Sunday Worship – December 23, 2018

  • navigate to these guys A TIME OF SILENT REFLECTION
  • try this site THE RINGING OF THE BELL
  • rencontre sex limoges INTROIT
  • Read Full Article LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE – The Clark Family
    • Today we light the fourth of five candles in our Advent wreath.  Each candle this year represents a different understandings of Incarnation.  As Christians, we ourselves are all called to be Christ in the world.   As members of the church, we too were baptized into the life and death of the One we follow.  As we light our second candle let us, like Jesus himself, hear the words of God:  You are my child, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.
    • Dear God, help us to realize that we are little Christs, baptized in the same Spirit and given the same purpose as Jesus, himself.  Speak to us in ways that will leave no doubt:  We are your Beloved.  With us, you are well pleased.  Amen.
  • OPENING HYMN NO. 10:  “On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry” – WINCHESTER NEW
  • CALL TO PRAYER – Nick Clark
    • Now is the time to wake from sleep.  Salvation is near. Let us pray together for what is coming:
    • Come, Christ Jesus, be our guest, and may our lives by you be blest. Come God-with-us, and free us from the false claims of the empires of this world.  We are lonely for you and your peace.  Come, Emmanuel, and dwell with us, make us your people indeed, the people through whom you bring love and justice to the world.  Come, Christ, and reign; claim your rightful place in our hearts and in the midst of our community.  Plant the seeds of hope within us that we, too, may establish the Kingdom of God among us.  Hear our silent prayers of return …  (a time of silence for personal confession)
  • ASSURANCE OF PARDON
    • Every valley is lifted up; every mountain, made low.  Now the glory of the Lord is revealed, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we are remembered and have returned!  Thanks be to God.
  • CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE, HYMN NO. 1
    • Come, thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee.
  • PASSING OF THE PEACE
  • TIME WITH THE YOUNGER DISCIPLES – Kim Pappas
  • MUSICAL OFFERING – The Chancel Choir:  “Softly Tread!” – VIRGINIA CROFT
  • SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Mark 1:9-11
  • SERMON:  INCARNATION:  BELOVED – Reverend Joel Weible, Pastor
  • PROCLAMATION HYMN NO. 309:  “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” – DIVINUM MYSTERIUM
  • AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – FROM A  BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH
    • In a broken and fearful world, God’s Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom and peace.
    • In gratitude to God and empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and faithful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and earth, saying:  “Come Lord Jesus!”
  • TIME OF GIVING THANKS                  
  • CELEBRATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
    • Our Father who art in heaven,
      Hallowed be Thy name.
      Thy Kingdom come,
      Thy will be done,
      on earth as it is in heaven.
      Give us this day our daily bread:
      And forgive us our debts,
      As we forgive our debtors;
      And lead us not into temptation,
      But deliver us from evil.
      For Thine is the kingdom
      And the power and the glory, forever.
      Amen.
  • PRESENTATION OF GIFTS, TITHES, AND OFFERINGS
  • OFFERTORY:  “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” – JAMES SOUTHBRIDGE
  • DOXOLOGY
  • PRAYER OF DEDICATION
    • We give you thanks and praise, O God, that you have built us up in faith and bound us together in love.  By your grace, may all that we do show the glory of your name and serve the good of your people, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.
  • CLOSING HYMN NO. 12:  “People, Look East” – BESANCON
  • CHARGE AND BENEDICTION – Reverend Joel Weible, Pastor
  • BENEDICTION RESPONSE – The Chancel Choir:  “The Hallelujah Chorus” – G.F. HANDEL
  • THE RINGING OF THE BELL

 

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