Saturday, November 27, 2010

Worship for Advent 1 - 2010

Saturday after Christ the King Sunday
November 27, 2010

The Lord be with you

This coming Sunday will be the First Sunday in Advent. At Lamb of God we will have a guest minister, Rev. Dr. Hugo Kaeding, presiding at the worship service. Pastor Kaeding is the Circuit Counselor for Circuit 19. I will be in Camden in my capacity as Circuit Counselor for Circuit 18. Because I will not be here, I cannot tell you what the sermon text will be, etc. However I will share the following information.

As this will be the first Sunday in Advent, the paraments will be blue. Blue is the most recent addition to liturgical colors and first began being used in Scandinavian countries. It represents hope, and reflects our hope in the Christ who came and is to come.

We will be using the first setting of the Diving Service (page 151). This will be a communion service. The appointed lessons for the day are: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 21:1-11.

Our Opening Hymn will be LSB 337, “The Night Will Soon Be Ending.” The sermon hymn will be: LSB 396, “Arise and Shine in Splendor.” Our Closing hymn will be: LSB 333, “Once He Came in Blessing.” Our Distribution Hymns: LSB 620, “Jesus Comes Today with Healing,” LSB 331, “The Advent of Our King,” and LSB 918, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer.”

The Opening Hymn, “The Night Will Soon Be Ending” is another hymn that was selected by our Hymnal Review Committee as one that is worth learning. We will be singing if for four weeks.

Don’t forget that Wednesday Advent Services begin this week, December 1. As usual for us, we will have a service at 12:15 with only one hymn and a spoken liturgy. The 7:00 service will have a sung liturgy and three hymns. The theme this year for the Wednesday Advents services is the “Canticles of Christmas.” The first homily is titled “Mary’s Song” and is based on the Magnificat. The services will be preceded by a Soup Supper at 6:15 PM.

Below is a video of a High School Choir singing the first and last verses of "Arise and Shine in Splendor," our sermon hymn. They do a real good job.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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