Trinity Lutheran Church - Canton, IL
December 8, 2019 - Second Sunday of Advent
Welcome to Trinity!

We’re glad you’re here! 

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  • 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



Welcome & Announcements

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  • 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!)

Please stand as you are able.

Confession and Forgiveness (1 John 1:9, John 20:23)

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

C:  Amen.

P: Let us come before the living God in confession. (Brief silence) As we wait and watch for the promised day of salvation, 

C: We open our hearts to you, O God. Search us and know us. Reveal all that we keep inside. To you, O God, we confess our sins, known and unknown. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us in your ways of justice and peace. Make us reflections of the radiant love of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

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.




Lighting of the Advent Wreath

P: Let us pray together. O God, make this Advent wreath a reminder of the light of Christ that grows among us this season, and make that light shine more and more brightly through us each day.

C: Amen.


Two candles on the wreath is lit.

Prayer of the Day

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray together. Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. 

C: By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Please sit.

Nurtured By God's Word

First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10

Isaiah describes the coming of a future, ideal ruler who will renew David's royal line (the stump of Jesse), restoring harmony and peaceful coexistence.


A: A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (read responsively)

L: Give the king your jus- | tice, O God,

 and your righteousness to | the king's son;

C: that he may rule your | people righteously

 and the | poor with justice;

L: that the mountains may bring prosperity | to the people,

and the | hills, in righteousness.

C: Let him defend the needy a- | mong the people,

rescue the poor, and crush | the oppressor.  

L: May he live as long as the sun and | moon endure,

from one generation | to another.

C: Let him come down like rain upon | the mown field,

like showers that wa- | ter the earth.

L: In his time may the | righteous flourish;

and let there be an abundance of peace till the moon shall | be no more.

C: Blessed are you, LORD God, the | God of Israel;

you alone do | wondrous deeds!

L: And blessed be your glorious | name forever,

and may all the earth be filled with your glory. A- | men. Amen.


Second Reading: : Romans 15:4-13

God's promise to include Gentiles within the circle of God's blessed people has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Christians live out their unity by welcoming and encouraging each other just as Christ has welcomed them into God's family.


A: Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name"; and again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people"; and again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him"; and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Please stand as you are able. 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:1-12

Just before Jesus begins his public ministry, John the Baptist appears, calling people to mend their ways and speaking of a powerful one who is to come.


P:  This is the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 3rd chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.

P: In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'" Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."


P: The Gospel of the Lord.               

C: Praise to you, O Christ.


Please sit.



Please stand as you are able. 

Hymn of the Day                    “The King Shall Come”                   #260


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: JoAnne, Gail, Marilyn, Cecil, Rebecca, Tom, Ron, Don, Pr. Virgil, Eleanor, Jim, Karen, Gloria, Ian, Kirk, Pr. Paul, Rosalie, Dawn, Lois, Lynette, Carole, Paul, Brian, Brenda, John, Shannon, Loyd, Judy, Diane, Louisa, Reba, and Linda.

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

Offering          “Prepare the Royal Highway”             Andrea Garnett


Offertory            ”Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying”  (v. 1)            #436

Wake, awake, for night is flying,

the watch-men on the heights are crying;

awake, Jerusalem, at last. 

Midnight hears the welcome voices,

and at the thrilling cry rejoices: 

“Come forth, you maidens! Night is past. 

The bridegroom comes! Awake;

your lamps with gladness take!” Alleluia! 

Rise and prepare the feast to share;

go, meet the bridegroom, who draws near.



Please stand as you are able.

Offertory Prayer

A: Let us pray. Giver of every good thing, we set before you the gifts that you have already given to sustain our lives and to share with others. Help us to be good stewards of the earth and all that is in it, and let our lives be a testimony to the abundant feast you prepare for all who hunger. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

P: It is indeed right...join their unending hymn:      


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

C: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Eucharistic Prayer (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

P: Holy One, the beginning and the end,...

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

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

Send your Holy Spirit upon this God, now and forever.

C: Amen.     



The 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 this day 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.



Lamb of God (John 1:29)

C: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.


Please sit.

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.


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. God of abundance, we give you thanks that in this holy meal you have invited us to feast with you and one another. May the taste of your love remain with us, and may our words and our work in your name invite others into your bountiful grace. Send us from your table to proclaim your presence, even as we await the glorious coming of Christ our Savior.

C:  Amen.

Sending Us Out to Serve

Sending Us Out To Serve in God’s World

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Please stand as you are able.

Benediction (Numbers 6:24-25, spoken)

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: Amen.

Sending Hymn               “Prepare the Royal Highway”                #264


A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!

C: Thanks be to God!



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