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.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

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

PASTORAL PRAYER

HYMN No. 2100  (vs. 1,2, 4 & 5) Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

THE CHALLENGE

THE BLESSING “Go Now In Peace”

POSTLUDE Nun komm, der Hei­den Hei­land BWV 661 — J S Bach