SUNDAY DECEMBER 9, 2018 Second Sunday of Advent
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
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
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!
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
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
CLOSING HYMN #196 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig
POSTLUDE Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by Johann Pachelbel (chorale setting J S Bach)