Haven Church Jerome Bulletin – December 8, 2013

Second Sunday of Advent

 GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GREETING-Responsively

Leader:  Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

All: Praise the Lord.

 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE           Joan Evans, Ann, Liz and Lois Rees

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                     Kathy Nash

 

CALL TO WORSHIP-Responsively

Leader: We are in God’s holy place, not to worship ourselves, but our Creator;

All: Not to worship the things of the world, but their Giver;

Leader: Not to worship the Church, but its Lord.

All: Come, let us worship God together!

 

* HYMN                      “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”           UMH #211 vs. 1, 5,6,7                                                                     

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison

Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we confess to you that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed.  We are sorry, and we ask you to forgive us.  Fill us with holy reverence; give us grace to change our lives; mold us by your Word and your will; and help us live in a way that will glorify Christ, through whom we pray.  Amen

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

LITANY for ADVENT-Responsively

Call: Into the stillness of a Bethlehem night, God came. Into the silence of verdant pastures, God spoke.

Response: Restore us, O God.

Call: The quietude of the past is broken by the crackle of weapons, to the peace of the past:

Response: Restore us, O God.

Call: God came so the disenfranchised might find hope; the despairing might find safety.

Response: Restore us, O God.

Call: God came so that love might win over hatred and revenge, that we might be restored to the ways of peace by the Prince of Peace.

Response: Restore us, O God.

Call: Under serving, we kneel at the manger. New life is ours for the asking.

Response: Restore us, O God.

Call: A grace beyond comprehension is given. To the peace which passed all understanding.

All: Restore us, O God. Amen.

 

TIME WITH YOUTH

 

*HYMN                      “Come, Thou Almighty King”                                    UMH #61

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                           Isaiah Chapter 35                                                                        

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER-Unison

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 and not scorn. You sent Christ to give us the vision of this kind of Kingdom, 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. (Isaiah 11:1-10.)

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                                 UMH #95

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                      Michael Keffer

THE LORD’S PRAYER                                                                               UMH #895

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                  Luke 1:26-38

THE MESSAGE             “The Trouble That Christmas Brings”                 Janet Keffer

 

*HYMN                           “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                           UMH #89   

                                                                                                    

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG:                               “He Lives”                                        UMH #310

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives! He lives within my heart.

*BLESSING

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Liturgist this morning is Thomas Bauer.

*Stand as you are able.

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