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Second Sunday of Advent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CALL TO WORSHIP   (Matthew 3)

responsive reading

Pastor Bob

Prepare the way of the Lord.

          God’s kingdom has drawn near.

  Prepare the way of peace.

          God’s salvation is at hand.

  Prepare the way of righteousness.

          God’s Spirit moves among us.

  Prepare the way of the Lord.

          Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

GATHERING HYMN

O Day of Peace That Dimly Shines

UMC Hymnal    #729

ADVENT WREATH CANDLE LIGHTING

Pastor Bob

Scripture:  Isaiah 11: 1-10

Lighting the Second Candle of Advent

The Candle of PEACE

Emmanuel, Emanuel    UMH #204

Advent Prayer (Unison)

God of Peace help us to remember that you have come to save us and fill us with your peace as we trust in your mighty name. Amen.

EPISTLE READING

Romans 15: 4-13      Pastor Bob

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION for PRAYER

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 4

UMC Hymnal    #211

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMNSpirit Song

UMC Hymnal    #347

GOSPEL LESSON         Matthew 3: 1-3 NLT

MEDITATION                   Pastor Bob

Peace…One Heart At A Time

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

It Came upon a Midnight Clear

Barbara Houser – soloist

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    #94

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING  (Luke 21)

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

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

Jesus, YOUR NAME IS BEAUTIFUL AND SPECIAL. Your name is above all names. May the wonder of your name fill our hearts with PEACE this Christmas and every day. Amen!

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE

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

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