Sunday Worship Guide - Second Sunday of Advent


Worship Guide

December 5, 2021

Second Sunday of Advent

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World




Lighting the Advent Candle:




Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!


Special Music: A Star Shone Bright” - Mike


Centering Words:


By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us—giving light to those who sit in darkness, comforting those who dwell in the shadow of death, and guiding our feet in the way of peace.


*Call to Worship:


Leader:   A messenger calls, “Prepare the way of the Holy One. Make a pathway for God straight into your hearts.”

People:  Blessed be the Holy One, who brings light into the deepest shadows.

Leader:   A prophet proclaims, “Make way in the desert for the coming of God to live in our midst.”

People:  Blessed be the Holy One, who comes to live among us in peace.

Leader:   Are you ready for the coming Day of God?

People:  Let us worship the one who calls us into light.

Leader:   Let us pray.


ALL: Redeeming Keeper of Promises, your messengers remind us that you are the source of peace, justice, mercy, and loving kindness. As we prepare for your coming in your Son Jesus, help us shine as the   radiant body of Christ, that we may be light for a gloomy, broken world. Amen.


Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”


O come, O come, Emmanuel,

and ransom captive Israel,

that mourns in lonely exile here

until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,

and order all things far and nigh;

to us the path of knowledge show,

and cause us in her ways to go.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.



O come, O come, great Lord of might,

who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height

in ancient times once gave the law

in cloud and majesty and awe.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree,

an ensign of thy people be;

before thee rulers silent fall;

all peoples on thy mercy call.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, thou Key of David, come,

and open wide our heavenly home.

The captives from their prison free,

and conquer death's deep misery.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer

our spirits by thy justice here;


disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

and death’s dark shadows put to flight.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, Desire of nations, bind

all peoples in one heart and mind.

From dust thou brought us forth to life;

deliver us from earthly strife.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.




Words of Assurance

Hear the good news: When we cannot find our way through the gloom, God gives light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Thanks be to the God of peace. Amen


*Old Testament Reading: Malachi 3:1-4


1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?


For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.


Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!




Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”


Children’s Message: “Are You Prepared?”


Hymn: “Savior of the Nations, Come”


Savior of the nations, come;

Virgin’s Son, here make thy home!

Marvel now, O heaven and earth,

that the Lord chose such a birth.


Not by human flesh and blood;

by the Spirit of our God

was the Word of God made flesh,

woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.


Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child

of the virgin undefiled!

Human and divine in one,

eager now his race to run!


God the Father is his source,

back to God he runs his course;

down to death and hell descends,

God's high throne he reascends.


Now thy manger's halo bright

hallows night with newborn light;

let no night this light subdue,

let our faith shine ever new.


Sermon: “The Fear of Home” Luke 3:1-6


1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,


“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight.

5         Every valley shall be filled,

and every mountain and hill shall be made low,

and the crooked shall be made straight,

and the rough ways made smooth;

6         and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”




 Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer




Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:


Christ our Lord invites to his table

all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.


Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!


In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen


 The Great Thanksgiving  


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.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere

to give thanks to you,

Father Almighty, creator of

heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image and

breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed,

your love remained steadfast.



You delivered us from captivity,

made covenant to be our sovereign God,

and spoke to us through your prophets.


And so,

with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Holy are you, and blessed is your Son

Jesus Christ.

Your Spirit anointed him

to preach good news to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives

and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

and to announce that the time had come

when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry,

and ate with sinners.

By the baptism of his suffering,

death, and resurrection,

you gave birth to your church,      

delivered us from slavery to sin and death,

and made with us a new covenant

by water and the Spirit.


When the Lord Jesus ascended,

he promised to be with us always,

in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.


On the night in which he gave himself up for us,

he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,

gave it to his disciples, and said:

"Take, eat; this my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."


When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

"Drink from this all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it

in remembrance of me."


And so,

in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice,

in union with Christ's offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith


Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world,

until Christ comes in final victory,

and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,

now and forever.   Amen

And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever.



As we share in the bread of life,

is it not a sharing in the body of Christ.



And as we share in the cup of Salvation,

Is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ.


Moment of Prayer and Meditation


Prayer of Thanks


Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 





Hymn: “To a Maid Engaged to Joseph”


To a maid engaged to Joseph,

the angel Gabriel came.

“Fear not," the angel told her,

“I come to bring good news,

good news I come to tell you,

good news, I say, good news.


“For you are highly favored

by the God the Lord of all,

who even now is with you.

You are on earth most blest,

you are most blest, most blessed,

God chose you, you are blest!"


But Mary was most troubled

to hear the angel’s word.

What was the angel saying?

It troubled her to hear,

to hear the angel’s message,

it troubled her to hear.


“Fear not, for God is with you,

and you shall bear a child.

His name shall be called Jesus,

God’s offspring from on high.

And he shall reign forever,

forever reign on high."


“How shall this be?" said Mary,

“I am not yet a wife."

The angel answered quickly,

“The power of the Most High

will come upon you shortly,

your child will be God’s child."


As Mary heard the angel,

she wondered at his words.

“Behold, I am your handmaid,"

she said unto her God.

“So be it; I am ready

according to your word."




CUMC Events

¨ 12/12—CUMC Christmas Party

¨ 12/12—Kaufman Children’s Shelter—Christmas Gifts

¨ 12/24—Christmas Eve Candlelight Service








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