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December 15, 2013

Celebration  of  Worship

Third  Sunday of Advent                                     December 15, 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 146

The Lord sets the prisoners free!

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind!

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down and loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the sojourners.

He upholds the widow and the fatherless,

But the way of the wicked He brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,

your God, O Zion, rules to all generations.

ALL: Praise the Lord!


* 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 THIRD ADVENT CANDLE                      Peter & Inga Pfefferkorn


* Hymn of Adoration               “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                Red Book # 249


Prayer of Thanksgiving

Holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God, we thank You for commanding light out of darkness, for dividing the waters into the sea and dry land, for creating the whole world and calling it good. We thank You for making us in Your image to live with each other in love; for the breath of life, the gift of speech and freedom to choose Your way. You have told us Your purpose in commandments to Moses, and called for justice in the cry of the prophets. Through long generations, You have been fair and kind to all Your children. Great and wonderful are Your works, Lord God almighty. Your ways are just and true. With men and women of faith from all times and places, we lift our hearts in joyful praise, for You alone are holy. 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   “Jesus, Name Above All Names”               Red Book # 86

                                                            (Sing twice)


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON             Isaiah 35:1-10                    pew Bible pg 595


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON             James 5:7-11                   pew Bible pg 1013


* MESSAGE TEXT                          Matthew 11:2-11                     pew Bible pg 816


MESSAGE              “Greater Than John the Baptist”              Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”                 Red Book # 279


* Receiving the Blessing


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


* Postlude


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


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Tuesday:    Ellen Caldwell              Thursday:   Peter & Inga Pfefferkorn

Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by David & Cynthia Summers

in honor of Cynthia’s Parents, Siblings andTheir Families


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Jim Madary

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


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.


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.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one or of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.


FIVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC – Radio Station KHCB (88.7 FM) will air continuous music of the season from December 21 to December 25.


Providence is the act of a personal and sovereign God.

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