6, 2020 SECOND SUNDAY OF
ADVENT ~ HOPE 10:00
a.m.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 GathersMeditation“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means
pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means
hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~ G.K.
ChestertonPrelude “In the Bleak Midwinter” Arr. Mark HayesWelcome/AnnouncementsMoment of Preparation – Let us prepare our hearts and minds
for worship. Lighting of the CandlesIntroit “The
First Noel” Traditional English Carol Solo ~ David Johnson Call to Worship We are walking toward a silent night, drawn by the chords of
love.We are moving
to the sound of an angelic chorus, lured by a deep and holy melody.We are growing in the likeness of Christ, supported
by the nudges of the Holy Spirit.We are living in awareness of a divine love that
fills the universe, pulling us to love and serve, to pray and worship.Opening
Hymn“Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People” #115Lighting of the Candle of Hope Jen and Eddie Fullmer Reader 1: Someone is crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight a
path for him to travel.” (Matthew 3:3, paraphrased)Reader 2: Why do we light the second candle?Reader 1: The first candle was the candle of peace.
This is the candle of hope. It reminds us to follow the example of the prophets
who waited with hope for the coming of the Savior.(The second candle is lit.)Reader 2: Let us pray. Loving God, you reach out
to all people in love and kindness. Teach us your ways of justice and peace.
Help us to look for you in every situation, and to await eagerly the new things
that you are going to do in our lives. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.The Word of GodReading of ScriptureLuke 1:26-38, 46-56 Carol Spencer LemayMatthew 1:18-24Children’s Message Mary’s Joy Joseph’s Joy Message “Prepare the Way!” Rev.
Scott Cousineau Isaiah 40:1-11 Anthem “Come
Now O Prince of Peace” Jeremy Bankson Recorder ~ Jamie
Beals, Finger Cymbals ~ Phil Blood, Chimes ~ Lynn BealsWe Respond to God’s WordThe
Community at Prayer Sharing Prayers Silent
Prayer Pastoral Prayer Our Lord’s 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 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 Offering Our Gifts to God Invitation 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 CommunionCommunion Hymn “As We Gather at Your Table” #314(First verse only)Invitation to All Sharing of the Bread and the Cup Prayer of Thanksgiving Closing
Hymn “Of Eternal Love Begotten” #129 (Verses
1 & 2) Benediction Benediction
Response “Go, All Ye Faithful” Arr. R. G.
We Have Heard on High” James
Chadwick Rev. Scott
Cousineau, Senior Minister Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education Jacqueline Savage, Director of MusicSarah Heath,
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