Worship: Online Sunday, Dec. 6 at 11 am

He will take care of his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs together
and carry them in his arms;
he will gently lead their mothers.
Isaiah 40:11 (GNT)

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2020-12-06 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sermon Series: The Whole Armor of God
Hearing God’s Word speak to us through the imagery of armor, in addition to the Bible Lectionary readings each week during Advent

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Online meeting opens 15 minutes early
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WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
December 6-12

Birthdays
Dalton Bagwell
Janelyn Bagwell
Landyn Bagwell
Brandi Sory

Anniversaries
Jennifer & Ryan Hodges

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm
        • 2 Peter 2
      • Online Interactive Worship
        • 5 pm Saturday
        • 11 am Sunday

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

PROPHECY CANDLE FOR PEACE
“The Candle of Peace”

The candle of peace
shines bright with God’s plan;
The wolf will lie down
and dwell with the lamb.

Our guns and our weapons,
our hatred and war,
Will give way to gardens
that heal and restore.

From “The Candle of Hope” hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Biblical References: Matthew 24:36-44, Mark 13:24-37; Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:68-79; Isaiah 2:4; Luke 1:46b-55; John 3:16-17; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20;
John 1:1-14; Titus 3:4-7
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

HYMN OF PRAISE
“All Hail King Jesus”

All hail King Jesus!
All hail Emmanuel,
King of kings,
Lord of lords,
bright Morning Star.

And throughout eternity,
I’ll sing your praises;
and I’ll reign with you
throughout eternity.

Faith We Sing #2069
Words and Music: Dave Moody

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additions from Last Week
Rick Blanchard, Bonnie Ross, Janie Jones, Todd Noles, Family of Rex Mullins

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop, Joy Crook

Homebound
Dianne Stallion, Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for December 6-12:
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
From St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville AR, Worship Bulletin

You have sent your heralds to bring good tidings to the earth: Lift up your voice to the people of this community, that we may cast aside all fear and receive your salvation

Mercy and truth have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Look upon your whole creation and comfort your people, O Holy One, that every valley may be lifted up and every mountain and hill may be made low until all people may see the revelation of your glory, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Mercy and truth have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION

God of grace and glory,
we thank you that you judge us not
by the perfection of our actions,
but by our readiness
to live boldly by faith.
Help us, as individuals
and as a congregation,
to trust you
and follow where you lead,
t
hat in Christ
your name may be glorified
in all the earth. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Leader to people:
Hear the good news:
Christ died for us
while we were yet sinners;
that proves God’s love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
you are forgiven!

All to each other:
In the name of Jesus Christ,
you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.

PASTORAL PRAYER

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

God of grace and mercy, you are the source of the true healing that can make us whole. We remember this morning that Jesus’ ministry was deeply involved in both healing of people’s bodies and healing of relationships. As we take time now in worship to offer our spiritual gifts to you, we pray that they might be used to bring healing – of body, of spirit, of broken relationships – to people who are in desperate need. We pray this in the holy Jesus’ name. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, in-person, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness, together with the elements each brings to their table for consecration to be for each of us the body and blood of Christ.

DOXOLOGY
“God So Loved” 

Praise God, Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, Praise Him for the wonders of His love.
Praise God, Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, Praise Him for the wonders of His love.

For God so loved the world that He gave us
His one and only Son to save us.
God so loved, God so loved the world.

CCLI Song # 7138599    CCLI License # 3194034
Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash, Scott Cash
© 2019 Andrew Bergthold Designee

 

THE BIBLE READING
Matthew 5:1-12

8 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord‘s hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
“Shield of Faith”

Evidence of the unseen
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Cultivate spiritual sight
We walk by faith, not by appearance.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (DLNT)

Receive all God offers as personal gifts
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)

Listen to hear what God is communicating
 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (KJV)

 Trust God with how our prayers are answered
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21:22 (GNT)

 

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie;
above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary,
and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep,
the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together,
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to all on earth!

How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given;
so God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us,we pray;
cast out our sin,
and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!

UM Hymnal #230
Words & Music: Public Domain

 

 

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
for the Season after Pentecost
The United Methodist Book of Worship

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere
to give thanks to you,
Almighty God,
creator of heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God,
and spoke to us through your prophets, who looked for that day
when justice shall roll down like waters
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,
when nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.
And so, with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
we praise your name
and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,
whom you sent in the fullness of time to be a light to the nations.
You scatter the proud in the imagination of their hearts
and have mercy on those who fear you from generation to generation.
You put down the mighty from their thrones and exalt those of low degree.
You fill the hungry with good things, and the rich you send empty away.
Your own Son came among us as a servant,
to be Emmanuel, your presence with us.
He humbled himself in obedience to your will
and freely accepted death on a cross.
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

On the night in which
he gave himself up for us,
he took bread, gave thanks to you,
broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat;
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these
your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves
in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit
on each and every one of us
gathered here out of love for you,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us
the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world
the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory,
and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours,
almighty Father,
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever. Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

Because there is one loaf,
we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

The body of Christ, given for you. Amen.
The blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
A Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic

by Rev. Lane Cotton Winn and Rev. Juan Huertas
Louisiana Conference
of The United Methodist Church

Day after day after day
you give yourself to us:
in two or three gathered in your name,
in connection across the miles,
and in bread and wine.

As we go from this gathering
around your table,
may we feel restored to your body,
companioned by your people,
and sustained
by the power of your Spirit

as we witness to your healing
and reconciling work.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“The First Noel”

The first Noel the angel did say
was to certainpoor shepherds
in fields as they lay; in fields where they
lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night
that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
shining in the east, beyond them far;
and to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel.

UM Hymnal #245
Words & Music: Public Domain

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)