Order of Service
Hymn of Praise: UMH #454 – “Open My Eyes, That I May See”
Advent Candle Lighting Liturgy: Stand as a Signal
Leader 1: They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
Leader 2: We are the followers of that root of Jesse Isaiah spoke of. We are the ones who are now called to stand as a signal to the world, to all of creation, that peace is the will of the one who created us. Peace is the knowledge of the Lord that we proclaim from sea to shining sea. Leader 1: In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea proclaiming. “Repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” And “bear fruit worthy of repentance”.”
Leader 2: We light these candles, the candle of joyful hope and the candle of proclaimed peace, in part to remind ourselves that we are a people rising toward God’s promise. But we also light them as a sign to the world, an announcement there are some who hold on to hope and there are some who work the ways of peace. We stand as a sign that Emmanuel is still our fervent prayer.
Contemporary Hymn: “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone”
Celebration & Concerns of Church & Community
The 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.
Bringing to God our Tithes and Offerings
Prayer of Thanksgiving
New Testament Reading: Matthew 3: 1-12
Leader: The Word of God for the people of God
PEOPLE: Thanks be to God
Gloria Patri: UMH #70
The Word Proclaimed with Pastor Janet: “John the Baptizer”
Holy Communion/Breaking the Bread
Closing Hymn: FWS #2071 – “Jesus, Name above All Names”
Announcements & Community Events
Bible Study & Sunday School: Join us Tuesday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Community Dinner: We will host the Community Dinners on Wed. Dec. 7th & 14th at 5:30 p.m. And then break for Christmas. Please see the sign-up sheets if you can help with the food.
Angel Tree & Christmas Food Boxes: The angels are on the tree and gifts need to be returned by Sunday, Dec. 11th. Food boxes will be sorted on Dec. 13th and then handed out on Dec.15th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Administrative Council Meeting: The final meeting for the year will be held 6:30 p.m. on Wed. December 7th.
Caroling Around Town: Spread some holiday cheer with your voice! A date to be announced.
Leslie Henderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-08
Serving You Today:
Pastor: Janet Sutter
Liturgists: Dean and Glenda Lindteigen
Pianist: Cathy Wiedeman