Advent Midweek Devotional Service December 2, 2020

ADVENT MID-WEEK DEVOTIONAL WORSHIP

December 2, 2020

Christ by the Lake Lutheran Church, Bull Shoals, AR

Pastor Sherman Gordius

Welcome to Christ by the Lake Lutheran Church in Bull Shoals, Arkansas and Holy Cross Lutheran in Mountain Home, Arkansas. I am Pastor Sherman Gordius.

Welcome to this first of four Advent Midweek Devotional Worship series. This year’s series will be titled “Watch, Wait, Wonder, and Worship.” The lessons will be verses selected from out of the previous Sunday’s lessons plus a Psalm.

I am recording this with me being the only person in the church building. I hope you are staying safe and healthy and hope you may find this a helpful tool for your worship and devotional time at home. Our prayers that the vaccine’s will help protect and heal and be distributed around the world as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we will not be having in-person worship services or groups at Christ by the Lake Lutheran here in Bull Shoals nor Holy Cross Lutheran in Mountain Home. Opening in-person worship will also be by steps with a time period of continued masks and distancing.

Let us begin worship with the lighting of:

The Advent Wreath Candle; Candle 1 Explanation and lighting

Opening Prayer: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. As darkness falls, may we watch for your light. Keep us awake and alert to your coming and strengthen us to the end, that we may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C: Amen.

P: It is now time for you to wake from sleep;

C: the night is far spent; the light draws near.

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Hymn: There is no singing but you may consider reflecting on and or singing at home an Advent themed hymn such as “Lost in the Night” ELW(Evangelical Lutheran Worship book) #243 or other hymn.

Psalm 130 Waiting for Divine Redemption

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Scripture: Mark 13:33-37

33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

Scripture Reflections

On the Psalm: 1. Name your “depths.”

2. What are your “supplications?” What in your life, spiritual and otherwise, do you need God to supply?

A guide for prayer life: ACTS; Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication

It is OK to ask for supply to fill needs.

Verses 5 & 7 express our hope is ‘in his word’ and ‘in the Lord.’ A major message of Christ’s coming birth is hope.

On the Gospel: 1. How is “the man” like God/Jesus?

2. Slaves are put in charge; each with work.

3. Who is the ‘Doorkeeper?’ What is being watched for?

4. What is it to be “asleep?”

a. peace and rest

b. oblivious resulting in missing out important-crucial

5. What is it to be “awake?”

6. And how does this all relate to Advent-Christmas?

What word, image, or phrase stands out for you in this reading?

What will you watch and pray about this Advent?

What will help you stay awake?

Hymn “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying” ELW #436

Evening Prayer

Concluding: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.

Amen.

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.

Blessing

Even as we wait, watch, wonder, and worship,

God is with us.

 

Peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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