Will you be unable to be physically present with us in worship this week? Check out this page, where you will be able to explore the songs, Bible readings, and prayers that we will be using to worship God this coming Sunday morning. God bless your time of worship on the go!
The Second Sunday in Advent: December 9, 2018
Before you begin to Worship on the Go, take a moment to truly arrive and be present wherever you are.
SONG OF PRAISE
Living God, we give you thanks for this time of worship. Open our ears to hear your word, open our eyes to see your glory, and open our hearts to receive you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Isaiah 11:1-10 NRSV A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 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. 3 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; 4 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 lips he shall kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 6 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. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 9 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. 10 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.
PSALM 89:1-4, 19-26
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. 2 I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. 3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David: 4 ‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” 19 When you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said: “I have set the crown on one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people. 20 I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him; 21 my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him. 22 The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him. 23 I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him. 24 My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted. 25 I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers. 26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
Romans 16:25-27 NRSV Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
Luke 1:26-38 NRSV In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Stories about divine or angelic tidings of the birth of special children were not uncommon in Judaism (see the announcements of Ishmael and Isaac in Genesis 16:7-14, 17:1-22, 18:1-15, and of Samson in Judges 13:1-25) as well as in the Greco-Roman world (for example, an imperial ruler in Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue). What is special about Gabriel’s message to Mary?
On the one hand, Jesus will be a descendant of King David via Joseph (see also Luke 3:23 & 31); on the other hand, he will be the Spirit-conceived son of God born of the virgin Mary. Do you see any contradiction in these two ideas?
The promise that the child will rule on the throne of David forever (see 2 Samuel 7:1/11-17) sounds like a political claim. If so, whose reign would be threatened thereby (see Luke 1:5, 2:1, & 3:1)? Is the rule of Jesus a challenge to present-day political systems?
HYMN OF THE DAY
THE APOSTLES' CREED
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Prayers of the People: December 9, 2018 Coming Christ, we pray for the church. You change our plans. You break open our hearts. You trust us with your very life. Help us to be open to your call. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Coming Christ, we pray for the world. You are the Prince of Peace. You are the Sun of Justice. You are God with Us. Bring down your reign, in and among us. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Coming Christ, we pray for our earth. We pray for rest for our earth, for favorable weather, and for plants and animals lying dormant until another season. Guide us as we seek to care for that which you are still creating. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Coming Christ, we pray for those who cannot be here with us today. We pray for shut-in members Ward, Joe & Audrey, Luella, Norma, Hilda, Delvin, Floyd, Irene, Frances, and Norman. Bring those who are lonely or despairing to mind during this time of waiting, that we might be your face to those who need your love. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Coming Christ, we pray for those in need of prayer, especially Vernon, Griffin, Rebecca, Janet, Luella, Ray, Sena, Celine, Kellie, and those we now name, both silently or aloud (pause for prayer). Heal them. Save them. Make them whole. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Coming Christ, we pray for those who are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or other joyful milestones this week, especially Adam, Amber, and Greg & Deb. Bring joy to their celebrations and strength to their relationships. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Coming Christ, we pray for ourselves, for our endless to-do lists, for unexpected interruptions, for open hearts, and for those things on our hearts and minds which are known only to you. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray…