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2nd Sunday of Advent December 6th, 2020
Feast of St. Nicholas 10:00 a.m.
at Olinda-Ruthven United Church.

Welcome

Advent Candle Lighting Liturgy      Karen Scott

Responsive Reading      Psalm 24 vu 751

The earth is God's, and all that is in it;
the world, and those who live upon it.
    For God founded it upon the seas,
    planted it firm over the waters beneath. R

Refrain: Lift up your heads, that God who rules in Glory enter may.

Who may ascend the mountain of God?
Who may stand in God's holy place?
    Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,
    who have not set their minds on deceit,
    nor made false promises;
they shall receive God's blessing,
righteousness from the God who will save them.
    Such are those who seek God,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob. R

Refrain: Lift up your heads, that God who rules in Glory enter may.

Lift up your heads, you gates!
    Lift yourselves up, you everlasting doors,
    that the One who rules in glory may enter.
Who rules in glory?
    It is God, valiant and strong,
    God, who is mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, you gates!
    Lift yourselves up, you everlasting doors,
    that the One who rules in glory may enter.
Who rules in glory?
     It is God of hosts,
     God who rules in glory. R

Refrain: Lift up your heads, that God who rules in Glory enter may.

Advent Candle Lighting

"Don´t be afraid! Look!
I bring good news to you¬wonderful,
joyous news for all people.
Your savior is born today in David´s city.
He is Christ the Lord."

Whether we look out to the world around us or into our own hearts,
we recognize our deep need for salvation.

We light the second Advent candle to signify our longing for a rescuer,
a helper, one who will deliver us from sin, from despair,
even from death. Jesus, you are Saviour.

(Luke 2:10-11 and adapted from Matthew 1:21)

Response:     "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,"     stanza 2 (VU 1)

2   O come, O Wisdom from on high,
     who orders all things mightily;
     to us the path of knowledge show,
     and teach us in her ways to go. R

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

Prayer

Holy and righteous God, before you we can only admit our own unrighteousness
and our world´s deep brokenness. In gratitude, we praise you for giving your Son
to be our Savior. In humility, we pray you will guide us now, by your Spirit,
to live more fully and freely as your forgiven people. Amen.

(Adapted from the Incarnation: Leader Guide, by Mike Poteet)

Advent Candle Lighting

Sung Response    #1 O come, O come Emmanuel    verse 2

2   O come, O Wisdom from on high,
     who orders all things mightily;
     to us the path of knowledge show,
     and teach us in her ways to go. R

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

Prayer

Hymn On Jordan´s Bank 20

1   On Jordan´s bank, the Baptist´s cry
     announces that the Lamb is nigh;
     awake and hearken, for he brings
     glad tidings of the King of Kings.

2   Then cleansed be every life from sin;
     make straight the way for God within;
     and let each heart prepare a home
     where such a mighty guest may come.

3   In you, we find abundant life,
     our refuge in the midst of strife;
     without your grace we waste away,
     like flowers that wither and decay.

4   Stretch forth your hand, our health restore,
     and help us rise to fall no more.
     O let your face upon us shine,
     and fill the world with love divine.

5   All praise to you, eternal Son,
     whose advent has our freedom won;
     and praise to God whom we adore,
     with Holy Spirit evermore.

Prayer of Confession Words of Assurance

Community Corner      Richard Dalton

Moment for Mission      Jana Blair

1st Reading:     Isaiah 40. 1 - 11     Doug Scott

Responsive     Psalm 85 vu p. 802

Refrain: God, show us your love, show us your lobe and mercy.

Once you were gracious to your land, O God,
you restored the fortunes of Jacob;

     you forgave the offence of your people,
      and pardoned all their sin.

You drew back all your displeasure,
and turned from your fiery wrath.

     Restore us again, God our Saviour,
     and put away your just anger toward us.

Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?

     Will you not revive us again,
     that your people may rejoice in you? R

Refrain: God, show us your love, show us your lobe and mercy.

Let me hear what you will say, O God,
for you will speak peace to your people,
to the faithful who turn their hearts to you.
     Surely salvation is near those who fear you,
     and your glory will dwell in our land.

Mercy and faithfulness will meet,
justice and peace will embrace.
     Faithfulness will spring up from the earth,
     and righteousness look down from heaven.

You, O God, will give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
     Righteousness will go before you,
     and the paths of your feet will be peace. R

Refrain: God, show us your love, show us your lobe and mercy.

2nd Reading:      2 Peter 3. 8 - 15a

Gospel Reading:      Mark 1. 1 - 8

Hymn      There´s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying    18

1   There´s a voice in the wilderness crying,
       a call from the ways untrod:
     prepare in the desert a highway,
       a highway for our God!
     The valleys shall be exalted,
       the lofty hills brought low;
     make straight all the crooked places
       where God, our God, may go!

2   O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
       get thee up to the heights and sing!
     Proclaim to a desolate people
       the coming of their King.
     Like the flowers of the field they perish,
       like grass our works decay;
     the power and pomp of nations
       shall pass, like a dream, away.

3   But the word of our God endureth,
       whose arm is ever strong;
     God stands in the midst of nations,
       and soon will right the wrong.
     God shall feed the flock like a shepherd,
       the lambs so gently hold;
     to pastures of peace will lead them,
       and bring them safe to fold.

4   There's a voice in the wilderness crying,
       a call from the ways untrod:
     prepare in the desert a highway,
       a highway for our God!
     The valleys shall be exalted,
       the lofty hills brought low;
     make straight all the crooked places
       where God, our God, may go!

Meditation

Creed - The United Church Creed      Richard

We are not alone,
   we live in God´s world.

We believe in God:
   who has created and is creating,
   who has come in Jesus,
      the Word made flesh,
     to reconcile and make new,
   who works in us and others
     by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
   to celebrate God´s presence,
   to live with respect in Creation,
   to love and serve others,
   to seek justice and resist evil,
   to proclaim Jesus,
   crucified and risen,
   our judge and our hope.

In life, in death,
   in life beyond death,
   God is with us.
We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.

Offertory, Prayer of Dedication

Prayers of Intercession and Lord´s Prayer

Hymn    Hark the Glad Sound the Saviour Comes    29

1   Hark, the glad sound! The Saviour comes,
     the Saviour promised long:
     let every heart prepare a throne,
     and every voice a song.

2   He comes, the prisoners to release
     in Satan's bondage held;
     the gates of brass before him burst,
     the iron fetters yield.

3   He comes, the broken heart to bind,
     the bleeding soul to cure,
     and with the treasures of his grace
      to bless the humble poor.

4   Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
     your welcome shall proclaim;
     and heaven's eternal arches ring
     with your beloved name.

Benediction

2 verses of Hope is a Star    #7

1   Hope is a star that shines in the night,
     leading us on till the morning is bright.
       When God is a child there's joy in our song.
       The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,
       and none shall be afraid.

2   Peace is a ribbon that circles the earth,
     giving a promise of safety and worth. R
       When God is a child there's joy in our song.
       The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,
       and none shall be afraid.

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