WP December 8, 2019

December 8, 2019:  Second Sunday of Advent

 

PRELUDE & CANDLE LIGHTING

 

WELCOME

 

ADVENT SONG:  Now It’s Time to Light the Candle, v. 2

Now it’s time to light the candle,
Messengers prepare the way.
Wolf and lamb lie down together;
Righteousness marks God’s new day.

Light will overcome the darkness:
Live the peace the Christ Child brings.

© 2015 Martha Spong.  Used by permission.

 

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING & THE LORD’S PRAYER

…Let us pray together:

Light of the World, we thank you for the peace you have brought to our lives.  We pray for peace in our lives and in the world.  We pray for relationships to heal. We wait for peace to come.  In the warmth of your Light, we wait for peace to be revealed more fully.  We wait together by the light of this candle, praying: 

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.  And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

 

*PRAISE SONGS  Power of Your Love; The Potter’s Hand

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O promised Christ:  We are a world at war.  

Our peace depends on your coming.  

We are a sinful people.  

Our pardon depends on your coming.  

We are full of good intentions but weak at keeping promises. 

Our only hope of doing God’s will is that you should come and help us do it.  

Lord Christ, Word made flesh, our world waits for your peace, for your pardon, and for your grace.  

Even so: come, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook © 2004 Faith Alive Christian Resources

 

(Silence for personal reflection and confession)

 

*SONG OF THANKSGIVING  Good to Me

 

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

*PRAISE SONG  Days of Elijah

 

SCRIPTURE READING  Isaiah 40:1-11

 

CHILDREN’S TIME

 

SERMON  “Comfort, Comfort My People”

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

*DEDICATION OF 2020 PLEDGES AND OFFERINGS

 

OUR SHARED LIFE AND SERVICE

 

*CLOSING SONG  He Will Come and Save You

 

*BENEDICTION