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Faith Lutheran Church is located at 12449 California St. Yucaipa, CA 92399. 

Worship With Us

We continue our Single Service worship now OUTSIDE on our patio area at 10 am. We share liturgy, hymns and sermon outdoors in the shade. We ask that you check your temperature before you come and wear a mask during the service. 

Our Mission

“Knowing the Love of Jesus and Showing the Love of Jesus to God’s wondrous world.”

Faith Lutheran News Center

December 8 Message

The Journey Continues  on our ADVENT TRIP

We continue our journey through Advent–this year focused on prayer. Prayer as a TRIP – Thanksgiving – Regrets – Intercession – Purpose

As we light the third candle on the Advent wreath this Sunday. There are plenty of intercessions due the coronavirus pandemic. Some visitors to our church were not there this Sunday because they were a part of Thanksgiving celebrations that left them exposed to COVID-19.  The dangers to our population are quite acute in this holiday time. So, we wait for vaccines which are on their way hopefully. Meanwhile, we pray for those affected physically, financially, psychologically.

This will be a Christmas like no other. I have fond memories of Christmas past.

Memories of all the cousins, in their younger years, together in one home, opening gifts with expectant eyes;

Memories sharing a shrimp plate between Christmas Eve services and my daughter, years ago, saving the 11 pm service on Christmas Eve by running the Power point and sound when no one showed up;

Memories of our whole family joining in providing music for one of the Christmas Eve services at Faith in Menifee, just two years ago.

Memories of last year, caroling with Lucas who ran with his brother Joey to the greet the shut-ins, the Christmas party at church, the Christmas concert and worship music, the fabulous preschool Christmas presentation.

Christmas, this year, is a shadow of former years. The shadows do come in life. Those of you who have live long have known many “shadow” times. For example, the depression of the 30’s and the WWII years when Christmas was quite different and the song “I will be home for Christmas” hit a chord, because so many were not home. There are national shadows, there are personal shadows as well, loved ones fading into shadow through drugs, dementia, disagreements.

The date of Christ’s birth is an unknown. Perhaps it was in the spring when the shepherd would more likely be grazing flocks. The early church, though, chose the December date so that the celebration of Christmas could be an opportunity to push back against the growing darkness of the winter sun in the northern hemisphere.

Prayer is a way to push back against the darkness, even if all our intercessions are not answered as we hoped. Our prayer life can be deepened in the shadows. We cannot push away all the shadows but we can bring them to the light. We bring to our awareness and before God the desires of our hearts and the darkness is lessened.

The “I” in TRIP prayers is for intercession. It is the portion of prayer dedicated to naming our hurts, hopes and need of healing, thus allowing the light to shine upon it. Sometimes these prayers are answered in wondrous ways. Other times, just the process of prayer brings illumination. John the Baptist, Paul and Isaiah all lived through shadow times and yet found a way to be bathed in the light.  They join us this week to aid us in our journey through the shadows. Our services both here at Faith and on our website are opportunities for word, worship and music to bath us in the Light.

Grace and Peace,


Pastor John Bunge



  • Glenda Kirker had her surgery, it was cancer, continue your prayers.
  • Geri is feeling relieved, pneumonia, not COVID.
  • Continue prayers for Lynda.
  • Michael Shea’s daughter, Rebecca, requesting prayer as she ponders her future.
  • Carol Jensen’s Great-grandson, six-year-old, Jameson Collins, who just came through a diagnostic procedure.
  • Becky Malinowski continues her treatments for a reoccurrence of cancer and is doing well with them.
  • Carol Fultz’ sister, Barbara Colangelo, who lives in NJ, underwent surgery, to amputate her leg from just below the knee. She now has COVID.
  • Nelsonand Karen’s friend, Mike, is disabled and on dialysis.
  • Thanks for your prayers, Pastor John’s Mother, Myrene, age 99, is now back in skilled nursing.

WORSHIP – NEW TIME 10:00 a.m.

Per state regulations, we are meeting outside under Gazebos. The weather was nice last week, especially at our new hour of 10 am. Next Sunday is supposed to be sunny and 68. We are fortunate to live in southern California. There is not a lot of opportunity for outdoor worship in St. Peter, MN, where one of my sisters lives.

These days will pass, we strive to stay safe. Easter is April 4, 2021 next year, perhaps by then we will be back inside, without the need to be masked or distant. Meanwhile, outside here is nice. Our website is available and I will also pass along other opportunities for worship and music. Pat Motschall texted this one to me from Redlands University – Feast of Lights at www.redlands.edu/virtual-feast.



Our next pantry day is this Saturday, December 12th. We have turkeys a plenty.  The entire distribution this time will be coming from Feeding American San Bernardino/Riverside with our thanks.


