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SECOND SABBATH IN ADVENT
Assemble In God's Name
Welcome and Concerns of the Church
s Passing the Peace
s Hymnbook: “There’s a Song in the Air” #155
Lighting the Candles
Call to Worship (Isaiah 40:9)
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with you also
Leader: Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings;
People: Lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
Leader: Lift it up, do not fear;
People: Say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
God of blessing and love, when the time was right you sent your Son to the world. Teach us the art of patience and give us an understanding of your wisdom.
Forgive us for making this holy season of anticipation a whirlwind of lists and activities, a flood of joyless obligations and heartless generosity. Forgive our rush as we forgive those who are rushing all around us. Forgive us for forgetting the meaning of this holy time. Lead us not into anxiety, but deliver us from pretense.
For your kingdom is coming with the power of love and the glory of angelic carols, now and forever, heralded in the birth of the Christ. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
Leader: The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15).
People: He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (I Peter 2:24).
s Hymnbook: "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" #164
s Gloria Patri #546
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)
Prayers of the People
First Scripture Lesson: Psalm 85:8-13
Second Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 40:3-5
s The Apostles' Creed
s Prayer of Thanksgiving
s The Lord's Prayer
s Hymnbook: "Angels, We have Heard on High" #158
s Extinguishing the Candles
s Charge and Blessing
s: all who are able, please stand.
On this wonderful day the Lord has given to us, we happily welcome all who have come to join us in celebrating the amazing revelation found in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lucy Good Wray , 96, died November 23, 2005. She was a member of our church, and we remember her unfailing interest in the church. Now she has claimed the promise of the gospel. We pray for her family.
Macie Bell Thompson McDowell, 82, died November 24, 2005. For many years, she was the sexton of our church. Now, after a long illness, she is with Jesus. We pray God’s comfort for the family.
The Session meets tonight at 7:00 p.m.
There will be a Congregational Meeting on next Sabbath, December 11. The purpose of this meeting is to elect congregational officers and approve a budget for 2006.
We will ordain and install deacons (the class of 2006) next Sabbath during Morning Worship.
There will be no Bible Study this Wednesday. We will decorate the church for Christmas this Wednesday, December 7, following the Christmas parade.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: December 18, 8:00 a.m.
Candlelight Service, December 18, 7:00 p.m
If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant
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