Trinity Lutheran Church - Canton, IL
December 2, 2018 - First Sunday of Advent
Welcome to Trinity!

We’re glad you’re here! 

  • If you are attending via Facebook Live, please fill out the contact card at the end of today's bulletin to request a pastoral visit, join our mailing list, or update your contact information.
  • If you are attending in person, we invite you to sign in when the ushers pass around the clipboards, and to include your contact information so that we can send you a card (and Pastor can call you if you’d like).


We celebrate Holy Communion in worship each Sunday at 9:00 AM. Visitors are welcome for Communion—read the "Invitation to Holy Communion section  to learn more.


We have weekly education programs for all ages after worship, including Sunday School (age 3+), Confirmation (7th & 8th grade), Youth Group (middle/high school), and Adult Forum.


 

"Need to Know" Information

Restrooms (all handicapped-accessible):

  • Located down the hall from the church office (women’s first, then men’s).


Child and Family Needs—in Fireside Room (entry area):

  • Children are welcome in worship! The small table has crayons and coloring books if your little ones need to keep their hands busy!
  • Our Family Room (next to the TV) offers a baby changing table and space for nursing or other family needs during the service!


Hearing Assistance:

  • You can your set hearing aid to “T” to use our T-coil hearing loop.
  • Other hearing assistance devices are available as well—please ask an usher if you would like to use one.

 

God’s Mission for Trinity: Welcome. Nurture. Serve.

  • In order to put Christ first, we WELCOME people into the church, inviting them to receive the love and grace of Jesus so they may know themselves as children of God.
  • We NURTURE people in faith to support their learning and growth as followers of Jesus.
  • We send people out to SERVE people in emotional, spiritual, and physical need in the congregation, the community, and the world.
Welcoming & Gathering

Prelude

 


Welcome & Announcements

  • Click/tap here for this week's announcements!
  • NEW for Kids: Learn about the Bible with interactive games, word searches, and puzzles you can play on a phone through Bible Activities Zone! (Please be polite and turn off the sound if you are sitting in church, though!)




Children's Time & Lighting of the Advent Wreath



Please stand as you are able.



Gathering Hymn   “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (vs. 1)  ELW 257   

 

Confession and Forgiveness (1 John 3:18; John 20:23; Revelation 1:8)

P:   In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


P: Almighty God, prepare the way of our Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts; in our lives; in our homes; and in the calling we share together to be the church, Christ’s body in the world. Open us to the guidance of your Holy Spirit, that we may increasingly love you and our neighbors in truth and action, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

 

P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of the gracious God who is, who was, and who is to come. (A brief silence.) Almighty God,

C: we confess that we have not prepared for your merciful reign among us. We ignore our neighbors in need and fail in the labor of justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your light and to seek the things that will endure until Christ comes again in glory. Amen.


P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake, God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

C: Amen.

 

 

Apostolic Greeting (2 Corinthians 13:13)

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

C: And also with you.

 

 

Kyrie

Prayer of the Day

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray together.

C: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Nurtured By God's Word

First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16

A: The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.



Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10 (sung to the tune below)

L: To | you, O LORD,

I lift | up my soul.

C: My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be | put to shame,

nor let my enemies triumph | over me.

L: Let none who look to you be | put to shame;

rather let those be put to shame | who are treacherous.

C: Show me your | ways, O LORD,

and teach | me your paths.  

L: Lead me in your | truth and teach me,

for you are the God of my salvation;

in you have I trusted all | the day long.

C: Remember, O LORD, your compas- | sion and love,

for they are from | everlasting.  

L: Remember not the sins of my youth and | my transgressions;

remember me according to your steadfast love

and for the sake of your good- | ness, O LORD.

C: You are gracious and up- | right, O LORD;

therefore you teach sinners | in your way.

L: You lead the low- | ly in justice

and teach the low- | ly your way.

C: All your paths, O LORD, are steadfast | love and faithfulness

to those who keep your covenant and your | testimonies.  

  


Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

A: How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.


Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 


Please stand as you are able.



Gospel Acclamation "Wait for the Lord"

GOSPEL: Luke 21:25-36

P:  This is the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 21st chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.


P: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”


P: The Gospel of the Lord.               

C: Praise to you, O Christ.


 

Please sit.



Sermon


 

Please stand as you are able. 



Hymn of the Day    “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying”    ELW 436         

  

Profession of Faith (Apostles’ Creed)

C:   I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

             I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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.

 


Prayers of the Church (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Each section of the prayers ends:

A: Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

     

When we get to this part, please join in reading the names in bold:

A: Today, we pray especially for...these friends on our Prayer List:

C: Dave, JoAnne, Lois, Cecil, Andrea & Rosalind, Tom, Ron, Carolyn, Eleanor, Florence, Karen, Ian, Kirk, Dawn, Lois, Lynette, Carole, Paul, Sandy, Brian, Easton, Angela, Brenda, Richard, Mallerie, Diane, Cindy, Lucas, Vickie, Adrienne, and Rosemary.


At the conclusion of the prayers:

P: Into your hands…through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.



Sharing of the Peace (John 14:27, 20:19-21; Matthew 5:23-24)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.



Please sit.

Nurtured By Christ's Meal

Please sit. 



Offering                  “Blessed Is He Who Comes”                  Kids’ Choir        

  

 

Please stand as you are able.



Sung Offertory             “Blessed Be the God of Israel” (vs. 1 - 2)

Offertory Prayer

A: Let us pray. God of abundance, we bring before you the precious fruits of your creation, and with them our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for all in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.




Great Thanksgiving


P:   It is indeed right...we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 


Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 118:26, Mark 11:9-10)

Eucharistic Prayer (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

P:   Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord...

       In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread...

       Again, after supper, he took the cup...

       Pour out upon us...now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

 

Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)

C: 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 today our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For  thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Please sit.



Lamb of God (John 1:29)

Invitation to Holy Communion

If you are visiting today, you are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

  • Please come forward when the usher comes to your row. (If you are unable to come forward, please tell the usher, and the servers will come to you.)
  • Pastor will give you the bread, and then you can choose to either drink wine from the first (silver) cup or to dip your bread in the second (blue) cup, which has both red wine and white grape juice.
  • If you prefer not to receive Holy Communion, you are invited to come forward with your arms folded across your chest to receive a blessing.


All are invited to sing the following hymns while Communion is distributed:

  • ELW 490   “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
  • ELW 263   “Savior of the Nations, Come”
  • ELW 254    “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
  • ELW 471    “Let Us Break Bread Together”      




Please stand as you are able.



Blessing

P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C: Amen.




Prayer after Communion

A: Let us pray. Holy One, we give you thanks that in this bread and cup we have feasted again on your endless love. Let that love overflow more and more in our lives, that we may be messengers to prepare your way, harvesters of justice and righteousness, and bearers of your eternal Word, our Savior Jesus Christ.

C:  Amen.

Sending Us Out to Serve

Benediction (Numbers 6:24-25, sung)

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 give you peace,

in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: (sung response below)

Sending Hymn     “He Came Down”      ELW 253

  

Dismissal

A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!

C: Thanks be to God!

 


Postlude




Copyright Notices

Service words & music reproduced and streamed under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SBL-14744.


Other hymns streamed under OneLicense #A-715015.

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