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Trinity Lutheran Church
LCMS ____________ Trinity South
Campus 1477 Huey St. Wildwood, FL
Pastors Dan Kelm Blair Clark ________
Director of Music Emeritus
Gail Despres _____________
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 15, 2019
OUR RITE OF FRIENDSHIP: Members and guests: Please register your attendance in the red pad located at the end of each row. We ask our guests to please print your complete address and phone number. When it reaches the other end of the row, pass it back. Upon its return note the other names; you may meet a new friend in Christ today.
Please turn off your cell phone.
If you desire a bulletin in large print, please ask an usher.
May the Holy Spirit bless our worship!
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS [Please stand]
OPENING HYMN “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” (LSB341)
Redeemer, come and open wide My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide! O enter with Thy grace divine; Thy face of mercy on me shine. Thy Holy Spirit guide us on Until our glorious goal is won. Eternal praise and fame We offer to Thy name.
ADVENT PROPHECY Malachi 3:1-7b “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years. “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them.
INVOCATION Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit. People: Amen.
[Please be seated]
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH THE THIRD CANDLE: THE SHEPHERDS’ CANDLE Pastor: As we light the shepherds’ candle on our Advent wreath, we recall
the shepherds outside Bethlehem who heard the news of Jesus’ birth and came to worship Him. Remembering their joy and witness, we pray,
People: Merciful Father, as shepherds of old, bring to us once again the good news that the Savior has come. Then send us to share the Good News with others; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.
SONG “We Light The Advent Candles” (W&R175) Vs. 1,4 We light the Advent candles against the winter night, to welcome our Lord Jesus who is the world’s True Light. to welcome our Lord Jesus who is the world’s True Light. Three candles now are gleaming and show us the true way, rejoice, the Baptist cries out, your Lord has come today, rejoice, the Baptist cries out, your Lord has come today!
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION All: O Lord of heaven, we come before You confessing that we
are sinners, that we have sinned against You and each other by our thoughts, words, and deeds. We have done the evil You forbid and have not done the good You desire; forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ and grant to us Your Spirit that we live holy and blameless lives to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
Pastor: Almighty God in His mercy has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who atoned for the sin of the whole world. By His death we have life. On this your confession, I, as a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, speak God's grace to you and forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen. HYMN OF PRAISE “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” (W&R178)
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.
PRAYER OF THE DAY Pastor: We pray, People: Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to
lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
THE WORD OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 35:1-10 Reader: The Old Testament Reading for the Third Sunday in Advent
is from the 35th chapter of Isaiah.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God.
PSALM Psalm 146 Reader: We read responsively from Psalm 146. Reader: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! People: I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Reader: Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. People: When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Reader: Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, People: who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;
Reader: who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; People: the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. Reader: The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. People: The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! EPISTLE James 5:7-11 Reader: The Epistle is from the 5th chapter of James. Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained
steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. Reader: This is the Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God! [Please stand] HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 11:2-15 Pastor: The Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 11th chapter. People: Glory to You, O Lord. Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clo