This week's guest speaker is Rev. Renny Domske.
Third Sunday of Advent
Prelude Music Director Bob Senay
Advent candle lighters: Diana Donaldson and Jean Kuhn
CALL TO WORSHIP: from Psalm 20
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the Name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May God send you help from His sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May the Lord give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He answers from His holy heaven with saving power.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the Name of the Lord our God.
We will shout for joy when You are victorious.
We will lift up our banners in the Name of our God.
INVOCATION; Dr. Domske
* Hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem # 121
PRAYER OF CONFESSION: (unison)
Heavenly Father, You have taught us that there is nothing we
cannot withstand if we place our faith and trust in Your Son
Jesus. Through His example and His strength, we know that
the evil one has no power over us except that which we allow.
Forgive us for misplacing our faith, forgive us if we have
sought answers elsewhere. Reconcile us to Yourself through
Jesus our Christ.
* Time of silent prayer
*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you!
Response – Gloria Patri (page 581)
Passing the Peace
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading: Isaiah 9: 1 – 7
Matthew 1: 15 – 16, 18 - 25
Sermon: “Just An Ordinary Joe”
*Hymn “Once in Royal David’s City ” #140
*Apostles Creed (copy next to prayer list)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Offertory Bob Senay
*Doxology (page 606)
*Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn “Good Christian Friends Rejoice” #132
BIRTHDAYS: Dan Hathaway, Nicole King, Sam Jackson, Sue Gregg, Addison Miklic, Susie Durila Cummings, Lynn Kalich, Buc Walther, Brian Bell, Jean Westfall
ANNIVERSARIES: Bill & Carol Stough; Mike & Debbie Durila
Remember our Food Collection. And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Please let Betty Fisher know of anyone within the community that may be in need at this time.
The congregation will be doing its annual Shopping for Shut-ins soon. If you would like to donate to the ministry, please contact Garnet Welling or any session member.
The new offering envelopes for 2023 are now available.
Grove UP Church’s Christmas Program is this evening at 6 p.m. Ringing of the bells is part of the program.
Our Sunday School family Christmas party is Saturday 17th at noon here at the church.
Don’t forget the mitten tree this year. You can also put socks gloves, hats or anything for the little ones to help keep them warm.
Remember to pick up your poinsettia order sheets. They are located on the back table.
Also don’t forget our Christmas Eve program is Saturday 24th at 7 p.m.
Please take a moment to look on the back of the monthly budget sheet for the “Legend of the Candy Cane”.
CONTINUING PRAYER LIST
Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Tom Westfall, Elaine Belcascro, Sandy Stone, Matt Petrola, Nancy Hepinger, Ed Horne, Sarah Wilson, Bill Poland, Carl Weber, Jimmy Svetz, Betty Fisher, Haley Diedier, Fred Wilkinson, Evelyn Wood, Brandon Bell, Ricci Amos, Milton Rice, Nancy Diaz, Gianna Perry, Marlene McFeely, Tiffany Cipoletti, Cris Miller, Diane Bednarski, Robert Paxton, Jim McCoy, Bill Berdine, Cheryl Bell, Frank Baker, Diane Anderson, Jim Durila, James O’Hara, Barb and John O’Hara, Debbie Durila, Larry Litman, Joyce Nichols, Sue Gregg, Doris Ann Rowe, Susan Strope, Tim Taylor, Richard Wagner, Helen Provenzano, Suzy Smith, Lori Doxtator Walker
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.