Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent.
Many of us across the Eastern Synod are unable to gather in our usual ways to mark this season of hope-filled anticipation.
But we are united, in the one body of Christ . No matter where we find ourselves this morning – God is with us!
And so, whether you’re gathering for in-person or mediated worship – we invite you to pause with your siblings in ministry across the Synod (the church, and the world) as we join our hearts together and continue our Advent journey!
+ Response (Rev. Dr. Elaine Boone)
Today we light the candle of joy. This year we have prayed for joy. This year we have prayed in joy: That water became cleaner and the air fresher. That new life has begun. That in dark we re-discovered what is important. Today we pray with joy. We know God is with us in moments of joy and sadness. We know God is with us.
+ Advent Candle Lighting (Advent 3)
Lead Us Towards Christ was composed by Trevor Hicks Compositions, and is recorded and shared with permission.
+ Readings (Advent 3)
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
+ Prayer (Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen