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Happy New Year – a new church year!  Welcome to worship on the first Sunday of Advent, as we start afresh to hear about and celebrate Jesus’ life.

PRELUDE                                                                           Celeste Lundblom


PRELUDE                                                                                           Michelle Lux


“The Advent of Our King”                             CW  1

The advent of our King
Our prayers must now employ,
And we must hymns of welcome sing
In strains of holy joy.

The everlasting Son
Incarnate deigns to be,
Himself a servant’s form puts on
To set His servants free.

O Zion’s Daughter, rise
To meet your lowly King,
Nor let a faithless heart despise
The peace He comes to bring.

As judge, on clouds of light,
He soon will come again
And His true members all unite
With Him in heav’n to reign.

Before the dawning Day
Let sin’s dark deeds be gone,
The sinful self be put away,
The new self now put on.

All glory to the Son,
Who comes to set us free,
With Father, Spirit, ever one
Through all eternity.

                        Randy and Jennifer Hass

L:         In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C:        Amen.

L:         Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
C:        Who made heaven and earth.
L:         Brothers and sisters in Christ:  Scripture clearly reveals that we are all born children of a fallen humanity; Scripture also teaches that if we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
C:        But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection and self-examination

L:         Heavenly Father,
C:        We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may
            delight in Your will and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

L:         In the Word who has come to dwell with us, God has given us grace upon grace; forgiveness that is stronger than our sins, love that can heal every broken heart.  Hear this word of God’s pardon and peace: in the name of Jesus our Savior, you are free from all your sins.  Rise, shine, for your light has come.

*INTROIT     from Psalm 80
L:         Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock.
C:        You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
L:         Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
C:        stir up Your might and come to save us!
L:         Restore us, O God;
C:        let Your face shine, that we may be saved!
L:         O Lord God of hosts,
C:        how long will You be angry with Your people’s prayers?
L:         You have fed them with the bread of tears
C:        and given them tears to drink in full measure.
L:         You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
C:        and our enemies laugh among themselves.
L:         Restore us, O God of hosts:
C:        let Your face shine, that we may be saved!

(sung by the congregation)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.

(in unison)
Stir up Your power, O Lord and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

            “Christmas is Coming”           Choir


                   Isaiah 64:1-9
Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.
You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
and remember not iniquity forever.
Behold, please look, we are all your people.

SECOND LESSON              1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

            “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”     HFG 306

Lo, He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinner slain.
All the many saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
God appears on earth to reign.

Ev’ry eye shall now behold Him,
Robed in awesome majesty;
Those who once denied and killed Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear:
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Alleluia! Alleluia! See the day of God appear.

Yes, Amen!  let all adore Thee,
High on the eternal throne;
            Savior, take the power and glory,
            Claim the kingdom for Your own:
            Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ shall reign and Christ alone!

*HOLY GOSPEL                 Mark 13:24-37

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Pastor Steve Lundblom

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; Was crucified, died and was

buried; He descended into hell, the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy Christian Church; The Communion of Saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  Amen.

“Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel”               CW 23

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“Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel”               CW 23

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh come, O Root of Jesse, free
Your own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Your people save,
And bring them vict’ry o’er the grave.


Oh, come, O Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by Your drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.


Oh, come, O Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home. 
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all
creatures here below; Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


P:         In the night in which He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying: “Take and eat; this is My body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of Me.”
            Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of Me.”

*THE LORD’S PRAYER   (In unison)
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.


The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
   C:     Amen.


            “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”                         CW  7

Rejoice, rejoice, believers,
And let your lights appear;
The evening is advancing,
And darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising
And soon is drawing nigh.
Up, pray and watch and wrestle;
At midnight comes the cry.

The watchers on the mountain
Proclaim the Bridegroom near;
Go forth, as He approaches,
With alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting;
The gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory;
The Bridegroom is at hand.

You saints, who here in patience
Your cross and suff’rings bore,
Shall live and reign forever
When sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory
The Lamb You shall behold;
In triumph lay before Him
Your shining crowns of gold.

Arise, Desire of nations;
O Jesus, now appear,
The Hope and Expectation
Of ev’ry Christian here.
With hearts and hands uplifted
We plead, O Lord, to see
The day of earth’s redemption
That sets Your people free.


is given in loving memory of
my mom, Darlain Atol, whose birthday would have been December 12th, from Vern and Deb Hendrickson and family.