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THIRD SABBATH IN ADVENT

11:00 a.m.                                                 December 12, 2004

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 (Shorter Catechism Q. 24)

Leader:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And with you also

Leader:  How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
People:  Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation

 

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

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory

s Doxology #544

 

Proclaim Godís Word

Ordination and Installation of Deacons

 

Children's Sermon

       Dismissal to Childrenís Church (5 and Under)

 

s First Scripture Lesson: Luke 1:46-55

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

Second Scripture Lesson: Matthew 11:2-11

 

Anthem:

 

Sermon: "Clothesline Controversy"

 

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.

 

Announcements 

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 ordained and installed today are: Nancy Abernethy, Joe Atchley, Larry Howe, and Jane Sherer.

 

Young People Today: Christmas movie and pizza at the church.

 

Both the Session and Diaconate meet tonight, 7:00 p.m.

 

Sabbath School Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party is this Wednesday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m.  We ask you to bring soups and sandwiches and desserts.  Yes, Santa Claus will be there

 

No Bible Study this Wednesday.

 

Menís Fellowship meets next Sabbath, December 19.  this is an 8:00 a.m. breakfast meeting.

 

Candlelight Service

7:00 p.m.  December 19, 2004.

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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The WOC has decided not to have individual poinsettias this year but to have one large arrangement.  If you would like to make a special offering in honor or memory of someone, please give your money to Frances Nivens and sign the sheet in the narthex of the church.  We will have a special insert with this information in the bulletin next Sabbath.  The money will go to the General Fund.

 

 

 

If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant

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