Second Sunday of Advent
Today’s service was led by Pastor Dave Patterson
Advent Candle Litany
Today is the Second Sunday of Advent, the Sunday we light the “Peace/Bethlehem” Candle. Our peace is found in God and in his son, Jesus Christ who was born in Bethlehem. Help us prepare ourselves for the peace that Jesus brings – the inner peace that comes from the assurance of salvation. We light this candle today to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the promised Savior.
The Word of God:
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 axe 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.’
Traditional Service Songs:
Prelude: The Friendly Beasts
Canticle of the Turning
On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
He Came Down
You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore
Cornerstone Service Songs:
Prelude: Come to the Child
You are Holy (Prince of Peace)
Jesus, Name Above All Names
Jesus, Lover of my Soul
Name of the Lord
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Go in peace. Set your hope on Christ.
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