John the Baptizer – Online Church at Home Service Bulletin

December 10th, 2023, Second Sunday in Advent
You Are Prepared through Repentance for the Coming of the Lord “The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1) begins when John the Baptist appears and comes “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). As the prophet Isaiah had written, John is the messenger of the Lord, sent before His face to prepare His way. To this day, the ministry of the forerunner continues in the preaching of the Law and the Gospel and in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
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OPENING HYMN: #357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 1 – 2
HYMN OF THE DAY: #344 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
CLOSING HYMN: #368 Angels We Have Heard on High

PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Second Sunday In Advent

“John the Baptizer”

December 10, 2023

+ AS WE GATHER +

You Are Prepared through Repentance for the Coming of the Lord

“The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1) begins when John the Baptist appears and comes “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). As the prophet Isaiah had written, John is the messenger of the Lord, sent before His face to prepare His way. To this day, the ministry of the forerunner continues in the preaching of the Law and the Gospel and in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. By these ways and means, “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Is. 40:5), and the Good Shepherd “will gather the lambs in his arms” (Is. 40:11). He speaks “tenderly to Jerusalem,” and He comforts His people by pardoning their iniquity (Is. 40:1–2). What is more, He promises “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). Repent, therefore, and humble yourself as you wait for His coming in peace (2 Peter 3:14), because He “is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING HYMN: #357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 1 – 2

INVOCATION

P      In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION       Psalm 3:4, 8

P     If we say 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 meditation and reflection.

P     Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. 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. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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.

P     Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

+ Service of the Word +

INTROIT        Psalm 80:1, 8a, 9b, 7; antiphon: v. 3      (spoken responsively as marked)

Restore us, O God;
            let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
            You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
You brought a vine out of Egypt;
            it took deep root and filled the land.
Restore us, O God of hosts;
            let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son

            and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
            is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Restore us, O God;
            let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Kyrie

P     In peace let us pray to the Lord. 

C     Lord, have mercy.

P     For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C     Lord, have mercy.

P     For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C     Lord, have mercy.

P     For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C     Lord, have mercy.

P     Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C     Amen.

SALUTATION and PRAYER OF THE DAY

P     The Lord be with you.

P     Let us pray.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His

coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus

Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and

forever.

OLD TESTAMENT READING    Isaiah 40:1–11

1Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
            and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
            that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
            double for all her sins.
3A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
            make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4Every valley shall be lifted up,
            and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
            and the rough places a plain.
5And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
            and all flesh shall see it together,
            for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6A voice says, “Cry!”
            And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
            and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades
            when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
            surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers, the flower fades,
            but the word of our God will stand forever.

9Get you up to a high mountain,
            O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
            O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
            lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
            “Behold your God!”
10Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
            and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
            and his recompense before him.
11He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
            he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
            and gently lead those that are with young.

L          This is the Word of the Lord.
C          Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL        Zechariah 9:9; Psalm 118:26, alt.        (spoken together)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.
            Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Behold, your king is coming to you;
            righteous and having salvation.
Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
            From the house of the Lord we bless you..


Epistle            2 Peter 3:8–14

            8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

            11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

            14Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

 

L          This is the Word of the Lord.
C          Thanks be to God.

 

ALLELUIA,  p. 156

 

HOLY GOSPEL  Mark 1:1–8

P         The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.
C          Glory to You, O Lord.

            1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

            2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
     who will prepare your way,
3the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
     ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
     make his paths straight,’”

4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

P          This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C          Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN OF THE DAY: #344 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

SERMON: “John the Baptizer”

Apostles’ Creed

         I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

And 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 thence He will 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 T everlasting. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

After each petition:     P   … Lord, in Your mercy:

                                    C    hear our prayer.

At conclusion:              P   … one God, now and forever.

                                    C    Amen.

OFFERING

OFFERTORY LSB 159  

LORD’S PRAYER          Matthew 6:9–13

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.

CLOSING PRAYER

P     Let us pray.

O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C     Amen.

Benediction   LSB 166

P     The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

CLOSING HYMN: #368 Angels We Have Heard on High

DISMISSAL

Pastor:       Go in peace as you serve the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God!

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series C, Quarter 3. Copyright © 2022 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.