LIGHTING OF ADVENT CANDLE
Leader: Rejoice in the Lord
(Light the first candle on the
Leader: And again, I will say,
(Light the second candle)
Leader: Jesus is near.
Despite the busy-ness, the pressure, and the assault
our senses that so often passes for Christmas, we have
scripture that ..... Jesus is near.
When the shopping drains us physically, and the spending
...when we forget which party we're suppose to attend
... when we think we can't stand to hear "Rockin' Around
Christmas Tree" one more time.
People: then we will remember to
REJOICE ... and again ... REJOICE
Leader: And we will light a candle
to help us remember that Jesus is near.
The peace of
God will keep us in Christ Jesus.
(Light the third
All: Come, Lord Jesus.
*HYMN OF PRAISE
"Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" #230
* INVOCATION (Responsive)
Leader: Gracious God, we are a
people of many distractions, pulled in
different directions, responding to multiple and often
People: We thank you for the
gifts of Sabbath and worship,
Leader: for a space and a time to
set aside everything that tugs
and instead focus our hearts and minds on you.
People: Draw us more deeply
into your presence.
Leader: Grant us rest as we rely on your
provision, and faith as
trust in our grace.
People: Quiet our spirits so we
may hear your Spirit
speaking to us. Amen
WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER
PRAISES, JOYS AND CONCERNS
PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth,
as is 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 thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, forever Amen.
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS
OFFERING OF TITHES AND GIFTS UNTO THE LORD
DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
CELEBRATING THE WORLD
PRAYER OF JOY FOR THE WORLD'S PEOPLE
3:14 - 20
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Philippians 4: 4-7
Leader: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.
"Be Happy, Again I say, Be Happy"
*CLOSING HYMN "Come, Thou
Long-Expected Jesus" UMH
December Worship Helpers:
Announcer - Wanda
Scripture - Mary
Ushers - Walter and Youth
Counters - Carl / Sandy S.
Tuesday, December 15
12 - 1:00 p.m.
Food Pantry Volunteer Meeting
1 p.m. and 7p.m. Advent
Wednesday, December 16
Pick up Times News Christmas Boxes and
Distribute Christmas Boxes
12 - 2 p.m.
Friday, December 18
Pick up food at Second Harvest
Girl Scouts - Daisies and Brownies
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Girl Scouts - Juniors and Cadets
Saturday, December 19
2- 4 p.m. Community Christmas Dinner
Saturday, December 20
Children Christmas Party