Fourth Sunday of Advent

12/23/18

Today’s service was led by Pastor Dave Patterson.

The Message:

ADVENT LITANY

Pastor: Today as we light the fourth candle on the Advent wreath known as the “Love/Angel” candle, we open our hearts to God’s love, and commit to live with care and compassion, reflecting God’s extravagant love for the whole world. Our souls magnify the Lord, and our spirits rejoice in God.

ALL: We trust in God’s extravagant love.

Pastor: The Mighty One has done great things. Holy is God’s name.

ALL: We trust in God’s extravagant love. Mercy is for those who fear God from generation to generation.

ALL: We trust in God’s extravagant love.

Pastor: As we light the fourth Advent candle, the candle of love, we join the heavens and the earth in joyfully praising God for His gift of love and grace, Jesus Christ.

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The Word of God:

Luke 1:39-45

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’

Service Songs:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Love Divine, All Love Excelling

Still, Still, Still

Starry, Starry Holy Night

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Blessing:

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Dismissal:

Go in peace. Sound the good news!

Response:

Thanks be to God.

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