HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   prayerrequest@hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com       office -  814-453-6041
Lectionary Readings for today: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79;
Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
 
*GATHERING HYMN                                    TFWS #2235b
“We Are Marching"

Lighting of First Advent Candle

                      [Light the first candle on the Advent wreath (purple).]

Leader:   Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old...

               And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. (Luke 1:68-70, 76-77)

               God chooses the most unlikely messengers...

               …a desert wild-man dressed in animal skins and eating                          locusts and wild honey

               …a poor shepherd, shunned by polite society, keeping                           silent watch in the fields

               …or today perhaps a school teacher, a waitress, a                                   plumber, a laborer

               …or even a ... child

People:  Jesus comes, not just to those of us in Henderson Church, but even to those in New York, Beverly Hills, Syria, Iraq, Africa, North Korea.

Leader:   Jesus comes to us in the words of a preacher and in the song of a choir, but also in the siren of an ambulance, in a letter opened in a prison cell, in a visit to a nursing home, and in the smile - or cry - of a child.

               [Light the second candle on the Advent wreath (purple).]

All:         Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

× References for Psalms 48:11

·Footnotes

*Hymn of Praise          “Like a Child”                      TFWS #2092

 

*Invocation (Unison)

Leader:   Come, Lord Jesus, come.

               Come into our midst.

               Come into our hearts.

               Come into our homes and our community,

                      into our schools and workplaces.

 

People:  May we welcome you everywhere,

               making room for you,

               preparing for you, anticipating your arrival with joy and reverence.

 

Leader:   We commit this season of Advent to becoming ready. Shine your light in those nooks and crannies we keep in the shadows. Sweep the cobwebs from our long-hidden doubt and fear. Repair our torn and wounded places.

 

People:  We long for your arrival.

               Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen!

 

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

 

Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord

 

Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

CELEBRATING THE WORD

 

Children’s Time

 

Song of Hope for the World                                Luke 1:68-79           

 Leader:  “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked

               favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.

 

Response            “We Shall Over Come”                        verse 1

 

Leader:    Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

 

Response            “We Shall Over Come”                        verse 1

 

Leader:   And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.

 

Response            “We Shall Over Come”                        verse 1

 

Leader:   By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 

Response            “We Shall Over Come”                        verse 4

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Gospel Lesson                                                               Luke 3:1-6           

Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon                                                                          Pastor Mary

 

sacrament of Holy Communion

 

The Great Thanksgiving For Advent

Pastor:    The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Pastor:    Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:    It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through your prophets, who looked for that day when justice shall roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream, when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:  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.

Pastor:    Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ, whom you sent in the fullness of time to be a light to the nations. You scatter the proud in the imagination of their hearts and have mercy on those who fear you from generation to generation. You put down the mighty from their thrones and exalt those of low degree. You fill the hungry with good things, and the rich you send empty away. Your own Son came among us as a servant, to be Emmanuel, your presence with us.  He humbled himself in obedience to your will and freely accepted death on a cross. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. 

               On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

               When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

               And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pastor:    Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

               By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God), now and for ever.

People:  Amen.

Copyright Citation: “The Great Thanksgiving for Advent,” Copyright © 1972 The Methodist Publishing House; Copyright ©1980, 1981, 1985 UMPH; Copyright © 1986 by Abingdon Press; Copyright © 1987, 1989, 1992 UMPH. Used by permission.” 

 

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 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.

 

*Closing Hymn      O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”    UMH #211           

 

*Benediction

 

 

 

December Worship Helpers:  

 

Announcer – Wanda Brunner

Scripture – Mary Adams

Greeters – Michelle and children

Ushers- Walter and Youth

Counters – Carl/Sandy Stewart

 

Announcements

 

Tuesday, December 8

1:00 p.m.                     Advent Study

7:00 p.m.                     Advent Study 

Friday, December 11

9:00 a.m.                     Pick up food at Second harvest

5- 7 p.m.                      Girl Scouts—Brownies and Daisies

5:30-7 p.m.                  Girls Scouts—Juniors and Cadets

Sunday, December 13

9:30 a.m.                     Worship

10:45 a.m.                   Sunday School

 

Tuesday, December 15

            12 -1:00 p.m.               Food Pantry volunteer meeting

1:00 p.m.                     Advent Study

7:00 p.m.                     Advent Study

Wednesday, December 16

            9:00 a.m.                     Pick up perishables

            12 -2:00 p.m.               Food distribution

 

Friday, December 18

9:00 a.m.                     Pick up food at Second harvest

5- 7:00 p.m.                 Girl Scouts—Brownies and Daisies

5:30-7 p.m.                  Girls Scouts—Juniors and Cadets

Saturday, December 19

2-4:00 p.m.                  Community Christmas Dinner

 

 

Sunday, December 20

9:30 a.m.                     Worship

10:45 a.m.                   Sunday School

                                    Children’s Christmas Party

 

Tuesday, December 22

1:00 p.m.                     Advent Study

7:00 p.m.                     Advent Study

Thursday, December 24

            7:00 p.m.                     Christmas Eve Candle Light

                                                Communion Service

Friday, December 25

            Christmas Day—office closed—no Girl Scouts

Sunday, December 27

9:30 a.m.                     Worship

10:45 a.m.                   Sunday School

                                                Children’s Christmas Party

Dec. 26-Jan. 2                         Pastor on vacation

 

Pastor Mary Stewart

Cell Phone 814-881-9141

Home Phone 814-897-0991

e-mail:  mcstewart@roadrunner.com

 

 

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