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Worship Bulletin – December 14, 2014

Advent Wreath

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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Worship Order

Lord’s Day, December 14th, 2014 – 10:30 AM Worship

Third Sunday of Advent

Prelude

Welcome And Announcements

Passing the Peace

Call to Worship – Psalm 126 – p. 667

*Praise Music – “I Will Call Upon The Lord” & “Awesome In This Place”

Opening Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

OT Reading – Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 – p. 801

Offering

Offertory – “Behold a Star from Jacob Shining”

*Song of Thanksgiving – “Give Thanks” – #170

Give thanks with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. (repeat)
And now let the weak say, “I am strong,”  Let the poor say, “I am rich,”
because of what the Lord has done for us. Give Thanks! (repeat)

NT Reading – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 – p. 1269

*Praise Song – “Refiner’s Fire”

Gospel Reading – John 1:6-8,19-28 – p. 1137

Sermon – Pastor Wesley Allen

*Hymn – “Come, Thou Almighty King” – #8

*Benediction

*Postlude

*If you are able, please stand

Announcements

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.

Church Christmas Cards
Have a card you would like to send to a church member? Save your stamps! Bring the card to Memorial Hall, place it in the big red Christmas box, and your card will be delivered on Sunday. Share some Christmas Spirit, and consider donating your saved postage money to the Missions Fund!

Drive the Christmas Lights
Mark your calendar! Our annual Drive the Christmas Lights event will be this Wednesday, December 17th, starting at Riverview Estates at 6pm. See Karen for more information.

Interfaith Hospitality Network: 21-27 Dec.
Funds are needed to provide hotel housing for 24-27 December.  Volunteers are needed 21-23 December.  See Amanda  for details.

Christmas Eve Service
Central Baptist Church will be holding it’s annual Christmas Eve Candle-lighting Service on Wednesday, Dec. 24th at 6:30pm. It will be an evening of songs, scripture readings, a meditation and of course, the lighting of the candles as we sing “Silent Night”. Come out and join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Angel Tree
With the Holiday Season fast approaching consider donating a special gift for a resident of Riverview Estates. Our Angel Tree will be up in december; the gifts received will be used to fulfill our resident’s Christmas gift bags. Especially useful items are:
washcloth & towels, postage stamps, scrap-booking supplies, batteries (AAA, AA), long-handles bath brushes, flashlights, bed side lamps, toothbrushes, combs, and pans & pads of paper.
Gifts can be brought to Riverview Estates, or deposited in the Riverview Estates Box in Memorial Hall.

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