O Dayspring, splendor of light everlasting:
C   Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

HYMN#357 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” sts. ref, 6

6  O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight. [Refrain]​​

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Shall come to thee,
O Israel!


P  O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people:
C  Come and save us all, whom You formed out of clay.

HYMN#357 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (LSB 357:7)

7  O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace. [Refrain]

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Shall come to thee,
O Israel!


P   O Emmanuel, our King and our Lord, the anointed for the nations
and their Savior:
C   Come and save us, O Lord our God.

HYMN#357“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (LSB 357)

​1   O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Shall come to thee,
O Israel!

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P   Let us pray.
O Lord, grant us Your grace in this present age to live with
confidence and courage as we look for the fullness of Your coming
among us in all of Your glory and power at the end of time. By the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit, lead us and guide us through our days
until at last we join with saints and angels in endless praise around
Your heavenly throne. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Your Son,
our Lord.
C   Amen.


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

HYMN#341“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

1   Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates! Behold, the King of glory waits. The King of kings is drawing near; The Savior of the world is here. Life and salvation He doth bring; Therefore rejoice and gladly sing. To God the Father raise Your joyful songs of praise.

2   A righteous Helper comes to thee; His chariot is humility, His kingly crown is holiness, His scepter, pity in distress. The end of all our woe He brings; Therefore the earth is glad and sings. To Christ the Savior raise Your grateful hymns of praise.

3   How blest the land, the city blest, Where Christ the ruler is confessed! O peaceful hearts and happy homes To whom this King in triumph comes! The cloudless sun of joy is He Who comes to set His people free. To God the Spirit raise Your happy shouts of praise.

4   Fling wide the portals of your heart; Make it a temple set apart From earthly use for heav’n’s employ, Adorned with prayer and love and joy. So shall your Sov’reign enter in And new and nobler life begin. To God alone be praise For word and deed and grace!

5   Redeemer, come and open wide My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide! O enter with Thy grace divine; Thy face of mercy on me shine. Thy Holy Spirit guide us on Until our glorious goal is won. Eternal praise and fame We offer to Thy name.

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P Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
C Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.

P Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
C Righteousness will go before Him and make His footsteps a way.
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………………………………………Micah 5:2–5a

A reading from Micah, the fifth chapter.

2  But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for Me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.

3 Therefore He shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of His brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.

4 And He shall stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of
the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now He shall be great to the

ends of the earth.

5 And He shall be their peace.

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


Isaiah 11:1–2, 5–6, 9

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a
branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD
shall rest upon Him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel
and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

Righteousness shall be the belt of His waist, and faithfulness the
belt of His loins.
C  The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie
down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the
fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain;
C  for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the
waters cover the sea.

HOLY GOSPEL…………………………………………Luke 1:68–75

P  The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the first chapter.

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for He has visited and redeemed His people

69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of His servant David,

70 as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old,

71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;

72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember His holy covenant,

73 The oath that He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us

74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve Him without fear,

75 in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days​

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

​C  Praise be to Thee O Christ.

HYMN#352“Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord” (LSB 352

1 Let the earth now praise the Lord,
Who has truly kept His word
And at last to us did send
Christ, the sinner's help and friend.

2 What the fathers most desired,
What the prophets' heart inspired,
What they longed for many a year,
Stands fulfilled in glory here.

3 Abram's promised great reward,
Zion's helper, Jacob's Lord--
Him of twofold race behold--
Truly came, as long foretold.

4 As Your coming was in peace,
Quiet, full of gentleness,
Let the same mind dwell in me
Which is Yours eternally.

5 Bruise for me the serpent's head
That, set free from doubt and dread,
I may cling to You in faith,
Safely kept through life and death.

6 Then when You will come again
As the glorious king to reign,
I with joy will see Your face,
Freely ransomed by Your grace.

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OFFERTORY HYMN#546“O Jesus So Sweet, O Jesus So Mild”

1 O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild!
For sinners You became a child.
You came from heaven down to earth
In human flesh through human birth.
O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild!

2 O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild!
With God we now are reconciled.
You have for all the ransom paid,
Your Father’s righteous anger stayed.
O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild!

3 O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild!
Joy fills the world which sin defiled.
Whate'er we have belongs to You;
O keep us faithful, strong, and true.
O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild!

