Bulletin for Dec. 16

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Glenda Manus, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God comes! So don’t let go of all the reasons to rejoice.
People: We will sing a song of Advent to the One who fills our lives with joy.
Leader: God comes! So don’t stop lifting your prayers with thanksgiving.
People: We will sing a song of Advent, to the One who hears our words and silence.
Leader: God comes! So don’t stop giving your hearts to God.
People: We will sing a song of Advent to the One who graces us with a peace we cannot begin to understand.

*HYMN No. 469 Morning Has Broken

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: Don’t be afraid! God does not turn away from us, but comes to us.
God does not hold what we have done against us, but takes away the
judgments against us. Join me as we pray to our loving God.
People: How can we think of rejoicing, God of all times, when we face our world, and who we are?
Called to gentleness, we can be angry and hurtful people. Called to generosity, we tighten our grip on our clothes, our food, our love. Called to fairness, we can easily reject those who are different from us. Yet, you are our salvation, Joy of our hearts, and you forgive us. Renewed in your love, we can be more loving; restored to new life, we can give ourselves away to others; as you rejoice over us with gladness, may we share the joy of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, with everyone we meet. 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 proclaimed to us: The Lord is near, the Lord who is our salvation.
People: We give thanks to God, who has come bringing peace, bearing hope, carrying joy into our lives. Amen. (Lectionary Liturgies, A-3, 2006)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM
My Christmas Carol by the Adult Choir, Beth Denton, Soloist

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE
Janet, Bob and Cody Campbell

LIGHT ONE CANDLE

Following the verse being sung by the choir, the congregation is asked to join in the singing of the chorus.

Advent candles warm and bright,
Fill the world with radiant light.
Help us find the Promised One;
Guide us to the child who will come.

HEARING GOD’S WORD

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

(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Isaiah 40: 3-5; 9: 2, 6-7 Old Testament Pages 667 and 638

SERMON
PEOPLE, LOOK EAST by Rev. McSpadden

*RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
Jesus, the long expected Savior, came into the world as a child, descended from David, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of Mary, a virgin. He lived as a Jew among Jews. He announced to his people the coming of God’s kingdom of justice and peace on earth. We affirm that Jesus was born of woman as is every child, yet born of God’s power as was no other child. In the person and work of Jesus, God himself and a human life are united but not confused, distinguished but not separated. The coming of Jesus was itself the coming of God’s promised rule. Through his birth, life, death, and resurrection, he brings about the relationship between God and humanity that God always intended. Declaration of Faith, Chapter 4 (1)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY
Away in a Manger
Mark Denton, David Cook, Emily Helms

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 12 People, Look East

* BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please stand.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and its 49 members.

GREETERS AND USHERS
Jeff and RoseMary Bean

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