The Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2018

9:30 a.m.


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St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulev ard

San Diego, CA  92107


Rev. Karen L. Marohn



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Please STAND (as you are able) at the parts of the liturgy marked with an asterisk (*).

Bold type means congregational participation.









Prayers to accompany the Advent Candle lighting

Second Week of Advent

God our shepherd, gather us as lambs in your arms. Forgive our sins so that we may rejoice in your coming. Amen.





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

C         Amen.

P          God of all mercy and consolation, come to the aid of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that, attentive to your word, we may confess our sins, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C         Amen.

P          Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

           (pause for reflection)

Most merciful God,

C         We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.


P          In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C         Amen.







P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C         And also with you.




P          Let us pray.  Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.




Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.

Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world.



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L    A reading from Malachi.

3:1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight-indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
         For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Luke, Chapter 1 responsively.

68Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel,
  you have come to your people and set them free.
69You have raised up for us a mighty Savior,
  born of the house of your servant David.
70Through your holy prophets, you promised of old to save us from our enemies,
  71from the hands of all who hate us,
72to show mercy to our forebears,
  and to remember your holy covenant.
73This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
  74to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship you without fear,
  75holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life.
76And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
  for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
77to give God’s people knowledge of salvation
  by the forgiveness of their sins.
78In the tender compassion of our God
  the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
79to shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death,
  and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory 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.




L    A reading from Philippians.

1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







P          The Holy Gospel according to Luke.
C         Glory to you, O Lord.

3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

    “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:       
 ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,  
  make his paths straight.         
5Every valley shall be filled,       
  and every mountain and hill shall be made low,  
 and the crooked shall be made straight,      
  and the rough ways made smooth;
6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’

P          The Gospel of the Lord.
C         Praise to you, O Christ.



SERMON                                                                                            Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                              Comfort, Comfort Now My People

Hymn #256




C         We believe in one God,

            the Father, the Almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth,

            of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

            the only Son of God,

            eternally begotten of the Father,

            God from God, Light from Light,

            true God from true God,

            begotten, not made,

            of one Being with the Father;

            through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

                        he came down from heaven,

                        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

                        and became truly human.

                        For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

                        he suffered death and was buried.

                        On the third day he rose again

                        in accordance with the scriptures;

                        he ascended into heaven

                        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                        He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

                        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

            who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

            who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

            who has spoken through the prophets.

            We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

            We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

            We look for the resurrection of the dead,

            and the life of the world to come. Amen.



*  PRAYERS                                                After each petition,    D  … Hear us, O God.

                                                                                                      C   Your mercy is great.




P          The peace of Christ be with you always.
C         And also with you.

D         Let us exchange a sign of God’s peace.



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OFFERTORY HYMN              We Are Awaiting the Coming                 St. Peter’s Choir

Please stand as the ushers bring the gifts to the Altar

Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful





P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, … (Here the minister continues with the proper preface concluding:) …we praise your name and join their unending hymn:







P          Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:

Blessed are you for the birth of creation.

Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light.

Blessed are you for your promise to your people.

Blessed are you in the prophets’ hopes and dreams.

Blessed are you for Mary’s openness to your will.

Blessed are you for your Son Jesus,

the Word made flesh.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

C         Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

P          With this bread and cup we remember your Word dwelling among us, full of grace and truth. We remember our new birth in his death and resurrection. We look with hope for his coming.

C         Come, Lord Jesus.

P          Holy God, we long for your Spirit. Come among us. Bless this meal. May your Word take flesh in us. Awaken your people. Fill us with your light. Bring the gift of peace on earth.

C         Come, Holy Spirit.

P          All praise and glory are yours, Holy One of Israel, Word of God incarnate, Power of the Most High, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.




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.




All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.  Receive the bread then dip it into the cup.  The first cup is red wine; the second cup is white grape juice. For those unable to partake of wheaten bread, a rice wafer is available.







            #247 Come Now, O Prince of Peace

            #264 Prepare the Royal Highway

            #242 Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn




P          The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. God for whom we wait, in this meal you give us a foretaste of that day when the hungry will be fed with good things. Send us forth to make known your deeds and to proclaim the greatness of your name, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



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P          May God direct your ways in peace, make you abound in love for one another and for all, and strengthen your hearts until the coming of our Lord Jesus. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                   We Are Waiting for Jesus




D         Go in peace. Christ is with you.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 12-09-2018, The Second Sunday of Advent

Preparation for Sunday, 12-16-2018, The Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture for Sunday, 12-16-2018, The Second Sunday of Advent



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We keep the following members of St. Peter’s in our prayers:

James, Jane H., Mike W.

