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    Bulletin for Advent Lessons & Carols (11-29-2020)

    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.


    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.


    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.
    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.

    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

    Verse 1
    “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.”

    Verse 2
    “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.”

    Repeat Chorus

    Verse 3
    “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.”

    Repeat Chorus

    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.
    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.

    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

    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;
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
    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.
    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.