  • Gideon13:33


A tradition carried out in some places during the weeks before
Christmas is the “Secret Santa,” in which a person leaves little gifts or
notes of greeting and encouragement for someone else in a mysterious
way. The “Secret Santa” does not reveal his or her identity until Christmas
has come. The person who received the gifts may find that the giver was
someone totally unexpected, even unlikely. In the season of Advent, we
find ourselves awaiting God’s unlikely Messiah. He comes to earth not in
power or splendor but in humility and simplicity. God’s plan of salvation
is unexpected and unlikely and amazing. With eager hearts, we anticipate
the arrival of our humble Lord and rejoice in the wonder of His coming.

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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.


Hymn #773 Hear Us, Father, When We Pray

​1  Hear us, Father, when we pray, Through Your Son and in Your Spirit. By Your Spirit’s Word convey All that we through Christ inherit, That as baptized heirs we may Truly pray.

2 When we know not what to say And our wounded souls are pleading, May Your Spirit, night and day, Groan within us interceding; By His sighs, too deep for words, We are heard.

3  Jesus, advocate on high, Sacrificed on Calv’ry’s altar, Through Your priestly blood we cry: Hear our prayers, though they may falter; Place them on Your Father’s throne As Your own.

4  By Your Spirit now attend To our prayers and supplications, As like incense they ascend To Your heav’nly habitations. May their fragrance waft above, God of love.

Text: © Chad L. Bird. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004989
Tune: Public domain


SERMON   "Gideon"     Text: Judges 6:11–24 (7:2–9) 

CATECHISM The Third Article

C I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of
the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

P What does this mean?

C  I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in
Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has
called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts,
sanctified and kept me in the true faith.
In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the
whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus
Christ in the one true faith.
In this Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all my
sins and the sins of all believers.
On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give
eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
This is most certainly true.

P Almighty God, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to You, and for all
Your loving kindness we bless Your holy name. For life and health

for love and friendship, and for the knowledge of Your grace and
truth which shapes our lives,

for love and friendship, and for the knowledge of Your grace and
truth which shapes our lives,
C we praise You, O God, and ask Your blessing.

P For the wonder of this holy season, and for all things true and
honorable, just and pure, lovely and gracious,
C we praise You, O God, and ask Your blessing.

P For the gift of Jesus Christ, our Lord, for His sacrifice and service,
and for His obedience unto death, even death on a cross,
C we praise You, O God, and ask Your blessing.

P For His glorious resurrection and ascension to Your right hand, for
His kingdom and everlasting dominion, and for the promise of His
return to earth in glory at the final Advent,
C we praise You, O God, and ask Your blessing.

P For the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, who is at work in our hearts and
our lives, and who unites the hearts of the faithful through the
Church throughout the world, for the Means of Grace, and for the
fellowship of the redeemed in heaven and on earth,
C we praise You, O God, and ask Your blessing.

P According to Your mercy, hear and answer the prayers and petitions
we bring before You, and grant all that is needed and in accord with
Your will. Glory, thanksgiving, and praise be to You, O Father
almighty, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with
You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
C Amen

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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” (See insert)

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.

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

C   Amen.


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.

P 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.


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

P Let us pray.

Lord Jesus, You came to earth in lowliness of heart to seek and
save the lost. In this season of repentance and prayer, make us
ready to prepare Your way with sincere devotion that reflects Your
humble service. By Your Holy Spirit, grant us a sense of peace and
renewed dedication to live as faithful and courageous people, so
that we welcome You with joyful hearts and hope-filled lives. This
we ask in Your wonderful name.

C Amen.

P The theme for our Advent services in this season is
“Symbols of Salvation: Foretelling Christ’s Birth.” In these
weeks, we have discovered “types”—people, like Moses,
and things, like the
burning bush and tent of meeting of God’s Old Testament people—that
pointed forward to the coming of Christ. Today, we will discover how
God used Gideon to show His power. With the heavenly host, we join in
the praise of the Savior as we sing our next hymn.

HYMN#810“O God of God, O Light of Light” (LSB 81)

1  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.

2  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.

3  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.

4  Then raise to Christ a mighty song,
And shout His name, His mercies tell!
Sing, heav'nly host, your praise prolong,
And all on earth, your anthem swell!
All hail, O Lamb for sinners slain!
Forever let the song ascend!
Worthy the Lamb, enthroned to reign,
All glory, pow'r! Amen, amen.