“The Church without Wall
Third Sunday of Advent
December 16, 2018
Lightening of the Advent Candle:
THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT: WHITE GIFT SUNDAY – JOY
VOICE Last Sunday we lit the candle of peace. We light it and the candle of hope again as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to judge the world and bring it everlasting peace. (a person lights the candles of hope, and peace.)
VOICE The third candle of Advent is the Candle of Joy. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. She sang a song that began with the words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
VOICE Just as the birth of Jesus gave great joy to his mother, so his presence in the world gave joy to those who had none before. He healed them and gave them hope and peace when they believed in him. From hope, peace, and love grows joy.
VOICE We light the candle of joy to remind us that when Jesus is born in us we have joy and that through him there will be everlasting joy on earth. (a person lights the candle of joy)
VOICE Joy is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy we find in Jesus Christ.
VOICE Let us pray: Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and every day to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your joy with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Opening Hymn: “O Come O Come Emmanuel”
Breaking of the Bread (after this we will eat)
Prayer, Praise, and Offering:
Old Testament reading – Zephaniah 3:14-20 (MSG)
New Testament Reading – Philippians 4:4-7 (MSG)
Hymn: “Away in the Manger”
TODAY’S MESSAGE: “What Should We Do” Luke 3:7-18 (MSG) Pastor Paul
VS 10-14 (MSG) – “And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”
Blessing of the Cup
Closing Hymn: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” –