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Lower United Methodist Church

December 13th, 2020
 
Rev. Ileana Rosario invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church this morning at 10:30.
Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/p8DPANTh94A
or
Download from Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/490306743/b09dbbdda1

Greeting and Welcome
Prelude Benjamin

Centering Words
Advent is a time to celebrate the coming of the Lord! The Anointed One comes from heaven to bring God’s reign of justice and peace for all.
 
Call to Worship
Rejoice in our God.
Our future is in his loving hands.
Rejoice in the Anointed One.
The one who loves justice and mercy.
Rejoice in the Prince of Peace.
For he is coming to bring good news and comfort.
Rejoice in the coming of our Lord.
Let us prepare for the birth of love!
 
Opening Prayer
Lord, we give you thanks for preparing our hearts for the justice and peace you bring. Guide our preparations for Christmas, as we share the good news and offer our friendship to others. Come, Holy Spirit, help us share your mercy and grace with the world. Amen.
 
Hymns
O Come, All Ye Faithful             UMH 234
 
Lightning of Advent Wreath
READER: We light the candles of peace and hope and joy to light our way as we journey. Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that God may teach us the ways of peace and hope and joy.
Congregation: Gracious God, we seek you everywhere with expectant eyes that invite us to see joy in the world today. Amen.
              
Joys and Concerns
Lord’s Prayer
 
Scripture reading
John 1:6-8, 24-27 CEB
 
Hymn
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed              UMH 203
                               
Prayer of Confession
Lord, forgive us when we ignore your call to put our trust and hope in you. Heal our weakness, forgive our mistakes, help us not to give up on ourselves or on you. Free us from hopeless living. May your love renew us and restore our strength. Amen.
 
Words of Assurance
God’s love lives in us and through us!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!

Text
Isaiah 61:1-3  CEB

Sermon
“The Lord’s Anointed!”    Rev. Ileana Rosario

Hymn
Hark! The Herald Angels sing           UMH 240
 
Benediction     
May God’s love renew us and restore our strength.
May God’s peace sustain us and bless us.
May God’s presence guide us and use us to bless the world.

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


Additional Dedication of Poinsettias


In Memory of:  My parents, Marvin & Bessie Revere
My husband, Garland, My Daughter, Kathy

Given By: Arlene Smith

 
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

Raymond Benson
Family of Joe Nelson
Dalton Brownley's Grandson Randy

We pray for our Church and Community to have a Meaningful Christmas
 
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:
$6,211.64
Needed for weekly budget:
$4,130.00


Our offerings to date:
$177,781.64
2020 Budget:
$214,754.00


 
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