Sunday, December 8, 2019

Second Sunday of Advent

Organ PreludeIn illo tempore (Gregorian Proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

* Choral IntroitCome, O Long-Expected Jesus (Wesley/Gregor)

Come, O long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every waiting heart.

* Call to Worship

L: In this season of prophecy, promise, & preparation, we come to be renewed & refreshed.
P: We come to be inspired by stories of a messiah who will change the world and change us.
L: We come to listen for words of hope and joy, promise and challenge.
P: We come with open ears, open minds, and open hearts. We come to receive the blessings God has in store for us in this season of waiting.
L: Come! Let us worship our God – the One who brings all things to fulfillment.

* Opening HymnAll Earth is Waiting UMH 210

1. All earth is waiting to see the Promised One, and the open furrows, the sowing of the Lord. All the world, bound and struggling, seeks true liberty; it cries out for justice and searches for the truth.

2. Thus says the prophet to those of Israel, “A virgin mother will bear Emmanuel,” for his name is “God with us,” our brother shall be, with him hope will blossom once more within our hearts.

3. Mountains and valleys will have to be made plain; open new highways, new highways for the Lord. He is now coming closer, so come all and see, and open the doorways as wide as wide can be.

4. In lowly stable the Promised One appeared, yet, feel his presence throughout the earth today, for he lives in all Christians and is with us now; again, with his coming he brings us liberty.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Patient and loving God, we so easily launch ourselves in preparation for the secular festival of giving and parties and the swirl of social events; but we forget that the true preparation is the readiness of our hearts to receive you. Help us look again at our lives and turn them around so that they may be in tune with your will. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Old Testament Lesson – Isaiah 11:1-10   Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
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.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

L: Today – the second Sunday in Advent – we hear about Isaiah’s vision of a new and transformed world.
P: A world where all creatures live together in harmony and peace.
L: We wait with hope for this vision to become reality.
P: The God of hope fills us with joy and peace in believing.
L: We light the candle of hope. (The first candle is relit)
L: We proclaim our belief in God’s faithfulness in keeping promises, as we light the candle of peace. (A second candle is lit)

PRAYER:

L: God of all faithfulness – Isaiah’s vision paints a picture of a world shaped in accordance with your will and your design. He tells of One so enlightened by your Spirit that he would open eyes and ears and hearts to a new understanding of your will and your design for the world. Isaiah described the one for whom the people waited – the Messiah.
P: We wait also, but we wait in the joyful knowledge that the Messiah has come in the form of your beloved Son. We wait in faith, praying that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus – Prince of Peace – will be born anew in our hearts and in our lives. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemLet All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (arr. Baines)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing worldly-minded,
For with blessing in His hand
Christ our Lord to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
At His feet the six-winged seraph;
Cherubim with watchful eye,
Veil their faces in His presence,
As with ceaseless voices they cry,
“Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Lord Most High!”

Prayer of Confession (All) Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

Holy God, we desire our own way. We desire to forge ahead without waiting for Your guidance. We have defined peace to be our own happiness, and have forgotten that peace includes the well-being of all people, especially the poor and oppressed. Forgive us when we have sought our own way, on our own terms, and have forgotten all of Your people.

Grant us the wisdom and insight to slow down, welcome the stranger into our lives, and seek out the poor and the oppressed and speak up for justice. In the name of Christ, who is coming unto us in a new way, we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

We are welcomed because Christ welcomes us. The way has been prepared, choose to follow it. This is not to say it isn’t painful, it isn’t hard, but it is to say it is worth it. You are loved. You are blessed. You are forgiven. Go and share the Good News. Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationO Come, O Come Emmanuel (Vs.1, 5-7)   UMH 211
1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

5. O come, thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home. The captives from their prison free, and conquer death’s deep misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

6. O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thy justice here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

7. O come, Desire of nations bind all peoples in one heart and mind. From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us from earthly strife. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Reading from the Gospel – Matthew 3:1-12

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Sermon – “Someone Is Coming”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryE’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (Manz)

Peace be to you and grace from him
Who freed us from our sins,
Who loved us all and shed his blood
That we might saved be.
Sing holy, holy to our Lord,
The Lord, Almighty God,
Who was and is and is to come;
Sing holy, holy, Lord!
Rejoice in heaven, all ye that dwell therein,
Rejoice on earth, ye saints below,
For Christ is coming, is coming soon!
E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come,
And night shall be no more;
They need no light nor lamp nor sun,
For Christ will be their all.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Offering Prayer (All)

We rejoice, O God of peace, in the privilege of giving without fear. You come to us daily with blessings too numerous to count. You are the Holy One whose presence relieves our anxieties, feeds our hungers, and stirs our compassion. Through our offerings, we express our gratitude. As we give of ourselves, we respond to your call to bear fruit and to make your name known among the nations. Thanks you for accepting all we offer. Amen.

* Closing HymnDown by the Jordan (Carolyn Winfrey Gilette)

Tune: LOBE DEN HERREN 14.14.4.7.8 (“Praise To the Lord, the Almighty”)
1. Down by the Jordan, a prophet named John was baptizing,
Preaching a message the people found bold and surprising:
“God will forgive! Show that you’ll change how you live!
Surely God’s new day is rising!”

2. There by the river, the crowd came with great expectation:
“Are you God’s Chosen One, sent here to rescue our nation?”
“No!” John replied. “He who is mightier than I
Judges and offers salvation.”

3. Jesus, you went to be baptized along with the others,
Taking your place among sinners, God’s lost sons and daughters.
Then with great love, God’s Spirit came as a dove!
Your work began in those waters.

4. Here in the Church, we are baptized and filled with God’s Spirit.
Freed and forgiven, we’re welcomed with joy! Can you hear it?
This is God’s sign! This is how God says, “You’re mine!”
Let’s take the good news and share it!

* Benediction

Go now and prepare the way of the Lord.
Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, and bear fruits worthy of repentance.
And may God grant you harmony with one another;
May Christ Jesus fill you with joy and peace in believing;
And may the Holy Spirit empower you and fill you with hope.
P: We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, in the name of Christ. Amen.

* Choral ResponseChrist Is Coming (Neander)

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

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAdveniat Redemptor (Markha)

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