Bulletin for December 4

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

GREETING

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

His return.

OPENING PRAYER

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

*THE SENDING

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.