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FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Second Sunday of Advent

                                10:45 a.m.                                                               December 10, 2017

                                                                                                                          

PRELUDE                                                                   Mallory Pickering

GREETING

Leader: a voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of     the Lord, 

      People: make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                          

OPENING ADVENT PRAYER                                                           

Merciful God, you sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation. Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

*CALL TO WORSHIP         Joy to the World            UMH 246, vs 1

*BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST                       Acolytes

SHARING OF THE PEACE

*HYMN OF PRAISE       O Come, All Ye Faithful              UMH 234    

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

CHRIST THE WAY

The Polly Weaver Family

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins    —Mark 1:4

We light this symbol of Christ the Way. May the Word sent from God through the prophets lead us to the way of salvation, O come, O come, Emmanuel.

ADVENT HYMN OF RESPONSE      O Come, O Come, Emmanuel      UMH 211, vs 2   

ACT OF PRAISE                 Canticle of Zechariah              UMH 208

                                                                                            Dan Denman

ACT OF RESPONSE                        Gloria Patra               UMH 70

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND TITHES

       Offertory Prayer                                                      Percy Campbell

       Anthem

       *Doxology                                                                         UMH 94

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION                                 Kriss Kennedy

EPISTLE LESSON                   2 Peter 3:8-15             Kriss Kennedy 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                     Isaiah 40:1-11

HYMN OF PREPARATION              Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

                                                                                                UMH 240  

GOSPEL LESSONS                                                           Mark 1:1-8

                                                                                       Matthew 28: 1-7

SERMON                                                                   “Christ the Way”      

*HYMN OF RESPONSE              Away in a Manger         UMH 217

BENEDICTION                                                                                   

RECESSIONAL MUSIC             Seek Ye First                   UMH 405

POSTLUDE                                                              Mallory Pickering