The First Sunday of Advent

December 1, 2019

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. Rick Schowalter



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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.







P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, the parent who rouses us from slumber, the shepherd who gathers us on the holy mountain, the deliverer who sets us free.

C         Amen.

P          Let us come before the living God in confession. As we wait and watch for the promised day of salvation,

C         we open our hearts to you, O God. Search us and know us. Reveal all that we keep inside. To you, O God, we confess our sins, known and unknown. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us in your ways of justice and peace. Make us reflections of the radiant love of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

P          Beloved children of the Most High, you are gathered before the righteous judge who has mercy on all. Splash exuberantly in the waters of baptism, where sin is washed away in the river of life. Dwell peacefully in the loving arms of the one who nurtures all creation. Go forth boldly in the assurance that your sins are forgiven in the name of the one who is coming and is already here, Jesus Christ, our Savior.

C         Amen.



* OPENING HYMN & LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE                              Emmanuel




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 your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you live and reign with the Father 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 Isaiah.

         2:2 In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 3Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

         5O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 122 responsively.

1I was glad when they said to me,
  “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2Now our feet are standing
  within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem is built as a city
  that is at unity with itself;
4to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,
  the assembly of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.
5For there are the thrones of judgment,
  the thrones of the house of David.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
  “May they prosper who love you.
7Peace be within your walls
  and quietness within your towers.
8For the sake of my kindred and companions,
  I pray for your prosperity.
9Because of the house of the Lord our God,
  I will seek to do you good.”

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 Romans.

13:11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







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

24:36 [Jesus said to the disciples,] “About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

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



SERMON                                                                                          Rev. Rick Schowalter



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                              My Lord, What a Morning

Hymn #438


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          Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray trusting in your mercy through Jesus Christ. Amen.




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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OFFERING                             Come By Here                                          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, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ. You comforted your people with the promise of the Redeemer, through whom you will also make all things new in the day when he comes to judge the world in righteousness. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:







P          Holy God, the Beginning and the End,

our Salvation and our Hope,

we praise you for creating a world of order and beauty.

When we brought on chaos, cruelty and despair,

you sent the prophets to proclaim your justice and mercy.

At this end of the ages

your Son Jesus came to bring us your love

and to heal all the suffering world.

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.

Remembering, therefore,

his life, death, and resurrection,

we await his coming again

in righteousness and peace.

Send your Spirit on us

and on this bread and wine we share:

strengthen our faith,

increase our hope,

and bring to birth the justice and joy of your Son.

Through him all glory and honor is yours,

Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit,

in your holy Church,

both now and forever.

C         Amen.



 (Children return from Pageant Rehearsal)




C         Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.



P          The gifts of God, for the people of God.

C         Thanks be to God.




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.







            #257 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

            #253 He Came Down




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, who gathers us in love, lead you in pathways of righteousness and justice. May God, who knows us more deeply than we know ourselves, lead you in pathways of forgiveness and freedom. May God, who fills us with good things, lead you in pathways of equity and abundance. The blessing of the holy Trinity, one God, be upon you and remain with you forever.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                             Blowin’ in the Wind




D         Go in peace Christ is with you.

C         Thanks be to God.



Blowin’ In the Wind

By Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?


Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can really see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?


[Refrain x2]



Reflections for Sunday, 12-01-2019, The First Sunday of Advent

Preparation for Sunday, 12-08-2019, The Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture for Sunday, 12-08-2019, The Second Sunday of Advent



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

 Diane B., Kent

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Leon, Wayne, Mary, Dora, Beverly, Bruce T., Dante, Marcia

Our members with on-going concerns:

Kevin, Rose, Steve F., Ann Z., JT

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 the Mitchell family for the flowers given in memory of George Mitchell. We also thank Sue and Bob Fode for coffee fellowship after the service.

FIRST FRIDAYS at TACO: Join us at 8:30 a.m. the first Friday of the month to serve a meal at TACO, located at First Lutheran Church downtown at 3rd and Ash Streets.

CHILDREN’S PAGEANT REHEARSAL: Sundays during Children’s Church and Saturdays, December 7th and 14th from 9-11am.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Saturday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m. Join your (adult) friends at St. Peter’s for this fun evening of dinner and gift exchange. Sign-up on the bulletin board to bring a dish to share and bring a ‘white elephant’, gender-neutral gift (max. $15 value) to exchange. For more information, speak with Joan Allton or Solveig Fuentes.

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 Sunday, December 15th.  Suggested donation is $15.

AMAZON SMILE: If you’re purchasing from Amazon, please use their smile.amazon.com website and choose St. Peter’s by the Sea. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice and we have marked these funds for a new preschool play structure.

WOMEN’S TEA: Saturday, December 14th at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $8 from Gail Bennett during coffee hour. See Jane Christensen if you can bake cookies for the tea.




SPECIAL CONGREGATION MEETING: A special meeting of the Congregation has been called for Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. All members are requested to attend. Agenda includes the approval of the 2020 budget and the election of Congregation Council, Endowment Committee and Nominating Committee members.  This is the first notice.




The Week Beginning December 1, 2019

Sunday, December 1          The First Sunday of Advent

        8:20 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        8:30 a.m.                        Executive Committee

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship, Pageant Rehearsal

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, December 2

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:00 a.m.                        Employee Relations Committee

Tuesday, December 3

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

      10:00 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        4:00 p.m.                        AA Meeting

Wednesday, December 4

      10:00 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Thursday, December 5

      10:00 a.m.                        QiGong Exercise Class (alternate site)

Friday, December 6

        8:30 a.m.                        Serve at TACO

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

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

Saturday, December 7

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

        9:00 a.m.                        Children’s Pageant Rehearsal

        5:00 p.m.                        Christmas Party

Sunday, December 8           The Second Sunday of Advent

        8:20 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Rick Schowalter

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Jennifer Smart

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Bob Fode and Jon O’Brien


Anne Rosser


Fetcher Miller


Amanda Fadden

Sunday School:

Jim Grutkowski

Nursery Care:

Anya Bryan




2019 Congregation Council: John Smart, President; Jim Grutkowski, Vice-President; Richard Nielsen, Secretary; Darlene Morrow-Truver, Treasurer; Jane Christensen; Ben Fadden; Christina Fadden; Max Phelps; 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 15th 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 _______________________________________________________


Your Name _______________________________________________________


(Suggested donation = $15.00)




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