SALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH-BETHEL

December 14, 2014 Sunday Bulletin

 

 

SALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

Bethel, Pennsylvania

(717) 933-5451

 

“Ministers – all the people of Salem”

Vicar Julie Osterhout

 

Ruth Stein, Organist

  

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 14, 2014

9:30 a.m.

 

The asterisk* means to please stand if you are able. Lessons and designated prayers are found in the Celebrate Insert. Congregational responses are in bold, non-italicized print.

 

ELW refers to the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. Hymn numbers refer to songs; they are not page numbers. Page numbers are found at the front and very end of the hymnal at the bottom of the pages. Psalms are considered to be the first 150 hymns of the hymnal. They begin after page number 338.

 

Gathering

 

Prelude

 

Reader: A reading from Isaiah: “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the LORD has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering ones.” Today we light three candles; the candles of “Joy,” “Peace,” and “Hope.” Our hearts sing with joy at the coming of the Messiah, Savior of all humankind. [The reader lights three candles]

 

 

Response: Hymn ELW 262 - “Wait for the Lord”

(Ruth will play it through once, then the congregation will sing it through once.)

 

*Confession and Forgiveness (page 94-96)

Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Amen.

 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

(Silence is kept for reflection.)

 

Gracious God,

have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

God who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of + Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. Amen.

 

*Gathering Hymn ELW 718“In a Lowly Manger Born”

 

*Apostolic Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

 

*Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy) (page 147 - 148)

(Sung)

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

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

Lord have mercy.

 

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.

Lord have mercy.

 

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

Lord have mercy.

 

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

Amen.

 

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

 

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

*The Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.  . . (See Celebrate Insert). . . Amen.

 

Word

(See Celebrate Insert for readings)

 

First Reading

(Conclusion of reading): The Word of the Lord.      Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm (Read responsively – congregation reads the bold type)

 

Second Reading

(Conclusion of Reading): The Word of the Lord.      Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Message

 

*Gospel Acclamation (Sung)(page 151)

 

Alleluia,

Lord to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia.

 

The Gospel according to . . .

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

(Conclusion of Gospel)

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Hymn of the Day ELW 267 “Joy to the World”

 

Sermon

 

(Silence is kept for reflection.)

 

*Creed

Now let us stand and confess the faith into which we are baptized using the Apostle’s Creed. (page 105)

 

I believe in God the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ God’s 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 to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Offering (If you are a visitor, please do not feel obligated to give. We are happy you’re here.)

  Offertory

*Offertory Hymn ELW 691 - “Accept, O Lord, the Gifts We Bring”

 

*Prayers of Intercession

(See Celebrate Insert)

 

*The Lord’s Prayer

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.

 

Hymn ELW 659 “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”

(*Stand if you are able before the last verse.)

 

Sending

*Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

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

(Sung)

 

 

*Sending Hymn ELW 843 “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”

 

Announcements

(Please be seated for the announcements.)

 

Extinguishing of Candles

(Please remain seated until all candles have been extinguished)

 

Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

(You are invited to the Social Hall for Coffee and Fellowship.)

 

Postlude

 

RETURN

 

Serving Today

 

 

 

Reader- Angie Edwards

 

Acolyte- Marion Oxenreider

 

Greeting – Marion Oxenreider

 

Ushering – Denise Triest, Donald Daub, Marion Oxenreider, Harold Oxenreider

 

Children’s Time – Pam Guigley

 

The Altar Flowers are sponsored in celebration of the anniversary of Quentin Light’s baptism.

 

 

 

Staff

Worship Leader-Vicar Julie G. Osterhout

Organist-Ruth Stein

Administrative Assistant-Kelly Light

Sexton-Gloria Seiverling

 

Finances

Treasurer-Gloria Seiverling

Financial Secretary-Donald Daub

 

Church Council

President-Kelly Light

Vice-president-Ruth Stein

Secretary-Marion Oxenreider

Members:

      Gloria Seiverling

      Loretta Ziegler

      Geraldine Lebo

      Steve Long

      Angela Edwards

      Nik Andrusiak

 

RETURN