Sunday, December 4, 2022










December 4, 2022






Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements     John Strawbridge,  Lay Leader


Choral Introit “Born Your People To Deliver” (Welsey/Gregor)

Born Your people to deliver,

Born a child and yet a King,

Born to reign in us forever,

Now Your gracious kingdom bring.

By Your own eternal Spirit,

Rule in all our hearts alone;

By Your all sufficient merit,

Raise us to Your glorious throne


Call to Worship

L: Listen! Listen for a messenger from God.

The way is being prepared for Christ’s coming.

P: We are here to listen for a word from God.

We have gathered to prepare for Christ’s advent.

L: Come with your joys and sorrows, laughter and tears.

There is a place for you in the company of seekers.

P: We thank God for our acceptance in the church.

We rejoice to offer the love of Christ to others.

L: We are partners in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Claim anew today this opportunity and responsibility.

P: We are glad God is doing great things among us.

We want to rejoin ourselves to God’s work in the world.

Opening Hymn   “All Earth is Waiting”    UMH 210 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.

2. Thus says the prophet to those of Israel:
‘A virgin mother will bear Emmanuel,’
one whose 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.


Old Testament Lesson      Isaiah 11:1-10   The Message                                                                                     

1A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump, from his roots a budding Branch. The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God. Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight. He won’t judge by appearances, won’t decide on the basis of hearsay. He’ll judge the needy by what is right, render decisions on earth’s poor with justice. His words will bring everyone to awed attention. A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked. Each morning he’ll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots, and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land. 6-9 The wolf will romp with the lamb, the leopard sleep with the kid. Calf and lion will eat from the same trough, and a little child will tend them. Cow and bear will graze the same pasture, their calves and cubs grow up together, and the lion eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens, the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent. Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill on my holy mountain. The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive, a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide. 10 On that day, Jesse’s Root will be raised high, posted as a rallying banner for the peoples. The nations will all come to him. His headquarters will be glorious.

The Word of God….Thanks Be to God

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 purple candle is relit)

L: We proclaim our belief in God’s faithfulness in keeping promises,
as we light the candle of peace. ( A second purple candle is lit)


PRAYER: 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


Choral Response “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” No. 204

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

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 my cares upon you.


Gospel Lesson Matthew 3:1-12

3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Word of God for the People of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

Sermon  “John’s Wilderness Voice”     Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

Offertory  “The King Shall Come When Morning  Dawns” (Theodore Beck)

The King shall come when morning dawns

And light triumphant breaks,

When beauty gilds the eastern hills,

And life to joy awakes.


The King shall come when morning dawns

And light the beauty brings;

Hail, Christ the Lord, Thy people pray,

Come quickly, King of kings.


Not as of old a little child

To bear, and fight, and die,

But crowned with glory like the sun

That lights the morning sky.


And let the endless bliss begin,

By weary saints foretold,

When right shall triumph over wrong,

And truth shall be extolled.


Offering Prayer (All)

May your Spirit of generosity rest upon us, Caring God, so that our giving does not end here, but only begins to flow forth in a baptism of hope, of grace, of healing, and of peace to all around us, as well as those we may never meet.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Closing Hymn  “Down by the Jordan” By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette   (“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.”

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!


As God has welcomed us in these moments,
let us go to embrace each person we meet.
As Jesus has been our servant of hope and grace,
let us go to serve the most vulnerable around us.
As the Spirit of hope has filled us,
let us go to empty ourselves of joy and peace for all.

Choral Benediction “Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall Come” (arr. Helmore)

Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell










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