Second Sunday of Advent

Service Time: 11:00AM

December 9, 2018

We Gather in God’s Name

 

Ringing of the Steeple Bell

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Prelude   Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing? 

                                   Old French Carol: G. Young                  Susan Brewster

                                                    

 

Candle Litany and Prayer          Barbara and Tom McAdam

 

We dream God’s dream, of a world at peace

Where enemies are reconciled, and children play in safety;

Where the poor and powerless find justice.

 

We remember God’s promise of a Ruler of Peace,

Filled with the Spirit of God, of wisdom and understanding,

Of counsel and might, of justice and faithfulness.

 

We light this Advent candle, and we pray:

Come Lord Jesus! 

Open our lives to the Peace which you bring;

let us turn to you, and get ready!

 

Call to Worship

 

The day of the Lord brings grace and blessing.

We come to this day with hearts prepared for praising.

The day of the Lord brings judgment and pardon.

We come to this day with souls set on praying.

The day of the Lord brings wisdom and light.

We come to this day with minds eager to listen for God’s will.

In our praising, praying, listening, and responding,

we come to worship God.

 

Hymn       Praise the Lord, God’s Glories Show              481

Prayer of Confession

 

Merciful God forgive us… 
Forgive us when we are quick 
to point the finger at someone else. 
Forgive us when we put our heads down 
and ignore the cries of injustice. 
Forgive us when we presume to understand 
the complexity of issues that divide and distract 
the peoples of the land your feet once walked.

 

Merciful God... 
forgive us, heal us, 
encourage us and speak through us, 
that we may be transformed through the refiner’s fire, 
and the offerings of our hands and our hearts 
may prepare the way for the Christ child 
to be welcomed among us in peace.

 

Silent Prayer

Assurance of Pardon

Passing the Peace

            Let us greet each other saying:

                                ‘May the Peace of Christ be with you.’

Gloria

Litany

The LORD, your God, is in your midst,

a warrior who gives victory;

he will rejoice over you with gladness,

he will renew you in his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing

as on a day of festival. (Zephaniah 3:17-18)

 

Yet ours is an upside down victory.

 

In those days and at that time

I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David;  

and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 33:15)

 

Ours is a story of power in humility.

 

For God has ordered that every high mountain

and the everlasting hills be made low

and the valleys filled up,to make level ground,

so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God. (Baruch 5:7)

 

Ours is a story of strength in vulnerability.

 

And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD,

in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.

And they shall live secure,

for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth;

and he shall be the one of peace. (Micah 5:4-5)

 

Ours is a story of a baby deemed king,

of a carpenter's son praying alone,

of a Roman execution.

 

The Lord, our God, is in our midst.

May we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Amen.

 

Prayer of Illumination

Scripture   Malachi 3:1-4  ~  Philippians 4:4-7  ~  Luke 3:4-6

Sermon                       Let Jesus Show         Pastor Richie King

Hymn                Rejoice!  Rejoice, Believers                        15

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Offertory                             TBA                      Annie Hawkins

                                                                                  Guest Soloist

Doxology

Hymn                        Joy to the World                                 40

Benediction

Postlude                   Blessed Emmanuel           Susan Brewster

                                           J.S.Bach  

 

 

 

 

       

          Please Order

     Your Poinsettias!!

      

 


 

December 15, 2018

Welcome To All !!

 

Fall Sunday service begins at 11 am.  Everyone is invited.

 

Bible Study starts again on October 7th at 9:30 at Fellowship Hall in the lower level of the Church. All are invited!   Light Breakfast served. 

 

 

 

 

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