HYMN#346 “When All the World Was Cursed” (LSB 346)

When all the world was cursed, By Moses’ condemnation, Saint John the Baptist came, With words of consolation.

​With true forerunner’s zeal, The greater One he named, And Him, as yet unknown, As Savior he proclaimed.“

Before he [John] yet was born, He leaped in joyful meeting, Confessing Him as Lord, Whose mother he was greeting

​ By Jordan’s rolling stream, A new Elijah bold, He testified of Him, Of whom the prophets told.​

Behold the Lamb of God, That bears the world’s transgression, Whose sacrifice removes, The devil’s dread oppression.

​ Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away our sin, Who for our peace and joy, Will full atonement win.

​O grant, dear Lord of love, That we receive, rejoicing, The word proclaimed by John, Our true repentance voicing.

​That gladly we may walk, Upon our Savior’s way, Until we live with Him, In His eternal day

The Lord Sets Up His Tent among Us


One custom of the Advent and Christmas season in years gone by was the setting aside for a period of days of a room in the house as a special place that would be seen again on Christmas Eve, when it was revealed to the family, having been beautifully decorated. There was a palpable sense of wonder to the Christmas room. It was a fitting place for the celebration of the Savior’s coming to earth as Emmanuel in His birth at Bethlehem. Emmanuel means “God with us.” The presence of Jesus among us makes every room in every Christian home a special place. It also blesses this space where we bring our prayers and praise to Him in this holy season.


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As the hymn is sung, the candles on the Advent wreath and the altar are lighted.


SERIES HYMN “O Great I Am, Almighty Word” 

O great I AM, almighty Word,
Whose saving deeds were seen and heard
Among Your people Israel,
Come now to us, and ever dwell.

Appearing in a bush of flame,
You called on Moses to proclaim
Deliv’rance from captivity
And lead Your people through the sea.

 You dwelt amidst the wand’ring band
And led them to the Promised Land;
Your presence hovered, as a cloud,
Your glory filled the tent of God.

You chose the weak and gave them might
To conquer in the mortal fight,
Then took on flesh to draw our breath,
Meek child, yet victor over death.

O Word Incarnate, Christ of God,
Partaker of our flesh and blood,
Be in our midst and always dwell
As Savior, Lord, Immanuel.

Text and text and text: © 2021 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Advent License no. 110003275



    In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION                                                                                                                                               Psalm 124:8

P     Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C     who made heaven and earth.
P     In this season of penitence and reflection, let us think of our unworthiness and confess before God that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, asking for His merciful forgiveness.
C     God Almighty, have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

    Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son, our Emmanuel, to die for us, and for His sake forgives us all our sins. May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C     Amen.


    The Lord be with you.
C     And also with you.


    Let us pray.

Almighty Father, by the advent of Your Son into the world, the kingdom of heaven now is open to all who believe in Him. Grant us Your Holy Spirit so that we may believe in Him with our whole heart and serve Him in our daily lives, so that when He comes again in glory, we may, by Your mercy, be gathered into His eternal courts with all the faithful. This we ask in His blessed name.

C     Amen.

     The theme for our Advent services in this season is “Symbols of Salvation: Foretelling Christ’s Birth.” That wondrous birth has been portrayed beautifully in the “winged words” of poets and hymnwriters. Together, we sing some of those words in our next hymn.

HYMN# 810 “O God of God, O Light of Light”                                                                                                                                                   sts. 1–3

 O God of God, O Light of Light,
O Prince of Peace and King of kings:
To You in heaven's glory bright
The song of praise forever rings.
To Him who sits upon the throne,
The Lamb once slain but raised again,
Be all the glory He has won,
All thanks and praise! Amen, amen.

 For deep in the prophets' sacred page,
And grand in poets' winged word,
Slowly in type, from age to age
The nations saw their coming Lord;
Till through the deep Judean night
Rang out the song, "Good will to men!"
Sung once by first-born sons of light,
It echoes now, "Good will!" Amen.

 That life of truth, those deeds of love,
That death so steeped in hate and scorn--
These all are past, and now above
He reigns, our King once crowned with thorn.
Lift up your heads, O mighty gates!
So sang that host beyond our ken.
Lift up your heads, your King awaits.
We lift them up. Amen, amen.

​Tune and text: Public domain

HYMN#348“The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” (LSB 348)

1 The King shall come when morning dawns
And light triumphant breaks,
When beauty gilds the eastern hills
And life to joy awakes.

2 Not as of old a little child,
To bear and fight and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun
That lights the morning sky.

3 Oh, brighter than the rising morn
When Christ, victorious rose
And left the lonesome place of death
Despite the rage of foes.

4 Oh, brighter than that glorious morn
Shall dawn upon our race
The day when Christ in splendor comes
And we shall see His face.

5 The King shall come when morning dawns
And light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray:
Come quickly, King of kings!

Text and tune: Public domain

HOLY GOSPEL                                                                                                           John 1:14–18

    The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter.

C    Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John bore witness about Him, and cried out, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me.’”)  And from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known.

