How can we “Clear the Way” ?

How will we have an “Open Heart to Promise” ??

How do we “Prepare the Pathways” ???

12/10/17

Message: Today’s Message is delivered by your very own Pastor Molly

 

Gospel:

Video:

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Traditional Service Sermon:

 

Cornerstone Worship Message:

 

Confession and Forgiveness:

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God, who comes to wake us from sleep, who leads us into the light of grace. Amen.
Let us prepare the way of the Lord by confessing our sin against God and neighbor. (silence)

God of all time,

We confess that we have not prepared for your merciful reign among us. We ignore our neighbors in need and fail in
the labor of justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your light and to seek the
things that will endure until Christ comes again in glory. Amen.

Prayer of the Day:

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming, strengthen us to serve you
with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and forever. Amen

Gospel:

Mark 1:1-8

The Proclamation of John the Baptist

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God: As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my
messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the
Lord, make his paths straight” ’, John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the
forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and
were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt
around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me;
I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit.’

Traditional Service Songs:

Joy to the World

My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness

We Are an Offering

Lord of All Hopefulness

Cornerstone Worship Music:

One Small Child

Diamonds

He Made a Way in a Manger

Joy to the World

Blessing:

“Preparing Pathways”

May Christ, the Sun of righteousness, shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.

Dismissal:

Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord. Thanks be to God

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