Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 11, 2005
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Third Sunday of Advent

"When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
(Psalm 126:1)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                            "An Old Christmas Carol"                     Franz Liszt

  Call to Worship                        Isaiah 61:1-4

  Hymn                   (vs. 1 only) "It came upon a midnight clear"                    195

  Lighting the Advent Candle

*Hymn                                     "Joy to the world"                                      318

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                           1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

  Dedicating the Prayer Chain
                                         (Pre-schoolers then leave for Sunday School)

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise

  Pastoral Prayer

  Hymn                         "The first Noel, the angel did say"                           199

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings                      Isaiah 61:8-11

  Offertory                       "Cold December Flies Away"         Catalonian Carol

  Scripture in Song                        Psalm 126

  Message                               "A dream of joy"

*Hymn                                     "Oh, how joyfully"                                     209


*Postlude                                   "Sicilian Carol"

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Lighting the Advent Candle

        As vs. 1 of "It came upon a midnight clear" (195) is sung, the candlighters come forward with a lit candle, along the way grabbing both the mic on the floor stand, and the mic on the lecturn (returning them afterward). Standing on either side of the advent wreath (so that it’s not hidden), each reads their portion.

VOICE - Last Sunday the candle of peace was lit. We light it and the candle of hope again as we remember that Christ will come again and bring to the world everlasting peace.

(a person lights the candles of hope, and peace.)

VOICE - The third candle of Advent is the Candle of Joy. It reminds of the joy that Mary felt when the angel Gabriel told her that a special child would be born to her - a child who would save and deliver his people.

VOICE - God wants us all to have joy. The angel who announced to the shepherds that Jesus had been born told them: "Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news of a great joy for all people - for to you is born this day, in the City of David, a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord."

VOICE - We light this candle to remember that Christ brings the promise of a new life - a life in which the blind receive sight, the lame walk, and the prisoners are set free. We light it to remember that He is the bringer of true and everlasting joy.

(a person lights the third candle - of joy.)

by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild ©1993, 1996, 1999, 2002
adapted from "Year B - Advent Candle Lighting"

Opening Prayer

         Loving God, we thank you for the joy you bring us. Help us prepare our hearts for this gift. Bless our worship. Help us to hear and to do your word. We ask it in the name of the one born in Bethlehem. Amen.

by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild ©1993, 1996, 1999, 2002
adapted from "Year B - Advent Candle Lighting"

Pastoral Prayer


written closer to the time (if not at the moment)


Returning our Tithes and Offerings




(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)


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