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“The Church without Walls”

Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2018

Candler Park

Gathering

Lightening of the Advent Candle:

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: LOVE

VOICE     Last Sunday we lit the candle of joy.  We light it and  the candles of hope and peace again as we remember that  Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to   fulfil all of God’s promises and bring us everlasting  peace and joy.  (a person lights the candles of hope,  peace, and joy) 
VOICE   The fourth candle of Advent is the Candle of Love.    God’s love is a perfect love.  It holds nothing back.  God, in love, gives us everything we need to live a life of hope and peace. 
VOICE   The bible says that “God so loved the world that he  gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him should  not perish, but have eternal life.”  Jesus shows us God’s  perfect love. 
VOICE     This is what love is like: Love is patient, love is          kind and envies no one.  Love is never boastful or          conceited, rude or selfish.  Love is not quick to take          offense, it keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat          over other people’s troubles, but rejoices in the right,          the good, and the true.   There is nothing that love          cannot face, there is no limit to its faith, to its hope,  to its endurance. 
VOICE    Love never ends.  We light the candle of love to remind   us that Jesus brings us God’s love and shows us how to  love others.   (a person lights the candle of love) 
VOICE   Love is like a light shining in a dark place.  As we          look at this candle we celebrate the love we find in          Jesus Christ.
VOICE    Let us pray: Thank you God for the love 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 everyday to worship       you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing          your love with each other.  We ask it in the name of the          one who was born in Bethlehem.  Amen.

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

INVOCATION

Opening Hymn: “O Come O Come Emmanuel”  

Breaking of the Bread (after this we will eat)

Prayer, Praise, and Offering:

Old Testament reading – Psalm 22:25-31 (MSG)

New Testament Reading – James 3:17-18 (MSG)

Hymn: “Sing We Now of Christmas”

TODAY’S MESSAGE: “The First Shall Be Last”  Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) (MSG) Pastor Paul

VS 46 (MSG) –  “I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!

Blessing of the Cup

Closing Hymn: “Joy to the World”

 

 

 

 

 

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