Call to Worship
L: To a young woman whose heart longed for justice, God revealed the heavenly plan to bring about peace through justice.
All: The Lord has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant, Mary.
L: The Lord will show mercy to the humble who revere God.
All: The Mighty One will scatter the proud, bring down the powerful, lift up the lowly and fill the hungry with good things.
L: The Lord will turn over the order of things just as Jesus turned over the tables in the Temple.
All: My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Song – People, Look East – UMH 202
Eleanor Farjeon CCLI#3011380
People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today. Love, the Guest is on the way.
Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, one more seed is planted there.
Give up your strength the seed to nourish, that in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today. Love, the Rose, is on the way.
Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim, on more light the bowl shall brim,
shining beyond the frosty weather, bright as sun, and moon together.
People, look east and sing today. Love, the Star, is on the way.
Angels announce with shouts of mirth him who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming with the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today. Love, the Lord, is on the way.
Advent Candle Lighting
L: A prophet tells us how God comes- through someone who receives God’s spirit and through a community that hears the good news: In Isaiah 61:1-3 we hear: The Spirit of the Living God is upon me because has anointed me to announce good news to the humble, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and release to those in prison, to comfort all who mourn, to give them garlands instead of ashes, oil of gladness instead of mourners’ tears. (light pink candle) We light our third candle as a sign of hope that the Spirit of God may anoint us to show God’s liberating love. Living God, proclaim liberty to captives.
All: Set us free, that we may free others. Bind our wounds, that we may heal others. Fill us with your Spirit, and anoint us with your love.
Prayer: (all) 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. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Scripture Reading – Isaiah 42:1-9
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out 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. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
L: For the Word of God in scripture; for the Word of God within us and for the Word of God among us we say:
All: Thanks be to God.
Song – Prepare the Way, O Zion
Prepare the way, O Zion, ye awful deeps rise high;
sink low, ye lofty mountains, the Lord is drawing nigh;
The righteous King of glory, foretold in sacred story.
O blest is he that came in God the Father’s name!
Fling wide your portals, Zion, and hail your glorious King;
his tidings of salvation to every people bring,
who, waiting, still in sadness, would sing his praise with gladness.
O blest is he that came in God the Father’s name.
The throne which he ascended is fixed in heaven above;
his everlasting kingdom is light and joy and love;
Let us his praise be sounding for grace and peace abounding.
O blest is he that comes in God the Father’s name.
Message – Pastor Gayle
Our Offering – Service, prayers, witness, time and resources
Doxology Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – UMH 95
Song – Star Child
Shirley Erena Murray and Carlton R. Young CCLI# 1929319
Star Child, earth Child, go between of God, love Child, Christ Child, heaven’s lightening rod.
This year, this year, let the day arrive when Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive.
Street child, beat child, no place left to go, hurt child, used child, no one wants to know.
Grown child, old child, memory full of years, sad child, lost child, story told in tears.
Spared child, spoiled child, having, wanting more, wise child, faith child, knowing joy in store.
Hope for peace Child, God’s stupendous sign, down to earth Child, Star of stars that shine.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4pm.
The Way of Discipleship
Growing in Grace through study:
Sundays following worship. The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas.
Growing in Grace through fellowship and more:
Welcome Table every Second Sunday 11:30 am. Come and share a meal and conversation.
Friday with Friends every Third Friday 11am in Narthex. Bring bag lunch. December 16th.
Growing in Grace through intercessory prayer:
Prayer group meets Mondays at 6pm on Zoom. All are welcome to join in prayer. Please send or share prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle.
Prayer Shawls: You may have noticed the throws on the chairs in the narthex. These were made by our own Prayer Shawl ministry. These “shawls” represent prayer and hugs for people in need. If this describes you or yours, please take one.
Growing in Grace through service:
A.C.T.S Food Pantry: Canned vegetables 15 oz size, low sodium canned vegetables, snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, laundry detergent, dish detergent, cleaning supplies in general, toiletries and personal hygiene items, size 4T pull-ups, size 6 diapers, dog food.
Clothing for Featherstone School: small and medium size sweatpants in blue, gray or black.
You shop, AmazonSmile donates. Shop at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for Cokesbury UMC at no extra cost.
Please keep in prayer: Charles Crist, Kyle Keen and family, Drabcyzk family, Caesar, Barbie, Kaye, Charline, Valerie Hoyt, Millie, Mary Baker, Donna and Roshier Bailey, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Jane Foster, Claire Such-Hutton, Marian Ivy, Ellen and Carlos Kuvaszko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Hallman family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona, people living with cancer, battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord. The ministry of Cokesbury. Featherstone School students, teachers, staff, parents.
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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4pm.