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Advent 4 – December 19, 2021

Advent 4 – December 19, 2021

Service for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | December 19, 2021 | Advent 4 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am

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Special thanks to all who helped to make this broadcast possible today:
Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter, Altar Guild, Board of Elders, and all of our volunteers
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Advent 4. Blessed is the fruit of your womb! Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” Luke 1

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SALUTATION AND COLLECT OF THE DAY

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray. Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins that weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen. 

Advent 4 — HOLY GOSPEL Luke 1:39-45

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the first chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would bea fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, O Christ.

CLOSING HYMN “O Little Town of Bethlehem” 361: 1,3

O little town of Bethlehem, 
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep 
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth 
The everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years 
Are met in thee tonight.

How silently, how silently 
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts 
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming; 
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him, still 
The dear Christ enters in.

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