Worship Service December 13

By on December 13, 2020

 

Advent 3 – Joy – December 13, , 2020 Order of Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Lighting the Advent Candle – Joy:

We gather on this third Sunday of Advent as one of many congregations from around the world united by Christ’s joy.  Advent is a season of waiting, of expectation, and of longing. Today, we light one more candle on our wreath: the pink candle that represents joy.

How is it, you might wonder, that we could celebrate joy when there’s also so much suffering in the world? Isn’t that contradictory?

Joy is one of the qualities that, if not yet present within us, will come to us in its own time.
This light of Joy, then, doesn’t require that you experience joy now, today, in your immediate surroundings.
Instead, it’s a reminder to wait for it with faithfulness that overshadows pain and cynicism.
May the lighting of this candle bring us patience, grant us faith, draw us closer to joy.

Lord we pray for the light of Your bring to our lives will shine brightly with the joy only You can bring to our lives. Lead us to shrine the joy of your truth. Make our lives a radiation of Your amazing truth. Amen

Call:

Let the bells ring out calling us to worship together as we gather in many different places at different times.

Good Christian Friends rejoice, With Heart and Soul and Voice
Jesus Christ was Born to Save, Christ is born to save!

Choral Response: O Come All Ye Faithful

Prayer of Illumination:

Empower us by your Spirit, O God, to hear your Word amid the clamring words of the world that vie for our attention. Center us in this time of worship and enable us to hear you speaking to us. Guide us to discern your light and follow the path you set before us. Amen

Hymn of Praise: Joseph’s Song

Psalter: Psalm 146

Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed

Gloria Patri

Offering and Doxology

Meditation for Prayer

Pastor Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Sermon Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon: “Emmanuel in Our Times”

Closing Song: There’s A Song in the Air

Benediction: (based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
May the God of peace sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit
and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Go and be the church

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