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Advent 2A

We welcome in a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service.

The poinsettias and gracing our altar in celebration of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, 2004th Birthday and in memory of family and loved ones of our historic & beloved church! Your donations were given to the Christmas Restoration Fund in lieu of fresh poinsettias this year.

OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Prelude 
Introit "Emmanuel" B. McGee

Welcome

The Blessing of the Greens

The Lighting of the 2nd Advent Candle - Rueben Alves
Hope is the presentiment that the imagination is more real,
AND REALITY LESS REAL, THAN WE HAD THOUGHT.
It is the sensation that the last word
DOES NOT BELONG TO THE BRUTALITY OF FACTS WITH THEIR OPPRESSION AND REPRESSION.
It is the suspicion that reality is far more complex than realism would have us believe,
THAT THE FRONTIERS OF THE POSSIBLE ARE NOT DETERMINED BY THE LIMITS OF THE PRESENT,
And that miraculously and surprisingly, life is readying the creative event
THAT WILL OPEN THE WAY TO FREEDOM AND RESURRECTION.

*Opening Hymn 124 "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"

Let us be before our God in silence.

Unison Prayer: FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS, EVER FAITHFUL TO YOUR PROMISES, YOUR SON'S FUTURE COMING WAS PROCLAIMED BY ALL THE PROPHETS. THE VIRGIN MOTHER BORE HIM IN HER WOMB WITH LOVE BEYOND ALL TELLING. JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS HIS HERALD & MADE HIM KNOWN WHEN AT LAST HE CAME.  IN HIS LOVE CHRIST HAS FILLED US WITH JOY AS WE PREPARE TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH, SO THAT WHEN HE COMES HE MAY FIND US WATCHING IN PRAYER, OUR HEARTS FILLED WITH WONDER AND PRAISE.

Kyrie (sung)
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.


A Word of Assurance

Anthem "Of the Father's Love Begotten" C.W. Douglas

THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: Luke 1:68-79 - Zechariah's Canticle

*Gloria Patri (Hymn No. 623)
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER 
AND TO THE SON 
AND TO THE HOLY GHOST.  
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, 
IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, 
WORLD WITHOUT END, 
AMEN, AMEN!


The Greeting of Peace 
Announcements
*Hymn "The Holly and the Ivy"

Scripture Lessons:
Jewish Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10
Epistle: Romans 15:4-13
The Celtic Alleluia!
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
Sermon by Rev. John T. Ryan

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn 129 "Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heavenly Light"
The Offering 
*Doxology (625) and Prayer
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW; 
PRAISE GOD ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW; 
PRAISE GOD ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS; 
PRAISE FATHER (CREATOR), SON (CHRIST) AND HOLY GHOST. AMEN.

Giving Thanks to God
The Prayer of the People & the Lord's Prayer
*Hymn insert "Hail to the Lord's Anointed"
*Benediction
*Choral Response
Postlude

*Please stand if you are able.


 

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