A Service of Worship for the Lord’s Day


2nd Sunday in Advent

December 9, 2018



*Welcome and Greeting

Leader: We gather today in the name of our risen Lord Jesus Christ. May His Peace be with you all.

People: And also with you.

(Please take a moment to greet one another as the people of God)

Announcements and Opportunities for Service

(Please sign the Friendship Register found in your pew)

Choral Introit

*Call to Worship (Adapted from Luke 1, “The Benedictus”)

Leader: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.

People: He has raised up a mighty Savior for us in the house of his servant David.

Leader: And the role of John the Baptist was to be a prophet of the Most High; for he was to go before the Lord

People: to prepare his ways and to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn 82 “Come, Thou Long—Expected Jesus”

(The ushers will collect prayer cards during the singing of this hymn.)

*Call to Confession (adapted from Psalm 80)

Hear our prayers and our confession of sin, O Lord. Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

*Silent Prayer

*Prayer of Confession

Lord God and Father of us all, your servant John came baptizing and calling for repentance. Enable us to hear his voice of judgment and repent of our sins in order that we might be forgiven. Help us to rejoice in your word of promise, and be found pure and blameless in that glorious day when Christ comes to rule the earth as Prince of Peace. All this we pray in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Assurance of Pardon

*Gloria Patri (Hymn 581)

Special Music                                                     Anne Strupp and Lynn Patterson

Children’s Sermon Lighting of the Advent Candle

(We invite All God’s Children from birth through 2nd grade to join us downstairs following the Children’s Sermon)

We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. Advent means coming.

We are preparing ourselves for the days when the nations shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11.6


Father, we find it difficult to put down our swords and our hatred. But we realize that your call to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us cannot be ignored. Give us strength, O Lord, to live as your people as we walk in the light and love of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Lessons

Old Testament lesson Malachi 3.1-4 OT 841

New Testament lesson Philippians 1.3-11 NT 173

Gospel lesson Luke 3.1-6 NT 52

Our Scripture reader for this morning is Guy Winker.

Leader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God

Sermon “Determining What is Best”

*Hymn 366 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

*Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed (page 35)

Joys and Concerns of the Church

Prayers of the People

Offering of Tithes and Gifts


*Doxology (Hymn 606)

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer (page 35)

*Hymn 143 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”


*Choral Benediction




USHERS: Scott Denning, Bob Holler

               Bill Deviney, John Martin