Third Sunday of Advent
December 14, 2014
*Those that are able are invited to stand
Welcome and Announcements
- Gathering into worship -
Visual Call to Worship The News: O Come Emmanuel
Opening Scripture Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
*Opening Hymn “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” #203
Light of the world, you greet us this morning with new possibilities.
Shine brightly, we pray, until we see into the dark places of this world, and into the dark places of our own lives.
We want to follow you in paths of justice, speak up with you for liberty, and bend with you toward the brokenhearted, even the broken places within ourselves.
Today we trade in our faint spirits for your mantle of praise- and with our whole beings we will rejoice in you. Amen.
*Chorus “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” #204
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel.
God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.
Anthem “A Christmas Madrigal” Choir
- Offering our prayers -
(You are invited to share your prayer concerns with the congregation by writing them on the
Prayer Request cards in the pews and placing them in the offering plate.)
Prayer Hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (verses 1-4) #211
Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
- Becoming the church through the word –
Advent Wreath Meditation
Scripture John 1:6-8, 19-28
Prayer of Illumination
Holy One, giver of life and light, as your word is read and proclaimed, illumine our hearts and minds, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, our lives may reflect God’s glory. Amen.
- Sharing our blessings -
Offering Our Gifts and Tithes
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*Doxology “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Refrain) #238
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gracious God, you work miracles. Nothing can hinder your purposes. Your love shines forth in your living Word. We pray that the world will reflect your Word. Use these offerings to create small miracles of transformation in our communities. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Taking the Word to the World -
*Closing Hymn “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” #206
*Chorus “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (Refrain) #206
In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.