The Sermon ………………………………………………..   Mark 1:1-8 (NKJV)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’”4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

God Delivers His Message for All People

  1. His Messengers – Prophets & Others
  2. His Message – Repentance & Salvation

Second Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 7, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 545 – “Word of God, Come Down on Earth”
(see hymnal insert)

The Invocation And Responsive Advent Scripture (From Isaiah 40)

P: The voice said, “Cry Out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is as grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40: 6-8)

C: We are flesh – physically and spiritually. Our inherited sinful nature and our actual sins of thought, word and deed are an inherent part of who we are. Because God’s just wrath and judgment blow over us. we wither and fade, spiritually and eternally. Yet above this stands the loving and merciful words and promises of our God, providing comfort and hope in our Advent Savior.

P: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain shall be made low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40: 3-5)

C: In this Advent season, O Lord, we hear the voice of your servants.  As we prepare our hearts to receive our Savior, You level the mountains of pride with Your law; You fill in the valleys of hopelessness and despair with Your redeeming Gospel; You straighten out the crooked places in our hearts and lives and smooth the rough places that sin has created. Through this all, Your glory is revealed for all mankind in Your holy Word.

P: “Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people,’ saith your God. ‘Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40: 1-2)

C: What wonderful news the Advent and Christmas Gospel bring to our hearts and lives! Comfort that is centered on a Savior come for us and given to us. Comfort from a God Who assures repentant sinners that the war with our enemies, sin, death and Satan is over; Comfort in the assurance of forgiveness and victory – and all because of our Advent Savior.

P: “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; Lift it up, be not afraid; Say unto the cites of Judah, ‘Behold your God!”

C: In this holy season, help us fearlessly, confidently and joyfully lift up the voices of our mouths and hearts and lives, ever crying out to all who will listen: “Behold your God!” Look to the manger and see there the cross and empty tomb – and victory. Look to the God of your salvation – repent, believe and rejoice!

The Old Testament Scripture Reading – Isaiah 40:1-11 (backcover)

God speaks of comfort to His people, both then and now. Comfort that He has spoken, and His Word stands forever. Comfort that He guides and protects us, His lambs.

The New Testament Scripture Reading – 1 Peter 3:8-15 (backcover)

The Lord keeps His promises, no matter how long it takes. He has promised He will come again, so He urges us to be prepared!

Nicene Creed (Supplement pg. 5)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.  And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.  And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, Whose kingdom will have no end.  And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, And I look for the resurrection of the dead And the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Hymn 347 – “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”
(see hymnal insert)

The Sermon ………………………………………………..   Mark 1:1-8 (NKJV)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’”4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

God Delivers His Message for All People

  1. His Messengers – Prophets & Others
  2. His Message – Repentance & Salvation

Hymn 344 – “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”
(see hymnal insert)

Our Advent Offering

Our Advent Communion Preparation

P: Lo, He Who is coming has come!

C: We welcome Him with thankful hearts.

P: Lo, He Who has come is coming again!

C: We wait for Him with fervent faith.

P: Lo, He comes!

C: Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Prayer By Pastor

The Consecration Of The Elements

The “Agnus Dei” (Melody Of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”)

The Distribution Of The Sacrament

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn 354 “Arise, O Christian People” (see hymnal insert)

Silent Prayer And Announcements

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