LITURGY & ORDER OF WORSHIP

Sunday, December 4th, 2022 Worship Service
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PRELUDE

WELCOME

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

We look around our broken world, and we see devastation.  We see a lowly stump.
But look, someone is growing out its deep roots!
The Spirit rests upon this Ruler, for they are righteous and faithful.
This Ruler is our glorious sign and a beacon of the Beloved Community to come.
Relationships will be reformed. Words like hurt and destroy will be no more.
The second candle of Advent reminds us The Shoot of Hope has come.

 ADVENT WREATH HYMN From God on High (Hope Came Down)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of hope, you call us to welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us, yet we are often focused on exclusion and division. We make up our minds before we enter into relationship, choosing enmity over curiosity. We fill our schedules without leaving room to care for the vulnerable in our midst.   We are sick with fear and overwhelmed with negativity.  Have mercy on us.  Teach us once again to live into hope, that even in the midst of brokenness, there are endless possibilities to bring peace, justice, joy and love into our midst and into the world. Fill us with your Holy Spirit as we share your hope and peace with all we meet.  In Advent hope we pray, Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS and SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you, and also with you.

Our Advent journey of anticipation asks that we wait with hope at the coming of our LORD.  The symbols we take with us on this journey include water and light.  As water is poured into the fount, we are reminded of the waters of creation, the waters of baptism, and the Living Water of Jesus our Savior.  May these waters remind us of our unity in God’s family and the covenant of grace we share.  

HYMN 129 Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

INVITATION TO OFFERING

ANTHEM  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - arr. Richard Shepherd

DEDICATION 144 In the Bleak Midwinter, verse 5 only

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE 

And Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,
 And do not stop them!”

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Isaiah 11: 1-10

1 Then a shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse; from Jesse’s roots, a branch will blossom: 2 The Spirit of Adoni the LORD will rest on you— a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and strength, a spirit of knowledge and reverence for God. 3 You will delight in obeying the LORD,and you won’t judge by appearances, or make decisions by hearsay. 4 You will treat poor people with fairness and will uphold the rights of the land’s downtrodden. With a single word you will stike down tyrants; with your decrees you will execute evil people. 5 Justice will be the belt around this your waist— faithfulness will gird you up. 6 Then the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; the calf and the lion cub will graze together, and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear; their young will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like the ox. 8 The baby will play next to the den of the cobra, and the toddler will dance over the viper’s nest. 9 There will be no harm, no destruction anywhere in my holy mountain; for as water fills the sea, so the land will be filled with knowledge of Adoni the LORD. 10 On that Day, the Root of Jesse will serve as a symbol to the peoples of the world—nations will flock to you, and your home will be a place of honor.

This is the Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

SERMON REFLECTION 

MOMENT FOR SILENT REFLECTION 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HYMN 827 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

The Lord be with you and also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Hear all of these our prayers, as together, we pray for the sake of the world, using the words Jesus taught us to pray: 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 glory, forever.  Amen.

COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 

Our Advent journey has brought us to this place, we have been fed and nourished and strengthened for what lies ahead.  The Creator of heaven and earth sends us out to bring help to all around us.  The Bringer of Grace send us out to offer healing and contribute to the wholeness of others.  The Spirit of peace sends us out to facilitate reconciliation.  May we be filled with hope and ready to share it with all the world, in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

HYMN 138 Who Would Think That What Was Needed

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE 


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Portions of this morning’s liturgy are adapted from or inspired by the work of the Reverend Thom Shuman, the Reverend Mieke Vandersall, and The Book of Common Worship.

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