December 6, 2020                            Second Sunday of Advent


Prelude                                        “Prepare the Way”    Swedish folk tune, arr by James Mansfield

Call to Worship                                                                                                               Kasey P. Lindsay
    Let us hear what God the Lord will speak.
        God speaks peace to the people.
    The Lord will always give what is good.
        And God’s footsteps will show our way.

Opening Prayer   
    God of timeless grace, you fill us with joyful expectation. Make us ready for the message that prepares the way, that with uprightness of heart and holy joy we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn                                      “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”                                         #213

Lighting the Advent Candles                                                                                 Bob and Beth Crizer

Advent Candle response           “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                                          #211 v. 2

Prayer Before the Word                                                                                                    Kathy Lindsay

First Lesson                                                  Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm                                                          Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Children’s Time                                                                                                              Kasey P. Lindsay

Gospel:                                                             Mark 1:1-15a

Message                                         “Comfort, Comfort My People”                Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn                                           “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”                                            #381

Pastoral Prayer

Prayer Interlude

Offering    [Click here to go to online giving]

Offertory                                            “He Shall Feed His Flock”                                        G. F. Handel

Prayer of Dedication

The Sacrament of Holy Communion and The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                                   Cheryl Dove
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
    your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who
    sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Hymn                                            “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”                                                     #203

                                      Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. for fellowship.

Song of Blessing:                                    “Shalom to You”                                                  Jora Landis

Passing the Peace of Christ with phone calls, texts, emails, cards and prayers

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Thanks to everyone who made today’s service possible
Barbara Hoff - Organ and Piano
Jora Landis - Vocal
Bob and Beth Crizer - Lighting the Advent Candles
Kasey Lindsay - Children’s Time
Kathy Lindsay - Reader
Kasey P. Lindsay, Cheryl Dove - Liturgy
Kasey P. Lindsay - Video Editing
Rich Bolin - Music Coordinator and camera work


children's time

This week we continue our exploration of the Advent Wreath. 

Today we light the Candle of Faith. 

What does it mean to have faith in today's world? 

How can our hope be boosted by our faith in God and our fellow human beings?