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SECOND SABBATH IN ADVENT
11:00 a.m. December 10, 2000
Assemble in Gods Name
s Hymnbook: "Come Thou Long-expected Jesus" #151
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 Hymnbook: "Away in a Manger" .#157
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Installation and Ordination of Deacons
Proclaim Gods Word
Children's Sermon: "Christmas Ornaments"
Dismissal to Childrens Church (8 and Under)
Prayers of the People
First Reading: Sel. 22, p.492, Psalm 95, 96
Second Reading: Acts 6:1-7
Go in Gods 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
Welcome friends! St. Luke reminds us that Christ came "to shine on those living in darkness and ... to guide our feet into the path of peace" (Luke 1:79). Let us open ourselves to the light of the Savior and walk in love and peace with one another as the children of God.
At the Congregational Meeting on November 5, Nancy Abernethy, John Balfour, Robert Connolly, Larry Howe, and Jane Sherer were elected to serve as deacons of this congregation. We will ordain and install these deacons today.
Men's Fellowship: Next Sabbath, December 17. This is an 8:00 a.m. Breakfast meeting. Come and be with us.
Bible Study Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We are studying I and II Kings.
Sabbath School Christmas Party 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2000. This is a covered dish supper. We invite you to bring your covered dishes and come together to share in the Lord.
Candlelight Service 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve, December 24, 2000. 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.
If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant
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