8 & 11 am Order of Service
Second Sunday of Advent
Traditional Worship—8 & 11 AM
December 4, 2022
*Please stand as you are able. Congregational responses are in bold.
"In Excelsis Deo" by Lee Ellis
Rick Nay, Organ and John Richardson, Piano
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS (Click here to check-in)
Rev. Rev. Bob Martin
LIGHTING THE CANDLE OF PEACE
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Pastor: This day is a day of preparation.
People: Open our hearts, O Lord, and make us ready to receive you.
Pastor: Repentance, changing our attitudes, our lives, is the beginning of our preparation.
People: Lord, give us courage and confidence.
Pastor: God will fill us with joy and peace as we become witnesses to God’s love.
People: Lord, help us to be faithful servants all of our days.
*HYMN OF PRAISE
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" Number 218
*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
“Blest Be the Tie That Binds” Number 557
Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Pastor: Christ the Lord invites all to his table who love Him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
People: Lord of mercy and hope, open our hearts to receive your words of peace. We live far too much in darkness and fear. We have let the fears invade the very center of our lives and find ourselves changing, moving from your light to the darkness of despair. It seems that this world and its people are more pleased to fight and destroy than they are to have peace and harmony. We become part of that crowd when we wallow in anger, resentment, apathy, and greed. Forgive us, patient and merciful God. Help us be people who will look at the ways in which we have blocked your presence; ways in which we have truly failed to be your people. Give us courage and strength to change our lives, that your peace may become a reality in this world, right now, this day. For we offer this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Though the darkness seems so deep, do not fear. God is with us. Repent! Turn your lives to God. God’s love is being poured out for you, always. Amen.
"There is Room for the Stranger" by Lee Dengler
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"People Need the Lord" arr. Mark Hayes