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December 17th, 2023 | Third Sunday in Advent
The Coming of the Christ Brings True Rejoicing in His Forgiveness When he preaches repentance, John the Baptist points us to Christ Jesus. John was sent by God “as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). He baptizes with water in order to “make straight the way of the Lord,” who shall redeem His people from their sins (John 1:23). That Lord Jesus “who comes after” John now stands among us and makes Himself known to us (John 1:26–27)….
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OPENING HYMN: #357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 1 – 3
CLOSING HYMN: #368 Angels We Have Heard on High
CLOSING HYMN: # 379 O Come, All Ye Faithful

PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Third Sunday in Advent

“Do Not Quench the Spirit” (Based on 1 Thessalonians 5)

December 17, 2023

+ AS WE GATHER +

The Coming of the Christ Brings True Rejoicing in His Forgiveness

When he preaches repentance, John the Baptist points us to Christ Jesus. John was sent by God “as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). He baptizes with water in order to “make straight the way of the Lord,” who shall redeem His people from their sins (John 1:23). That Lord Jesus “who comes after” John now stands among us and makes Himself known to us (John 1:26–27). He has been anointed by the Holy Spirit “to bring good news to the poor” and “to bind up the brokenhearted” (Is. 61:1). By the washing of the water with His Word and Spirit, He clothes His Church with “the garments of salvation” and adorns her with His own righteousness “as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Is. 61:10). Therefore, we “rejoice always” in the Lord, “pray without ceasing” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:16–18). For “the God of peace,” who has called you by the Gospel, will surely “sanctify you completely,” so that “your whole spirit and soul and body” will “be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23–24).

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING HYMN: #357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 1 – 3

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 85:8–9, 12–13; antiphon: v. 7 (spoken responsively as marked)

Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
            and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
            for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
            that glory may dwell in our land.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
            and our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness will go before him
            and make his footsteps a way.
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.
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
            and grant us your salvation.

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.

C     And also with you.

P     Let us pray.

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.

C     Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING    Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11

1The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
            because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
            he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
            and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
            and the day of vengeance of our God;
            to comfort all who mourn;
3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
            to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
            the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
            the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4They shall build up the ancient ruins;
            they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
            the devastations of many generations. . . .

8For I the Lord love justice;
            I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
            and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
            and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
            that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
            my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
            he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
            and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
            and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
            to sprout up before all the nations.


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             1 Thessalonians 5:16–24

            16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.

            23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

 

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

ALLELUIA,  p. 156

HOLY GOSPEL  John 1:6–8, 19–28

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

                  6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. . . .

            19This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

            24(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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

HYMN OF THE DAY: # 368 Angels We Have Heard on High

SERMON: Do not Quench the Spirit” (Based on 1 Thessalonians 5)

NICENE CREED

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth
            and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only-begotten Son of God,
      begotten of His Father before all worlds,
      God of God, Light of Light,
      very God of very God,
      begotten, not made,
      being of one substance with the Father,
      by whom all things were made;
      who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

            and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
      and was made man;
      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
      He suffered and was buried.
      And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
            and ascended into heaven
      and sits at the right hand of the Father.
      And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.


And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the Lord and giver of life,
      who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
      who spoke by the prophets.
      And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
      I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
      and I look for the resurrection of the dead
      and the life
T of the world to come. Amen.

     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  

PREFACE         p. 160

P     The Lord be with you.

P     Lift up your hearts,

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

PROPER PREFACE

P        It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, whose way John the Baptist prepared, proclaiming Him the promised Messiah, the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and calling sinners to repentance that they might escape from the wrath to be revealed when He comes again in glory. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying;

SANCTUS, p. 161

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

P     Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone,

O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C     Amen.

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.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD   

P      Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

        In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini  LSB 163

P     The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C     Amen.

AGNUS DEI, p. 163

DISTRIBUTION

POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE: Nunc Dimittis          LSB 165

Post-Communion Collect

P      Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; 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.

C     Amen

CLOSING HYMN: # 379 O Come, All Ye Faithful

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.