CALL TO PRAISE & PRAYER
O Lord, open our lips.
And we shall declare your praise.

ADVENT HYMN
"Hail to the Lord's Anointed" (UMH #203)

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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
New every morning is your love, great God of light; 
     all day long you are working for good in the world. 
Stir up in us desire to serve you, 
     to live peacefully with our neighbors, and
     to spend each day in expectation of your son. Amen.

SCRIPTURE
Old Testament: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11
Gospel: John 1: 6-8, 19-28

REFLECTION

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Together, let us pray for:
the people of our congregation . . .
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

all who struggle or are in trouble . . .
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

the concerns of this community . . .
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

the world, its people, and its leaders . . .
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

the church universal . . .
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

the communion of saints . . .
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Lord's Prayer

BLESSING
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

 

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