Mt. Olive Worship – Nov. 29, 2020
Advent Lessons & Carols
All hymns are found at the end of the Order of Service.
PRELUDE: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Mt. Olive Handbell Ringers
Arr. for handbells by Anna Laura Page. From collection: Glory to the Newborn King. © 2016, Choristers Guild. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. A brief silence.
Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of X Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Advent Lessons and Carols
First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-3, 19-20 Reader: Deacon Lynne Bolick Reed
1 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
3 Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
19 The sun shall no longer be
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give light to you by night;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun shall no more go down,
or your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Song: Come to Us by Greg Walton Jenna & Alisse Waters, sopranos
Words & Music: Greg Walton. © 2011 spiritandsong.com. CCLI License # 2301677
“Scattered and broken bent in our way.
We are your people gathered to praise you;
A vineyard uprooted narrow in sight. Come Lord of glory come Lord of light.”
“Come to us O Lord of glory and shine in our hearts.
Come to us O Lord of glory and make us anew.
Lord we wait for you; Lord we wait for you.
Lord we wait for you; come Lord of glory.”
“Come Lord our dayspring; come from on high.
As we your people gather to praise you.
Unworthy to taste from your heavenly vine.
But your word will heal us come light divine.”
“Come Root of Jesse; come David’s son.
Come Star of Morning we come to praise you.
Hope of creation of all humankind; Reign over body spirit and mind.”
Second Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9 Reader: Deacon Liz Brendle Fox
1 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 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.
3 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;
4 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.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
6 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.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
9 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.
Hymn: ELW 250 Blessed Be the God of Israel (Sung by the Congregation)
Music: English folk tune; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Public Domain. Text: Carl P. Daw, Jr., based on Luke 1:68-79; © 1989, Hope Publishing Company. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
Third Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-5 Reader: Olivia Isenhour; Drummers: Lydia Smith, Addison Sigmon, Maleah Garner, Olivia Isenhour
Drummers: “Comfort, comfort oh my people, says your God!”
1-2 “Comfort, oh comfort my people,”
says your God.
“Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem,
but also make it very clear
That she has served her sentence,
that her sin is taken care of—forgiven!
She’s been punished enough and more than enough,
and now it’s over and done with.”
Drummers: “Prepare the way of the Lord! Prepare the way of the Lord!”
3-5 Thunder in the desert!
“Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road straight and smooth,
a highway fit for our God.
Fill in the valleys,
level off the hills,
Smooth out the ruts,
clear out the rocks.
Then God’s bright glory will shine
and everyone will see it.
Yes. Just as God has said.”
Drummers: “God’s glory will shine! God’s glory will shine!”
All Scripture quotations are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries.
Anthem: Comfort, Comfort O My People (Sung by the Choir)
“Comfort, Comfort, O My People” Music: Louis Bourgeois: “Geneva 42” from the Genevan Psalter, Public Domain. Arr. by Tony Alonso. © 2017, GIA Publications, Inc. Text: Based on Isaiah 40:1-8. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 40:9-11 Reader: Vicar Denise Henry
9 Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10 See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.
Hymn: ELW 264 Prepare the Royal Highway (v. 1, 3, 4) (Sung by the Congregation)
Music: “Bereden Vag For Herran,” Swedish folk tune, Public Domain. Text: Frans Mikael Franzen, © 1978, Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. by Augsburg Fortress. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
Fifth Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Reader: Audrey Yount Glenn
1 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
8 For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery and wrong doing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
Hymn: ELW 263 Savior of the Nations, Come (v. 1-3, 6) (Sung by the Congregation)
Music: “Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland” by J. Walter, Public Domain. Text: attr. to Ambrose of Milan and Martin Luther, © 2006 Augsburg Fortress. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
Sixth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 Reader: Pastor Ryan Ray
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Hymn: ELW 265 The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (v.1-3) (Sung by the Congregation)
Music: “Gabriel’s Message” Basque Carol arr. by C. Edgar Pettman and John Wickham, © 1955, 1983 E.H. Freeman, Ltd., admin. by Glenwood Music Corp. Text: Birjina gaztettobat zegoen; trad. Basque carol; tr. by Sabine Baring-Gould, Public Domain. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
Seventh Lesson: Luke 1:68-79
After being struck mute at the announcement of his wife’s pregnancy, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist speaks prophecy about the coming Christ Child.
Song: And You Child by Jason Silver Jenna & Alisse Waters, sopranos
Words: Holy Bible; Music: Jason Silver. © 2015. Reprinted and streamed by permission of Mr. Silver. https://jasonsilver.com and https://www.youtube.com/user/jasonsilver
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David; as he spoke through the mouth of his prophets; as he spoke through holy prophets from of old; that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all those who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors and has remembered his holy covenant; the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham. To grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies might serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; to go before the Lord to prepare his ways. To give knowledge of the salvation of his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us; to give light to those who sit in darkness, the shadow of death.”
