Sunday November 27, 2022

Christ Lutheran Church

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

Welcome to Worship!

All are welcome, and we are glad you are with us as we pray and worship together, growing in faith as followers of Christ.

Advent 1: Great Expectations – When You Least Expect
Let’s face it—things do not always happen when we want them to happen. The people
of God were tired. They were waiting for something that looked like swords. But, God had promised swords turned into plowshares. They were expecting more of the same—a worldly king and throne. We too, often expect more of the same: God ruling through power and military might; worldly rulers bringing some sort of salvation.

But, we are called to wake up. How? Imagine being in a deep sleep. Suddenly, your
alarm goes off and you are not ready! Do you hit the snooze button or do you jump
out of bed? Most of us would prefer to hit the snooze button, roll over, shut our eyes, and sink into more comfortable, dozy sleep. WAKE UP SLEEPERS! God calls us without warning… when we least expect it.

We now have new network equipment installed that provides a strong wireless signal everywhere in the church. Signs with the new password have been placed around the building. Thank you, Dave Ringkor, for all your work on this!

Masks are optional in the sanctuary since Covid levels have decreased in the community. Thank you for silencing your cell phones.

We extend a special welcome to guests worshipping with us today! 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. 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.

We welcome young children to worship. Children’s bulletins and bags with children’s materials are available in the narthex.

We will celebrate communion together. Those on Zoom are invited to gather the bread and wine and join us for worship. All are welcome at God’s table!

This bulletin will be your guide in Worship. In our spoken readings and prayers, the congregation speaks the items in bold.

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

We are here to help you! To be added to our e-mail list, to have a hymnal delivered to your home, or to get a printed bulletin mailed to you, or of there is any other way we can assist you, please let us know.

Sunday, November 27, 10:00 am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

GATHERING

PRELUDE Wachet auf, uns ruft die Stimme – Johann Sebastian Bach

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 Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be God’s name forever. Amen

Beloved, now is the time to wake from sleep. Let us confront our sins,
and confess them to the one who is merciful and just.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God of great expectations, We confess that we have been closed off to your reign of justice. We have strayed from your paths. We expect war instead of peace. We lower our expectations for life, dishonoring one another and your creation. Purify us with your refining fire and set us again on your expectant way of love, that we may bear fruit worthy of repentance, and welcome your coming among us. Amen.

People of God, expect the unexpected. God gives us living signs: New things are growing in our midst and tender branches spring forth. This is our life expectancy. By water and the Spirit we are joined to this wonder. We have put on ☩ Christ, and our sins have been washed away. Rejoice in the way of our God, where and when we least expect it. Amen.

Please be seated.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH 

Readers: Wurr Family

The alarm sounds when we least expect it.
Still we rise, filled with hope for the new day:
a day when God recycles tanks into tractors
a day when minefields have been cleared to make way for playgrounds and parks.
a day when laughter and gladness are shared without reserve
a day when salvation is at hand for all creation.
And so we light this candle to shine forth with HOPE, for we know a new day is
dawning even if the timing is unexpected.
We live in great expectation, awake to divine possibilities

HYMN 240 Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah v. 1

Please stand in body or spirit.

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 242 Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn

SIGN OF PEACE Peace Be With You!

KYRIE Setting 5

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray.
Stir up your power, Jesus, Emmanuel (holy pause).
Awaken us to your promise (holy pause).
Make us ready for your justice (holy pause).
We ask this in the name of the One who brings salvation near. Amen.

Please be seated.

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: Sherry Mitchler

FIRST LESSON Isaiah 2: 1-5

The First Lesson is from Isaiah, the second chapter.

1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 3Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

PSALM 122

We will read Psalm 122 responsively.

Leader: 1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
People: 2Now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Leader: 3Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself;
People: 4to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, the assembly of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord. 
Leader: 5For there are the thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
People: 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
Leader: 7Peace be within your walls and quietness within your towers.
People: 8For the sake of my kindred and companions, I pray for your prosperity.
Leader: 9Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek to do you good.” 

