Greeting and Welcome
Advent is a time to magnify the Lord, to proclaim the greatness of God and to rejoice in the presence of our savior who is worthy to be praised. Advent is the time to celebrate God’s love that came from heaven to us!
Call to Worship
Our souls magnify the Lord.
Our spirits rejoice in our Savior.
God has done great things for us.
Holy is his name.
God’s mercy is always near.
He lifts up the humble heart.
God’s love fills us up.
His grace renews our lives.
Almighty God, pour out your Spirit on us and fill our hearts with your goodness and love. Live in us that we may share your light for all to see. Overshadow us with your presence, that we might be share your blessing of love with the world. Amen.
Angels from the Realms of Glory UMH 220
Lightning of Advent Wreath
READER: We light the candles of peace, hope, joy, and trust, as our circle is complete. Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that God may teach us the ways of peace, hope, joy, and trust.
Congregation: Gracious God, we seek you everywhere with expectant eyes that invite us to see love in the world today. Amen.
Joys and Concerns
Luke 1:26-38 CEB
Angels we Have Heard on High UMH 238
Prayer of Yearning
Savior God remember us with mercy, and shine upon us with your grace. Guide us to walk with the poor and the weak. Help us fill the hungry with our gifts. Help us lift the lowly with our compassion. Help us live according to your will. Amen.
Words of Assurance
Rejoice! Christ has come to redeem us from our sin!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
Luke 1:46-55 CEB
“Let our hearts sing with joy!” Rev. Ileana Rosario
Joy to the world UMH 246
We go rejoicing in God’s mercy.
We go remembering his power and love.
We go singing to the world of his amazing grace.