Second Sunday in Advent | December 6, 2020

Second Sunday in Advent | December 6, 2020

Worship Service for The Second Sunday in Advent

Rev. Gregory Mech | December 6, 2020 | Second Sunday in Advent | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 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,
the COVID Committee and Board of Elders.

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”

A portion of the Holy Gospel from Mark 1, one of the readings assigned for the Second Sunday in Advent. May God richly bless you as you hear His Word and begin preparing your heart for the Christ child at Christmas! Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The Second Sunday in Advent

December 6, 2020 — Divine Service, Setting Four with Holy Communion

HYMN 331 “The Advent of Our King” vs. 1,2,4,5        

The advent of our King 
Our prayers must now employ,
And we must hymns of welcome sing 
In strains of holy joy.

The ever-lasting Son 
Incarnate deigns to be,
Himself a servant’s form puts on 
To set His servants free.

As judge, on clouds of light, 
He soon will come again
And His true members all unite 
With Him in heav’n to reign.

Before the dawning day 
Let sin’s dark deeds be done,
The sinful self be put away, 
The new self now put on.


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. Psalm 130:3-4

Since we have come to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
You brought a vine out of Egypt;
it took deep root and filled the land.
Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved! 

KYRIE p. 204

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 40:1–11

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
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.
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, “Cry!” and I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, the LORD God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before 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.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN 347 “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” vs. 1,3

Comfort, comfort Ye my people, 
Speak of peace, thus saith our God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness, 
Mourning ‘neath their sorrow’s load.
Speak ye to Jerusalem 
Of the peace that waits for them;
Tell them that her sins I cover 
And her warfare now is over.

Hark, the herald voice is crying 
In the desert far and near,
Calling sinners to repentance, 
Since the Kingdom now is here. 
O that warning cry obey! 
Now prepare for God a way;
Let the valleys rise to meet Him 
And the hills bow down to greet Him.

EPISTLE 2 Peter 3:8–14

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.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. 
These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 1:1–8

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

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN 334 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You” vs. 1,4,5

O Lord, how shall I meet You, 
How welcome You aright?
Your people long to greet You, 
My hope, my heart’s delight!
O kindle, Lord most holy, 
Your lamp within my breast
To do in spirit lowly 
All that may please You best.

Love caused Your incarnation; 
Love brought You down to me.
Your thirst for my salvation 
Procured my liberty.
Oh, love beyond all telling, 
That led You to embrace 
In love, all love excelling, 
Our lost and fallen race.

Sin’s debt, that fearful burden, 
Cannot His love erase;
Your guilt the Lord will pardon 
And cover by His grace.
He comes, for you procuring 
The peace of sin forgiven,
His children thus securing 
Eternal life in heaven.




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.


Let us bless the Lord. 
Thanks be to God.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

Those not partaking of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Table are dismissed with this blessing. Thank you for joining us before God’s altar in fellowship today.


Distribution of the Sacrament will be by family groups, at the direction of the usher. Children may come forward for a contactless blessing. Once you have received the body and the blood of our Lord Christ, depart in peace.

HYMN 338 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, 
Born to set Your people free;
From our fears and sins release us; 
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, 
Hope of all the earth Thou art,
Dear desire of every nation, 
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver, 
Born a child and yet a king!
Born to reign in us forever, 
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit 
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit 
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

HYMN 527 “O Savior, Precious Savior”

O Savior, precious Savior, 
Whom yet unseen we love;
O name of might and favor, 
All other names above,
We worship Thee, we bless Thee, 
To Thee, O Christ, we sing;
We praise Thee and confess Thee, 
Our holy Lord and King.

O bringer of salvation, 
Who wondrously hast wrought
Thyself the revelation 
Of love beyond our thought,
We worship Thee, we bless Thee, 
To Thee, O Christ, we sing;
We praise Thee and confess Thee, 
Our gracious Lord and King.

In Thee all fulness dwelleth, 
All grace and power divine;
The glory that excelleth, 
O Son of God, is Thine.
We worship Thee, we bless Thee, 
To Thee, O Christ, we sing;
We praise Thee and confess Thee, 
Our glorious Lord and King.

O grant the consummation 
Of this our song above
In endless adoration 
And everlasting love;
Then shall we praise and bless Thee, 
Where perfect praises ring,
And evermore confess Thee, 
Our Savior and our King!

HYMN 606 “I Lay My Sins on Jesus”

I lay my sins on Jesus, 
The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all and frees us 
From the accursed load. 

I bring my guilt to Jesus 
To wash my crimson stains
Clean in His blood most precious 
Till not a spot remains.

I lay my wants on Jesus; 
All fulness dwells in Him;
He heals all my diseases, 
My soul He does redeem.

I lay my griefs on Jesus, 
My burdens and my cares;
He from them all releases; 
He all my sorrows shares.

I rest my soul on Jesus, 
This weary soul of mine;
His right hand me embraces; 
I on His breast recline.

I love the name of Jesus, 
Immanuel, Christ the Lord;
Like fragrance on the breezes 
His name abroad is poured.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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