Welcome to Worship at Kamloops United Church The Second Sunday of Advent – December 8, 2013
We Gather as People of God
Hymn Sing and Welcome
Happy Birthday and Anniversaries
‘Happy Birthday to you. In Jesus be true. May all of God’s blessings descend upon you.’
Centering Music with the Procession of the Prayer Box.
Call to Worship Advent is a season of waiting and watching. By God’s grace we do not wait alone. God’s Spirit is present with us. We gather with those who have seen the signs. God is birthing Peace into our waiting world. May we open our hearts to the Peace of Christ. Let us gather in worship and in prayer.
Opening Prayer O God of Peace, on this second Sunday in the season of Advent we gather together as your people. We gather to offer our worship and be part of your Christian community here in Kamloops and around the world. As we gather open our hearts and minds to your Spirit moving amongst us. Stir us to see you alive and active in our midst. Grant us a larger vision of a world full of love and compassion. Beckon us to turn toward a new direction and follow you to the places you would have us go. Open us to the stirring of your Spirit in our souls we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Singing: More Voices # 28 ‘God of the Bible’ Advent Candle Lighting: the Candle of Peace Singing: Voices United # 7 ‘Hope is a Star’ verses 1 & 2 with refrain Time for All Ages The Folk of Note Anthem: ‘Who Would Send a Child’ by Mary Kay Beall
We Listen for God’s Living Word
The Book of Isaiah 11:1-10 ‘A leader to govern with spirit and justice.’ The Gospel of Matthew 3:1-12 ‘The proclamation of John the Baptist’ Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Thanks be to God!
We Respond in Faith
Singing: Voices United # 646 ‘We Are Marching’
The Passing of the Peace May the Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
Our Offering with the Offertory
Doxology: Voices United # 10 ‘Prepare the Way of the Lord’ (2x) Prepare the Way of the Lord! Prepare the Way of the Lord!
Make a straight path for him, make a straight path; prepare the way of the Lord!
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
Our Pastoral Prayers with the Lord’s Prayer (Sung – Voices United # 959)
We Are Sent Forth
Hymn: Voices United # 1 ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’
Announcements and Celebrations of the KUC Community
Commissioning and Benediction Go forth from here to live out the Peaceable Kingdom. By God’s grace may we truly become a rainbow nation. May the legacy of Mandela be an inspiration to all of us. Go forth in peace with justice, forgiveness with reconciliation And in harmony with all the creatures of this planet. Let’s go forth singing….
Sung Closing: More Voices # 219 ‘Ameni’
(The Call to Worship was adapted from ‘Gathering’ magazine, ACE 2013. Used with permission.)