Bulletin for Dec. 9

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Glenda Manus, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Welcome to this place where we seek our hearts’ true home.
People: Here, we gather with God’s people; here, we hold one another in our hearts.
Leader: Welcome to this place where we seek our hearts’ true home.
People: Here, God looks in favor on us; here, we discover God’s intentions for us.
Leader: Welcome to this place where we seek our hearts’ true home.
People: Here, we find a feast prepared for us; here, we taste God’s grace and hope.
Leader: Welcome to this place!
People: Where we find our hearts’ true home

*HYMN No. 9 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: It would be easy to grumble that the world has kidnapped this holy season, emptying us of hope and joy. But we must admit how often we fail to tell the true story of Christmas, by how we live our lives.
Let us confess our reluctance to be storytellers, and livers out of the story, as we pray to God, saying, People: Ever Present Peace, you came to save us, but it is hard to remember that in this hectic season. Our impatience for Christmas to arrive gets in the way of listening to our children singing in their rooms. We let the blinking lights blind us to your quiet presence in a noisy world. We get so caught up in the stories of violence, we cannot hear your voice reminding us not to be afraid. As you poured out your mercy on all who have gone before us, shower us with grace and forgiveness. Then, our eyes will be opened to all your wonders, our ears will echo with the anthems of the angels, and our emptiness will be filled with the life gifted to us 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: Dear ones of God, this is the good news: God comes to us to bring the healing of hope and peace in our hearts.
People: We need wait no longer. We will go and tell everyone what we have seen and heard! Thanks be to God. Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM
One Star
by the Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE
Laine and Sam Ardrey

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

SCRIPTURE
Luke 1:68-79
New Testament Page 58 in pew Bible

SERMON by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

COVENANT FOR THOSE UNITING WITH THE CONGREGATION
Gay Bogardus Watson
George J. Schuetz

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY
Like a Child by Adult Choir
Accompanied by Emily Helms, flutist

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 20 Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

* BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please stand.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church in York, SC and its 47 members.

The CE Committee wishes to thank everyone who helped make the Annual Children’s Christmas Party a success. Thank you to those who helped in the kitchen, those who helped with the crafts and with the Secret Santa shopping for Mom & Dad. Thank you to Presbyterian Women for donating gifts for Secret Santa. Thank you to Randy for reading the meaningful story of the nativity to the children. Thank you to Carol Leedy for the delicious cupcakes and to John Cauthen for taking the beautiful pictures of the children. Please see Pat today after church to pick up your child’s photo.

RECENT MEMORIALS given to the Choir Robe Fund
In memory of Linda McCorkle by Henry & Glenda Manus
In memory of Carrie Fox Rainey by Richard & Linda Vaughan
In memory of Ralph Belk by Richard & Linda Vaughan
In memory of Ralph Belk by George & Eloise Williams

GREETERS AND USHERS Jeff and RoseMary Bean

The beautiful flowers today are in loving memory of A. L. Williams, Jr., given by his brother, Kim, and sister-in-law, Rose Anne Williams. Al passed away one year ago today.

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