Third Sunday of Advent What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
December 13, 2009 if I were a wise man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
*Prayer of Dedication
Prelude We Are Sent into the World
Welcome and announcements *Song #
Heralding the Advent Light *The Benediction
One: As our days grow shorter and the nights longer
we people of faith turn to symbols to proclaim our
Response (#141 vs. 1, Come, Lord Jesus)
Come, Lord Jesus; come, Lord Jesus; come, Lord Jesus.
belief in the unquenchable light of our living God.
Come and be born in our hearts.
Many: The people who walked in darkness have seen a
great light; those who lived in a land of deep One: Go in peace! Watch and Wait, Love and Serve the Lord!
darkness, on them light has shined. Many: Thanks be to God!
All: Let us walk in the light of the Lord.
*Invocation *Denotes - All who are able, please stand
We Hear the Word Helping us to Worship
Lighting of the Advent Wreath (see purple insert) Ministers to the World All the Congregation
Old Testament Lesson Zephaniah 3:14-20 Minister to the Congregation Reverend Peter Norland
Pianist Patty Woodham
Epistle Lesson Philippians 4:4-7 Scripture Readers Laurie Prior
Greeters The Grab Family
Children's Worship Christina Norland and Sue Grab
*Gospel Lesson Luke 3:7-18 Nursery Helpers Bill and Kelly Baldwin
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Prayers of the People
*Response #151, vs. 4
Welcome Upcoming Events
A warm welcome to you if you are a visitor! Sunday, December 20th
Adult Sunday School and Confirmation, 8:30 a.m.
We are glad to have you here. Please sign our guest book
Women's Ensemble Practice, 9:30 a.m.
at the entrance to the sanctuary, and join us for coffee or tea after
the worship service. We would like to get to know you. Worship, 10:00 a.m.
Conversation 4 on Invitation, following coffee hour
Child care (infant through pre-K) is provided during the
Youth Group, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
worship service. We ask that you please pick up your child
promptly after church. Monday, December 21st
CVAA Senior Meals, 10:30-1:00
We also provide a time of Children's worship and Jericho Road Crew, 7:00 p.m.
Christian Education for children K-5 during the worship
Wednesday, December 23rd
service. The kids will be dismissed and return during the Bible Study, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
service as indicated in the order of worship. Council Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m..
This Week at Covenant Community Church
Friday, December 25th
Sunday, December 13th Christmas Morning Service, 6:????
Adult Sunday School and Confirmation, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, December 27th
Women's Ensemble Practice, 9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School and Confirmation, 8:30 a.m.
Worship, 10:00 a.m. Worship, 10:00 a.m.
Conversation 4 on Invitation, following coffee hour Youth Group, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Youth Group, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 14th
CVAA Senior Meals, 10:30-1:00
Jericho Road Crew, 7:00 p.m. We hold Peter, Susanna, Isaac & Aaron Olson in prayer this week.
Wednesday, December 16
TODAY, Conversation 4 on Invitation: Our fourth session
Bible Study, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
regarding Invitation will take place following coffee hour. A light
Council Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
meal with soup/bread will be provided.
Thursday, December 17h
Food Shelf Set Up, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Food Shelf: Set Up—Thursday, December 17th
Choir Practice, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Distribution—Saturday, December 19th
Saturday, December 19th If you would like to help or have questions, please talk with
Food Shelf Distribution, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Tausha Sylver, Gary Coryer or Bob Bates.
Sunday, December 20th, Potluck: Moved to this date. Bring a dish
If you have announcements, prayer requests or other special needs, call Pastor to share. Please plan on staying after worship to enjoy wonderful
Peter Norland (church 879-4313/home 899-3090) or Diane Border (church 879- food and fellowship.
899-5405). Watch for the 2010 Greeting List which will be posted in the
Narthex on the bulletin board by the kitchen.
To activate the prayer chain, contact David Gottshall (899-1070).