  • Thanks to Lou and Debi Hitter and grandson, Bryce, and Joe Koenig, Steve Cady and pastor for putting together the third metal Gazebo and putting up solar lights. This makes a wonderful shelter for our Sunday service, our NA groups and our Christmas Eve service, which will be at 4:30 p.m.
  • We are continue working on the landscaping in front of the church. This week we will be putting up new poles for our seasonal signs.

The Printed Words Worship Service for December 6

Opening Voluntary


Welcome and Theme


Confession and Forgiveness


Blessed be God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, whose forgiveness is sure and whose steadfast love endures forever.



Together let us honestly and humbly confess

that we have not lived as God desires.

Silence is kept for reflection.


Loving and forgiving God,

we confess that we are held captive by sin.

In spite of our best efforts, we have gone astray. We have not welcomed the stranger;

we have not loved our neighbor;

we have not been Christ to one another.

Restore us, O God.

Wake us up and turn us from our sin.

Renew us each day in the light of Christ. Amen.


People of God, hear this glad news:

by God’s endless grace

your sins are forgiven, and you are free—

free from all that holds you back

and free to live in the peaceable realm of God.

May you be strengthened in God’s love,

☩ comforted by Christ’s peace,

and accompanied with the power of the Holy Spirit.




Opening Hymn –



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

And also with you


Canticle of Praise


Glory to God, glory to God,

Glory to God in the highest;

Glory to God, glory to God,

And peace to God’s people on earth.


Lord, God heavenly king,

Almighty God and Father,

We worship you, we give you thanks,

We praise you for your glory.


Glory to God, glory to God,

Glory to God in the highest;

Glory to God, glory to God,

And peace to God’s people on earth.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

You take away the sin of the world:

Have mercy on us;

You are seated at the right hand of the Father:

Receive our prayer.


Glory to God, glory to God,

Glory to God in the highest;

Glory to God, glory to God,

And peace to God’s people on earth.


For you alone are the Holy One,

You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

In the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Glory to God, glory to God,

Glory to God in the highest;

Glory to God, glory to God,

And peace to God’s people on earth.



Prayer of the Day

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

1Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

3A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
5Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.
9Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
11He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.


Please stand


Gospel Acclamation

Halle, halle, hallelujah!

Halle, halle, hallelujah!

Halle, halle, hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


The holy gospel according to Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord.


Mark 1: 1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’ ”
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


Sermon – John the Baptist


Hymn of the Day –



Faithful God, you teach us to wait for you with faithfulness and patience. Sustain and support us in our doubts and questions. Nurture our faith as we discern and enact your mission. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Loving God, you set the stars in the sky and breathe life into the earth. Renew the face of creation where it is in need of your healing touch. Mend the wounds of environmental damage and restore balance to ecosystems so that all creation can declare your praise. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Steadfast God, you never tire of seeking justice. Where people suffer from discrimination, judgment, and injustice, speak words of truth and comfort. We pray especially for the millions infected with COVID – 19. Lead us toward a world where faithfulness will sprout underfoot and righteousness rain down from above. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Leading God, you ask us to make uneven ground smooth. Make even the disparities between your people. Sustain and support people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Accompany disability advocates who work for a world accessible to all. Teach us to celebrate the great diversity in our midst. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Tender God, you know sorrow and joy alike. We pray for those in our families and congregation who are not joyful in this holiday season. Comfort those who grieve, be a companion to all who are lonely, tend those who are sick or struggling with depression, and gather all people in your healing embrace.  Geri, Becky, Lynda, Barbara,  Brendan, Rebecca, and Alec. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Eternal God, we give thanks for the saints who have prepared your way in the wilderness and taught us to continue their faithful work (especially Nicholas of Myra). Make their generous lives an example for all. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Draw near to us, O God, and receive our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.





Please stand


Great Thanksgiving


The Lord be with you

And also with you.


Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever living God. 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 again to judge the world in righteousness. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, Holy, Holy


Holy, holy, holy Lord. God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


Words of Institution


The Lord’s Prayer – (sung)

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 the kingdom, and the power, and the glory are yours,

Now and forever and ever. Amen. Amen. Amen.


Please be seated


Communion proceed up to the table eat and drink away from the table and dispose of your cup.


Communion Song –


Prayer after Communion

Gracious and abundant God,

you have done great things for us, and we rejoice.

In this bread and cup you give us life forever.

In your boundless mercy, strengthen us

and open our hearts to the world’s needs,

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.



Blessing  –

The Creator of the stars bless your Advent waiting,

the long-expected Savior fill you with love,

the unexpected Spirit guide your journey,

☩ now and forever.



Closing Hymn –



Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord.


Thanks be to God.


Closing Voluntary