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Lower United Methodist Church

December 6th, 2020
 
Rev. Ileana Rosario invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church this morning at 10:30.

Greeting and Welcome
Prelude - 
Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord

Centering Words
Advent is a time for preparing a way for the Lord! A time to make a level highway in the wilderness so all the people will have access to our God. Today we listen to the voice calling us to make his path straight so all humanity will see him and be blessed by his love.
 
Call to Worship
We lift up our voices!
We are the messengers of hope.
We go up to the mountain!
We proclaim the promise of our Lord.
We clear a way; we level the fields!
So that all people will see the coming of the Lord!
We listen as he calls us to serve.
We prepare a way for the Lord in our hearts and in the world!
 
Opening Prayer
God, we are confident that you are coming, bringing your kingdom where all will be right. Calm our anxiety and strengthen our patience. Keep our hope alive as we work for your kingdom and we proclaim your new day. Amen.
 
Hymn
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus        UMH 196
 
Lighting of Advent Wreath

READER: We light the candles of peace and of hope to give us strength for the journey. Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that God may teach us the ways of peace and hope.
Congregation: Gracious God, we seek you everywhere with expectant eyes that invite us to see peace in the world today. Amen.

             
Joys and Concerns
Lord’s Prayer
 
Scripture reading
Isaiah 40:3-5 CEB
 
Hymn
Emmanuel, Emmanuel              UMH 204                            

Prayer of Confession
Sometimes, we are not ready for things to be made new. Help us, God, to imagine the new earth that you envision for the world. Help us see ourselves in it. Give us wisdom and courage to hasten the coming of your new day. Amen.
 
Words of Assurance
God speaks peace! All will be made well!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!

Text
Mark 1:1-8  CEB

Sermon
“Preparing the way!”    Rev. Ileana Rosario

Hymn
Blessed Be the God of Israel    UMH 209
 
Benediction
We commit to patiently wait for the glorious kingdom of God.
We promise to proclaim the coming of the Lord.
We will work on new paths for all the people to see the Lord.

We continue to prepare for Christ's birth

Each week the Acolytes will light the traditional Advent wreath as we focus on the anticipation of Christ’s birth leading up to Christmas and in the expectation of his second coming. 

On Christmas Eve, we will offer two services:
Outside at 6pm and
Sanctuary at 7pm (please register)

Register for the 7:00 pm indoor service by contacting the church office at (804) 776-6250 or by e-mail at lumc@va.metrocast.net

 
Please remember those on our Prayer List in your prayers:

Karen Parker
Lee Rosser
Family of Chris Waltrop
Patricia Ellis
Wes Holland
Carolyn Cox's Granddaughter Carlie

 
From the Finance Committee...
Your response to "An Invitation to Give" has been incredible. Our budget deficit has been lowered from $49,000 to $24,000 thru November.
Thank you for your continued support.

In prayer and sincerity,
Your Finance Committee


Consider scheduling recurring electronic contributions today.
To sign up, see our website: www.lowerumc.org


 
Last week's offering:
$2,345.00
Needed for weekly budget:
$4,130.00


Our offerings to date:
$171,570.00
2020 Budget:
$214,754.00


 
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