Sunday Worship Guide - Third Sunday of Advent

Worship Guide

December 12, 2021

Third Sunday of Advent

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Lighting the Advent Candle:

 

Greetings:

 

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

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music: “O Holy Night” - Stefanie & Meagan

 

Centering Words:

 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   Let all who love God rejoice.

People:  Let all who thirst for justice draw water from the well of God’s salvation.

Leader:   Let all who long for Christ sing for joy.

People:  Let all who hunger for righteousness return home to the living God.

Leader:   Let all who seek the Spirit shout aloud.

People:  Let all who yearn for mercy fall on their knees before the throne of grace.

Leader:   Let us pray.

ALL: God of our salvation, you bring victory to the righteous and comfort to the outcast. As we come before you this day, lighten our hearts with laughter and loosen our tongues to sing your praise. For you alone are the source of our hope; you alone are the fountain of our joy. Be with us now and always. Amen.

 

Hymn: Love Has Come”

 

Love has come, a light in the darkness!

Love shines forth in the Bethlehem skies.

See, all heaven has come to proclaim it;

hear how their song of joy arises:

Love! Love! Born unto you, a Savior!

Love! Love! Glory to God on high!

 

Love is born! Come share in the wonder.

Love is God now asleep in the hay.

See the glow in the eyes of his mother.

what is the name her heart is saying?

Love! Love! Love is the name she whispers.

Love! Love! Jesus, Immanuel.

 

Love has come and never will leave us!

Love is life everlasting and free.

Love is Jesus within and among us.

Love is the peace our hearts are seeking.

Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christmas.

Love! Love! Praise to you, God on high!

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

The one who loves us with a fierce tenderness takes away our guilt and leads us in the ways of life.

The one who guides us with justice and mercy restores our fortunes and leads us home.

Praise be to God!

 

*Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 12:2-6

 

2        Surely God is my salvation;

I will trust, and will not be afraid,

for the Lord God is my strength and my might;

he has become my salvation.

3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:

Give thanks to the Lord,

call on his name;

make known his deeds among the nations;

proclaim that his name is exalted.

5         Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;

let this be known in all the earth.

6         Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

 

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

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”

Children’s Message: “What’s On the Inside?”

 

Hymn: “Angels We Have Heard on High”

 

Angels we have heard on high

sweetly singing o’er the plains,

and the mountains in reply

echoing their joyous strains.

 

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

 

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be

which inspire your heavenly song?

 

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

 

Come to Bethlehem and see

Christ whose birth the angels sing;

come, adore on bended knee,

Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

 

See Him in a manger laid,

whom the choirs of angels praise;

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,

while our hearts in love we raise.

 

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

 

Sermon: “The Joy of Home” - Luke 3:7-18

 

7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

 

10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

 

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

 

18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “Star Child”

 

Star-Child, earth-Child go-between of God,

love Child, Christ Child, heaven's lightning rod,

This year, this year, let the day arrive

when Christmas come to everyone,

everyone alive!

 

Street child, beat child, no place left to go,

hurt child, used child, no one wants to know,

This year, this year, let the day arrive

when Christmas come to everyone,

everyone alive!

 

Grown child, old child, memory full of years,

sad child, lost child, story told in tears,

This year, this year, let the day arrive

when Christmas come to everyone,

everyone alive!

 

Spared child, spoiled child, having, wanting more,

wise child, faith child, knowing joy in store,

This year, this year, let the day arrive

when Christmas come to everyone,

everyone alive!

 

Hope for peace Child, God's stupendous sign,

down to earth Child, Star of stars that shine,

This year, this year, let the day arrive

when Christmas come to everyone,

everyone alive!

 

 Special Music: “Noel” - Meagan

 

Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns:        

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer  

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “O Come All Ye Faithful”

 

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.

Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

 

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

 

True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,

lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb;

Son of the Father, begotten, not created;

 

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;

O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

 

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle,

Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;

we too will thither bend our joyful footsteps;

 

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

Benediction

 

 

 

CUMC Events

  • 12/12—CUMC Christmas Party
  • 12/12—Kaufman Children’s Shelter—Christmas Gifts
  • 12/24—Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 1/9—UMM Breakfast
  • 1/19—East District Checkout Day
  • 1/23—Admin Council Meeting

 

 

 
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