ORDER OF WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY DECEMBER 10, 2017
Second Sunday of Advent
*indicates a request to stand
INTROIT Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus by David Ashley White
LIGHTING THE CANDLES OF ADVENT Mark 1. 1–8
L: Days are getting darker.
P: Who will come to give us light?
L: The voice of the prophet cries in the wilderness of our lives!
P: Is this prophet the One who brings the light?
L: This prophet brings witness to the Light which is coming for all people.
P: Praise be to God who has heard our cries. AMEN.
RESPONSE We Light the Advent Candles
1. We light the Advent Candles against the winter night, to welcome our Lord Jesus who is the world’s true light; to welcome our Lord Jesus who is the world’s true light.
3. We light the second candle, and hear God’s holy Word, it tells us cling to Jesus, prepare to meet your Lord; it tells us cling to Jesus, prepare to meet your Lord.
ANTHEM Appalachian Christmas Wesley Ringers
OPENING PRAYER (Isaiah 40, Psalm 85, 2 Peter 3)
God of winter and starlight, you have promised us your presence: to live among us, to right all wrongs, to bring good things to all who wait for your new day. In these dark days, we look for signs of your coming: the sounds of children at play, the music that fills our hearts with anticipation, the company of all who serve the last and the least. Make us at home with righteousness, that we may be ready to walk in your holy ways. Amen.
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER Like a Child, #2092 (vs. 3)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
ANTHEM Celtic Advent Carol
Lisa Kisselstein, flute & Chancel Choir
*GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD
The Wexford Carol Nancy B. James, piano
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #234 (chorus)
[O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him
Christ, the Lord! For he alone is worthy, for he alone is worthy, for he alone is worthy, Christ, the Lord]
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS Emmanuel
Emmanuel, Emanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel
ADVENT HYMN No. 210 All Earth Is Waiting
THE WRITTEN WORD Job 42. 1–6
One: The Word of God for the people of God All: Thanks be to God
SONG OF PREPARATION No. 2086 Open Our Eyes
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus, to reach out and touch him, and say that we love him. Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen. Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.
THE SPOKEN WORD Encountering God Rev. Dr Brian Homan
HYMN No. 2100 (vs. 1,2, 4 & 5) Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
THE BLESSING “Go Now In Peace”
POSTLUDE Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661 — J S Bach