Prelude & Chiming of the Hour
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Greeting & Lighting of Christ Candle
Dr. J. Michael Parnell
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Wes and Sheila Summer
I Love Your, Lord
I love You, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You; O my soul rejoice! Take joy, my King, in what You hear; may it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
I praise You, Lord, and I lift my voice to honor You; Oh my soul, rejoice! Take joy, my King in what You hear; May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
Litany & Invocation
Leader: In the middle of dark times, our Lord cries out:
People: “Comfort, comfort my people!”
Leader: When it seems as though we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel,
People: Our Lord says to us, “Be at peace, for your time of difficulty has ended.”
Leader: Lord, we await the time of comfort and peace!
People: Lord, we are thankful for your compassion and never-failing love for us.
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child, and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all-sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
First Lesson & Pastoral Prayer
Isiah 40: 1-11
What Child is This? / The First Noel
2 Peter 3: 8-15a
Hark the Herald Angels Sing