Lighting the Advent Wreath 

Hymn Light the Advent Candle v.1  (FWS 2090)   

Call to Worship

Leader:  The Lord has looked with favor on God’s people. 

People: Praise to the Lord!

Leader:  A messenger of love has been sent to us.

People: Thanks be to God!

Leader:  The Savior will place love in our hearts and our spirits.

All:         Come, O Messenger of Love, let us be in your presence. Amen.

Hymn  Once in Royal David’s City  (UMH 250)

Pastor’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)

Children’s Message

Hymn  Infant Holy, Infant Lowly  (UMH 229)

Scripture   Psalm 96

   Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

   People:  Thanks be to God.

Message  Sing a New Song

Hymn  Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (UMH 196)

Prayer of Confession 

God of Advent, this season we remember anew what it means that Jesus came. Forgive us for the times that we have taken the Messiah for granted. Grow our faith and strengthen our spirit with your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                                         

Doxology   (UMH 94)

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Rejoicing God, we offer you thanks and praise for this season of anticipation, this season of Advent. As we prepare for the birth of your son, we share our tithes and offerings with the joy and excitement of the season. Bless these gifts in your Holy Name. Amen.

Prayers of the People                                                                                             

Sacrament of Holy Communion

       The Great Thanksgiving   (UMH 15)

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Sending Forth  The King of Glory Comes (FWS 2091)