Third Sunday of Advent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

PRELUDE                     Savior of the Nations

Bell Ensemble

Joan Fossum, Heidi Prior & Debbie Young

WELCOME

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNNY STORY

CALL TO WORSHIP

In Psalm 27  we hear…“The Lord is my Light and my Salvation.” May on this third Sunday of Advent bring you JOY and bring that scripture to reality in your life.

 

Let us worship God together!

HYMN

God Almighty, We Are Waiting

#3047 Worship & Song Hymnal

ADVENT WREATH CANDLE LIGHTING

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24

Lighting the First Candle of Advent

The Candle of HOPE

Lighting the Second Candle of Advent

The Candle of PEACE

Lighting the Third Candle of Advent

The Candle of JOY

Prayer response…God of JOY, I look to you with an open heart and a yearning spirit. During this Advent season, I will keep alert and awake, listening for your word. Help me to be mindful that Christ came to bring Joy to the World! Amen.

 

Reflection from Pastor Bob

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11

Debbie Young - Liturgist

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD'S PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE             I Love You, Lord

#2068 The Faith We Sing Hymnal

HYMN                     Star-Child

#2095 The Faith We Sing Hymnal

GOSPEL LESSON             John 1: 6-8, 19-28

MEDITATION                               Pastor Bob

Be A Lighthouse

OFFERTORY   O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Bell Ensemble

Joan Fossum, Heidi Prior & Debbie Young

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING (unison)

O God of Hope, Peace and Joy, as we prepare the way for the coming of the Christ child, make use of these gifts to help others gain the same hope, the same peace and experience the same joy through these gifts we receive today. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN              Savior of the Nations, Come

#214 UMC Hymnal

BENEDICTION

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.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

#431 UMC Hymnal

POSTLUDE          Prepare the Way, O Zion

Bell Ensemble

Joan Fossum, Heidi Prior & Debbie Young

DEPART IN PEACE...Shalom!

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