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Ann R., Leon, Wayne, Beverly, Dante, Mary, Dora

Our members with on-going concerns:

Kevin, Rose, Steve F., Ann Z.

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders




We are glad that you have come to worship with us today!  Please sign a WELCOME card found in the pew rack, and give it to an usher or drop it in the offering plate.  A nursery is available for toddlers and young children. Children’s Church School for grades Pre-K to 5th grade meets during the worship service. Large-print bulletins and children’s bulletins are available from an usher. You will find hand sanitizer in the pew rack for your use during the service.

SUNDAY HOSPITALITY is given for the praise and glory of God.  Today we thank Beverly Mitchell for the flowers given in memory of her husband, George. We also thank Liz Medina for coffee fellowship after the service.

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION: A Special Meeting of the Congregation has been called for today. All St. Peter’s members are expected to remain after the worship service for the meeting. Agenda includes election of new Council and Committee members; approval of the 2019 Preschool and Church Operating budgets; and approval of the 2018 Constitutional update.

THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard to make yesterday’s annual Women’s Tea a wonderful event!

CHILDREN’S PAGEANT: Our annual Children’s Pageant is next Sunday, during the worship service and will be presented in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome!

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP: St. Peter’s will have two candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve. The Children’s Choir will sing at the 5:30 p.m. service and the Adult Choir will sing at the 7:30 p.m. service. We will have a 9:30 a.m. worship service on Christmas Day.

POINSETTIAS: If you would like to ‘sponsor’ a Christmas poinsettia in honor of or in memory of someone dear to you, please use the poinsettia tear-off on the back sheet and either place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office by December 16th.  Suggested donation is $15.

REMINDERS: All 2018 contributions must be received in the church office by 11:00a.m. December 31st to be attributed to the current year. 2019 Altar Flower and Fellowship Hour sponsor calendar are posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

2019 PLEDGE CARDS: It’s not too late to return your 2019 Commitment card. Cards are available by the font and from the church office. Thank you.



The Week Beginning December 9, 2018

Sunday, December 9          The Second Sunday of Advent

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:10 a.m.                        Adult Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship, Children’s Program Rehearsal

      10:30 a.m.                        Special Meeting of the Congregation

      11:00 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, December 10

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

Tuesday, December 11

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise Class

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        7:00 p.m.                        Congregation Council

Wednesday, December 12

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors Meeting

      12:00 p.m.                        YMCA Movement and Balance Class

        3:00 p.m.                        Fellowship Hall in Use (Spiritual Ministry Center)

        6:30 p.m.                        Mid-Week Communion

        7:00 p.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 13

Friday, December 14

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, December 15

        8:30 a.m.                        Men’s Bible Study

        9:00 a.m.                        Children’s Rehearsal

Sunday, December 16        The Third Sunday of Advent

        8:00 a.m.                        Children’s Rehearsal

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship with Children’s Program

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Steve Silva

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Ade and Jane Christensen


Sue Fode


Darlene Thygerson


Evan and Ian Smart

Sunday School Teachers:

Darlene Truver and Terri Webster

Nursery Care:

Anya Bryan




2018 Congregation Council: John Smart, President; Jim Grutkowski, Vice-President; Ellen Schmeding, Secretary; Darlene Morrow-Truver, Treasurer; Jane Christensen; Colleen Doering; Richard Nielsen; Patricia Pepper; Deirdre Slaughter.




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Christmas Poinsettias

Once again this year, the sanctuary will be decorated with poinsettias. If you would like to make a donation “In Memory Of ” or “In Honor Of ” a loved one, please fill out the form below and return it to the office by December 17th with your check made payable to St. Peter’s . You may also put it in the Sunday offering plate.  Names of those so honored/remembered will be included in the Christmas Eve bulletin.



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In Memory of _____________________________________________________

In Honor of _______________________________________________________


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(Suggested donation = $15.00)



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