PRELUDE:  People Look East by Robert Hobby



LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH:  Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah 


RESPONSE:  Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah 


HYMN:  Angels, from the Realms of Glory [Regent Square]


INTROIT:  Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice by Michael Larkin

Wild and lone the prophet’s voice echoes through the desert still, calling us to make a choice, bidding us to do God’s will:  “Turn from sin and be baptized; cleanse your heart and mind and soul.  Quitting all the sins you prized, yield your life to God’s control.  Bear the fruit repentance sows: lives of justice, truth, and love.  Trust no other claim than those; set your heart on things above.  Soon the Lord will come in power, burning clean the threshing floor: then will flames the chaff devour; wheat alone shall fill God’s store.”  With such preaching, stark and bold, John proclaimed salvation near, and his timeless warnings hold words of hope to all who hear.  So we dare to journey on, led by faith through ways untrod, till we come at last like John to behold the Lamb of God. [Carl Daw, Jr.]


SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Isaiah 40:1-11

ANTHEM:  He Shall Feed His Flock by John Ness Beck

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently shall lead those that are with young. He shall gather the lambs in His arm, and carry them close to His heart; and gently, ever so gently shall lead those with young. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Amen. [Adapted from Isaiah 40:11 and Psalm 23:1]

SERMON:  “Waiting to Welcome the Arrival of Grace, Part Two”

HYMN:  Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming [Es Ist Ein’ Ros’]


HYMN:  O Little Town of Bethlehem [St. Louis]


BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  Come, Lord Jesus by Anna Laura Page

Come, Lord Jesus. Come and save us. Bring Your light into our world of darkness. Amen.  

POSTLUDE:  Wachet Auf: Final by Wayne Wold

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