Worship Bulletin – December 7, 2014
Advent has come, and with it God’s people wait in expectant hope for the arrival of the Messiah. As this month unfolds enjoy the beauty that unfurls before our eyes as neighborhoods light up, but please remember to pause and reflect on the wonders of God’s salvation.
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Lord’s Day, December 7th, 2014 – 10:30 AM Worship
Second Sunday of Advent
Welcome and Announcements
Passing the Peace
Call to Worship – Psalm 85:1-2,8-13 – p. 636
*Hymn of Praise – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” – #245
Opening Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
OT Reading – Isaiah 40:1-11 – p. 775
Offertory – “Words of Isaiah”
*Song of Thanksgiving – “Doxology” – #815
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
NT Reading – 2 Peter 3:8-15a – p. 1313
*Hymn of Preparation – “O Little Town of Bethlehem” – #50
Gospel Reading – Mark 1:1-8 – p. 1073
Sermon – “Peace” – Pastor Wesley Allen
*Hymn of Invitation – “Here is Love” – See Insert
*Benediction – “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” (v.1) – #426
*If you are able, please stand
December Benevolence: Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering
Since 1935, American Baptists have contributed to special offerings taken up in their churches for retired ABC ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses. In 1977, American Baptist Churches USA launched the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) to become intentional about this long tradition of expressing thankfulness.
Drive the Christmas Lights – Mark your calendar! Our annual Drive the Christmas Lights event will be on Wednesday, December 17th, starting at Riverview Estates at 6pm. See Karen for more information.
Blue Christmas Worship Service …for those who need restored hope. The bells of Christmas do not always ring out a message of joy. Sometimes they toll a message of grief, sadness, and loneliness. This may be the first Christmas without a loved one; it may be a holiday that has always been difficult. The constant refrains of carols, the merriment at the malls, the parties and open houses and family gatherings remind many people of significant losses in their lives. Even in the midst of the celebrating and joy, we can feel very alone. We need space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to know that we are not alone. We need encouragement to live our lives one day at a time. We need hope.
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 300 Fourth Street, Riverton, NJ will offer a Blue Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 21 at 4:00 pm. This service is designed to express and address that holidays can be difficult times. The service will have music, scripture, liturgy, and a time of remembering and candlelighting. Everyone is welcome.
(On the afternoon of December 21, you may have doubts about attending this service. Please come anyhow!)