P     This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C    Praise be to Thee, O Christ


OFFERTORY HYMN#350“Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come” (LSB 350)

​1 Come, Thou precious Ransom, come,
Only hope for sinful mortals!
Come, O Savior of the world!
Open are to Thee all portals.
Come, Thy beauty let us see;
Anxiously we wait for Thee.

2 Enter now my waiting heart,
Glorious King and Lord most holy.
Dwell in me and ne'er depart,
Though I am but poor and lowly.
Ah, what riches will be mine
When Thou art my guest divine!

3 My hosannas and my palms
Graciously receive, I pray Thee;
Evermore, as best I can,
Savior, I will homage pay Thee,
And in faith I will embrace,
Lord, Thy merit through Thy grace.

4 Hail! Hosanna, David's Son!
Jesus, hear our supplication!
Let Thy kingdom, scepter, crown,
Bring us blessing and salvation,
That forever we may sing:
Hail! Hosanna to our King.

​Text and tune: Public domain

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CATECHISM                                                                                                       The Second Article

C     And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

    What does this mean?

C     I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord,who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.  This is most certainly true.


    Almighty God, because You have committed to Your people the ministry of intercession, hear us as we pray for ourselves and for others, and grant that our hearts be filled with peace and love.

   We pray for Your Holy Church throughout all the world, that You would bestow on the
       ministers of Your Word and Sacraments Your grace and truth and confirm Your people in the faith of the Gospel, that Christ may be exalted as head over all.
C     We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P     We pray for Your people here and everywhere, that You would inspire them with love for Your house, zeal in Your service, and joy in the advancement of Your Kingdom; and that in this season of Advent, we rejoice together in the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.
C     We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

    We pray for the nations of the earth, that peace and mutual understanding would flourish; and for those in authority, that they would be led by the Spirit to a true desire for peace and love of concord.
C     We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

    We pray for all our schools, colleges, and seminaries, and for all who teach in them and all who learn, that as they grow in knowledge and ability they look to You, the fountain of all wisdom.
C     We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P     We pray for all in sickness and distress, that You would give strength to the weary, relief to the suffering, and comfort to the dying; and we pray for medical workers and researchers as they seek to bring an increase of health throughout the world.
C     We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P     And in this season of reflection, we remember with thanks Your servants who have departed this life in Your faith and fear, and we
       pray You to give us grace to follow them as they followed Christ. This we ask in the name and for the sake of Jesus, our Emmanuel.
C     Amen.


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.


 ​“In Holy Conversation” LSB, hymn #772 (Tune 672)

In holy conversation We speak to God in prayer,

And at His invitation Our deepest thoughts we share.

We come, His will obeying As children bringing needs;

And to support our praying, His Spirit intercedes.

These holy conversations Begin in child-like ways;

We bring our supplications And words of thanks and praise.

With care our Father listens To ev’ry thought expressed,

Then answers our petitions In ways He knows are best.

As holy conversation, In silence or by word,

In ev’ry situation Through Jesus, we are heard.

So let us pray securely, Expressing hopes and fears

With confidence that surely Our Father ever hears.

Tune: Public domain
Text: © 2004 Gregory J. Wismar. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004989


P     Let us pray.
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in Your mercy, grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C     Amen.


    The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless you and keep you.
C     Amen.


P     O Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before whom all kings are mute, to whom the nations will do homage:
C     Come quickly to deliver us.

HYMN#357 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (LSB 357:4)                                           sts. ref, 4

​4 O come, Thou Branch of Jesse's tree,
Free them from Satan's tyranny
That trust Thy mighty pow'r to save,
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave. [Refrain]

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.


P     O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open:
C     Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and the shadow of death.

5 O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. [Refrain]

Tune and text: Public domain

Sermon: Emmanual "God Is With Us" Text: Exodus 40:17–21, 34–38

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FIRST READING………………………Exodus 40:17–21, 34–38

    A reading from Exodus, the fortieth chapter.

 In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected.  Moses erected the tabernacle. He laid its bases, and set up its frames, and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars.  And he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent over it, as the Lord had commanded Moses.  He took the testimony and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark and set the mercy seat above on the ark.  And he brought the ark into the tabernacle and set up the veil of the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses. . . .

 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out.  But if the cloud was not taken up,

then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up.  For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

P     This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

PSALM                                                                                                                               Psalm 86

    Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
C     Preserve my life, for I am godly; save Your servant, who trusts in You—You are my God.

P     Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

C     For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You.

P     Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon You, for You answer me.
C     There is none like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours.

P     All the nations You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God.
C     Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.

P     I give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever.
C     For great is Your steadfast love toward me; You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

    O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seek my life, and they do not set You before them.
C     But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

    Turn to me and be gracious to me; give Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your maidservant.
C     Show me a sign of Your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


SECOND READING……………………………………..Isaiah 40:9–12

P     A reading from Isaiah, the fortieth chapter.

Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good news;
              lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”

Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
and His arm rules for Him;
behold, His reward is with Him,
and His recompense before Him.
He will tend His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in His bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?

P     This is the Word of the Lord
C    Thanks be to God.


VERSE                                                                                                                      Daniel 7:13–14

P     I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.
C     And to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him;

    His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
C     and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.​