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November 29, 2020
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GATHERING SONG: ELW 240 (v.1)
Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah
Light one candle to watch for Messiah:
Let the light banish darkness.
He shall bring salvation to Israel,
God fulfills the promise.
Text: Wayne L. Wold, b. 1954
Text © 1984 Fortress Press, admin. Augsburg Fortress.
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
CANTICLE OF PRAISE
PRAYER OF THE DAY
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 6:6-27
6So the presidents and satraps conspired and came to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! 7All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an interdict, that whoever prays to anyone, divine or human, for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions. 8Now, O king, establish the interdict and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 9Therefore King Darius signed the document and interdict. 10Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously.
11The conspirators came and found Daniel praying and seeking mercy before his God. 12Then they approached the king and said concerning the interdict, “O king! Did you not sign an interdict, that anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human, within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions?” The king answered, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 13Then they responded to the king, “Daniel, one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the interdict you have signed, but he is saying his prayers three times a day.” 14When the king heard the charge, he was very much distressed. He was determined to save Daniel, and until the sun went down he made every effort to rescue him. 15Then the conspirators came to the king and said to him, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.” 16Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was brought and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you faithfully serve, deliver you!” 17A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, so that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.
18Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no food was brought to him, and sleep fled from him. 19Then, at break of day, the king got up and hurried to the den of lions. 20When he came near the den where Daniel was, he cried out anxiously to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you faithfully serve been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21Daniel then said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong.” 23Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24The king gave a command, and those who had accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. Before they reached the bottom of the den the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
25Then King Darius wrote to all peoples and nations of every language throughout the whole world: “May you have abundant prosperity! 26I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: For he is the living God, enduring forever. His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion has no end. 27He delivers and rescues, he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth; for he has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. 2They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 3Then Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You say so.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” 5But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.”
HYMN OF THE DAY: ELW 676
Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
Lord, speak to us, that we may speak
In living echoes of your tone;
As you have sought, so let us seek
Your straying children, lost and lone.
Oh, lead us, Lord, that we may lead
The wandr’ng and the wav’ring feet;
Oh, feed us, Lord, that we may feed
Your hungr’ng ones with manna sweet.
Oh, teach us. Lord, that we may teach
The precious truths which you impart;
And wing our words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.
Oh, fill us with your fullness, Lord,
Until our very hearts o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Your love to tell, your praise to show.
Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879, alt
NEW ZEALAND CREED
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Roanne Dawson's niece and her husband, who have Covid-19; Hilde's Abt's 99-year-old mother, Karoline, isolated for the third time in her care facility; Diane Parson's mother, Mary Brooks, who is in a care facility with COVID19 lockdown, Shannon Kristofic as she awaits surgery and gains strength, Sue Sharp as she declines and nears her 90th birthday, Nathan Wu as he awaits an appointment at Children's for his knee, Linda Pearce as she manages an untreatable heart condition, Magnar Bjorsvik’s sister-in-law Margit, Bea and Les Starheim as Bea's care home is on COVID19 lockdown, Hal Richter, Chelsa Mack as she awaits angiogram results and surgery on her hand, Courtney Kelso undergoing breast cancer treatment, Uschi Bohn’s brother Winfried as he has ceased chemotherapy due to complications. Grieving families of Darlene Balcome, John Pedersen, Trevor Olsoff, Justine Modine (Strangway) and Rosa Maria's mother.
THE LORD’S PRAYER IN MOVEMENT
SENDING SONG: ELW 885
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.