Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, DECEMBER 4, 2022                              2nd SUNDAY IN ADVENT
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
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WELCOME to everyone who is worshiping with us today. We are glad that you are here!  We pray that your worship experience here at Christ The King is spiritually uplifting and rewarding.  If you are visiting, please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to Pastor Harry.
(Please turn off all electronic devices before worship begins; or, if you are using a Bible app to enhance your worship experience or to use PayPal, please enable the do not disturb function on your phone.)

P. Just a taste of something wonderful,

C. Only a glimpse of something magnificent,

P. Just a glimmer of something holy in something so ordinary.

C. Yet, enough to know we are in the presence of God,

P. Enough to cause us to stop and stare in awe,

C. Enough to stir our hearts in wonder,

P. Enough to set our feet to dancing

And to prompt our voices to protest and praise.

P. The second candle lit on the Advent wreath is the Bethlehem candle.  It reminds us of the humble birth of our Savior and that he came not to save some, but all.

C. As Bethlehem was prepared to cradle the Christ Child, we prepare our hearts and homes to cradle him now.
(The Bethlehem candle is now lit.)


OPENING HYMN: 332 “Savior Of The Nations Come” (1-4)

P. Let us adore our heavenly Father, who created us, who sustains us, who loves us with an everlasting love and gives us the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

C. We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.

P. Let us glory in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor; who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sinning; who went about doing good and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom; who became obedient unto death, even death on a cross; who died and is alive forevermore; who has opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers; who is seated at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father; who will come again, as Judge and King.

C. You are the King of glory, O Christ.

P. Let us rejoice in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, by whom we are born into the family of God, and made members of the body of Christ; whose witness confirms us, whose wisdom teaches us, whose power enables us to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.

C. All praise to you, O Holy Spirit.

P. O God our Father, since you have set forth the way of life for us in your beloved Son, we confess with shame our slowness to learn of him, our failure to follow him, our reluctance to bear the cross.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

P. Forgive us the poverty of our worship, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibility in your service, our imperfect stewardship of your gifts.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O God.

P. Forgive us that so little of your love has reached others through us, that we have been thoughtless in our judgments, hasty in con-
 demnation, grudging in forgiveness, slow to seek reconciliation, unwilling to help our neighbors as we ought.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

ALL: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love;  
according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put a new and right  spirit within us.

P. Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.

C. He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.

P. The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.

C. He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor.

P. He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.

C. He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

In his days the righteous will flourish;

C. prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.

The First Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10
  A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.  The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD —  and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;  but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.  Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.  The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.  The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.  They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
  In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.  

The Second Lesson: Romans 15:4-13
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,  so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.  For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.”  Again, it says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”  And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples.”  And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.”
  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  


The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 3:1-12
  In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”  This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
  John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.  People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.  Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.  And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.  The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
  “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  

I believe in God the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate.  He died and was buried. He descended into hell, and the third day he rose again.  He entered into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Almighty Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
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 eternal. Amen.

HYMN: 344 “On Jordan’s Bank, The Baptist’s Cry”

THE SERMON:  “It’s All In The Preparation”
text: Matthew 3:1-3


Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use every pow’r as thou shalt choose.

P. O God, we thank you for your gift of light,

C. but above all, for the light of your glory that shines in the face of your Son.

P. You said, long ago, "Let there be light!" and there was light.

C. You saw the light, and it was good.

P. You chose for yourself a people and gave them, through Moses, the Law

C. that their path might be lighted by its wisdom and truth.

P. And when they preferred to walk in darkness, in the deceptive comfort of darkness,

C. you sent them prophets like Elijah to rebuke them, recall them, save them.

P. Gracious God, we thank you for moments of special illumination granted to whomever you single out for revelation.

C. We thank you for allowing Moses a vision of yourself that made his face shine like the sun.

P. We thank you for letting faithful Elisha witness "the homebound Elijah" in that chariot of fire,

C. confirming him as Elijah's successor, fit to wear the great prophet's mantle.

P. Sovereign God, Creator, Author of Light, we marvel at your graciousness.

C. You allowed your servant John to baptize your Son and to participate in the pleasure you took in him.

P. You permitted Peter, James and John to accompany our Lord to that mountaintop,

C. and to witness his transfiguration -- awed, dazed, but unharmed.

P. Like Moses or Elijah or Peter, powerful witnesses, but mortal humans,

C. we long to bask in his light, to be transformed in his likeness.

P. Help us to recall that, in your divine wisdom, you grant such moments of ecstasy only rarely,

C. and that even Peter, James and John may not remain on the mountaintop with the Lord.

P. Make us thankful for Moses on Sinai, for Elijah's faithfulness, for the witness to your Son's glory shared with us by Peter, James and John,

C. but let us not forget that our mission is not to sun ourselves in your light high above this earth.

P. Confirm us rather in our mission on this planet so much in need of your redemption:

C. our mission to preach the Good News of your reconciling love, to do justice, to show mercy and to walk humbly with you by the light of your glory shining in the face of your Son.

P. And now, O Lord, we bring before your throne of grace those prayers of concern, thanksgiving, and praise that are on our hearts.
(There are now a few moments of personal prayer.)

P. As we have brought these prayers before you, we do so with confidence, knowing that they will be answered according to your good and gracious will.  In Jesus’ name we pray.

C. Amen.

We invite to the Lord’s Table all who have been baptized, accept the Bible as God’s authoritative Word to us, and believe that the body and blood of the risen Christ are really present in the bread and wine; given for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.  If you prefer the individual cup, please extend one index finger as your hands are folded on the altar railing.  This will alert the communion assistants of your preference.  Also, if for some medical reason you are not able to consume alcohol, grape juice is available in the individual cups. The grape juice is “red” while the wine is “white”.

P. Our Lord Jesus has given us a holy supper in which we receive his true body and blood for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of our faith.  In this supper, we celebrate the gift of his redemption, we bear witness to the fellowship we share as confessors of the truth, and we proclaim his death until he returns.

C. Praise to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In love, he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.


P. The gifts of God for the people of God.

C. Amen.

Hymn: 353 “Jesus Came, The Heaven’s Adoring”
           631 “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face To Face”
           570 “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”

We give thanks, Almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this holy supper.  We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

P. The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 332 “Savior Of The Nations Come” (5-8)



Sunday, December 4 - 2nd Sunday In Advent
Worship with Communion at 10:30 AM
Family Christmas Dinner at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, December 7
2nd Mid-Week Advent Worship Service at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 11 - 3rd Sunday in Advent
Worship with Communion at 10:30 AM
Christmas Caroling at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14
3rd Mid-Week Advent Worship Service at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 17
Sunday School Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 AM

Sunday, December 18 - 4th Sunday In Advent
Children’s Christmas Program at 10:30 AM

Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Choral at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 25 -  Christmas Day
Christmas Day Worship at 10:30 AM

Sunday, January 1 -  1st Sunday After Christmas
New Year’s Day Worship

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