WORSHIP

The Second Sunday of Advent * December 9, 2018

Welcome to Worship

GATHERING AND GREETING

Prelude* 

“Still, Still, Still” Ben Logan

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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

*Passing of the Peace

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” #234

Share the peace of Christ to those around you.

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*Children’s Time

Getting ready for Jesus to come, again.

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*Call to Worship

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” #211

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CONCERNS AND PRAYERS

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer (Those who wish may stand)

Hymn: “Angels from the Realms of Glory” #220

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OFFERING

Offertory

““The Little Shepherd” Tom Birchwood”

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*Doxology 95

Offertory Prayer:

With thanksgiving, we bring these gifts, that they may be signs of Christ’s light and hope. With joy, we bless these gifts, that they bring your compassion and love to the world. With gratitude, we offer our lives, that we may be children of your covenant, fulfilling your promises in word, action, and deed. Amen.

Lighting of Advent Candle: Love

Choir

Choir [sung]: “Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.”


Reader 1: God of mercy and power, we seek to see the messenger that you are sending.

Reader 2: Refining God, purify us so that we may prepare the way of the Lord.

Choir:[spoken] We, God’s people, sing with Zechariah. With your compassion, Lord, make the dawn from heaven break upon us. Give light to those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. Guide us on the path of peace.

Reader 1 We renew our commitment to walk in the hope of your coming
(Light first Candle)
Reader 2: On this second Sunday of Advent, we light this candle of love to remind us that we are being refined by your love that we would love others as you have loved us.
Light a candle.

Choir [spoken]: “Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.”

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PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

SCRIPTURE LESSON

GOSPEL LESSON

New Testament Reading:
Malachi 3:1-4 page 889
L: The Word of God, for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God.

SERMON

Pastor Mack Strange
Message:”
Preparing the Way”  

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SENDING FORTH

*Benediction

Benediction Hymn

“In Moments Like These”

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*Extinguishing of Candles

Postlude:“While By Our Sleeping Flocks We Lay” Hugh Livingston Jr.

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The joys and concerns of our church
Ongoing prayers for: our homebound people, our military men, women, their families, our Kids Club, our older congregation and our community.
Current prayer requests and joys:
Children; continued prayers, Dave & Shirley Meyers
Marilyn Nelson; continued prayers
Jim Casey; continued prayers
Patty; recovering from pulmonary embolism, sister of Barb Strange
Joanne Forgar; fell hurt her back, in back cast, in rehab
Jim Zimmer; diagnosed with cancer, Joy Kadwell’s brother
Barb Houck; still in hospital with pneumonia, neighbor of Nancy Clancy
Doug; has a fracture in his spine, Sharon Theule’s husband
Shannon McMurray; healing prayers from cornea replacement
Dean Longstreet; has stage 4 cancer
Shirley Parson; had a heart attack & stroke, friend of Doris Irwin
Dave Meyers; having dizzy spells, Shirley Meyers
Co-worker of Fran; had twin girls and one of them one kidney not working and other kidney is not filtering
Ben; in ICU for breathing problems, great nephew of Sharon Theule
John; downsized from his job, son of Judy Grutter

Volunteers Today:
Altar Guild: Shirley Meyers, Nancy Clancy, Fran Frazine
Ushers: Rick Haskin
Greeter: Nancy Clancy
Counters: Duane Tinker, Nancy Clancy
Liturgist: Barb Strange