Bulletin for Dec. 11

Third Sunday of Advent

PRELUDE Away in a Manger by the Youth Handbell Choir

HYMNS
Camille Dunlap, Pianist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Tommy Broome, Liturgist

TOMORROW MORNING
Rev. Randy McSpadden

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Here, in this place, we discover the great things God has done.
People: In story and song, in silence and sacrament, we are reminded that God’s relationship with us lasts forever.
Leader: Here, with these people, we find our true home.
People: where we can run home laughing, after being lost for so long.
Leader: Here, during this holy season, we hear those promises made so long ago.
People: Of the One who repairs all our mistakes, of the One who reshapes our brokenness.

*HYMN No. 23 Angels, We Have Heard on High

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: Hope, joy, forgiveness, life – these are the gifts God offers to us in this season of preparation and anticipation. But too often, we put God’s love to the test, with our foolish behavior and unwise choices. Let us confess, out loud and in silence, the lives we lead, praying,
People: Anointer of righteousness: you whisper songs about mercy to us, but we would rather rejoice in another’s misery. When we would dam off the Spirit with our shoulds and shall nots, you knock down our words, so grace can flood into the world. When we gossip about the foolishness of our friends, you testify to us of their compassion and kindness. Forgive us, Giver of grace. Salvation is your gift to us, not something we can buy on sale. Joy is that seed you plant deep within us, so we may share the harvest with all we meet. Hope is the healing offered to our brokenness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: This is the good news: God anoints us with grace and peace, not so we can become better than others, but so we can be the servants of a hurting and hungering world.
People: We will go, taking the good news with us, testifying to all we meet, with our words, our hearts, our lives.
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen.

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH by The Bean Family

LIGHT THREE CANDLES
Light three candles. May they ever glow. All the humble sing aloud.
There is mercy for all those who know. And God scatters all the proud.
God gives good things to the hungry. But the rich are sent away.
Light three candles. Let them brightly burn. Oh, Lord Jesus, come today.

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 48 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE John 1:6-8, 19-28 New Testament Pages 91-92 in pew Bible

SERMON “KRISIS” by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht! by Sarah Czerney

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 41 O Come, All Ye Faithful

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Tirzah Presbyterian Church in Waxhaw, NC and its 70 members

PLEASE NOTE that the Christmas Music Night previously scheduled for Friday, December 16, has been cancelled.

OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY is extended to the family of Al Williams. Al passed away on Friday. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 11:00 am here at the church followed by a time to greet his family in the Vaughan Room. You may go by Hartley’s Funeral Home any time after 12:30 today if you wish to.

Also, OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY is extended to the family of Margaret Rose “Meg” Fought. “Meg” passed away on December 5, 2011. A memorial service was held yesterday at the Mineral Springs United Methodist Church.

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS
Building Fund
In memory of Faye Manus Privette given by Jay and Lynne Jones
In memory of Faye Manus Privette given by Richard and Linda Vaughan

GREETERS AND USHERS: Jeff and RoseMary Bean
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Tomorrow Morning

On behalf of your Session, I would like to express our appreciation to each one of you for helping with Al’s memorial service which is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Many of you are assisting with food preparation, parking, moving chairs and greeting the many family and guests that will be joining us from around the country.

I would like to make the following requests that will help to assist in the preparations for the service.

1) In order to ensure adequate accommodations for all family and guests, sitting arrangements have been planned in advanced. One half of the sanctuary will be taken just for family members. Claudia will be brought in early and seated by the piano. I would like to ask all of you, along with any of your family and friends that will be attending, to sit in the Fellowship Hall.

2) We need as many choir members as can attend to be seated in the choir area, not in the congregation. We will have at least two or possibly three TV monitors broadcasting the service in the Fellowship Hall and the Vaughan Room. All the selected hymns will be printed in the service program.

3) After the service, the families will receive their guests in the Vaughan Room (around 12:30). Subsequently (around 1:00), a private meal will then be served to family members only in the Fellowship Hall. For those bringing food, please drop it off at the back door. Parking will be available across the road or at the Community Center.

4) The men of the church will be handling parking and transportation from the road in front of Laine and Sam’s house to the church and from the Community Center to the church. Jay Teager has already made arrangements with Hartley Funeral Home to assist with parking. Please do not park in the church parking lot. There will be empty spaces in front and to the side of the sanctuary however these are for the family members returning from the cemetery. Al’s graveside service is for family only and they will be arriving here just before 11:00 a.m.

5) Once the sanctuary to Randy’s right is filled, please welcome, greet and speak to everyone as they approach the church and usher them into the overflow areas of the Vaughan Room.

6) Please, please sing. We have a very gifted organist, Tim Smith, playing for us tomorrow and we have selected several beautiful hymns that will help us to fill our sanctuary with joyful sounds of thanksgiving for the extraordinary life of our Elder and friend – Al Williams.
Randy McSpadden

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