Worship Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin

December 5, 2021

December 5, 2021           SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ~ PEACE                    10:00 AM

We extend a warm welcome to all who join us for worship.
We pray that the service will offer you peace, comfort, and substance to feed your soul.

                                                    The Community Gathers
Meditation   “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
                                                          ~ Albert Einstein
Prelude                                               “Noel Nouvelet”                       Arr. Matthew McConnell
                                     Paula Squires Maclay, piano; Jacqui Savage, organ

Welcome/Announcements

Moment of Preparation – Let us prepare our hearts and minds for worship.

Lighting of the Candles

Introit                                     “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”                         from Godspell
                                            Peter Gray, solo; Sarah Heath, drums
                                                                
Call to Worship
One: The sudden sense of a larger mystery. A flood of unexpected tears. Some chorus faintly
heard.
All: A cherished memory brought to mind. A fragment of a dream. The tail end of a
story.
One: An awesome peace in the midst of a pressing chaos. A holy reverence on a starlit,
moon-bright night.
All: An unexplained act of kindness. An unexpected letter, a surprise visit. In many and
varied ways God nudges, tugs, calls and beckons us.
One: We turn and discover God already waiting for us.
All: Our longing met by God’s yearning. Let us rejoice and sing!

*Opening Hymn               “There’s a Spirit of Love in this Place”                        See screens       

Lighting of the Candle of Peace                                                            Jane and Rick Campbell  

Reader 1: This morning, we light the second candle of Advent, the Candle of Peace.
(Light the second candle.)
Reader 2: We seek your comfort, O God. Both mighty and tender, you come. Prepare our
hearts to be transformed by you.
Reader 1: Isaiah announced God’s coming to a people exiled in a broken and parched
wilderness. He declared that God’s redemption would make a highway in the desert
and change the rough places into plain. God would come as a shepherd — feeding,
leading, and cradling the weary flock. This Advent, we seek such a God.
ALL: Saving God, look upon your world and heal your land and your people. Prepare
us to be changed. This Advent, teach us to be tender and just, as you are. Amen.

The Children’s Lesson                      “Mary’s Good News”  

The Word of God

Reading of Scripture                                  Luke 3:1-6

Message                                  “What Do You Want for Christmas?”       Rev. Scott Cousineau

Anthem                                    “For Unto Us a Child is Born”              Handel, from Messiah
                                            
                                                     We Respond to God’s Word
The Community at Prayer
            Sharing Prayers                   
            Silent Prayer
            Pastoral Prayer
            Our Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Prayer Response                   “Come Fill Our Hearts”                                              Taizé
Come fill our hearts with your peace. You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace, alleluia!
Offering Our Gifts to God
         Invitation 
Offertory                            “If I Loved You”              from Carousel, Rogers and Hammerstein
                                                               Ella Walters, solo                 
*Doxology 
        Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
        Praise God all creatures here below.
        Praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator,
        Christ, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.   

*Prayer of Dedication

        Sharing the Sacrament of Communion

*Communion Hymn                            “I Come With Joy”                                                  #313
                                                                (Verses 1 & 5)

Invitation to All    

Sharing of the Bread and the Cup
You are invited to come forward and receive the elements. Please bring the elements back to your pew. We will all partake together. If you are unable to come forward, you may remain in your pew and the Deacons will serve you.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Closing Hymn                            “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                                     #114   

*Benediction


*Choral Postlude                         “Angels We Have Heard on High”                 
*Indicates that you are invited to stand in body or in spirit.       
Rev. Scott Cousineau, Senior Minister
Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
Connor Remillard, Acolyte




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UCC, SACO MAINE


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