December 15th, 2019

Dec. 15th, 2019
Liturgical SeasonAdvent
Liturgical Week3
Scripture TextIsaiah 35:1-10
Gist of Scripture
Special Sunday?3rd Sunday of Advent
Call to Worship:Call to Worship:
L: Joy to the world! Let us join God in arriving into this new day!
P: Let us breathe in the fresh loving kindness delivered by God this morning!
L: Let us worship with wide-eyed wonder as to what God can bring about in us this day!
ALL: May the song of our souls and the melody of our minds be in tune with God’s unfailing love this hour. Amen.
Processional Hymn224 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
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 joy to the world.
P: We breathe with God’s Holy Spirit who warms us with wonder!
L: We light three candles of Advent awareness this morning;
P: One purple, a beacon of God’s true Peace; one purple, a harbinger of God’s hope; one pink, to remember there is joy in the journey.
ALL: In the glow of this Advent light, may we arrive with the Christ in this present moment.
Hymn238 Angels We Have Heard on High (Full Hymn this time)
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 35:1-10
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Children’s Message
Choral Anthem:
Sermon Title:Christmas Joy: Recipe & Shopping List
Hymn:242 Love Came Down at Christmas
Prayers of the People
Blessing of GiftsEver thankful for your Light, shine on these gifts with your love and employ them with joy through us! Amen.
Recessional Hymn:246 Joy to the World