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Third Sunday of Advent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS  (Isaiah 35, Luke 1)

Even in our weakness, Christ arrives with strength and courage. Even in our sorrow, Christmas comes to bring hope and joy. May this promise take root in our souls, as we wait with patience for Christ and Christmas to arrive.

CALL TO WORSHIP

(Isaiah 35, Luke 1, James 5)

responsive reading    Sharon Stewart

Rejoice! God’s promises are ever near.

We wait for Christ’s birth with patience.

Rejoice! God’s strength is with us.

We rest in the power of God’s mighty love.

Rejoice! We gather in the joy of our salvation.

In this love, we gather to worship and pray.

GATHERING HYMN

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

UMC Hymnal    #224

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Isaiah 35: 1-10      Sharon Stewart

ADVENT WREATH CANDLE LIGHTING

Pastor Bob & Sharon Stewart

Scripture:  Luke 1: 46b-55

Lighting the Third Candle of Advent

The Candle of JOY

Emmanuel, Emanuel    UMH #204

Advent Prayer (Unison)

Gather us in, Emmanuel, as we come to worship and rejoice together with joy. Be with us now, as you have always been with us. Prepare our hearts to receive your presence and prepare our lives to produce fruit of your justice and righteousness. Gather us in, Emmanuel, that we might be strengthened to go forth as your beloved children. Amen.

EPISTLE READING

James 5: 7-10      Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION for PRAYER

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 1

UMC Hymnal    #211

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMNIt Came Upon a Midnight Clear

UMC Hymnal    #218

GOSPEL LESSON         Luke 1: 39-45  NLT

MEDITATION                   Pastor Bob

The Three Components of JOY

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob

As the people of God, we are called to be justice for the oppressed, food for the hungry, freedom for the imprisoned, and sight for the blind. Let us lift up those in need, as we share gifts for the church’s mission. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY

Mary Did You Know?

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 joy, receive these gifts we return to you now. Bless this offering, that our gifts may be signs of joy and hope for others in need. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:      I Come with Joy vs 1,2,3, & 5

UMC Hymnal    #617

BENEDICTION

Pastor Bob

Go forth with joy and expectation, not in fear or trembling. Embrace

the joy promised in Christ’s birth. Bring the message of Hope to the hopeless; Peace to the troubled; and Joy of the Good News of Jesus. Amen.

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

JOY to the WORLD is nearing.

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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