SECOND LESSON Romans 13: 11-14

The second lesson is from Romans, chapter thirteen.

11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Setting 5

Reader: Pastor Meagan

GOSPEL Matthew 24: 36-44

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, chapter twenty-four, Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to the disciples, 36“About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

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

Please be seated.

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON

Please stand in body or spirit.

HYMN OF THE DAY 436 Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

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.

This Advent season, we will join our ELCA Conference congregations in using an Affirmation of Faith that invites us into hopeful expectation of Christ’s birth.

We believe in God, who in greatness created with a Word
all that is and continues to be.

We believe in God in Jesus, who is Word made flesh,
Emmanuel, born of Mary, come to fulfill the expected promise:
justice, mercy, peace, love;
who was executed because our expectations were worldly, not divine;
who rose to break the expectation that death has the final word.

We believe in God in the Holy Spirit, who fills us with expectations;
who pushes us to change;
who moves us with her joy and gladness
that we might be united to proclaim the Word full of grace and truth
for an expectant people.

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.

Please stand in body or spirit.

Prayer Leader: Sandy Hoyer

Anticipating the coming of God’s redeeming love, let us pray for a world in longing
expectation.

A brief silence.

God of all, your children everywhere cry out for mercy. Awaken the global church to the urgent needs of our time. Break down barriers of culture and custom and unite people of all faiths in your redemptive and healing work. When we least expect,
God hears our prayer.

God of wonder, the earth’s beauty and abundance is your gift. Teach us your ways of sharing resources and caring for life. Guard fragile habitats, preserve the wild places, and protect endangered plants and animals. When we least expect, God hears our prayer.

God of peace, you judge the nations. Beat our weapons into tools for serving the
neighbor. Strengthen the resolve of all who work for an end to war. We pray for lasting peace in the land of Jesus’ birth (other places of conflict may be named). When we
least expect, God hears our prayer.

God of community, you are present when we gather in your name. Guide
congregations in transition or conflict, especially Bethany Lutheran Church as their members seek new communities. Give wisdom to congregational councils, call committees, and ministry leaders. Keep us alert to unexpected opportunities for mission. When we least expect, God hears our prayer.

Presider

God of lovingkindness, you desire fullness of life. Fill those who hunger. Comfort the grieving and attend to those near death. Bring help and hope to any who are sick or needing your care. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . When we least expect, God hears our prayer.

God of promise, your goodness is everlasting. We give thanks for the lives of the
faithful who now rest in you. We trust that you will bring us into the company of all the saints with rejoicing. When we least expect, God hears our prayer.

Trusting that God hears us and knows our deepest longings, we offer our prayers with great expectation. Amen.

Please be seated.

OFFERING

We are called to be stewards of all of God’s abundance, so that the community in which we are planted may thrive: time, presence, and skills, and God’s creation. We are also called to financially embody care for our community inside and outside our sanctuary. Please support our ministries as you are able. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office. If you give electronically, place the “I give electronically” slip from your pew in the basket if you wish.

OFFERTORY See the Conquering Hero Come – Jonathan Heerboth and Xavier Ruff, trumpets

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY HYMN ELW 184, Let the Vineyards be Fruitful

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. God of hope, what we offer here, we give for your transformation. What we share, we bring with gladness. Receive these simple gifts and make us messengers of your mercy and love. Amen.

MEAL

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

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.

Prayer Leader: Alexa Gunther

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your 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.

Illuminating God, source of creation, our Salvation and our Hope, we praise you for your creative labor, bearing expectations for life and love. When we strayed from your path and chose cruelty and despair, you spoke to us through unexpected prophets: Isaiah envisioned a blossoming desert; Mary proclaimed a world turned upside down; John the Baptist cried out for repentance. At this expectant hour, your Son Jesus came to bring us extraordinary love and to heal all the suffering world. Remembering, therefore, his life among us, his death as one of us, and his resurrection, the first of all of us, we anticipate his coming in righteousness and peace. Send your Spirit on us and on this meal we share: that we may work for justice, build hope for your already but not yet reign, and share the anticipated love and joy of your Son. All glory and honor is yours, in your holy creation, both now and forever.

