Call to Worship
L: To a woman who had no hope of ever becoming a mother, God whispered words of hope and a promise that her son would be the forerunner, the herald of the Savior of the world.
All: Elizabeth trusted in God’s promise and was comforted by her faith
L: Even the seemingly impossible was possible with God.
All: Let us gather before the God of Hope, placing our trust in God’s goodness and power to bring about the impossible.
Song – Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus – UMH 196
Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
Born they people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.
Advent Candle Lighting – The Gospel of Luke speaks about the future: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth, distress among nations. People will faint from fear and foreboding (Luke 21:25-36) Because our world is full of fear and distress, we light our first candle, trusting that Christ is alive on earth and that the Spirit of Christ lives among us. (Light one purple candle). Living Christ, give us faith to trust you All: We trust you, we love you, we praise you. Amen.
(All) 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. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
Scripture Reading – Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:17-19
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 wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law becomes slack, and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous; therefore judgment comes forth perverted.
Look at the nations and see! Be astonished! Be astounded! For a work is being done in your days that you would not believe if you were told. For I am rousing the Chaldeans, that fierce and impetuous nation, who march through the breadth of the earth to seize dwellings not their own. Dread and fearsome are they; their justice and dignity proceed from themselves.
I will stand at my watch post and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faithfulness.
Though the fig tree does not blossom and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer and makes me tread upon the heights.
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 – Comfort, Comfort, Ye, My People
Comfort, comfort, ye, my people. Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness, bowed beneath their sorrow’s load;
Of the peace that waits for them, speak ye to Jerusalem;
tell her that her sins I cover, and her warfare now is over.
For the herald’s voice is crying in the desert far and near,
bidding all to repentance, since the kingdom now is here.
O, that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way;
Let the valleys rise to meet him, and the hills bow down to greet him.
Make ye straight what long was crooked, make the rougher places plain;
Let your hearts be true and humble, as befits his holy reign;
For the glory of the Lord now o’er earth is shed abroad,
and all flesh shall see the token that his word is never broken
Message – Pastor Gayle
Prayer for Healing
Our Offering Service, prayers, witness, time and resources
Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – UMH 95
Song – I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light – UMH 206
I want to walk as a child of the light. I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world. The star of my life is Jesus.
In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
I want to see the brightness of God. I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father.
I’m looking forward for the coming of Christ. I want to be with Jesus. When we have run with patience the
race, we shall know the joy of Jesus.
Growing in Grace through fellowship and more:
Welcome Table every Second Sunday 11:30 am.
Friday with Friends every Third Friday 11am in Narthex. Bring bag lunch.
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.
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The Way of Discipleship
Growing in Grace through study:
Sundays following worship. The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas.
Please keep in prayer: 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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