905 Mifflin Ave
Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith
*Those that are able are invited to stand
-Gathering into worship-
Welcome and Announcements
*Introit “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem” Choir
Gracious God, out of the darkness you send a light; out of a lifeless
Stump you call forth a new shoot; out of the discord of our lives you proclaim a vision of peace.
May your Spirit rest upon us, that the hope which you inspire will be lived out in our lives. We pray this in the name of the One whose birth we prepare to celebrate, Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Lighting of Advent Candles
Advent Song “Light the Advent Candle” (vs. 1-4) TFWS #2090
*Greeting One Another and Sharing Traditions
-BECOMING THE CHURCH THROUGH WORD-
Scripture Luke 1:39-55
Message WELCOME Rev. Kelly J Smith
-Offering our prayers-
You are invited to share your prayer concerns by writing them on the Prayer Request cards and placing them in the offering plate.
Prayer Hymn “Like a Child” TFWS #2092
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
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel.
God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.
God of all good things:
This morning, as we draw closer to the blessed birth, we remember Mary and how your blessings come to the world in the most unexpected ways and often through the most unprepared people.
Give us eyes this day to see the wealth of ways you have blessed us and the opportunities you have placed before us to be an unexpected blessing to others. Use the gifts we bring to you this morning to bless those who need the good news the most.
We pray this in the name of Jesus, who gave in love all there was to give for us. Amen.
*Closing Song “Tell Out, My Soul” UMH #200
Current Prayer Needs:
Family and Friends struggling this holiday season
Alfred Crocker (Cathleen’s dad) – blood clots and aneurysm
Shirley Crocker (Cathleen’s mom) – Alzheimer’s
Monique Viehland (Brian Viehland’s wife) – treatable blood cancer
Donna (Monique’s mother) – awaits a kidney donor for transplant
Ruth (Kilgour’s friend) – recovery after surgery
Richard — health struggles, sleep issues and finances
Marion (Richard’s aunt) – needs healing
Lynn (Carolyn and Marilyn’s sister) and her husband – he is suffering from dementia
Jane Glidden – ongoing health struggles
Sherrie Richards (friend of Barbara Thaw’s) – breast cancer
Ed Scott (friend of Ginnie’s) - multitude of health issues
Sue Clapper - breast cancer treatment
December 23, 2018