Sunday November 28, 2021

Continuing to Be the Church


Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life, and Making a difference in our community.

If you’re a guest, we’re thankful you’re here today. We welcome young children to worship. Children’s bulletins and bags with children’s materials are available in the narthex.

In our spoken worship, readings and prayers, the congregation speaks the items in bold.

Please sign the visitor log in the narthex or sign-in on Zoom in the live chat. We hope you’ll feel welcomed and spiritually nourished. We thank you for silencing your cell phones. You are welcome to take home the Life Around Christ announcements. If you’d like to speak to the pastor about the congregation, please let her know directly or call the church office at 314-962-6011.

Assistive Listening Devices are available at the rear of the sanctuary. Please see an usher for use instructions.

The Advent Season: Messengers of Hope

There are many things we wait for. We wait in line at the grocery store. We wait for Covid to be over. We wait for friends or family to arrive. We wait for test results. We wait for the rain to stop. So many feelings can go along with the waiting. Anticipation. Fear. Joy. Anxiety. Curiosity. Impatience. This Advent Season, as we await the coming of Christ, we will reflect on the voices of those who waited, 2,000 years ago, for Jesus to come. Each of them longed for the mysterious Spirit of God that would reveal itself to the world in a whole new way in Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. Mary, Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Simeon and Anna prophetically proclaimed the coming of the creator of the universe in the tiny, vulnerable little baby. They knew, and sang for all of creation, the promise that Christ’s presence on earth would transform this world. Join us as we take time this Advent season to let these voices resound in our hearts and spirits. For their time, for all time, for us in our time, as they proclaim the truth of God incarnate, they are Messengers of Hope.

We will celebrate communion together. Gather the bread and wine, and join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am.

Sunday, November 28, 9:30am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

PRELUDE Wachet Auf, uns ruft die Stimme – Paul Manz

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SILENT MEDITATION Let us prepare for worship by quieting our hearts and minds.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GREETING The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Every week, we start out by remembering that we are God’s children. Sometimes, we take time to ask for God’s forgiveness and help using a Confession and Forgiveness, because we all make mistakes! Other Sundays, we remember our baptisms, and celebrate God’s love and the gift of life.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who alone does wonders, who lifts up the lowly, who fills the hungry with good things. Amen.

Let us confess our sin, trusting in the tender mercy of our God.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God for whom we wait, in the presence of one another, we confess our sin before you. We fail in believing that your good news is for us. We falter in our call to tend your creation. We find our sense of self in material wealth. We fear those different from ourselves. We forget that we are your children and turn away from your love. Forgive us, Blessed One, and assure us again of your saving grace. Amen.

God, in Christ Jesus, has looked with favor upon you! Through the power of the Holy Spirit,☩ your sins are forgiven. You are children of the Most High, inheritors of the eternal promise, and recipients of divine mercy. God strengthens you anew to follow the way of peace. Amen.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATHWAITING FOR HOPE

Leaders: The Mudd Family

God of our parents, O God, we place our hope in you.
Give life to people who are weary; fill us with hope in You.
O God, we place our hope in you.
Healer of souls, renew our joy in you. Turn to us again, O God of Hosts.
O God, we place our hope in you.
Make your dwelling among us, Giver of Life; Hear our cries; we call out to you in hope.
O God, we place our hope in you.
We anxiously hope for the joy you alone can bring us.
O God, we place our hope in you.

Let us pray. God of light, as we wait through the long winter nights for the birth of Christ, help us to keep watch. Help us to tend the tiny flame of hope. Make us alert until your gift of joy arrives. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

HYMN 257 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, v. 1

We sing in Worship because it is a way to come together and pray to God as a family. And then, we offer one another peace, promising to love, forgive, and care for one another.

GATHERING HYMN 436 Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

KYRIE Setting 5

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Holy One, you promised that day of transformation, redemption, salvation, is near. Fill us with hope, and keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we can hear your messengers of hope and bring your promise to the world. Amen.

Please be seated.

THE WORD

We Lutherans call the Bible the “Living Word.” It was written a long time ago by people who were inspired by God to share about their faith. It is “living” because even today, reading the Bible helps us learn about God, and how to bring God’s love and mercy to the world. So, every week, we read from the Bible together at Worship. We call this part of the service “The Word” because we read the word of God!

Reader: Kate Hoerchler

FIRST LESSON Jeremiah 33:14-16

The First Lesson is from Jeremiah, the thirty third chapter.

14The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 25:1-10

1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3Let none who look to you be put to shame; rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.
4Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. 
5Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
6Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. 
7Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according to your steadfast love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
8You are gracious and upright, O Lord; therefore you teach sinners in your way.
9You lead the lowly in justice and teach the lowly your way.
10All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies. 

SECOND LESSON 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

The Second Lesson is from 1 Thessalonians, the third Chapter.

9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. 11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Setting 5

Reader: Pastor Meagan

GOSPEL Luke 21:25-36

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-first chapter, Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said: 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Please be seated.

CHILDREN’S SERMON Roger Rose

SERMON

Please stand in body or spirit.

HYMN OF THE DAY 435 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

CELTIC CREED

Each week, we say a creed, a statement of what we believe as Christians. We say it every week, because we are all still learning about our faith, and it helps to practice it together. We use different words sometimes, but we always say that we believe that God created all things, that God came in Jesus to show us how much he loves us, and that the Holy Spirit brings life, courage, and hope.

We believe in God above us, maker and sustainer of all life,  of sun and moon, of water and earth, of all cultures and genders, all colors, shapes and sizes. 

We believe in God beside us, Jesus Christ, the word made flesh,  born of a woman, servant of the poor, tortured and nailed to a tree.  A man of sorrows, he died forsaken.  He descended into the earth to the place of death.  On the third day he rose from the tomb.  He ascended into heaven, to be everywhere present,  and His kingdom will come on earth.     

We believe in God within us, the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire,  life-giving breath of the Church, Spirit of healing and forgiveness,  source of resurrection and of eternal life.  Amen  

page 38 of the Iona Abbey Worship Book (Wild Goose Publications)  

Please be seated.

PRAYER REQUESTS

You are invited to share joys and concerns via chat in Zoom, or speak them aloud, so the whole community of faith gathered may hold them in prayer.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

The Prayers of Intercession are when we pray together as God’s family. “Intercession” means we are praying for each other, and for the world, not only for ourselves.

Prayer Leader: Katie Ciorba

In this season of watching and waiting, let us pray for all people and places that yearn for God’s presence.

God of presence and peace, strengthen your church here at Christ Lutheran and around the globe to proclaim the message of your love coming to the world. Open our hearts to recognize your face in all people and in all of creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of mighty redwoods and microscopic plants, fields and city parks, the wind and the waves, be a healing balm to our wounded planet. May we nurture what you have lovingly created. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of equity and compassion, bring righteousness and goodness to all peoples of the earth. Give a heart of discernment and integrity to leaders in our communities. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of promises kept and new dreams awakened, shelter your people from destructive storms. We pray for those whose lives have been upended by natural disasters, for the work of Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran World Relief, and other relief organizations. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of healing, we pray for those with Covid-19. Grant strength and patience to medical professionals caring for those who are ill. We thank you for the creative and dedicated people who are working to bring vaccines to children here at home, and to those in countries across the world who do not yet have the vaccine available to them. Help us to embody your love and care for all people, especially those who are most vulnerable. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Presider

God of comfort and care, be present with those who watch and wait. Come to all who await births, deaths, divorces, new unions, new jobs, retirements, healing, and life transitions of every kind. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of companionship and community, we give you thanks for the saints who journeyed with us and now abide in you. Even in distress and uncertainty, make us confident that your promises endure forever. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of new life, you come among us in the places we least expect. Receive these prayers and those of our hearts, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

OFFERING 

We invite you to support the ministries of this community of faith, as we re-imagine how we can be church, for one another and for our community. It takes all of us, our time, our vision, our gifts. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office.

OFFERTORY Diane and Liz Drollinger

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. God of hope, you come to us in the midst of the brokenness of this world with a promise of transformation. In faith and hope, we offer all that we are, that we may be part of the moving of your Spirit in the world even now, as we wait for Christ’s coming. Amen.

THE MEAL

When Jesus was here on earth, he had meals with all different people, everywhere he went. Sometimes he even got into trouble because people didn’t like who he ate with! At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples they should eat with one another, so they would remember that no matter what, Jesus is right here with us, not just in our imaginations, but in the bread and wine we share together. We have Communion every week so we remember Jesus is with us, and invites us to care for each other as he did.

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us lift up our hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God, for even when the the whole earth is thrown into chaos your tenderness and lasting love are our sure hope.

You created the heavens and the earth, and though even they will pass away, the words you have spoken to us are an everlasting covenant of promise and hope. The words of your son, Jesus Christ, shook the earth and opened our spirits to your coming. Jesus led us in the paths of your truth and taught us your ways of faithful love. He was crucified by the enemies of justice, but you raised him to new life and sent his Spirit to restore and strengthen our faith as the day of redemption draws near. Your promise will be fulfilled in coming days as your Spirit continues to bring new life, and transform the world.

And so, with the earth and all of its creatures, with all of your children of all corners of the earth, and with all of the angels and saints, we join your joyful hymn of praise.

SANCTUS Setting 5

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying: Take and eat, this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.     

Again after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this for the remembrance of me.  

THE LORD’S PRAYER

We say the Lord’s Prayer together every week, because when the disciples wanted to know how to pray, this is how Jesus taught them. We are reminded that God loves us like a parent. We ask God to provide what we need, help us to follow God, and to forgive us when we make mistakes. And we remember that everything belongs to God.

In faith and hope, let us join together in praying the words that Jesus taught us.

Our Creator, our Mother, 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.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

Gathered together, separated by space, but not by time, let us, people of all ages and genders and histories, eat the bread, and drink the wine. God’s table has no boundaries or limits. This is Christ’s body and blood, given for us all, and we do this in his memory.

Please be seated.

For those in the sanctuary, we invite you to come forward, waiting at the front pew until it is For those in the sanctuary, we invite you to come forward, waiting at the front pew until it is your household’s turn to receive communion. We will serve communion by intinction, with the servers dipping the bread into the wine for you. Come forward, remove your masks to receive the sacrament, and replace your masks to return to your seats.

For those on Zoom, we invite you to take time right now to sit and break bread, and know that this whole community of faith joins in the meal with you. Peace be upon you this day!

AGNUS DEI Setting 5

COMMUNION HYMNS

260 The King Shall Come

439 Soon and Very Soon

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

Please stand in body or spirit.

Each week, we are nourished and fed as we gather in the sanctuary and on Zoom to celebrate communion together. And each week, members of this community bring the sacred meal to those who are unable to be with us for Worship. Share not only the sacrament we have celebrated, but also the love of God and the Christ Lutheran Church family.

Let us pray. Holy One, we give you thanks that in this bread and cup we have feasted again on your endless love. Let the love that comes to us in Christ overflow more and more in our lives, that we along with the prophets of old may be harvesters of justice and righteousness, and messengers of hope. Amen.

BENEDICTION

We come to Worship every week so we can go out and bring God’s love to the world, so we always end Worship with a Benediction–a blessing–to help us do that.

May the love of the Father enfold us, the wisdom of the Son enlighten us, the fire of the Spirit inflame us, and may the blessing of the triune God rest on us, and abide with us,
now and evermore. Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 254 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

SENDING

Go in peace, to serve God and neighbor! Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE Wachet Auf, uns ruft die Stimme – Paul Manz

WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS

We would like to thank those who helped with worship today:

Usher: Susan DeBusk
Key Person: Jon Heerboth
Assisting Minister: Katie Ciorba
Altar Guild: Kate Hoerchler
Lector: Kate Hoerchler
Flower Team: Sandy Hoyer
Counter: Susan DeBusk
Zoom Host: Mike Wagner
Musicians: Mark Ruff

Acknowledgments: Portions of today’s service are from: Creative Worship Resources, Creative Communications for the Parish, reprinted by permission, all rights reserved; Now the Feast and Celebration, copyright 1990, printed by G.I.A. Publications; Sundays and Seasons, Year B 2021, copyright 2020, and Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006, printed by Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, Minnesota, reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-71-939, all rights reserved.

REMEMBERING ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER

Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform Pastor Meagan (pastor@christwg.org or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (office@christwg.org).  Please assure that the individual agrees to have his or her name printed in the bulletin.

ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS: Those who are suffering from chronic pain & diseases, Shelly Madden, Linda Armstrong, Gege Brightman, Christine Austin, Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Edith Cooper, Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, John Hoffmann, Elsie Johnson, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (friend of Mark Roock), Flo Saeger, Sherri Swanson, Shirley Wolf, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), and Wayne Wellman (Susanne Reimer-Fey’s brother).

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Edith Cooper, and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.  

IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
WELCOME, GROW, SERVE IN CHRIST

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1 Selma Avenue at Lockwood
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119-3199
Telephone: 314-962-6011
E-mail: office@christwg.org
Website: http://www.christwg.org

Pastoral Minister Meagan McLaughlin
Please contact Pastor Meagan at 612-388-5920, in case of emergency pastoral care needs.
Director of Senior Adult Ministries and Faith Community Nurse Carolyn Crowe
Church Council President Kevin Drollinger
Organist Mark Ruff
Director of Choirs Diane Drollinger
Church Administrator Lisette Kreitler
Stephen Leaders – Linda Griffith and Carolyn Crowe

A designated Webster University Campus Ministry congregation
A Stephen Ministry Congregation
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

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