2nd Sunday of Advent
The Sunday of PEACE
Entry of God’s Word
(Please stand if you are able)
Welcome and Intimations
Call to Worship
Lighting the Advent Candle
Minister - Last Sunday we lit the first of our Advent candles, the candle of hope.
We light it again as we remember that Christ will come again to fulfil all of God's promises to us.
The second candle of Advent is the Candle of Peace.
It is sometimes called the Bethlehem Candle to remind us of the place in which preparations were made to receive and cradle the Christ child.
Our hope is in God, and in his son Jesus Christ.
Our peace is found in him.
We light this candle today to remind us that
He brings peace to all who trust in him.
Our peace is found in him
MINISTER - LET US PRAY
A candle is burning, a candle of Peace;
A candle to signal that conflict must cease.
For Jesus is coming to show us the way;
A message of Peace humbly laid in the hay.
Tune – Away in a Manger
Hymn: MP 493 O come, O come, Emmanuel
Prayer of Approach and Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: MP 608 Speak, Lord, in the stillness
Readings: Isaiah 11: 1 – 10 Joan Harvey
Matthew 3: 1 – 12 Revd. John Stevenson
Hymn: MP 67 Breathe on me, breath of God
Sermon: “Being Prepared: Seeking the Peace of God”
Offering and Prayer of dedication
Prayers for others
Hymn MP 75 Christ is surely coming