2nd Sunday of Advent

The great proclamation “The Word became flesh

and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14) 

assures us that God has entered into

human history through the incarnation of the Son.

The season of Advent, a season of waiting,

is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions

—past, present, and future.


In Advent we hear the prophecies of the

Messiah’s coming as addressed to us— 

people who wait for the second coming.

In Advent we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament 

promises, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up,

and every tear will be wiped away.


In this way Advent highlights for us

the larger story of God’s redemptive plan.

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Opening of Worship

Good morning!

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Why do we praise God?

We praise God, not to obtain anything,

but because God's Being draws praise from us. God alone is worthy to be praised.

Let us pray as we prepare our hearts for praise --

King of glory, you are God.
You are powerful.
You rule the entire world.
We praise you because you are so great.
But you became a baby.
You were tiny and weak.
You were just like us.
We praise you because you came,
and we look forward to when you will come again.
In your name we pray. Amen.

 
Candles

Advent Candle Lighting

The season of Advent precedes Christmas and it is a time when we remember Jesus Christ's

birth and arrival as "Immanuel," God with us. Advent means "waiting," and God's people

waited for God to redeem and restore them to the fullness of God's promises. But Advent isn't

only about Christ coming into the world 2,000 years ago, it is also about Christ's future return

to the world as the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

The traditional Advent wreath has four candles, three purple, and one pink grouped around

a white candle, which represents Christ. Last Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent we lit

the first candle. This week we light the first and

second candles as physical representations of the growing expectation 

we have for the coming of Christ.

Reader 1: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

Reader 2: The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Reader 1: I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Reader 2: Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage. 

Wait for the LORD!


—from Psalm 27:1, 13-14, NRSV

 

The Old Testament // The Prophets

Isaiah 11:1–10 (NRSV)

    11      A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, 
    and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 
    2      The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, 
    the spirit of wisdom and understanding, 
    the spirit of counsel and might, 
    the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 
    3      His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. 

    He shall not judge by what his eyes see, 
    or decide by what his ears hear; 
    4      but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, 
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; 
    he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, 
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 
    5      Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, 
    and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 

    6      The wolf shall live with the lamb, 
    the leopard shall lie down with the kid, 
    the calf and the lion and the fatling together, 
    and a little child shall lead them. 
    7      The cow and the bear shall graze, 
    their young shall lie down together; 
    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 
    8      The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, 
    and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 
    9      They will not hurt or destroy 
    on all my holy mountain; 
    for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD 
    as the waters cover the sea. 


10 On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

 

The Psalm

Psalm 72:1-8 (The Message)

(1-8) 

Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God,
    the gift of just rule to the crown prince.
May he judge your people rightly,
    be honorable to your meek and lowly.
Let the mountains give exuberant witness;
    shape the hills with the contours of right living.
Please stand up for the poor,
    help the children of the needy,
    come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon—
    age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass,
    earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom
    and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea,
    from the River to the Rim.

(18-20) 

Blessed God, Israel’s God,
    the one and only wonder-working God!
Blessed always his blazing glory!
    All earth brims with his glory.
Yes and Yes and Yes.

 
Image by Tim Mossholder

Generosity & Giving

The tithes and donations you make to DreamHouse Church make a difference to our church, our community, the people of Newport News, and world missions. There are various ways you can donate. We pass a collection plate during services and electronic giving is available for 24/7 donations. “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9).

 

The Epistle

Romans 15:4–13 (NRSV)

4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


7 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, 
    “Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, 
    and sing praises to your name”; 
    10      and again he says, 
    “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”; 
    11      and again, 
    “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, 
    and let all the peoples praise him”; 
    12      and again Isaiah says, 
    “The root of Jesse shall come, 
    the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; 
    in him the Gentiles shall hope.” 
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Gospel

Matthew 3:1-12 (NRSV)

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ ”


Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.


But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.


“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

 
Image by James Coleman
 

The Lord's Supper // Communion

With joy we praise you, gracious God,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us—
even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
whose coming opened to us the way of salvation
and whose triumphant return we eagerly await.
Therefore we join our voices
with all the saints and angels and the whole creation
to proclaim the glory of your name.

Invitation

Congregation of Jesus Christ, the Lord has
prepared his table for all who love him and
trust in him alone for their salvation.
All who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior,
and who desire to live in obedience to him as
Lord are now invited to come with gladness to
the table of the Lord.
The gifts of God for the people of God.

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Hear the words of the institution of the Holy
Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:


The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took
bread, and after giving thanks to God, he
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,


“Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do
this in remembrance of me.”


In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This
cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed
for you for the forgiveness of sins. When ever you
drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”


Every time you eat this bread and drink this
cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen
Lord until he comes.


With thanksgiving, let us offer God our grateful praise.

—based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

[as the bread is shared]
The body of Christ, given for you.
Thanks be to God.


[as the cup is shared]
The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Thanks be to God.

Response of Praise 

God, who nourishes us for the journey,
it is strengthening to know that
as we have gathered at your table today,
your people throughout the world
are offering praise and thanksgiving
as bread and wine are shared.
May the mystery of your presence, experienced in our worship,
bind us together into one worldwide community. Amen.

 

Doxology and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

Now to the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

—1 Timothy 1:17, NIV

May the love of God surround you,
the wisdom of Christ guide you,
and the power of the Holy Spirit encourage you
as you joyfully proclaim:
Our world belongs to God!