Today’s guest speaker is Nellie Baker.
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Gathering Around the Word
Introit **How Will We Know Him** Choir
Lighting of the Advent Candle
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
then we were like those who dream.
People: Then our mouths were filled with laughter,
and our tongues with shouts of joy;
Leader: Then it was said among the nations,
"The Lord has done great things for them."
People: The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoice!
How good it is to gather where garments of sorrow and affliction are removed. Here, we are wrapped in the beauty of God’s glory and welcomed to life at its fullest. Surely you restore us to our best, mighty God, and equip us for productive living. Make a difference within and among us today so we can work for a better tomorrow. Amen
HYMN Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus 168
Call to Confession
We don’t confess our sins in the hope of forgiveness;
We confess our sins with the certainty of forgiveness.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (UNISON)
Loving Creator, who hears and listens to all we say and think and feel: hear our confession. We could say that we are too busy, that we have forgotten the "reason for the season," and that our priorities are really out of whack. Perhaps those are true. Even more troubling, when we are honest with ourselves, is that we wonder how and even if you can help us. So hear our prayer and confession, even if we doubt and wonder. And remind us, once again, that our good is what you have in mind - even as our good and the good of this creation is what the promises and hopes of this season hinge on. Come to us, O God, with forgiveness, with renewal, and with the assurance you do not give up on us. In Jesus Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Friends, this is Good News! In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Alleluia! Amen.
*Time of silent prayer.
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
*Response – Gloria Patri
Frank Baker & Ruby Hathaway
The Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading 2 KINGS 2:1-14
Elijah Taken Up to Heaven
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God !
Sermon “MORE PLEASE”
Responding to the Word
HYMN Be Thou My Vision 468
*Apostles Creed (found inside the back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Offertory **Time For Joy** Choir
Doxology (Hymnal page 382)
Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
BIRTHDAYS Marty Leppert, Janet Schively, Bonnie Reese, Dan Hathaway
JOYS AND CONCERNS -
SYMPATHY To the Family of Abby Rhoades
To the Family of William (Billie) Tamulinas
Continued prayers for Susan Schively, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, June and Keith McGill, Glenn Miles, Roger Riggs, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Nellie and Frank Baker, Michael Durila Sr., Justin Hagon, Tom Westfall, Mary Ann Durila, Elaine Belcascro, Lisa Marshall, Sandy Stone, Diane Bednarski, Matt Petrola, Ray Dyson, Diana Donaldson, Michael Garber, Eileen Miller, Rob Logsdon, Laura Davis, Susan West, Nancy Hepinger, Betsy Martin, Carol and Ed Horne.
Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN Great Is Thy Faithfulness 98
Postlude **His Name Is Wonderful** Choir
We welcome all who have come to join us in the worship of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please come again. If you are visiting with us today, please let us know that we might welcome you into our church family.
REMEMBER OUR FOOD COLLECTION: And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6:37. Please remember our food pantry is available to anyone in need. Replenish with your hands and listen for the need with your ears.
The choir will be practicing at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening if you would like to join them please come - sing praises to our Lord!
Christmas Cards and envelopes are on the table in the back; they are free or if you would like to make a donation it will go to our Women’s Missionary Group.
Envelopes for 2022 are in the vestibule. There are names with new numbers. We are using boxes from this past year, so we don’t need to buy new ones. The DATES will be WRONG. If you have any questions, please ask Garnet.
We are planning to do shopping for shut-ins again this year. Please give donations to Garnet or online. Thank you.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.