ADVENT 3

December 17, 2017

Today’s Service

(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)

GREETING

O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:3-4)

* INTROIT #1 Verses 4-7  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING

It’s getting closer.
We feel it!
The days are shorter, but the lights burn brighter.
We’re listening. We’re eager to hear good news.
We’ve gathered together in the House of Joy.
We’re here to praise God with our voices.
We’re here to praise God with beautiful music.
We’re here to praise God with all we have.
Today we light the candle of Joy.
We worship God with exceeding joy!

(Light the third candle.)

* HYMN #6  Verses 1-3  “A Candle is Burning”

OPENING PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.

*HYMN #29  “Hark the Glad Sound”

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

SCRIPTURE  Nehemiah 8:1-12

ANTHEM

SERMON ‘Joy’

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

* OFFERING HYMN #55 Verse 4  “The Bleak Midwinter”

DEDICATION

God of great wonders, we join with you in the joy of giving.
You give us life and breath, you fill the world with beauty,
our hands with bounty, and our hearts with the desire to give.
Accept these gifts, and ourselves in your service.  Amen. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN #679 Verses 1-4  “Let There Be Light”