Comfort You My People

Second Sunday of Advent: Comfort You My People

Call to Worship

Inspired by Isaiah 40

Leader:  “Comfort, O comfort my people” God says to you. He will make warfare end and will pardon our iniquity. 

Congregation:  A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Leader: Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

Congregation:  And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Leader: Go, lift up your voice with strength, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not;

Congregation: “Behold your God!” Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; He will tend his flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in his arms; He will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Song of Invitation – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Reading of the Old Testament – Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (ESV)

Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah 

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.

Song of Coming – O Come All You Unfaithful

Prayer of Confession

Holy and loving God, we have dwelt in darkness and preferred it to the light; we have been proud of our accomplishments and despaired over our shortcomings. Smooth down the mountains of our pride, and lift up the valleys of our doubts. Open a path in the wilderness of our lives that we might find our way to you again. Refine us and prepare us once again for life in your kingdom. Hear our prayer, O Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Pastoral Prayer

Song of Reflection – Joy to the World

Reading of the New Testament – 2 Peter 3:8-15a

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him…

Songs of Sending – Go, Tell It on the Mountain

The Word 

The Table

Song of Communion – When Love Came Down to Earth

Benediction

Please take the time to look over the Order of Service for this Sunday and use it to prepare your minds and hearts to gather in the name of Jesus. A downloadable version of this Order of Service is available for you here to open and use this Sunday to follow along. We will begin our liturgy this Sunday at 9:30am followed by our morning message from one of our pastors. Additional music will follow for worship and reflection after the sermon.

If you would like to make yourself familiar with the music for this Sunday, you can find the songs listed in the Order of Service at the top of our Spotify playlist found here. Each week our playlist will be updated so that you can familiarize yourself with the music.

We look forward to our time together this Sunday morning via Facebook Live from our Redeemer Church Facebook page.