December 8th, 2019

Dec. 8th, 2019
Liturgical SeasonAdvent
Liturgical Week2
Scripture TextIsaiah 11:1-10
Gist of Scripture
Special Sunday?2nd Sunday of Advent
Call to Worship:Call to Worship:
L: In this season of expectancy, we open ourselves to both ancient and new:
P: we hear the ancient words of heaven’s hope.
L: we also trust in God’s new morning mercies.
ALL: As we celebrate the advent of God’s Kingdom through Jesus the Christ, let us sing and speak of God’s unfailing love.
Processional Hymn220 Angels from the Realms of Glory
Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)
Advent Candle LightingL: We join God in the pursuit of peace on earth.
P: We breathe with God’s Holy Spirit who reminds us we are to be alive with hope!
L: We light two candles of Advent awareness this morning;
P: One, a beacon of God’s true Peace and one, a harbinger of God’s hope for us and all of God’s creation.
ALL: In the glow of this Advent light, may we arrive into the here and now with God.
HymnRefrain: Gloria from Angels We Have Heard On High
Prayer for UnderstandingLight the Advent candles of our minds and hearts this morning as we listen to your love and hear your hope. Move our meditations toward beginning with your blessings of peace. May the message of mercy you offer fall softly like snow on the plains of our soul. Amen.
Scripture Reading:Isaiah 11:1-10
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live 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. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
Children’s Message
Choral Anthem:
Sermon Title:Beginning with the End in Mind
Hymn:216 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Prayers of the People
Blessing of GiftsEver thankful for your Light, shine on these gifts with your love and employ them for your practice of Peace through us. Amen.
Recessional Hymn:213 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates