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THE GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS Moment for Mission..............................Jim Rutledge The Offertory........

JuBELLation Dona Nobis Pacem arr. by Margaret R. Tucker


*The DoxologyPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.... No. 47

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God, above, ye heavenly hosts: Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen. *The Thanksgiving for Tithes and Offerings..........Jim Rutledge THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORDS SUPPER The Call to Commune Together..........................Sondra Ladd The Hymn of Preparation..................No. 124 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence The Prayer of the Elder for the Bread..........Sharon Gober The Prayer of the Elder for the Cup..................................................Wilma Wehr
Distribution: All believers are invited to partake of the Bread when it is passed. Retain the Cup, and we will partake together after reciting John 3:16 in unison.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. THE INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP *THE HYMN OF COMMITMENT.............See Insert I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
*THE BENEDICTION

First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ) Stillwater, Oklahoma

THE POSTLUDE........................David Hughes Carillon Louis Vierne

ORDER OF WORSHIP First Sunday of Advent December 2, 2012 at 9:00am


THE PRELUDE...................David Hughes Reprise: Reflections on E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come Paul Manz
*Please stand if you are able.

THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH...............Owen Cayton

THE SCRIPTURE READING.........................Pat McNally Philippians 1:3-11 THE ANTHEM.......Chancel Choir "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" Paul Manz
Peace be to you, and grace from him who freed us from our sins; who loved us all and shed his blood that we might saved be. Sing "holy, holy" to our Lord, our Lord Almighty God, who was and is and is to come, sing "holy, holy, Lord!" Rejoice in heaven, all ye that dwell therein; rejoice on earth, ye saints below, for Christ is coming soon. E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, and night shall be no more. They need no light nor lamp nor sun, for Christ will be their all. -from Revelation 22

THE CALL TO WORSHIP.........................................Judy Bettis Leader: Come, Lord Jesus! People: Come, tame our pride with your humility! Leader: Come, make our lives blossom with your living water! People: Come, meet our injustices with your righteousness! Leader: Come, save us with your steadfast love! People: Come, shine your light into our darkness! All: Come, Lord Jesus, let us worship in your presence! *THE HYMN OF PRAISE AND ADORATION................................No. 135 Blessed Be the God of Israel *THE INVOCATION AND LORDS PRAYER (In Unison) Holy God, as we begin this Advent season, give us the courage to hope and the language of promise. Help us to hope for your presence, hope for your peace, hope for your promise. We pray this in the name of Jesus who taught us to hope, live, and pray for your Kingdom saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the Kingdom and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. *THE KYRIE..No. 300 Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. *LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE......Judy Bettis

THE GOSPEL......................Owen Cayton Luke 3:1-6 THE MESSAGE...Owen Cayton The Misguided Quest for the Perfect Christmas THE PRAYER HYMN..................No. 122 Comfort, Comfort You My People THE JOYS/CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH..................Owen Cayton

THE PASTORAL PRAYER...................Owen Cayton

THE PRAYER RESPONSE.....Hear Our Prayer, O Lord.... No. 306 Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace. Amen.