“the 2nd Sunday of Advent”

 

GATHER IN GOD’S PRESENCE

 

Prelude                                           

The light of Christ enters our worship with the lighting of our candles.

 

Welcome and Announcements

                                                                                                

Call to Worship: (Adapted from Luke 1)

Leader: Bless the Lord God of Israel

People: he has come to help and has delivered his people.

Leader: The Lord has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house,

People:  just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago.

Leader:  He has brought salvation from our enemies.

People: He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered his holy covenant, the solemn pledge he made to our ancestor Abraham.

 

*Hymn         “Angel We Have Heard on High” PH# 23

 

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

God of the future, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. We confess that we have not expected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. (Please take a moment for silent reflection.)

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

 

*Glory Be to the Father                                                       PH#

 

 

*Passing the Peace

            The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

 

LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Prayer for Illumination                                    

Scripture Reading

Old Testament Reading: Malachi 3:1-4

New Testament Reading: Philippians 1:3-11

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: Luke 3:1-6                          

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Message:

RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Affirmation of Faith ~ Apostle’s Creed – traditional           pg. 14

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

*Hymn:    “Good Christians Friends, Rejoice” PH#28

 

Sharing of Joys and Concerns, Prayer Wall

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

With these gifts, dear God, accept the praise and thanksgiving of our hearts, which rejoice in your goodness and love. Let our gifts point to your presence in the world, and further your dream for the world through Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Amen.

 

GO IN GOD’S NAME

 

*Hymn      “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” PH#  38

 

*Charge and Blessing

 

*Going Forth “Let There Be Peace On Earth”

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father, Brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother. In perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me, Let this be the moment now. With every step I take, Let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment, and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

 

 

L:  And all God’s people said   C:  Amen!

*Postlude                                                           

 

We follow the light of Christ out into the world.