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Worship Bulletin for Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Service for the Lord's Day

2nd Sunday of Advent

(*please stand, as you are able)

The Instrumental Prelude and Time for Meditation

Welcome and Church Concerns, Ms. Alicia Holt

Pastoral Greeting, Rev. Black

Lighting of the Advent Candles: The Stone Family

Reader 1: Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. (First purple candle is lit)

Reader 2: Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."

Reader 3: In the beginning was the Word – spoken and breathed, a promise made and kept.

Reader 4: Speak it loud and clear – God's promise is true!

Reader 1: The Word was in the beginning, and through him all things come into being.

Reader 4: Eternal and near at hand, already and not-yet, God's promise is the foundation of all life. (Second purple candle is lit)

Special Music: "Mary Did You Know", Connie Hawkins & Beth Robinette

*Call to Confession:

Sisters and Brother in Peace, let us trust in God's love for us and confess our sin, confident in God's mercy.

*The Prayer of Confession, In Unison

Refining God, you have sent us prophets and we have not listened. We have not always determined what is best or made way for your reign in our lives, our church, and our society. Forgive us, we pray, and renew your covenant within us, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

*Assurance of Pardon:

Friends, I am confident of this: if we repent, God is sure to forgive us. The One who began a good work in us will bring it to completion.

People: Thanks be to God!

*The Gloria, Hymnbook pg. 108, In Unison

The Passing of the Peace

Grateful for the promise of peace this day, let us share that peace with one another. The Peace of Jesus Christ be with you, and also with you.

The Offertory

Invitation to the Offering:

We are called by God to present a harvest of righteousness not by virtue of our own works, but by the grace of the one who began a good work in us, and is even now bringing it to completion. Let us bring the offerings of our lives to the Lord.

Tithes and Offerings, the Ushers

*Doxology, In Unison

Prayer of Dedication, Rev. Black

The Meditations and Prayers of the People

The Pastoral Prayer, Rev. Black

The Lord's Prayer, In Unison

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 debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Choral Response, In Unison

Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer O Lord,

Incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace. Amen

Hymn #131 "The First Noel"

Prayer of illumination, Rev. Black

Scripture Reading, Malachi 3:1-4 (pg. 942), Ms. Alicia Holt

Leader: This is The Word of the Lord

People: Let our thanks and Praise be to God!

Children's Minutes, Rev. Black

Scripture Reading, Luke 3:1-6 (pg. 1007), Rev. Black

Sermon, "Peace and Hope", Rev. Black

*Affirmation of Faith, In Unison

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 #137 "Hark the Herald Angles Sing"

*Benediction, Rev. Black

*Choral Response, In Unison                          (to the tune of Edelweiss)

May the Lord, Mighty Lord, Bless and keep you forever;

Grant you peace, perfect peace, Courage in every endeavor.

Lift your eyes and see His face, And His grace forever;

May the Lord, Mighty Lord, Bless and keep you forever.

*the Choral Amen, In Unison