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“The Church without Wall

Third Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2018

Candler Park

Gathering

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

INVOCATION

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”

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