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Hanging of the Greens Dec. 9th 2018

ASBURY-ST. JAMES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

December 9th, 2018                                                                  11AM 

Hanging of the Greens

Chiming of the Hour/Liturgical color- Blue

 

 

 PRELUDE: “His Name is Wonderful”

INTROIT: “Jesus name Above all Names”

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*CALL TO WORSHIP:  ALL STAND

PASTOR:  Look to the east.

PEOPLE: Light is dawning this day.

PASTOR: Look to the west.

PEOPLE: Prepare for the journey ahead.

PASTOR: Look to the north.

PEOPLE: God is guiding our steps.

PASTOR: Look to the south.

PEOPLE: God is shining the warmth of love in our lives.

PASTOR: Look to the heavens.

PEOPLE: Christ is coming soon.

 

 

 

*PROCESSION OF THE CROSS, GOD’S WORD, AND LIGHT

 

 

*HYMN# 220 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

*INVOCATION  

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH                  The Boyd Family

*HYMN # 211 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                 Verse Two

 

*HANGING OF THE GREENS                    (Read responsively-insert)

*BLESSING OF THE CHRISMON TREE       (Read in unison-insert)

*DEDICATION OF THE POINSETTIAS                          Rev. Tim Shaw

 

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ~ THE APOSTLES 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 Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day he arose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at 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 Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father”                 Hymnal Pg. 70

 

(Please fill out prayer requests during time)

 

CHILDREN/YOUTH SERMON                                    Rev. Tim Shaw

 

 THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT READING

(OT) Malachi 3:1-4                                                   Pew Bible Pg.889

(NT) Philippians 1:3-11                                          Pew Bible Pg. 196

 Susan Bullock, Liturgist

 

 

 

 

 

PASTORAL INTERCESSORY PRAYERS~ JOYS AND CONCERNS

(Please hand prayer requests to usher prior to prayer time)

 

 

 

OFFERTORY: “Cherish that Name” Narrator-Pat Turner

*DOXOLOGY

 

*HYMN # 204 “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” (Sing two times)

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, refine us with your mercy and love.  Purify us with your compassion and grace.  Guide us from our aimless wandering, that we might walk in your ways and live in your truth.  Purify us, that we may again be people of compassion and grace.  In your gracious love, we pray. Amen.

PASTOR: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

PEOPLE: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

 

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

PASTOR: The One who started this work in you will stay with you to complete it. God isn’t finished with us yet, but grace is ours today and always, refining us, purifying us, forgiving us, and making us whole. Amen

PEOPLE: Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

 

 

GOSPEL LESSON:           Luke 3:1-6                      Pew Bible Pg.60               

 

SERMON:                    “PREPARATION”                  Rev. Tim Shaw

 

*HYMN # 364 “Because He Lives”

 

 

 

*COMMISIONING AND BLESSING   

 

POSTLUDE: “You Deserve the Glory”

*Please stand as able

 

 

STEWARDSHIP REPORT FOR:                             SUNDAY, December 2nd, 2018

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO DATE____________                               _   $101,571.79                                                                      

ATTENDANCE     29                                                                                              CAFE   10

          

~ALTAR FLOWERS~

The flowers on the altar today are given to the Glory of God by           Bacele Infinger and in honor of Wendell Infinger’s birthday.

 

~IN LOVING MEMORY~

The three orange roses on the Altar today are in loving memory of Brad Boyd, our beloved son, brother, and uncle who went to be with his heavenly father three years ago on December 14th, 2015. Lovingly given by Joe & Mary Boyd, Elizabeth, Tommy, Dylan & Caitlyn Cammer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

***SUNDAY MORNING STUDY***

Join us as we study from Adam Hamilton’s book, “Faithful, Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph”. A continental breakfast at 9:30 AM precedes the study at 10:00 AM in the Family Life Center.

 

PPRC MEETING TODAY

There is a meeting today of the PPRC after the morning service. Please see Malena Turner today after the service.

 

CHRISMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE

Christmas Eve candlelight service- Monday December 24th at 7:00 PM.

 

Memorials for Hazel Westendorff

Phyllis Griffith, Shirley Sheppard, Joyce Tullis, Bob Bouronich,

Richard Battles and family

 

Memorial for William D. Rhoad III

Joe & Mary Boyd

 

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~*~KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS~*~

                Edna Earl Richardson~ Bob & Shirley Dillard~ Toni Stramm~

Skippy Adkins~Ermene Graham~Rosemary Corley~Evelyn Robertson,

   Mary Ann Holder,Mary Ann McDonald