What's Happening at MLC on
December 16, 2018
The 3rd Sunday of Advent
Adult Forum/Sunday school: 9 a.m.
Worship with Holy Communion: 10:15 a.m.
Call to Worship: Church bell
Choir: Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn, Text and Music: Marty Haugen, b. 1950; Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah, Text: Wayne L. Wold, b. 1954; Tune: Tif El Veldele; Daughter of Zion, Author: Johannes J. Eschenburg, 1743-1820; Music: George Frideric Handel, 1685-1759 (from Judas Maccabeus); Tr: H. Brueckner; Arrangement: The Morning Star Choir Book, Paul Thomas;
An Advent Processional, Text: St. Ambrose, 340-397; Tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-1866; Music: Donald Pearson, 1930-2018
Lighting the Third Candle of Advent
The Collect/Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you once called John the Baptist to give witness to the coming of your Son, to prepare his way. Grant to your people today the wisdom to see your purpose, and the openness to hear your will, that we may witness to Christ's coming and so prepare his way. Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of your only begotten Son, so that by his coming we may be enabled to serve you with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
Zephaniah tells us in the first lesson: "Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! This Sunday is called "Rejoice" Sunday; it is also called "Rose Sunday." The rose-colored candle on the Advent wreath gives the message of rejoicing. Today we hear some of the O-Antiphons ("O Come, O come, Emmanuel.... Rejoice!) Rose is a softened hue of violet, thus a compromise between the colors symbolizing penitence and joy.
Today, as we get closer to the birth of our Savior, the Church pauses in its waiting to really "Rejoice!"
Processional hymn: LSB 357, st. 1-4, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Offertory hymn: LSB 344, On Jordan's Bank
Communion hymns: LSB 333, Once He Came in Blessing; LSB 515, Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
Closing hymn: LSB 354, Arise, O Christian People
The Liturgical color for Advent is blue.
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