December 16, 2018 – Third Sunday of Advent

We hope you will join us for worship each week. Here is some information that you might like to have about this week’s worship service.

 

 

Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9 (p. 657, Pew Bible)

Focus Scripture – He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. (Isaiah 42:2-4)

Message: Light to the Nations

Theme: Through the Spirit, God’s servant will be a light to the nations, bringing release to prisoners

Hymns We Will Sing:

*HYMN (verse 3, Insert)       “Advent Song”      (LIGHT THE ADVENT CANDLE)

*HYMN #88 (vs. 1-4)     “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”         (VENI EMMANUEL)

*HYMN #611                “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”         (HYMN TO JOY)

 

Prayer of the Day: God of light, you sent a savior into the world to bring justice and release to all who are in bondage. Shine this light upon us, and show us how to bring justice and peace to all who suffer. Amen.

December 9, 2018 – Second Sunday of Advent     

We hope you will join us for worship each week. Here is some information that you might like to have about this week’s worship service.

Scripture: Esther 4:1-17 (pp. 439-40, Pew Bible)

Focus Scripture – “For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”  (Esther 4:14)  

Message: Esther

Theme: For such a time as this, Esther was made queen.

Hymns We Will Sing:

          *HYMN (verse 2, Insert)       “Advent Song”   (LIGHT THE ADVENT CANDLE)

          *HYMN #108         “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”  (DIVINUM MYSTERIUM)

          *HYMN #357            “The Days Are Surely Coming”          (LLANGLOFFAN)

 

Prayer of the Day: God, you can bring blessing even from disaster. Train us to see where you are at work in the world, and where our presence can further your will in the world. Amen.

 

December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

 

We hope you will join us for worship each week. Here is some information that you might like to have about this week’s worship service.

Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 3:17-19 (pp. 856-8. Pew Bible)

Focus Scripture – O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. (Habakkuk 1:2-3)   

Message: Faith as a Way of Life

Theme: The prophet, grieved by injustice/suffering watches for God’s reply.

Hymns We Will Sing:

*HYMN (verse 1, Insert)       “Advent Song”  (LIGHT THE ADVENT CANDLE)

          *HYMN #82             “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”   (HYFRYDOL)

          *HYMN #529          “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether”           (UNION SEMINARY)

 

Prayer of the Day: Faithful God, you proved your faithfulness to your people when they cried out to you in distress. Be present in our distress, and show us how to be faithful to you in the midst of suffering.