attending to the needs of the least of these. Forgive us, O God. Give us the courage to stand tall, to follow in the footsteps of the one who came to secure justice for the poor, bring equity to the meek, and condemn the wicked with his lips. And on that day, we shall stand as a signal to the people. Amen.

*Silent Prayer Of Confession

*Assurance Of Pardon

* Gloria Patri #581

Prayer For Illumination

First Lesson


Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lipshe shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. On that day, the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Second Lesson

Matthew 3:1-12

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”




Sermon

Preparing the Way

Rev. Marie Bacchiocchi



Hymn#486

“Child of Blessing, Child of Promise”


The Sacrament of Baptism of Benjamin Michael Weber, son of Lauren and Stephen Weber

L: There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the hope of your calling.

P: One Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.


Obeying the word of our Lord Jesus, and confident of his promises, we baptize those whom God has called. In baptism God claims us, and seals us to show that we belong to God. God frees us from sin and death, uniting us with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. By water and the Holy Spirit, we are made members of the church, the body of Christ, and joined to Christ’s ministry of love, peace, and justice. Let us remember with joy our own baptism, as we celebrate this sacrament.


Questions for the Congregation: Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ promise to guide and nurture by word and deed, with love and prayer? We do.

Will you encourage him to know, trust, and follow Christ, and to be a faithful member of his church? We will.


Through baptism we enter the covenant God has established. Within this covenant God gives us new life, guards us from evil, and nurtures us in love. In embracing that covenant, we choose whom we will service, by turning from evil and turning to Jesus Christ.

Affirmation Of Faith

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting.

Prayer of Baptism



Act of Baptism



Prayer for the Baptized



Welcome



Baptismal Choral Response



Sharing Our Joys and Concerns



Pastoral Prayer


The 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.




Call To Offering



Offertory/Anthem

Remember

T. Ravenscroft


*Doxology #606

*Prayer of Dedication

Gracious God, in gratitude for your abundant gifts, we commit ourselves to act justly, in solidarity with the poor, and we pledge our assistance to those who are in need. May the gifts we bring before you this day hasten the day when none shall hurt or destroy on all your holy mountain. Amen.


The Service of Communion

Invitation

Words of Institution

The Great Thanksgiving and Prayer of Consecration

Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Strengthen us, O God, in the power of your Spirit to bring good news to the poor, and lift blind eyes to sight, to loosen the chains that bind and claim your blessing for all people. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. We pray in the name of the one who is to come. Amen.



*Hymn #105

“People, Look East”




*Benediction






*Choral Amen