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Sunday, December 4, 2016
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
What Child is This Wesley Bell Ringers
THE SECOND CANDLE of ADVENT: The Candle of Peace
Come Child of Light - Lloyd Larson Sara Bailey, flute & Chancel Choir
9:30: Gretta Miles and Marshall Bailey; 11:00: Rebecca, Ken and Connor Barnett
CALL TO WORSHIP Isaiah 11. 1–10
One: Come, let us worship the Lord our God!
All: For God has promised a shoot from Jesse’s stump, a branch from Jesse’s roots.
One: Jesse was the father of King David, who faithfully led God’s people. God’s
promise is to provide yet again a faithful leader in life.
All: We give praise for Jesus, who is of the ancestry of David. He is the one for whom Isaiah speaks.
One: God promised to send us a leader full of wisdom and knowledge, full of the
Spirit of God!
All: We praise God for sending us Jesus, one who is fully human and fully God.
He will judge us in righteousness; He will bring justice and peace upon the earth.
One: Let our worship prepare us to follow Him faithfully and prepare the world for
Open our eyes and hearts, O Lord, to acknowledge who the Child born in Bethlehem truly is and renew our commitment to place Him in His rightful place as the Leader of our lives. You came once to reveal how we might be forgiven and made whole; Return to right this world, to heal and rule.
*HYMN No. 216 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
CHILDREN’S TIME (9:30)
RESPONSE : The King is coming, the King is coming. I just heard the trumpet sounding and soon His face I’ll see. The King is coming, the King is coming, Praise God, He’s coming for me.
ANTHEM Every Valley - John Ness Beck Chancel Choir
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER No. 204 Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Substitute “O hear our prayer” for “His name is called”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen op 122/8 — Johannes Brahms
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 243 Come, Let Us Adore Him
*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS Love Has Come!
Love has come and never will leave us! Love is life everlasting and free. Love is Jesus within and among us. Love is the peace our hearts are seeking. Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christmas. Love! Love! Love is my gift to you!
THE WRITTEN WORD Matthew 3. 1–12
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
Who has been a “John the Baptist” in your life?
How is repentance linked to your experience of salvation?
Why is the baptism of the Holy Spirit different from the baptism by water?
HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 213 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Beginning the Journey Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
*HYMN No. 420 Breathe on Me, Breath of God
BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Fantaisie (d’apres Buxtehude) Es ist ein Ros entsprungen — Gaël Liardon
Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments in Fellowship Hall.
Those desiring to receive Christ or to pray with the pastor are invited
to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fellowship Hall.