DOUGLASS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Bulletin for the Week of December 12th, 2021

Third Sunday of Advent

Order of Service

Announcements

Prelude

Welcome/ Opening Prayer

Hymn of Praise: UMH #203 – “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” (All Verses)

Advent Candle Lighting – Joy
Speaker 1: The light glowing from our Advent wreath is burning brighter. This radiance warms our hearts and fills us with joy! The Lord has done great things for us. Let us rejoice.

Speaker 2: May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves: (Psalm 126:5-6) The first three candles are lit.

Speaker 1: Light three candles; see them glow Brightly, so that all may know How three candles show the way Making our darkness bright as God’s day.

Speaker 2: Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

All pray: Dear God, we carry many burdens and worry over many things. Help us to hear your promise in this Advent season, that in hearing, we may receive the, Spirit’s gift of joy. And may our spirits be kept sound at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Call to Worship:
Leader: A path to our God,
PEOPLE: Winding through the ordinary.
Leader: Weaving through the busyness,
PEOPLE: Overcoming roadblocks and detours.
Leader: A way to go home,
PEOPLE: Leaving the past in the past,
Leader: Moving, from darkness and exile,
PEOPLE: Coming into the light.
Leader: Advent is a path to our God,
PEOPLE: A way to come home,
Leader: A discovery of God’s voice:
PEOPLE: Rejoice, rejoice. God is with us!

The Children’s Time – Pastor Debbie

Contemporary Song: FWS #2164 – “Sanctuary” (sing twice)

Celebration & Concerns of Church & Community

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Bringing to God our Tithes and Offerings

Offertory/Doxology

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Old/New Testament Reading: Isaiah 12:2-6, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18

Leader: The Word of God for the people of God
PEOPLE: Thanks be to God

Gloria Patri – UMH #70

The Word Proclaimed with Pastor Debbie – “Come Home for Christmas: The Joy of Home”

Closing Hymn: UMH #213 – “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” (Verse 1)

Benediction


Announcements & Community Events

Bible Study: Please join us each Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Admin Council Meeting: A meeting will be held following service today (December 12th), to wrap up the year’s activities.

Music Concerts: 7:00 p.m., Monday Dec. 13th, High School Music Concert. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14th, Middle School Music Concert.

Christmas Boxes: The boxes will be sorted on Dec. 14th at 9:00 a.m at the Christian Church. And then the Christmas food boxes & gifts will be ready for pick up on Thurs. Dec. 16th from 12:00 – 1:00.

Poinsettia Orders: Adorn our altar in memory or in honor of a special person/s. The sign-up sheet is in the lobby.

UMW Holiday Candy Sale: Don’t forget to order your candy for your holiday season. The order forms are in the lobby.

Birthdays:

Ellis Livengood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-15
Mike Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-16
Kandice Wright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-17
Ann Nispel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-19

Anniversaries:

None noted

Serving You Today:

Pastor: Debbie Senters
Liturgist: Mary Ann & Becky Moore
Pianist: Brook Roberts (Prerecorded)
Special Music: Special Music: Wayne Bowman & granddaughter, Jaya Chakka


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