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December 8, 2013

Celebration  of  Worship

Second  Sunday of Advent                                      December 8, 2013


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship    adapted from Psalm 72


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.


* Prayer of Invocation


LIGHTING of the SECOND ADVENT CANDLE     Linda Tear & Shannon Andrews


* Hymn of Adoration          “As With Gladness Men of Old”           Red Book # 290


Prayer of Thanksgiving

O God our Father, Creator of this world and Giver of all good things: We thank You for our home on earth and for the joy of living. We praise You for Your love in Jesus Christ, Who came to set things right, Who died rejected on the cross and rose triumphant from the dead. Because He lives, we live to praise You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Keep faith with us as You have in the past, and help us to trust Your promises, so that we may live before You expecting goodness and mercy all our days, for Thou art our God for ever. We make our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN.


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication


* Hymn of Preparation      "On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”    Blue Book # 10


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


* GOSPEL LESSON                          Matthew 3:1-11                   pew Bible pg 808


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON           Romans 15:4-13                  pew Bible pg 949


MESSAGE TEXT                               Isaiah 11:1-10                     pew Bible pg 575


MESSAGE               “The Coming Peaceful Kingdom”           Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing          “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”              Red Book # 245


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


SPECIAL OFFERING – Faith Tabernacle Ministries (FTC) located in the Philippines is a mission partner of Advancing Indigenous Missions (AIM). At least 12 churches affiliated with FTC and their members experienced damage during Typhoon Haiyan. Our Session has authorized a special offering to help with disaster relief for the effected churches and members of FTC.


OUR DAILY BREAD (REGULAR PRINT EDITION) - Complimentary copies of Our Daily Bread for December, January and February are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT? – Complimentary copies of this booklet of 10 reflections from the publishers of Our Daily Bread are also located on the table in the Narthex.


EACH SUNDAY DURING ADVENT – Christmas carol instrumentals will be heard in the sanctuary starting about 9:40 am. Come a little early to enjoy these beautiful arrangements and prepare to worship our Savior and King.


NEXT SUNDAY’S POINSETTIAS – Next Sunday the chancel area will be decorated with poinsettias. To increase the longevity of the poinsettias, this year we have purchased a special time-release potion. If you would like to sponsor a poinsettia in loving memory or in honor of a loved one, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $13.50/each.


ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS – Two volunteers for Sunday, December 22 are needed. Please use the sign up sheet in the hall by the water fountain to volunteer to read a short devotional and light the candle(s).


Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by John and Barbara Haifley

in loving memory of Barbara's Brother, Tom Kearney


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


Faith in Christ is not a leap into the dark;

It is a step into the Light.

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