440 STONEVILLE RD.  485-4432 

Pastor Thomsen                                                                                Amanda Stacy, DCE

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Saturday Worship                                5:00 p.m.

Sunday Early Worship                         8:30 a.m.

Sunday Late Worship                        10:45 a.m.



December 5, 2021                  10:45 Worship Service




OPENING HYMN:   “Prepare the Royal Highway”

Prepare the royal highway;
The King of kings is near!

Let ev’ry hill and valley
A level road appear!
Then greet the King of Glory
Foretold in sacred story:

Hosanna to the Lord,

For He fulfills God’s Word!

God’s people, see Him coming: 
Your own eternal king! 
Palm branches strew before Him! 
Spread garments! Shout and sing! 
God’s promise will not fail you! 
No more shall doubt assail you!

Hosanna to the Lord,

For He fulfills God’s Word!

Then fling the gates wide open 
To greet your promised king! 

Your king, yet ev’ry nation 

Its tribute too should bring. 
All lands, bow down before Him! 

All nations, now adore Him!

Hosanna to the Lord,

For He fulfills God’s Word!

His is no earthly kingdom; 
It comes from heav’n above. 
His rule is peace and freedom 
And justice, truth, and love. 
So let your praise be sounding 
For kindness so abounding:

Hosanna to the Lord,

For He fulfills God’s Word!



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

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       The Lord says, “I will fulfill the promise I made to the houses of Israel and Judah.”

People:      We thank You, O Lord!

Pastor:       The Lord says, “My righteous Branch will cause justice and righteousness to spring up.”

People:      We adore You, O Lord!

Pastor:       The Lord says, “You will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

People:      We praise You, O Lord!

Pastor:       The Lord says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”

People:      We worship You, O Lord!


Pastor:       Having emerged from the waters of Baptism as God’s new creation in Christ, we confess our sins to God and one another.

                  A time of silence is observed.

Pastor:       We confess to You, O Lord, that we are captive to sin in thought, word, and deed. We have neither loved You with our whole heart nor loved our neighbors as ourselves.

People:      Remember Your mercy, O Lord, and Your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Pastor:       Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

People:      according to Your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of Your goodness, O Lord!

Pastor:       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:      Amen.



Pastor:       The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you.

Pastor:       Let us pray.



Pastor:       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. Amen.

People:      Amen.      


OLD TESTAMENT READING:   Malachi 3:1–7b          

“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years. “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.

Reader:    This is the Word of the Lord.                                

People:    Thanks be to God.


EPISTLE READING:                     Philippians 1:2–11

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.                             

People:     Thanks be to God.          

RESPONSIVE PSALM:                  Psalm 66:1-12

Pastor:       You have brought us out to a place of abundance.

People:      Shout for joy to God, all the earth;

Pastor:       sing the glory of His name; give to Him glorious praise!

People:      Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds! So great is Your power that Your enemies come cringing to You.

Pastor:       All the earth worships You and sings praises to You; they sing praises to Your name.”

People:      Come and see what God has done: He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of man.

Pastor:       He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot.

People:      There did we rejoice in Him, who rules by His might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations—let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

Pastor:       Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of His praise be heard,

People:      who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.

Pastor:       For You, O God, have tested us; You have tried us as silver is tried.

People:      You brought us into the net; You laid a crushing burden on our backs;

Pastor:       You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet You have brought us out to a place of abundance.

All:            Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Pastor:       You have brought us out to a place of abundance.



            I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried.  And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


HOLY GOSPEL:                              Luke 3:1–14   

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’”John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. 11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” 13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. 14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

Pastor:       This is the Gospel of Our Lord.               

People:     Praise to You, O Christ                          




SERMON HYMN:   “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry 
Announces that the Lord is nigh; 
Awake and hearken, for he brings 
Glad tidings of the King of kings!

Then cleansed be ev’ry life from sin; 
Make straight the way for God within, 
And let us all our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.

We hail Thee as our Savior, Lord,
Our refuge, and our great reward; 
Without Thy grace we waste away
Like flow’rs that wither and decay.

Lay on the sick Thy healing hand

And make the fallen strong to stand;

Show us the glory of Thy face
Till beauty springs in ev’ry place.

All praise, eternal Son, to Thee

Whose advent sets Thy people free,

Whom with the Father we adore

And Holy Spirit evermore.









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.




COMMUNION HYMN:   “When All the World Was Cursed”

When all the world was cursed

By Moses’ condemnation,

Saint John the Baptist came

With words of consolation.

With true forerunner’s zeal

The greater One he named,

And Him, as yet unknown,

As Savior he proclaimed.

Before he yet was born,

He leaped in joyful meeting,

Confessing Him as Lord

Whose mother he was greeting.

By Jordan’s rolling stream,

A new Elijah bold,

He testified of Him

Of whom the propjets told:

Behold the Lamb of God

That bears the world’s transgression,

Whose sacrifice removes

The devil’s dread oppression.

Behold the Lamb of God,

Who takes away our sin,

Who for our peace and joy

Will full atonement win.

O grant, dear Lord of love,

That we receive, rejoicing,

The word proclaimed by John,

Our true repentance voicing,

That gladly we may walk

Upon our Savior’s way

Until we live with Him

In His eternal day.




Pastor:       He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
The Lord bless you and keep you.

                  The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

                  The Lord look upon you with favor and  give you peace.        

People:      Amen.




CLOSING HYMN:   “Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment”

Herald, sound the note of judgment,

Warning us of right and wrong,

Turning us from sin and sadness

Till once more we sing the song.

Sound the trumpet! Tell the message:

Christ, the Savior king, is come!

Herald, sound the note of gladness;

Tell the news that Christ is here;

Make a pathway through the dessert

For the one who brings God near.

Sound the trumpet! Tell the message:

Christ, the Savior king, is come!

 Herald, sound the note of pardon—

Those repenting are forgiv’n;

God receives His wayward children,

And to them new life is giv’n.

Sound the trumpet! Tell the message:

Christ, the Savior king, is come!


Herald, sound the note of triumph;

Christ has come to share our life,

Bringing God’s own love and power,

Granting vict’ry in our strife.

Sound the trumpet! Tell the message:

Christ, the Savior king, is come!



Pastor:       Go in peace. Serve the Lord.     

People:      Thanks be to God!