Bulletin for Sunday, 12/4/22

The Service for the Lord’s Day
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2022

*When people are prompted to stand, those for whom standing is difficult may remain seated.

Pastor: Rev. Rebecca Gillespie

Director of Youth & Families Grant Hartsell

Church Admin: Tara Melton-Miller

Organist: Mary Warner

Music Director: Mary Dziepak

Sexton: Rick Will

Liturgist: Fran Price

Nursery: Keegan McQuillan

Order of Worship

During the Prelude, silence or turn off cell phones and other electronic devices and enter a period of silent meditation. You may view our 10:00 a.m. service live via the web at Facebook Live or FVPC.SERMON.NET.

In the Bleak Midwinter
Arr. Hayes

Welcome and Announcements

Minute for Mission

Call to Worship (Standing*)
Leader: Christ, the One who was, and is, and is to come,
All: welcomes you to this place.
Leader: As one body, with one voice,
All: we honor and glorify the giver of wisdom, counsel, knowledge, and joy. Amen. So be it!

Peace (Standing*/Unison)
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.
The people may exchange with one another signs of peace and reconciliation.

Lighting of the Advent Candles
Grant Hartsell & Kourtney Daigle

Come, Though Long-Expected Jesus
Pg. 176

Call to Confession
We do not confess with the hope of forgiveness. We confess with the certainty of forgiveness. Therefore, with confidence, let us confess our sins before God and one another.

Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Gracious and welcoming God, have mercy on your people. We confess that we do not believe in your incarnation. We do not heed your word each day in all that we say and do. We do not see all others as beloved children whom you have made and love. In your mercy, forgive us, for we repent of our ways and look to your power to heal us and raise us up, so that, at the last you will gather us to you and give us peace. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
The power of God has saved us; Grace is given through Christ our Lord. We are forgiven and freed.

All: Thanks be to God!

Gloria Patri 
Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me, and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me, and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

Affirmation of Faith

The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Conversation with Young Disciples
As the children come forward, please join the choir in singing “Jesus Loves Me.”
(Hymn #652)

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Bethlehem Morning
Arr. Binet

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise God, all creatures high and low. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise God, in Jesus fully known: Creator, Word, and Spirit one. Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Prayer of Dedication (Standing*/Unison)
We give you thanks, Holy One, for all good things. Multiply this offering for Jesus’ sake, who set himself before us as the bread and wine of abundant life. Turn our hearts toward you in gratitude for all blessings. Amen.

Special Music
Prepare the Way
Arr. Barrett

Sharing of Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People

Proclamation of the Word

First Reading
Isaiah 11:1-10
(pg. 558)
Second Reading
Matthew 3:1-12
(pg. 784)

The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

“What Is Our Message?”
Rev. Rebecca Gillespie

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer
The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Communion of the People

The Trees of the Field
Pg. 570

Charge and Benediction

For Unto Us a Child is Born
Arr. Hayes

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.