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Fourth Sunday of Advent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(Isaiah 7, Matthew 1)

Look the young woman is with child and shall bear a son. You shall name him Immanuel. When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded. Today, the promise of new life comes to us. How will we receive it? How will we claim it? How will we live it?

CALL TO WORSHIP    (Psalm 80)

responsive reading    Sharon Stewart

O God, hear our call.

Stir up your strength and come to save us!

Restore us, O God.

Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

For we know that new life is coming.

A child will change us all.

Let your hand be upon him in blessing.

For he will bring you near.

He will be God-with-us.

                   Give us life, O God, and we will forever call on your name.

HYMN

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

UMC Hymnal    #240

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

Holy One, you send us new life in so many forms.

Open our minds, that we may recognize it.

Open our hearts, that we may receive it.

Open our bodies, that we may embrace it.

Open our souls, that we may live it.

Open us this day and all the days ahead. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Isaiah 7: 10-16 (New Living Translation)

Sharon Stewart

ADVENT WREATH CANDLE LIGHTING

Pastor Bob & Sharon Stewart

Scripture:  Micah 5: 2-5

Lighting the Fourth Candle of Advent

The Candle of LOVE

Emmanuel, Emanuel    UMH #204

Advent Prayer (Unison)

God of Love help us to believe in and experience the extraordinary, never-ceasing love you have for us. Show us how we can share this wonderful love with others. Amen.

EPISTLE READING

Romans 1: 1-7      Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION for PRAYER

What Child Is This vs 1

UMC Hymnal    #219

PASTORAL PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:

There’s Something About That Name

UMC Hymnal    #171

GOSPEL LESSON        Matthew 1: 18-25

New Life Translation

MEDITATION                   Pastor Bob

And the Angel said…

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob

God so loved the world that he sent us Jesus to save us and to give us an eternal life. May we return that LOVE to God by sharing our gifts that we offer today.

Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY

Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant

Barbara Houser – soloist

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    #94

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

God of promises and love, receive these gifts we return to you out of our abundance and love for you and for others. Bless this offering, that our gifts may be signs of hope, peace, joy, and love for others in need. Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN

I Come with Joy  vs 1,2,3, & 5

UMC Hymnal    #617

GREAT THANKSGIVING

HOLY COMMUNION…COME TO THE TABLE OF LOVE

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:  O Little Town of Bethlehem

vs 1 & 4    UMC Hymnal    #230

BENEDICTION

Pastor Bob

Beloved, welcome the grace of God,

as you welcome the coming of Christ.

Go in peace to love and to serve. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE MY FRIENDS...SHALOM!

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2022.

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