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December 16, 2018


Celebration  of     Worship

3rd Sunday of Advent                                               December 16, 2018


* * * Entering Into Gods 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 Isaiah 12        (Read responsively)

Behold, God is our salvation;

We will trust, and will not be afraid;

For the Lord God is our strength and our song,

And He has become our salvation."

With joy we will draw water from the wells of salvation, saying

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name,

Make known His deeds among the peoples,

Proclaim that His name is exalted.

Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done gloriously;

Let this be made known in all the earth.

Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,

For great in our midst is the Holy One of Israel.


* Affirmation of Faith        The Apostles 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.                                                  *universal

* Prayer of Invocation







Holy Spirit, Powr divine, fill and serve this will of mine.  Boldly may I always live, bravely serve, and gladly give.  Father, You have done so many great things for us.  May Your Holy Spirit give us power to faithfully live out the Christian life so that others will see, and may come to know You and Your Son through our proclamation in word and deed.  In Jesus name, AMEN.


* Hymn of Adoration                     The First Noel                   Red Book # 265


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God  

Almighty God, Who sent a messenger to announce the coming appearance of Jesus, we confess that we have not listened to the counsel of Your Word. We have not searched for signs of Your love in the world, or trusted good news to be good. We have failed to praise Your Son's birth and refused His peace on earth. We have expected too little, and hoped for less. Forgive our doubts, our faithless fears, and renew in us all fine desires, so we may watch and wait, and once more hear the glad story of our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord.   (time of silent, personal confession) AMEN


Assurance of Pardon     

Leader  . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel! 

ALL:           In Jesus Christ we are forgiven


* 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 Lords Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  AMEN.


* * * Responding to Gods 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     Angels, from the Realms of Glory     Red Book # 259


* * * Listening to Gods Word * * *


* GOSPEL LESSON                                Luke 3:7-18                    pew Bible pg. 858


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON              Philippians 4:4-7                pew Bible pg. 982


MESSAGE TEXT                               Zephaniah 3:14-20               pew Bible pg. 790


MESSAGE                  Rejoice, Return, Restoration                Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing              "Lo! How a Rose Eer Blooming          Red Book  #255


* 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 sign the blue attendance pad and join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and light refreshments following the worship service.




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