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    • Today, we will be having our Christmas Program during Sunday School.  Make sure to be here to join in the festivities.  Invite friends and family too.
    • Youth Christmas Party – Sunday, December 11, 5:00-7:00pm All youth, 6-12 grade, are invited to come celebrate Christmas with dinner and a party.  Invite friends and come have a great time!
    • Christmas Kids Connect – Friday, December 16, 5:30-7:00pm. Dinner, games, activities, and crafts all centered around the Christmas story.  In the middle of a busy season, families can come relax and enjoy a free dinner together with other families.  Have fun and be together as we celebrate the love of God born to us. 
    • Christmas Eve Worship – Saturday, December 24, 7:00pmLed by the choir, through song and scripture we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  This beautiful worship concludes with candle lighting as we welcome Christ into our lives again.
    • We will be having light refreshments following the Christmas Eve Service on December 24, 2022. A signup sheet will be placed in the narthex for anyone who would like to provide cookies, Chex Mix or Ginger Ale. Please place a note on your cookie container if your cookies are sugar free, gluten free or contain nuts. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
    • Backpack Pals are in  need of pudding cups, ramen noodles, and we ask that you continue to donate your plastic grocery bags. Thank you!

    Children’s Service


    Gathering Praise

    Gathering Prayer

    Welcome & Announcements

    Welcome to worship! Today is the Third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Joy.  Joy Sunday says it all as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ, God with us! And we stand in that promise today, here, in this place, in your place – God is with you. There can be no greater joy than that. Open yourselves to experience this joy in our worship today.

    Lighting of the Advent Wreath


         Lighting Candles       Light One Candle to Wait                      v.1-3

    Sharing our Gifts

         Invitation to Give


         Presentation              Good Christian Friends, Rejoice  2&3                            No. 210

         Responsive Prayer 

    Leader: Generous God, we present our gifts with joyful hearts.


    People: We give thanks for the blessings you have given us, and we want to share these blessings.

    Leader: We pray that today’s gifts might reach those in the greatest need,


    People: that they might lift those in the deepest despair,


    Leader: and that they might bring much needed joy at just the right time, in just the right place.

    People: We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us! Amen.

    Life of the Church


    Advent Song                                         The Angel Gabriel                           No. 180

    Children’s Time


           words & music Jay Althouse
    “I’m gonna sing heavenly melodies when I see that child!  I’m gonna shout hallelujah when I see that child!”

    Luke 1:39-45

    39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

    Sermon                                              Wait Patiently and Leap for Joy

    Christmas Carol                            The Virgnin Mary Had a Baby Boy                     No. 202