This Sunday, we welcome the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk to lead us again in worship.
Our gospel lesson this week is taken from Matthew 3:1-12, where John the Baptist prepares the way for our Lord. Before John the Baptist came onto the scene, paved the way, and pointed people to the promised Messiah, there was a 400 year gap of silence in Israel, where they were left without a prophet, and under a cloud of darkness (this is known as the intertestamental period; between the last book of Malachi (5th century BC), to the preaching of John the Baptist in the first century). Out of the darkness came light.
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” – Matthew 3:1-3
The time of waiting was over, and the promised One, Jesus Christ, the light of the world was finally here!
Join us as we light the candle of peace, and think about what kind of peace Jesus brings us for today and for the future.
Order of Service
Call to Worship & lighting of the Advent candle
Hymn 128: “There’s a voice in the wilderness calling”
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer
Responsive reading: Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19
Isaiah 11: 1-10
Romans 15: 4-13
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 3: 1-12
Hymn 115: “Hail to the Lord’s anointed”
Sermon: Popularity is not at the top of the list
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 151: “Lo how a rose e’er blooming”
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 126: “On Jordan’s bank”
Go now in peace