December 4, 2016


-Gathering into worship-

*Those that are able are invited to stand


Opening                                                                                                    Isaiah 11:1-10


*Hymn                                   “Savior of the Nations, Come”                                           #214


*Prayer of Illumination

Come, Holy Spirit, upon these words we hear, and upon our minds and hearts as we hear them.

Breathe your truth into us, blow away all that is false, and fill us with the love that sets the universe ablaze.

Even so, come, Holy Spirit.  Amen.


*Chorus                                       “Emmanuel, Emmanuel”                                            #204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel.

God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.


Welcome and Announcements


Getting to Know You

“What’s your favorite part of the Christmas season?”



Anthem                                  “The Snow Lay on the Ground”                                         Choir


-Reflecting on the Story-


Children’s Sermon


Scripture                                                                                                               Matthew 3:1-12


Sermon                                                                                                             Jim Fink



-Sharing Our faith-


Testimony                                                                                                             Amy Shannon


Chorus                                                  “Alleluia”                                                          #186


You are invited to share your prayer concerns by writing them on the Prayer Request cards and placing them in the offering plate.


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.



-Responding to God’s Word-


Offering Our Gifts and Tithes


Prayer of Thanksgiving


*Hymn                                “Take My Life, and Let It Be”                                            #399




*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.











Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

 Where Faith and Life Meet


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith