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Celebrant

Rev. Victoria Miller

Acolyte

Stuart Combs

Chalice

Jim O'Neil

Lectors

Lessons: Doreen O'Neil Psalm: Gary Bessette Intercessor: Jesse Bessette

Usher

Don Muller Jesse Bessette

Altar Guild

Doreen O'Neil Jim O'Neil

Lessons

December 9, 2018 The Second Sunday of Advent

The Collect of the Day

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson
 Baruch 5:1-9

Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,

and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God.

Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;

put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;

for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.

For God will give you evermore the name,

“Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”

 

Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;

look toward the east,

and see your children gathered from west and east

at the word of the Holy One, 

rejoicing that God has remembered them.

For they went out from you on foot,

led away by their enemies;

but God will bring them back to you,

carried in glory, as on a royal throne.

 

For God has ordered that every high mountain

and the everlasting hills be made low

and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,

so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.

The woods and every fragrant tree

have shaded Israel at God’s command.

For God will lead Israel with joy,

in the light of his glory,

with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.

The Response
Canticle 16 - The Song of Zachariah

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,

that he would save us from our enemies, *

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.


You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his 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,T

o shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

    

 


The Second Lesson
Philipians 1:3-11

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.

The Gospel
Luke 3:1-6

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 Prayers

 

 In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

For all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

Silence.

The People may add their own petitions.

 

Hear us, Lord.

For your mercy is great.

 

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

Silence.

The People may add their own petitions.

 

We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternalkingdom.

Silence.

The People may add their own petitions.

 

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.

 

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence may be kept.

 

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;

in your compassion forgive us our sins,

known and unknown, things done and left undone;

and so uphold us by your Spirit

that we may live and serve you in newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Your Prayers Are Asked For:

Mary, Polly, Carol, Lillian, Gladys, Alison, Linda, Donna, Maria, Maddie, Kris, Liz, Angie, Laverne, Bill, Alyz, Nancy, Mary, Bill, Bill, Carol, Susan, Fern, Ellena, Mary, Kari, Bobbi, Denise, Kelly, Chris, Maddie, Diane, Edda, Stan, Deacon Donna, Glenn, Joe, Bruce, Denise, Bruce, Keith, Beverly, Annie, Suzanne, Catherine, Joanne, Ruth, Aaron, Howard, Alyssa, Jeanette, Maria

...and For Those Serving Our Country

Ben, D. J., Zane, Robert, Mark, J.C.,Ty, Eddie, Joe, Jared, Rob, Brad, Brian, Jeffrey, Christopher, Timothy, Dan, Christopher, and Matthew.

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