Bulletin for Dec. 4

Second Sunday of Advent

PRELUDE by Rob Johns, Pianist

HYMNS by Camille Dunlap, Pianist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Tommy Broome, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: You come to us, alive and present in that Word clothed in human flesh,
People: so we might hear those songs about forgiveness, echoing with joy.
Leader: You come to us, Shepherd of God’s people, feeding us with your peace,
People: so we might go out and offer the bread of hope to all the lost.
Leader: You come to us, Spirit of comfort, welcoming us into the kingdom,
People: where righteousness is our best friend, where justice lives right next door.

*HYMN No. 5 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We can no longer play dumb. We not only know the lives we are called to lead, we are well aware of how we fail – through our words as well as our silence, by our deeds and our unwillingness to act. Let us confess to the God who comes to us,
People: You call us home to live with you, Comfort of the lost, but we are too busy right now to listen. We flock to the stores run by temptation and seduction, seeking the best prices. We rush to judge everyone around us, but ask you to be more patient with our repeated errors. We feast at the table piled high with broken promises and drink from the cup of fading dreams. Yet you continue to cry out to us, Broken Heart, speaking to us of your love. Forgiveness is the gift for every moment, not just one day; hope is our constant companion as we journey with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who is your Messenger of mercy. Amen.

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

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: At the beginning, at the end, and in every time between, the good news speaks to us of God’s tender mercy and love for us.
People: God comes! Not to punish, but to gift us with peace, not to judge, but to save us. Thanks be to God. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Advent 2-B)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH by Trudy and Virginia Massey Walker

LIGHT TWO CANDLES
Light two candles, every burning bright. Jesse’s branch with fruit will show.
For the Spirit of the Lord will light upon all of those who know.
Wolf and lamb will live together. And together they will feed.
Light two candles. Let them brightly burn. And a little child will lead.

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 20 Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE II Peter 3:8-15a New Testament Page 238 in pew Bible

SERMON — DARK TIMES 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 Rob Johns

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 8 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

*BENEDICTION

* Please Stand

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:
Tues., Dec. 6 7:00 pm Crime Watch Meeting
7:30 pm Community Development Club Meeting
Finalize plans for Parade and Lighting the Way, Decorate Community Building

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Chester, SC and its 76 members.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
The Presbyterian Women plan to have Bible Study on Mondays at 10:00 am beginning the first of the year. It will be open to men and women of the church and community. So that the materials may be ordered we need to know how many to plan for. If you would like to attend this study, please add you name to the sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer or talk with Carol Johns. Thanks.

OPEN HOUSE
The staff of Providence Presbytery cordially invites you to its open house on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Presbytery Office, 515 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill. Refreshments will be served. Please let them know by November 30 if you plan to attend, but feel free to drop by if your plans change. 1-800-922-1609, 803-328-6269, iglasgow@providencepres.org

GREETERS AND USHERS: Jeff and RoseMary Bean

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