Worship Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin

December 6, 2020

 

December 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 Gathers
Meditation“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. Chesterton
Prelude                                        “In the Bleak Midwinter”                             Arr. Mark Hayes

Welcome/Announcements

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

Lighting of the Candles

Introit                                                “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”                                       #115

Lighting 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 God

Reading of ScriptureLuke 1:26-38, 46-56                      Carol Spencer Lemay
Matthew 1:18-24

Children’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 Beals

We Respond to God’s Word
The 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 Communion

Communion 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. Huff
Postlude                                 “Angels We Have Heard on High”                    James Chadwick       

Rev. Scott Cousineau, Senior Minister
Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
Sarah Heath, Cantor




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UCC, SACO MAINE


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