DOUGLASS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Bulletin for the Week of December 19th, 2021

4th Sunday of Advent

Order of Service

Announcements

Prelude

Welcome/ Opening Prayer

Hymn of Praise: UMH #238 – “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Verses 1,2,3,4)

Advent Candle Lighting – Love
Speaker 1: Once God’s plan was a mystery, hidden from our sight. Now God has disclosed what was kept secret for so very long; he has brought it out in the light. In the brighter light on this fourth Sunday in Advent, may we see more clearly the glory of God in Christ and sing of the steadfast love of the Lord forever.

Speaker 2: “With my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens: (Psalm 89:1b-2) The four Advent candles are lit.

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

Speaker 2: I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

All pray: Dear God, your faithfulness has been great, leading us to this day of anticipation and celebration. May the glorious light of your steadfast love shine brightly in us and through us, that all may give you praise and glory.
In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.

Call to Worship:
Leader: Come, Joy, lighten our spirits.
PEOPLE: Come, Hope, lift us from despair.
Leader: Come, peace, ease our frantic worry.
PEOPLE: Come, love, shine in all we do.
Leader: Come, Jesus be born in us.
PEOPLE: Come, Lord, set us free.
Leader: Come, God
PEOPLE: Rule in our hearts and teach us to sing with joy!

The Children’s Time: With Dee Moran

Contemporary Song: “Shout to the Lord (My Jesus, My Savior)” by Hillsong Worship

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: Micah 5:2-5, Luke 1:39-45
Leader: The Word of God for the people of God
PEOPLE: Thanks be to God

Gloria Patri

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

Closing Hymn: UMH #236 – “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” (Verse 1)

Benediction


Announcements & Community Events

Bible Study: No Bible Study for the next two weeks.

Christmas Boxes: Thanks to all who gave so willing of their time and their funds to make a special Christmas for 10 families in our community.

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

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas?”

Christmas Caroling: Raise your voices and join us at the church on Wednesday, December 22nd at 6:30 p.m. for a night of caroling around town.

Christmas Eve Service: Our service is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 24th with communion. Be sure to include this service as part of your Christmas tradition! You can attend either in-person or virtually on Facebook Live or call into the Dial-In Worship Line.

Mission & Ministry Offering: Our ties with the Great Plains Conference includes a mission ministry and administration costs as a greater church. We had budgeted $7,798 for this line item in our 2021 budget. To date, we have contributed $1,949.50. The Finance Committee met this week to discuss options to make up the difference.

Birthdays:

Ann Nispel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/19
Dan Klotz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/21

Anniversaries:

None noted

Serving You Today:

Pastor: Debbie Senters
Liturgists: Dee Moran & Glenda Lindteigen
Pianist: Brook Roberts (Prerecorded)


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