Getting Ready

Second Sunday of Advent

December 7, 2014


*Those that are able are invited to stand


Welcome and Announcements


- Gathering into worship -          


Visual Call to Worship             Remember Advent


Opening Scripture                                                                                              Isaiah 40:1-11


*Opening Hymn                   “Blessed Be the God of Israel”                                       #209


*Opening Prayer

Loving God, you sent your prophet John to prepare your way among us, to call us to

 repentance and make our pathways straight.

Inspire our worship that we might hear his message and respond by offering ourselves

 to you.

Strengthen us to live lives of steadfast love and faithfulness as we await the Messiah’s

 return, that all may see your reign of peace through your just and gracious rule. 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 New King Is Comin’ ”                                              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          “There’s Something About That Name” (x2)                              #171


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


Children’s Sermon


Scripture                                                                                                                        Mark 1:1-8


Prayer of Illumination

Mighty God, send your Holy Spirit to speak peace, that the good news of this age may be

 proclaimed through these your words spoken by your servant and heard by us all. 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!


*Offering Prayer

Lord, we give you thanks that in the coming of Christ your steadfast love and faithfulness

 have met and your righteousness and peace have kissed. May the gifts we offer this day

lift up those in need and prepare the way of your salvation. Amen.


- Taking the Word to the World -


*Closing Hymn                     “A Charge to Keep I Have”                                               #413



*Chorus                                    “Into My Heart” (verse 2)                                          #2160

in The Faith We Sing

Out of my heart, out of my heart, shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus;

shine out today, shine out always; shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus.