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THIRD SABBATH IN ADVENT

11:00 a.m.                                                   December 14, 2003

Assemble in Godís Name

Organ Prelude:

 

Choral Introit:

 

s Hymnbook: "Once in Royal Davidís City"   #462

s  Passing the Peace

 

Concerns of the Church

 

Call to Worship (Philippians 4:4-5)

Leader:  Rejoice in the Lord always;

People:  Again, I will say, Rejoice.

Leader:  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.

People:  The Lord is near.

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle

 

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

I poor sinner confess to thee, O Almighty, eternal, merciful God and Father, that I have sinned in manifold ways against thee and thy commandments.

I confess that I have not believed in thee, my one God and Father, but have put my faith and trust more in creatures than in thee, my God and Creator, because I have feared them more than thee.  And for their benefit and pleasure, I have done and left undone many things in disobedience to thee and thy commandments.

Wherefore I beseech thee, O heavenly Father, that, thou wouldst graciously forgive me these and all my sins.  Keep and preserve me henceforth that I may walk only in thy way and live according to thy will; and all of this through Jesus Christ, thy dear Son, our Savior.  Amen.

     [by Martin Bucer 1539]

 

Declaration of Forgiveness

Leader:  Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. (Rom 8:34)

People: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (II Cor. 5:17)

 

s Gloria Patri: #546

s Stewardship Prayer

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory

s Doxology #544

 

Proclaim Godís Word

Ordination and Installation of Deacons

Children's Sermon "You are a Temple"

                            I Corinthians 6:19-20

                           Dismissal to Childrenís Church (5 and Under)

s First Scripture Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20

s Hymbook: "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"    #160

Second Scripture Lesson: Luke 3: 7-18

 

Anthem:

 

Sermon: "Orville, Wilbur, and John"

 

Go in Godís Name

s The Apostles' Creed

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "What Child is This "Ö#159

s Charge and Blessing

Postlude:

 

s:  All who are able, please stand.


 

 

Christmas is a time for lifting up our voices in joyous songs. Sing in exultation!  Let us join together in harmony as we praise God for the incomparable gift of Christ.  And let us show our kindness to one another with a warm welcome to all.

 

Deacons to be installed today: Barbara Bennett, Bob Connolly, Carroll Moore, Carroll Robinson.

 

Young People Today: (Jr and Sr High group): Dessert and Chinese Christmas ($5 gift), 7:00 p.m.

 

Joint meeting, Session and Diaconate, tonight, 7:00 p.m.

 

Sabbath School Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party is this Wednesday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m.  We ask you to bring light refreshments.  Yes, Santa Claus will be there

 

Menís Fellowship meets next Sabbath, December 21.  this is an 8:00 a.m. breakfast meeting.

 

Candlelight Service

7:00 p.m.  December 21, 2003.

Many people say this is the most beautiful service in the church all year.  We invite you to come and worship the Lord of light.

 

At the Congregational Meeting last week, we adopted a budget for 2004 (Now all we have to do is raise the money).  We also elected Congregational Officers: Zane Abernethy, Chairman, Jeff Rossy, Vice Chairman, Richard Sherer, Treasurer.

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Joe Connolly is in Carolina Medical Hospital.  Barbara Bennett had surgery on Monday.  Archie Barron also had surgery this week.  Please remember all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.

 

On December 6, Pauline 'Polly' E. Hanley, mother of Charlene Hall and grandmother of Lindsay Phillips passed away.  Please remember this family in your prayers.
 

 

 

If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant

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