12 9 15 Gabriel brings news of a son the forerunner of Christ

Midweek Advent Services
Angels of Advent:
God’s messengers bring us news of the Christ
Wednesdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Evening Prayer

P: The Spirit and the Church cry out:
C: Come, Lord Jesus.
P: All those who await His appearance pray:
C: Come, Lord Jesus
P: The whole creation pleads:
C: Come, Lord Jesus

Hymn:

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
C: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
P: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who led Your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Enlighten our darkness by the light of Your Christ; may His Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for You are merciful, and You love Your whole creation and we, Your creatures, glorify You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

HYMN:
Advent Week 1: #362 “O Sing of Christ”
Advent Week 2: #346 “When All the World Was Cursed”
Advent Week 3: #356 “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came”

READING: Advent Week 1: Genesis 3:8-15
Advent Week 2: Luke 1:5-25
Advent Week 3: Luke 1:26-38

After each reading:
P: This is the Word of the Lord
C: Thanks be to God.

At the conclusion of the reading, the following is said:
P: In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets.
C: But now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son.

CATECHISIS: Week 1:
P: Which invisible beings created by God are especially important to us?

C: The angels. Angel means “messenger.” God frequently used angels to announce important events in the history of salvation: the birth of John the Baptist; the birth of Jesus; the resurrection of Jesus; the ascension and second coming of Jesus.
P: What else does the Bible tell us about angels?
C: They are spirit beings who were created holy. Some angels rebelled against God. They are the devils or demons. The good angels are many and powerful. They serve God and help us. The evil angels are also many and powerful. They hate God and seek to destroy everything that is good, especially faith in Christ.

Week 2: LSB page 322 – 1st Article
Week 3: LSB page 322-323 – 2nd Article

Special Music: Week II: “Prepare the Way of Lord” ILS Chorus Grades 2-8
Week III: Handbells -“Still, Still, Still” Arranged by Lloyd Larson

LITANY

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: For our Pastors in Christ, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy
P: For our public servants, for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy
P: For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy
P: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy
P: For the faithful who have gone before us and are with Christ let us give thanks to the Lord.
C: Alleluia
P: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

Silence for meditation
P: Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ, our Lord.
C: To You, O Lord.

P: O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God forever.
C: Amen.
P: Lord, remember us in Your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

LORD’S PRAYER
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; 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.

P: Let us bless the Lord
C: Thanks be to God.

OFFERING

HYMN: #940 “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”

SERMON:
Advent Week 1:
“The Fallen Angel learns of a deliverer”
Advent Week 2:
“Gabriel brings news of a son, the forerunner of Christ”
Advent Week 3:
“Gabriel announces to Mary she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit”
PRAYER:
P: Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom which comes down from heaven that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and in the confession of Your name may abide to the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C: Amen

BLESSING
P: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.
C: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: #878 “Abide With Me “
Advent I: Vs 1, 2, 3 & 6
Advent II: Vs. 1, 2, 4 & 6
Advent III: Vs. 1, 2, 5 & 6

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