Sunday, December 6, 2020

December 6, 2020
Second Sunday of Advent
Advent is a season of waiting. During Advent, we are waiting for something to come into the world,
something to be born for us and in us. It is an expectant waiting, and it requires not will, but willingness
– a willingness to receive the new, the unexpected.
It requires a decision to be open to the ways God will be at work in our lives.



Organ Prelude



Welcome and Announcements                                              John Strawbridge



Choral Introit Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Traditional)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand.
Ponder nothing earthly-minded,
For with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord of Darkness and of Light, come to us this day in the midst of our growing darkness bringing the light of hope to our lives. Keep our hearts and minds alert to your presence. Give peace to our stressed spirits. In this season of Advent, prepare us to greet the One who will lift our burdens and change our lives forever. Amen.


Opening Hymn All Earth Is Waiting                                            UMH 207 Vs. 1 & 3

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


Lighting the Advent Wreath

Last Sunday we lit the candle of Hope, remembering the hope which comes in Christ. (Light Candle).
Today we light the second candle of Advent, the candle of Peace (Light Candle).
God has a peaceful dream for the world, and we dream it too. We dream of peaceful world full of wolves and leopards and lions eating and sleeping and dancing with lambs, kids, and calves. We dream of a peaceful world where nations come together, where war is a memory, and we eat at one table.
On this day, we remember the Lord of All who brings peace surpassing all understanding.


Congregational Response “Emmanuel, Emmanuel”                     UMH 204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel,
His name is called Emmanuel.
God with us, revealed in us,
His name is called Emmanuel.


Old Testament Lesson                                                                Isaiah 40:1-11 NIV

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for,that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” 9 You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” 10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
The Word of God….Thanks Be To God


Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                    TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson                                                                          Mark 1:1-8 NIV

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” 4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “Making a Way on the Rough Road of Advent”                Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory O Come To Us, Emmanuel (Martin)

O come to us, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny,
From depths of Hell thy people save
And give them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
And drive away the shades of night;
Pierce the clouds, bring us Your light!
O come, we pray, Messiah, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the path and guide our way,
O come, Emmanuel, we pray.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All people in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill all the world with Heaven’s peace.

O come to us, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel.


Offering Prayer (All)

Almighty God, as John the Baptist identified the arrival of the Messiah, this Advent season, that role falls on us. As we bring our tithes and offerings to you, we pray that our giving continues to point to the Christ who comes in love and compassion, with more concern for those who don’t have enough and little concern that those who have so much will get more. May our giving in this season reflect our hope for a new kind of kingdom to reign in our world. We pray this in the name of the Messiah, Jesus our Savior. Amen.


Closing Hymn Down By the Jordan (“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.



On this pilgrimage of uncertainty,
May we remember God has walked this road many times before.
As we live through these endless moments,
May we remember Jesus shares hope with us every day.
In this season filled with isolation from others,
May we remember that the Spirit knows our loneliness and cradles us in love.



Choral Benediction Christ is Coming (Neander)

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


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Next Sunday Morning Worship

Lessons and Carols.


Tower Lighting

Linda Webb is lighting the tower for the season of Advent to bring a beacon of light and hope at this dark time of year.


Brandon’s Performance (Handel’s Messiah)

The date has been pushed to December 20th. The performance will no longer be live, so the video can be viewed at any time once posted.


Church Hours

The church will be closed on December 8th.



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