Welcome and announcements
Lighting of Advent Candles
Herald: The Lord has done great things for us, so our hearts are filled with love.
People: May this sacred place be filled with gladness; may our lips sing out with joy.
Lighting of 3 candles (including Joy candle)
Herald: May Christ restore us to the One, Triune, and Living God. May we joyfully worship Him forever. Amen.
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Guide: Everlasting God, who upholds the universe and sets the stars on their courses, we honor and bless You with our lips; we praise and worship You from our hearts. You know and see all things, therefore we thank You for sharing Your wonders with us and we glorify You for granting us a life filled with learning and love.
People: Gracious Lord, we seek Your peace and yearn for the blessings of Your favor. We know that we are not worthy of Your love for we are weak and sinful creatures, subject to fear and full of sin. We acknowledge our selfish and faithless ways. We have allowed greed to corrupt our hearts and pride to diminish our compassion. We have neglected to help other people and have declined opportunities to witness to Your Word. Forgive us for being fearful and timid servants. Hear us now as we personally confess our failings.
- SILENCE -
Guide: Loving Lord, keep us steadfast in our faith and loyal to Your Holy Son Jesus. He alone has provided for our salvation. He alone has the authority to forgive our sins and restore us to Your Favor. We ask this in Jesus’ Name and through His own precious words, we unite our hearts together, saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors).
Promise of the Gospel
Guide: By accepting Jesus into our lives, we are acquitted of our sins and accepted into God’s Kingdom. By being faithful to Christ alone, we are received into His Spirit and He remains within us at all times. Let us rejoice and be glad for we are a forgiven and favored people, both now and forever. Amen.
Gloria Patri (sung in unison): Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
Family Sermon (parents and all children, including Elementary school students come forward)
Prayers for Health and Healing
Pastor: O Lord our God, do not keep Your distance or remain inactive when we pray to You for healing.
In the midst of our troubles, calm our souls and strengthen our hearts, O God. When things become chaotic and fearful in our lives, be our shield and firm foundation.
People: Lord, when we face disease and discomfort, pain and sickness, be our Comforter, Healer and Savior. When fears overcome our families and despair attacks our friends, bring them assurance, peace, and love. By Your Power, Lord, heal us and all our loved ones from all that harms the body, mind, heart, and spirit. Hear us now as we silently pray.
Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit
Pastor: O LORD our God, You alone are the Most High over all the Earth. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 83)
Singing of ‘Sanctuary.’
Prayer for Illumination
Reader: Holy Spirit, call us to account for all that we do today. Let these sacred scriptures fill our hearts and minds, so that we can apply the challenges and lessons Christ gives to us this very day. In the Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
The Message & the Apostles’ Creed
Offering & Offertory
Dedication (unison – led by pastor): Lord Jesus, through the giving of our tithes and offering, You enable us to fulfill the life, work, and ministry of our church. You know all that God requires us to do and You also know that we have been given all of the resources of time, talents, and money to fully support and enhance Your mission for this church. Help us to cheerfully give of ourselves and our assets to You. In Your Holy Name. Amen.
Benediction (unison): May Christ help us to love one another; may the Father enable us to care for one another; and may the Holy Spirit equip us to support and bless one another; in the Name of the One, Triune, and Living God forevermore. Amen.
Doxology & Postlude