Sunday, December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able


Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

Choral Introit – Once He Came in Blessing (John Frederick Wolle)                                Choir

Once he came in blessing, all our ills redressing;
Came in likeness lowly, Son of God most holy;
Bore the cross to save us, hope and freedom gave us.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath Second Week of Advent (Peace)

Reader 1:   The Lord, the God of Israel, does wondrous things.
Blessed be the name of the Lord; may the glory of the Lord fill the whole earth.
(Light the first blue candle of hope)

People:      The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on people of faith.

Reader 2:   With righteousness the Lord shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.

People:      As we light the second candle of Advent,
we illumine the path for the Spirit of the Lord.
(Light the second blue candle of peace)

Readers:     Let us pray.

People:      Send again, O Lord, the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
With gratitude for your Presence, O God,
we will prepare to welcome a new birth of your Spirit.  Amen.

* Song Hail to the Lord’s Anointed Hymnal 203

1. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son! Hail in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free; to take away transgression, and rule in equity.

2. He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong; to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong; to give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light, whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in his sight.

3. He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth; love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth. Before him, on the mountains, shall peace, the herald, go, and righteousness, in fountains, from hill to valley flow.

4. To him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend; his kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end. The tide of time shall never his covenant remove; his name shall stand forever; that name to us is love.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special Music Come To Us, O God of Hope (Lloyd Larson)                                         Choir

We’ve waited long for you to come,
Warrior, Savior, Promised One;
Long the years of blessings lost,
So dark the days, so high the cost.

Come to us, O God of hope,
Lead us to the end of night.
Give us signs of days foretold
When our darkness shall turn to light.

We long for promised days of peace
And from this evil seek release.
Gather us in your embrace;
Protect us in eternal Grace.

Give us strength to stand;
We await Your guiding hand.
Grant us patience, Lord, we pray;
Lead us in your holy way.

Prepare us, Lord for days ahead
And by your Spirit we’ll be led.
Come, Messiah, be our guide;
We know the Lord is by our side.

Story and Sermon – “Preparing the Way”                                      Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – Blessed Be the God of Israel Hymnal 209

1. Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free, who visits and redeems us, and grants us liberty. The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release; God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.

2. Now from the house of David a child of grace is given; a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven. Before him goes the herald, forerunner in the way, the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of day.

3. On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise, the dawning of forgiveness upon the sinner’s eyes, to guide the feet of pilgrims along the paths of peace; O bless our God and Savior with songs that never cease!

Time of Morning Prayer with Anointing

Unison Prayer:

O God, the giver of health and salvation, we give thanks to you for the gift of oil

as your holy apostles anointed many who were sick and healed them,
so pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on this gift of oil,
that those who in faith and repentance receive this anointing may be made whole;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Please be in an attitude of prayer during anointing—when all have been anointed we will sing:

Prayer Song – It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 218

1. It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold: “Peace on the earth, good will to men [all], from heaven’s all-gracious King.” The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.

2. Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled, and still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world; above its sad and lowly plains, they bend on hovering wing, and ever o’er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Verses3 and 4) Hymnal 218

3. And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low, who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow, look now! for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing. O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing!

4. For lo! the days are hastening on, by prophet seen of old, when with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling, and the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – But Who May Abide (Handel, Messiah) Soloist:  Lauren MacDonald-Hyland

But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire. (Malachi 3:2)

Prayer of Dedication –

Holy God,
through your prophets you have promised us a world
where justice and mercy would reign,
where knowledge and understanding would prevail,
and where the poor and the weak would be the recipients of compassion.
You sent Christ to give us the vision of this kin-dom,
then gave us the Holy Spirit within us
that we might work to make a way for it in our world.
As we give our gifts this morning,
may you dedicate them and us to help bring about a world
where your love, mercy, and grace reign supreme.
We pray this in the name that is above all others, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

*   Song to Present the Offering – Let There Be Peace on Earth Hymnal 431

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. [With God our creator, children all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now].

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow: to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Going Out to Prepare the Way for Christ’s Coming

Leader: The word of Christ’s coming brings us peace.

People: We are ready to work as peacemakers in our world.

Leader: Everywhere you go take the peace of Christ.

People: As we prepare for Christmas, may we work and wait in peace.


* Choral Response – Christ is Coming! (Joachim Neander)                                            Choir

Christ is coming! Christ is coming! Come, O blessed Prince of Peace.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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