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Jesus, the Root of Jesse's Tree

 

Advent is a time to reflect on Jesus’ coming at Christmas. It is a time to look with hope toward His coming again at the restoration of all creation. It is a time to recognize Jesus’ coming to us now in His Word, Baptism, and Holy Communion. In a world that often feels ungrounded and rootless, we find during Advent deep and abiding hope in Jesus as the root of our life and faith. As the roots of a tree nourish it, keep it grounded, and cause it to grow, so Jesus, the root of Jesse’s tree, nourishes us, grounds us, and causes us to grow in faith. As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, we pause midweek to be grounded and rooted in Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.

 

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus LSB #338

 

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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

 

Invocation

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

C Amen.

 

Exhortation LSB p. 184

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

 

Confession of Sins LSB p. 184

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution LSB p. 185

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

 

Psalm Psalm 92; antiphon: v. 12

P The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

C It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

P to declare Your steadfast love in the morning,
and Your faithfulness by night,

C to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.

P For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work;
at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.

C How great are Your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!

P The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;

C but You, O Lord,
are on high forever.

P For behold, Your enemies, O Lord,
or behold, Your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.

C But You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
You have poured over me fresh oil.

P My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

C The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

P They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.

C They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,

P to declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

C The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

 

Kyrie LSB p. 186

 

The Gloria in Excelsis is omitted during Advent.

 

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

P Let us pray.

God of hope, You graciously provided a Savior for us, who is now the root of our faith and life. Root us and ground us in Jesus, so that our lives may not be swayed by every temptation that comes. In the midst of a constantly wavering world, let our lives be signs of Your abiding and steadfast love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

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Old Testament Reading Genesis 22:1–18

1After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

15And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Hebrews 11:17–22

17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

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Alleluia and Verse LSB p. 190

 

Holy Gospel Matthew 8:5–13

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eighth chapter.

5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6“Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

Nicene Creed

C 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 T of the world to come. Amen.

 

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The Lamb LSB #547

 

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Offertory LSB p. 192

 

Prayer of the Church

 

O Antiphon

P O Branch of Jesse, standing as a ensign before the peoples, before whom all kings are mute, to whom the nations will do homage.

C Come quickly to deliver us.

 

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel LSB #357

 

Preface LSB p. 194

P The Lord be with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.

 

Proper Preface

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, whose way John the Baptist prepared, proclaiming Him the promised Messiah, the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and calling sinners to repentance that they might escape from the wrath to be revealed when He comes again in glory. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

 

Sanctus LSB p. 195

 

Lord's Prayer

C 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.

 

The Words of Our Lord LSB p. 197

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

 

Pax Domini LSB p. 197

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

 

Agnus Dei LSB p. 198

 

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Distribution

 

Sing Praise to the God of Israel LSB #936

 

From East to West LSB #385

 

The God of Abraham Praise LSB #798

 

5 Though nature’s strength decay,
    And earth and hell withstand,
To Canaan’s bounds I urge my way
    At His command.
The wat’ry deep I pass,
    With Jesus in my view,
And through the howling wilderness
    My way pursue.

 

6 The goodly land I see,
    With peace and plenty blest:
A land of sacred liberty
    And endless rest.
There milk and honey flow,
    And oil and wine abound,
And trees of life forever grow
    With mercy crowned.

 

7 There dwells the Lord our king,
    The Lord our righteousness,
Triumphant o’er the world and sin,
    The Prince of Peace.
On Zion’s sacred height
    His kingdom He maintains
And glorious with His saints in light
    Forever reigns.

 

8 The God who reigns on high
    The great archangels sing,
And “Holy, holy, holy!” cry,
    “Almighty King!
Who was and is the same
    And evermore shall be:
Jehovah, Father, great I AM!
    We worship Thee!”

 

D 9 The whole triumphant host
    Give thanks to God on high.
“Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!”
    They ever cry.
Hail, Abr’ham’s God and mine!
    I join the heav’nly lays:
All might and majesty are Thine
    And endless praise!

 

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Nunc Dimittis LSB p. 199