Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church 955 Main St. (P.O. Box 222) Barboursville, West Virginia 25504 December 12, 2021.
Lighting the Candle of Joy Robin McComas
*Hymn 113 Angels We Have heard On High
We come, O God, with thanksgiving and praise. Our anticipation grows as we approach the day of Jesus’ birth. Open our hearts that we may truly receive the gift of your Son, and know the joy of abundant life with you. Guard us from all sinful intentions and desires, so that by following Jesus, we may want for nothing but the joy of our salvation. Through Christ, who comes to make all things new. Amen.
Hymn 698 Take, O Take Me As I Am
Assurance of Forgiveness Isaiah 43:19
“See I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”
God is sending his Son, a Savior, to make all things and all people new.
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel. Your sins are forgiven and be at peace.
Time With Our Young Disciples
Scripture Reading Luke 1:39-56
The Morning Message Mary’s Song
*Hymn 105 People, Look East, verses 1-3
*Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed p. 35
*Hymn 581 Gloria Patri
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Gracious God, we give thanks today for the gifts of love and life,
for the gift of joy that transcends this season and sustains us year-long,
for the gift of comfort when our joy is dimmed,
for the gifts of mercy, healing, and wholeness,
for the gifts of patience and serenity,
for the gift of hope as we prepare our hearts for the Savior’s birth.
As Christ has come to change our world,
we pray that he may be born in us afresh,
and that through the ministry and mission of the faithful of this age
the world may be re-shaped and renewed, and we may see your kingdom emerge among us.
Comfort your people who are in any distress, including those we name in our hearts, strengthen all caregivers, enable the faithful to persevere, enlighten those who govern that they may protect and provide for the local and global community.
Usher in your peace, that passes all understanding, and keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray, saying, Our Father…Amen.
Presenting Our Tithes and Offerings
*Hymn 607 Doxology
*Prayer of Dedication
Lord God, as Mary presented herself as the means through which your Son would come to earth, we present ourselves, our intentions, and our treasure, that you may use us to bring the joy of your realm ever closer to the world you have made and love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
*Hymn 105 People, Look East, verses 4 and 5
Go now, for you are chosen and sent in the Spirit.
Pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances.
Keep what is good, avoid every kind of evil.
To all in need bear witness that the time is come when yhe Sovereign Lord will save his people.
And may God who gives peace make you holy in every way.
May Christ Jesus clothe you with salvation and victory.
And may the Holy Spirit speak through you with the good news of life everlasting. Amen.
*Hymn 92 While We Are Waiting, Come
While we are waiting, come.
While we are waiting, come.
Jesus, our Lord, Emmanuel,
while we are waiting, come.