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11:00 a.m. December 8, 2002

Assemble in God’s Name

Organ Prelude:

Choral Introit:

s Hymnbook: "There's a Song in the Air" #155

s Passing the Peace

Concerns of the Church

Call to Worship (Isaiah 40:3-5)

Leader: A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

People: Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

Leader: Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,

People: And all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Lighting of the Advent Candle

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 Gloria Patri #546

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


s Doxology #544

Installation and Ordination of Deacons

Proclaim God’s Word

Children's Sermon: "Firecracker or Battery?"

Acts 1:8

Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)

s First Reading: Psalm 85

s Hymnbook: "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" #164

Second Reading: II Peter 3:8-15a


Sermon: "S.A.U.L."

Go in God’s Name

s The Apostles' Creed

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "Angels We Have Heard on High"…#158

s Charge and Blessing




"May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another" (Romans 15:5). Just as God welcomes us all to this sanctuary, let us strive to be in harmony with one another that we may have peace in our hearts.

The Yorkville Christmas Tour is from 3 to 7 p.m. today.

The Diaconate meets tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study: Wednesday 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

At the Congregational Meeting, last Sabbath, a budget for 2003 was approved. Zane Abernethy was elected Congregational Chairman. Jeff Rossy was elected vice-chairman. Richard Sherer was elected Treasurer.

The following were elected to the Diaconate for the year 2003: Tully Gibson, Frances Nivens, Ron Taylor, Newton Wells.. Please keep these new deacons in your prayers and give them your support.

Men's Fellowship meets next Sabbath, December 15. This is an 8:00 a.m. breakfast meeting. Come and be with us.

Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.

Candlelight Service: December 23, 7:00 p.m.




If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant

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