Delivered By
Rev. Dr. Douglas Ralston, Sr. Pastor
Delivered On
December 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Prepare The Way for The Lord
     *Closing Hymn   "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Night”    206
Benediction (Unison)
We have gathered, prepared, and celebrated. Now we go to encounter and engage our world in such a way that those who meet us will have met the incarnational presence of Christ.  Amen.
      Postlude        “The Snow Lay on the Ground”              C. Douglas
Assistive Listening Systems are available. See ushers for assistance.
Rec. 2018 Week of
Dec. 2 Needed
Per week Received
YTD Needed
YTD 2018
Annual Budget
Ministry $5,952.27 $6,581.65 $283,193.85 $315,919.20 $342,246.00
Mortgage $782.00  $886.62 $  40,666.00 $42,557.76 $  46,104.00
Total $6,734,27 $7,468.27 $323,859.85 $358,476.96 $388,350.00
Attendance, Dec. 2
Worship 184 Christian Education 25

Ushers:   (9:30 a.m.)   Chuck & Laura Trosien, Phyllis Weaver.
                (11 a.m.)   Dorothy Crooks, Bob Maxwell, Yasuko Schultz.
Liturgist: 9:30 a.m. - Don Windeler     11 a.m. - Scott Church
Booth Operators:  9:30 a.m. Aldo Colapietro, Ray Yee, Betty Hiske.
        11:00 a.m. Dave Hiske, Ken Baker, Ted Hayman.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Ralston, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Grace Ann Beebe, Deacon
Cheryl Lentner, Youth Director
Karen Johnson, Pianist
Jon Ream, Custodian
Ted Hayman, Technology Coordinator
Emma Hawkinson, Nursery Attendant
Karin Hiske, Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Bell, Director of Music
Sandy Strall, Organist
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United Methodist Church


December 09, 2018
Office: 734-671-5211  Fax: 734-671-5212

Prelude                 “God Almighty, We are Waiting”
Announcements       (Please sign & pass the attendance pads)

   *Opening Hymn   “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”      196
Call to Worship:
Leader: The Lord is near! Prepare the way of the Lord!
People: Let us make ready to enter God's presence.
Leader: For the Lord is holy, pure and righteous.
People: God's glory fills this place.
Leader: God calls us to truth, mercy and peace.
People: Hearts that are just and kind please God.
Leader: Let us enter God's presence with humility.
People: The Lord is near! Prepare the way of the Lord!
Lighting the Advent Candle
  9:30 a.m. 
11:00 a.m.  Eric & Janet Anderson
People: Today we give thanks for the shepherds among us, back-breaking laborers on whom our economy stands, those we overlook or rarely see, yet rely on for our very survival, the ones who have much to teach us about watching for God in the darkness.
Advent Carol:             "Star-Child" (verses 1-2)             projected
Children’s Moment (11:00 a.m.)                
                        (The children are dismissed to Sunday school as we sing)
Song for the Children       "Go Now in Peace"                   665
1st Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:1-4 CEB  
Look, I am sending my messenger who will clear the path before me; suddenly the Lord whom you are seeking will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you take delight is coming, says the Lord of heavenly forces. Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can withstand his appearance? He is like the refiner’s fire or the cleaner’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver. He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. They will belong to the Lord, presenting a righteous offering. The offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in ancient days and former years.           
*Hymn               "Angels from the Realms of Glory”            220
Time of Prayer
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Special Music:                 “Mary’s Boy Child”
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
Prayer of Dedication
Offertory               “Ivy and the Holly”        George Winston
2nd Scripture Reading: Luke 3:1-6 CEB
In the fifteenth year of the rule of the emperor Tiberius—when Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea and Herod was ruler over Galilee, his brother Philip was ruler over Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was ruler over Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—God’s word came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  John went throughout the region of the Jordan River, calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins.  This is just as it was written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet, A voice crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. The crooked will be made straight and the rough places made smooth. All humanity will see God’s salvation.”
Message:     Road Grader for God