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 PRAYER OF JESUS

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 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. Unexpected and mysterious, Christ comes to us in this feast of grace. Eat, drink, and be filled.

Please be seated.

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.

For those on Zoom, we invite you to take time right now to 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

ELW 243, Lost in the Night

ACS 260, The King Shall Come

ACS 905, We are Waiting for Jesus

Please stand in body or spirit.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

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.
In this meal we have experienced God with us
Ordinary made extraordinary: familiar made holy
As we are called forth from the table, may we awaken to divine justice
That these expectant days may be alive with hope
We pray this in the name of the one who has promised to come again,
Christ Jesus, our Savior. Amen

SENDING

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.

The shadows are long…
but we await the light.
The ax threatens judgment…
but we work for justice.
The mighty seek power…
but we labor for mercy.
The powerful resist transformation…
but we see the world about to turn.
The wait drags on…
but the angels stir in anticipation.
The faithful labor in darkness…
and the expected child is born among us.
May the God + of Great Expectation be with you through Advent, that you may find hope, peace, joy and love.

CLOSING HYMN ACS 949, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

CHARGE

Go in peace and in hope-filled expectation. Watch; wait; pray; dream. 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: Sherry Mitchler, Susan DeBusk (offering)
Key Person: Sherry Mitchler, Jon Heerboth (close)
Acolyte: Jack Wood
Assisting Minister: Sandy Hoyer
Prayer Leader: Alexa Gunther
Altar Guild: Sandy Hoyer
Flower Team: Keith & Nancy Lissant
Lector: Sherry Mitchler
Counter: Dave Fey
Zoom Host: Phil Hoerchler
Musicians: Jon Heerboth, Christ Lutheran Choir (Director Diane Drollinger)
Organist: Mark Ruff

Life Around Christ

Women’s Advent Tea-December 3rd in the Fellowship Hall. Doors open 2pm, Program 2:15 pm to 3:30pm. Women’s Advent Tea Registrations are due by 11/27 to assist with planning.  The more the merrier and we hope all ladies can make this special event! Please register this week online https://www.christwg.org/advent-tea/  or in person on Sunday. Email registrations are also an option. Please email Lisette at offiice@christwg.org

Thank you to all assisting with Worship today! Ministry is shared among all the people of God. Please join us and participate in making Worship, and all our other ministries, possible!   

This Week
Monday, November 28: 12:00 Fellowship at Laclede Groves, 4:00p Fitness Group at CLC
Wednesday, November 30: 7:40p Choir practice
Thursday, December 1: 4:00p Fitness group at CLC
Saturday, December 3: 8:30a Choir practice, Women’s Advent Tea, 2pm Fellowship hall
Sunday, December 4: 9:00a Adult forum and Sunday School, 10:00a Worship     




Acknowledgments: Portions of today’s service are from: All Creation Sings published by Augsburg Fortress, copyright 2020; Lutheran Book of Worship published by Augsburg Publishing, copyright 1978; Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume 1, copyright 2012, printed by Westminster John Knox Press, 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 A from Revised Common Lectionary, copyright 1992; 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), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, Joan (friend of the Roocks), John Hoffmann, Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Michael McMullen (Greg McMullen’s brother), Anna McIntyre, Donna Munger, Betsy Nielson (Nancy Lissant’s sister), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Joyce Traxler (Friend of Susan DeBusk), Shirley Wolf, and Wayne Wellman (Susanne Reimer-Fey’s brother).

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died and all of those who grieve, that they may know the presence of God who grieves with us.

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 in case of emergency pastoral care needs at 612-388-5920 or 314-962-6011 ext. 103, pastor@christwg.org
Director of Senior Adult Ministries and Faith Community Nurse- Carolyn Crowe
Church Council President- Jessica Gunther
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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