HYMN OF THE DAY: Lost in the Night (Sung by the Virtual Choir)
Music: Finnish Folk Tune, Public Domain. Text: Olav Lee, © 1932 Augsburg Publishing House. Arr. by Kyle S. Haugen, © 2000, Augsburg Fortress. Sung by “Hymn of the Week Virtual Choir” led by Dr. Ryan Luhrs, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Hickory NC. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
The NICENE CREED
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
God of power and might, tear open the heavens and come quickly to this weary world. Hear our prayers for everyone in need.
A brief silence.
We pray for the ministry we share in Christ’s name. Open our hearts to your call for justice, peace, and healing. Attune us to the needs of the world as you draw near. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for this planet in need of restoration: for devastated habitats, polluted waters, thawing ice, blazing fires, swelling floods, and long-lasting droughts. Renew the face of the earth and our relationship to it. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for all people who care for others in our community and around the world. Fill them with compassion and the power to respond with justice for those who are oppressed, with welcome for those who are excluded, and with relief for those who suffer. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for people who are in crisis as the seasons change: for those without homes facing severe weather, for those who are unemployed or underemployed, and for those in poverty or facing food insecurity. (Local feeding or housing ministries may be named). Relieve their burdens, sustain their bodies, and ease their minds. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for the people in our families and congregation who live with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, and other invisible illnesses. Ease their suffering and support them when they struggle. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We give thanks for the lives and witness of those who died while waiting for justice, peace, or healing, those whose names we know and those whose names are known only to you. Sustain all who still yearn for the completion of your redeeming work. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Draw near to us, O God, and receive our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THANKS FOR GIVING: OFFERING PRAYER
Generous God, you have created all that is, and you provide for us in every season.
Bless all that we offer, that through these gifts the world will receive your blessing.
In the name of Jesus, Emmanuel, we pray. Amen.
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
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.
The Creator of the stars bless your Advent waiting,
the long-expected Savior fill you with love,
the unexpected Spirit guide your journey, X now and forever. Amen.
In response to the love of Jesus Christ, our mission is Believe, Belong, Serve. God’s Work, Our Hands.
Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
POSTLUDE “Savior of the Nations, Come, Setting III”
From Improvisations for the Christmas Season Set 1. Music arr. by Paul Manz, © 1987 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. Podcast/Streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-729827. All rights reserved.
All worship liturgy comes from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and SundaysandSeasons.com. © Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License SAS103274. All rights reserved.
All hymn introductions and interludes were composed by Organist, Jenna Waters. © 2020. All rights reserved.
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All Saints Sunday (November 1, 2020)
Welcome & Worship Announcements
Invocation and Call to Worship
In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit.
Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who by your breath gave us life, have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy.
Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who suffered death for all humanity, who rose from the grave to open the way to eternal life, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy.
Holy Spirit, author and giver of life, the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence and everlasting hope, have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy.
To you, O blessed Trinity, be glory and honor, forever and ever. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.
Prayer of the Day
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
A reading from John’s Revelation, Chapter 7
9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Word of God. Word of life. Thanks be to God.
Sermon Silence for reflection follows.
“Shall We Gather at the River” Hymn of the Week Virtual Choir
The Apostles’ Creed
I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church.
Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? I renounce them.
Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? 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.
Prayers of Intercession
Let us pray. A brief silence is kept.
Almighty God, in holy baptism you have knit your chosen people together into one communion of saints in the body of Christ. Give to your whole church in heaven and on earth your light and your peace. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Remind us that all who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection have died to sin and will rise to share new life in Christ. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Give courage and faith to all who mourn, and a sure and certain hope in your loving care, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may have strength for the days ahead. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that, where this world groans in grief and pain, your Holy Spirit may lead us to bear witness to your light and life. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Help us, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
We remember with thanksgiving the blessed saints whom you have received into your glory, especially… Guide us with them to the springs of the water of life. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God of all grace, we give you thanks because by his death our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death and by his resurrection he opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Make us certain that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Remembering our Loved Ones
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
We have received life because Jesus has overcome death, now we remember those members of our congregation who have gone ahead and are caught up in his eternal light and life:
Brenda Killian Camp (chime)
Mildred Wilson Hall Salley (chime)
Robert Henry Welch (chime)
Virginia Ruth Adams Killian (chime)
Edith Mae Crocker (chime)
Bois Deitz Crocker (chime)
Catherine Andrews Adams (chime)
Martha “Sunny” Little Price (chime)
Sarah Anne Hollar Lyerly (chime)
Leigh Ashley Thompson (chime)
Mary Kelly Wright (chime)
Morris Russell Hoover (chime)
Annie Jane Wood Everhart (chime)
THANKS FOR GIVING!
Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The 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 glory forever and ever. Amen.
Announcements & Opportunities to Love and Serve
When you were baptized into Christ Jesus, you were baptized into his death. Therefore you were buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, you too might walk in newness of life. For since you have been united with him in a death like his, you shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Amen.
Our mission is: Believe. Belong. Serve. God’s work. Our hands.
Go in peace, serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!