SUNDAY WORSHIP

 

You are invited to join us for our Sunday morning church service in the Fellowship Hall or online at 10.  Below is the bulletin.

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December 4, 2022   10:00AM

Communion Sunday

Second Sunday of Advent

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HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR FULL CHURCH SERVICE.  It is being updated regularly, so check back for more details.  Click here to watch the complete church service at 10:00AM On Sunday.

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ORDER OF WORSHIP:

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WELCOME TO ALL PRESENT AND THOSE WATCHING THE LIVE FEED ON VIMEO AT HOME.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

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BREATHING PRAYER: 

In: “Make me an instrument…”

Out: “…of your peace and love.”

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PRELUDE:  Winter Carol performed by Our Chancel Choir.

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE

The Advent Song TFWS #2090 (v. 2)

Light the Advent Candle two.

at the sight of the child of Christmas night.

Refrain

Candle, candle, burning bright, shining in the cold winter night; candle, candle, burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light.

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*CALL TO WORSHIP:

L: The prophet Isaiah declared that justice and peace shall come through the family of Jesse.
P: This justice shall be for all of creation.
L: Peace shall be established in all the world.
P: Get ready! Prepare for God’s peace to reign!
L: Blessed be God who does such wondrous things!
P: We give thanks to God for this time of healing and hope. AMEN.

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OPENING HYMN:  Sweet Hour of Prayer UMH #496

1. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me at my Father’s throne
make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
my soul has often found relief,
and oft escaped the tempter’s snare
by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

2. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
the joys I feel, the bliss I share
of those whose anxious spirits burn
with strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
where God my Savior shows his face,
and gladly take my station there,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

3. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
thy wings shall my petition bear
to him whose truth and faithfulness
engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face,
believe his word, and trust his grace,
I’ll cast on him my every care,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

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OPENING PRAYER:

Patient and loving God, we so easily launch ourselves in preparation for the secular festival of giving and parties and the swirl of social events; but we forget that the true preparation is the readiness of our hearts to receive you. Help us look again at our lives and turn them around so that they may be in tune with your will. We ask this in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

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SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

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PASTORAL PRAYER:

God of Advent waiting and watching, we have come to you this day with concerns for family and friends; for world situations; for struggles in home, community, state, and nation. We trust that you will give us courage to face the days ahead. We accept the challenge to be instruments of your peace. Help us to become faithful disciples and servants. Inspire us to focus more on your absolute love and forgiveness. As we turn our lives to you, offering names and situations in prayers for your healing mercies, help us to remember that our own healing is vital. Enable us to be strong and confident workers for you in this world. We ask these things in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ who taught us to pray …

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

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OFFERTORY/SPECIAL MUSIC:  Come Unto Me, all ye that Labour         Performed by Christina Harrell

Remember your membership vows to joyfully offer your praise, prayers, gifts, service, and witness.

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DOXOLOGY – UMH #94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

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SCRIPTURE READING:

John 17:20-26

20 “I’m not praying only for them but also for those who believe in me because of their word. 21 I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I pray that they also will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 22 I’ve given them the glory that you gave me so that they can be one just as we are one. 23 I’m in them and you are in me so that they will be made perfectly one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you have loved them just as you loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you gave me to be with me where I am. Then they can see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, even the world didn’t know you, but I’ve known you, and these believers know that you sent me. 26 I’ve made your name known to them and will continue to make it known so that your love for me will be in them, and I myself will be in them.”

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SERMON TITLE: A Life of Prayer

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THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER 

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing …

…And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
…”Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER (VERSE 1)

Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees)
Let us break bread together on our knees. (on our knees)
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me)

… “Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 

LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER (VERSE 2)

Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees)
Let us drink wine together on our knees. (on our knees)
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me)

…And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Amen.
…all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God), now and forever.

Amen.

LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER (VERSE 3)

Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees)
Let us praise God together on our knees. (on our knees)
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me)

PARTAKING OF THE SACRAMENT TOGETHER

HYMN OF THANKSGIVING: We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise  

TFWS #2013 

We bring the sacrifice of praise
into the house of the Lord.
We bring the sacrifice of praise
into the house of the Lord.
And we offer up to You
The sacrifices of thanksgiving;
And we offer up to You
The sacrifices of joy.

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SENDING FORTH PRAYER: 

Prepare for the coming of the Lord! Make way in your hearts for love! God is about to bring incredible light to the world! Let us go forth in peace and confidence as witnesses to God’s love. AMEN

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SENDING FORTH HYMN: SHALOM TO YOU

Shalom to you now, shalom my friends.

May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.

In all your living and through all your loving

Christ be your shalom. Christ be your shalom.

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BENEDICTION

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POSTLUDE  by Jerry Bursch

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