Sunday Worship Bulletin for December 9, 2018

SUNDAY DECEMBER 9, 2018  Sec­ond Sun­day of Advent

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE

A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God while altar can­dles are lit 

Angels We Have Heard on High arr. by Lloyd Lar­son  Wes­ley Ringers

CHORAL INTROIT

We Shall Light a Thou­sand Can­dles by David Ras­bach

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE 

Colleen and Eric Nestor with Emi­ly, Syd­ney, and Ash­ley

CONGREGATION SINGS #211, verse 1

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ran­som cap­tive Israel, that mourns in lone­ly exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel. Shall come to thee, O Israel!

ADVENT HYMN #211 vers­es 2, 3, 5–7 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

ADVENT AFFIRMATION 

We believe that in the begin­ning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh as Jesus, God’s one and only Son, who lived among us reveal­ing the true char­ac­ter of God. We believe Jesus was born of the vir­gin Mary as was proph­e­sied in the Old Tes­ta­ment, that he suf­fered under Pon­tius Pilate, was cru­ci­fied, died and was buried. We believe Jesus rose from the grave, prov­ing his author­i­ty over sin and death.

We believe God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of God’s chil­dren. So we pro­claim that God so loved the world he gave his only Son that who­ev­er would believe in him should not per­ish but have ever­last­ing life. We believe in Jesus and cel­e­brate the free­dom and love God has revealed through him. We live in him, through him and for him, pro­claim­ing his great love and hope to the world. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI #70

Glo­ry be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the begin­ning, is now and ever shall be, world with­out end. Amen. Amen!

CHORAL ANTHEM

Peo­ple, Look East arr. by Craig Court­ney  Emery Lawrence & Bill Young, pianists

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER

Pray to the Lord Taize (adapt­ed)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERTORY

Come, Emmanuel by Twila Paris     Sharon Hart­man, alto 

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

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 #204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel His name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, His name is called Emmanuel.

WRITTEN WORD Malachi 3. 1–7

“See, I will send my mes­sen­ger, who will pre­pare the way before me. Then sud­den­ly the Lord you are seek­ing will come to his tem­ple; the mes­sen­ger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his com­ing? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refin­er and puri­fi­er of sil­ver; he will puri­fy the Levites and refine them like gold and sil­ver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offer­ings in right­eous­ness, 4 and the offer­ings of Judah and Jerusalem will be accept­able to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in for­mer years. 5 “So I will come near to you for judg­ment. I will be quick to tes­ti­fy against sor­cer­ers, adul­ter­ers and per­jur­ers, against those who defraud labor­ers of their wages, who oppress the wid­ows and the father­less, and deprive aliens of jus­tice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, O descen­dants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your fore­fa­thers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.  - NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

• Do you fear the return of the Lord and the judg­ment that will ensue?

• How could the Lord pos­si­bly ask us not to fear him though he will judge us?

• What com­fort do you find in the fact the Lord does not change?

• What will it mean for you to return to the Lord?

HYMN OF PREPARATION #2099 Joseph Dear­est, Joseph Mine

TEACHING Liv­ing A Life With­out Fear

PASTORAL PRAYER

CLOSING HYMN  #196 Come, Thou Long Expect­ed Jesus 

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE Nun komm, der Hei­den Hei­land  by Johann Pachel­bel  (chorale set­ting J S Bach)