Gathering Music: Hymn #88 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” vs. 1, 5, 6, & 7 ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
Jesus says: I am coming soon.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Heaven and earth will pass away,
But the word of God endures forever.
Let us join together in this litany:
Lighting Advent Wreath Candles of Hope, Peace, and Joy
We gather in our homes around the Light of Christ to wait for the coming of Jesus. We light candles to warm our hearts with the Holy Spirit and remember God’s promises. Our first candle is the candle of Hope.
We light this candle for Hope (light the first candle).
Our second candle is the candle of peace. This candle glows with a calm steadiness that centers our minds and bodies on Christ.
We light this candle for Peace (light the second candle).
Our third candle is the candle of Joy; this candle sparks praise in our souls for Christ is with us and has been with us ever since Mary replied to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.”
We light this candle for Joy (light the third candle).
God of Joy, You are the fire of life that makes our spirits leap, always restoring our sorrows to smiles and our despair to delight. Hear our prayers of joy and magnify our joyfulness that we may be joy for others in a world that so desperately needs it. Hallelujah, God! Your joy reigns; Amen.
Hymn of Praise: #82 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Invitation to Healing
Old habits and new wrongs wear ruts through our lives and relationships. But God is able to restore us. Like water coursing through a desert, the waters of baptism flow through us, reminding us that we belong to God and are raised to new life.
Prayer for Wholeness
Merciful God, you love justice; why then do we persist in wrongdoing and every form of evil? You have given us the gift of your Spirit; why then do we quench the Spirit among us? You have given us the words of the prophets and the Word himself; why, then, do we despise and ignore what we have heard from you? You have sent the light into the word; why then, have we loved darkness rather than light? Forgive us. Restore us. Till and tend us as your garden until righteousness and praise spring up, for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.
Please continue in silent prayer
Advent Carol #92 “While We Are Waiting, Come”
Assurance and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.
You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.
Sung Response: Hymn #752 “Dona nobis pacem”
Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work
Hymn #647 “Give Thanks”
Prayer of Illumination:
Holy God, our hope and strength, by the power of your Spirit prepare the way in our hearts for the coming of your Word, so that we may see the glorious signs of your promise fulfilled; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “A Childlike Faith” ~ Pastor Scott Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #129 “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
Affirmation of Faith:
Any time we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, and visit the sick or imprisoned, we show God’s love lives in us, and we become the body of Christ in the world.
Intercessory Prayers of the People
God who restores, you have done great things for us and we rejoice! So often you have filled us with laughter, even turning tears of sadness into shouts of joy. You send prophets, who point the way to justice and show the way to you. We thank you for sending good news to us and repairing so much that we have devastated. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.
In this season of light, we lift up in prayer so many who wait in darkness: people oppressed by poverty and discrimination, by political upheaval or dangerous rulers; people imprisoned wrongly and also those imprisoned justly. Right what is wrong among us and in us and restore us to you, to others, to ourselves.
Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.
Make the brokenhearted whole again; comfort those who mourn; repair our ruined cities. In all the jostling and jingling of these days, do not let us lose sight of you or those whom you especially came to serve: people who are in need of healing, people who are overlooked or underserved, the ones who are lost, and the ones we have made to feel little and least. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.
Light of the world live among us always, full of grace and truth. Let your face shine upon the church and all this weary world, we pray, through our Lord Jesus Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 Español p. 40
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; for in this season of giving, we remember your gift to us – the unfathomable gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.
Offering of Thanksgiving: #765 “Canto de Esperanza” ~ Tony Fuentes, Banjo
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
Gracious God, teach us to give thanks in all circumstances, for you are always with us. Thank you for the privilege of sharing what we have with others, of giving ourselves away in love, and of receiving the gifts that others share with us. With our whole being, spirit and soul and body, we rejoice in you. Through Jesus Christ or Lord, Amen.
Closing Hymn #97 “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night”
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Witness to the light of Christ so that all might believe.
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the [snow] fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Questions for Reflection
What strikes you about Isaiah’s vision of renewal for a devastated country, and what is its relevance for the life of your congregation? How is your congregation participating in God’s work of repairing our world?
Household Prayers: Morning
Light of the world, you greet me this morning with new possibilities. Shine brightly, I pray, until I see into the dark places of this world, and into the dark places of my own life. I want to follow you in paths of justice, speak up with you for liberty, and bend with you toward the brokenhearted, even the broken places within myself. I trade in my faint spirit for your mantle of praise—and with my whole being I will rejoice in you. Amen.
Restore me, O God, from the rush of the day. Let me dream this night of all the great things you have done. As the darkness comes and these little lights in my house glow, I give thanks for the greater Light no darkness can overcome. To anyone who mourns or sits in prison or fears danger this night, bring the peace that only you can give. You are faithful, and I know you will do this. In Christ. Amen.