A Service of Worship for the Lord’s Day

3rd Sunday in Advent

December 15, 2019




“…the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.” Matthew 11.5



Prelude                                                                                                       Mrs. Lynn Patterson

*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 Ministry

(Please sign the Friendship Register found in your pew)


Call to Worship (Adapted from Psalm 146)

Leader: Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

People: whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Leader: The Lord sets the prisoners free and opens the eyes of the blind.

People: The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down and loves the righteous.

Leader: The Lord will reign forever,

People: our God, for all generations. Praise the Lord!

*Hymn 123 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (vv. 1 & 5)

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

*Call to Confession (Adapted from Isaiah 9.1-2)

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. Let us confess our dark sins before God and step into the light.

*Silent Prayer

*Prayer of Confession

Our merciful God, in the midst of this Advent season we look for the peace and joy that only you can provide. Help us to be filled with excitement today as we celebrate the coming of Jesus to earth. Forgive us our sins and those things that distract us from the true meaning of Christmas. Please grant us this day your loving mercy and your grace without measure. With hearts full of anticipation, we pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

*Assurance of Pardon

*Gloria Patri (Hymn 581)

Children’s Sermon

(All children ages 3-6 are invited to attend Kid’s Corner downstairs following the Children’s Sermon)

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

This morning we light the third candle of the Advent wreath: The Angels’ Candle. The pace quickens. We who live after the fact sense the anticipation of Advent because we look forward to a promise fulfilled. Think of what it meant to those who longed for the fulfillment all their lives.

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

We light this candle to symbolize the joyous announcement by the angels of the coming of our Messiah to earth.

Prayer: O God who is with us, our Lord and King, come and bring light into our lives--the joy of our salvation through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Special Music from our Youth

Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament lesson Isaiah 35.1-10 OT 622-623

New Testament lesson James 5.7-10 NT 204

Gospel lesson Matthew 11.2-11 NT 9-10

Our Worship Reader for this morning is Sally Lesher.

Leader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sermon “Bringing Good News”

*Hymn 136 “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”

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

Joys and Concerns of the Church

Prayers of the People

Offering of Tithes and Gifts

Offertory “Breath of Heaven”                                                                          Mrs. Donna Scofield

*Doxology (Hymn 606)

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 132 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”


*Postlude                                                                                                       Mrs. Lynn Patterson





USHERS: Fred Bayley, Brian Long

               Daryl Hardin, Craig Sargent