Sunday Worship—December 20, 2009
Greeters The Turner Family
Nursery Gary & Deb Coryer
Children's Worship Sue Grab & Sally Baldwin
Church Cleaners Hillary Burrows-Chase & Chris Chase
2010 Church Directory: We are producing an updated, pictorial
church directory. If you have a digital family picture (closeup of
faces, if possible), please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, there is a draft of the directory in the Narthex. Please check
your information and make any necessary additions and/or
changes. Questions, see Diane Border. Thank you. Volunteer
Opportunities in our Church
Zephaniah 3:14-20 Luke 3:718
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; 7
John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood
shout, O Israel! of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits
Rejoice and exult with all your heart, worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have
O daughter Jerusalem! Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to
The LORD has taken away the judgements against you, raise up children to Abraham. 9Even now the axe is lying at the root of the
he has turned away your enemies. trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and
The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; thrown into the fire.’
you shall fear disaster no more.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: 10
And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ 11In reply he said
Do not fear, O Zion; to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none;
do not let your hands grow weak. and whoever has food must do likewise.’ 12Even tax-collectors came to be
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ 13He said to
a warrior who gives victory; them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ 14Soldiers also
he will rejoice over you with gladness, asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort
he will renew you in his love; money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with
he will exult over you with loud singing your wages.’
as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you, 15
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in
so that you will not bear reproach for it. their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John
I will deal with all your oppressors answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is
at that time. more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his
And I will save the lame sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing-
and gather the outcast, fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into
and I will change their shame into praise his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’
and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you home, 18
So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the
at the time when I gather you; people.
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes, says the LORD.
Philippians 4:4-7 Our Advent Wreath candle lighters are comprised of different
4 groups in our church family that have meet throughout the year.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness
be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but
in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your Today, our Deacon Committee members will be lighting the
requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all candles.
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our acolytes each Sunday of Advent will be our confirmands.
bodiment of watchfulness and reflective preparation for daily arrival of
the Prince of Peace and his Kingdom in our midst.
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
The motifs of Advent shape our worship this season in a num-
ber of ways. Working with the theme of God's light overcoming dark-
One: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.
ness, we are lighting not just two altar candles, but an increasing num-
Advent means coming. We are preparing ourselves.
ber of candles, one for each day of Advent. Each week we process more
Many: The Light of hope has awakened our spirits.
candles into the darkness of the sanctuary. Accordingly, our services
One: A voice cries out in the wilderness, begin with the lights out, and the lights brought up slowly throughout
“prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” the service. Each week of Advent, we are lighting a traditional Advent
Many: Renew in us your covenant, O God, wreath, with its symbols of increasing light as we near the birth of Je-
that we may be ready for the dawn of our salvation. sus, the light of the world; everlasting life shown in evergreen
One: We light this candle to bring to light every darkness, branches; and eternity shown in the circle of the wreath. We are also
and to guide us into the way of peace. practicing preparation by making space and taking time during each of
our worship services for individual reflection, meditation or some
The wreath is lit. other uniquely embodied exercise during our Advent worship.
Many: Renewed in hope, we now listen again to the As the season of Advent shapes our worship this season, the
promise of God, recorded in the prophet Malachi. season can also provide shape to your own life during this season. You
are encouraged to make space and take time daily in your home and fam-
ily life by adapting the corporate worship elements into your daily life.
Old Testament Lesson Zephaniah 3:14-20 An Advent wreath, lit at the evening meal is an easy way to take time
for reflection in your day. Taking a few extra minutes to light a candle
and pray in the evening can be powerful symbol of hope in these hur-
ried and dark times. Above all, as we make space and take time, we do so
with the powerful conviction that the living God acts in the space and
time, and by being watchful, we may be increasingly alert to the ap-
The Season of Advent and Advent Worship pearing of Christ who in new ways is always coming to us.
The Season of Advent is one the most ancient traditions of the
Church. Advent means “coming.” It is the time of the year set aside for
us to prepare for the coming of Christ in his various ways. We prepare
for the celebration of his birth at Christmas. We prepare to receiving
God in the present through Spirit and Word. We prepare to with hope
for the the final coming of our Lord. During the season, we make space
and take time to utilize symbols that evoke a sense of longing, hope and
eternity: colors of royalty and penitence (blue and purple), the in-
creasing light of candles overcoming the darkness, and an unbroken
circle of evergreens shaped in a wreath. A true counter-cultural chal-
lenge, the season of Advent, calls us beyond frantic demands of Decem-
ber to a sense of spiritual expectation. Advent waiting is an active em-
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