BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
Second Sunday of Advent December 4, 2022
Prepare the way of the Lord
Prelude— O Come, O Come Emmanuel (arr. Tom Fettke); Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (arr. Robert Harkness) ; Scripture Reading; Joy To The World (arr. Gordon Young); Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Polish Carol; arr. W. Lezy)— Schowalter Singers, Hesston, KS; Leland Flickenger, director
Advent Candle Lighting—Megan, Brad, Lincoln, & Lawrence Kohlman
Hymn—O Come, O Come, Immanuel—VT 210—Congregation sings verses 1 & 2 during processional and lighting
Candle lighting liturgy
Leader: John the Baptist proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
People: Prepare the way of the Lord, make God’s paths straight.
Leader: As we prepare, these candles are a sign of hope and peace.
People: Bring your restoration to your people, we pray. Amen.
Call to Worship^
Leader: In this season of prophecy, promise, and preparation, we come to be renewed and refreshed.
People: We come to be inspired by stories of a messiah who will change the world–and change us.
Leader: We come to listen for words of hope and joy, promise and challenge.
People: We come with open ears, open minds, and open hearts. We come to receive the blessings God has in store for us in this season of waiting.
Leader: Come! Let us worship our God–the One who brings all things to fulfillment.
*Hymn—Poor of the Earth—VT 213
Children’s Conversation—Adam Robb
Anthem—The Lord Is My Light (Music: Lillian Bouknight)—(Setting arr. Martha Hershberger)
Scripture Readings—Isaiah 11:1-11; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12— Abby Koontz, Ani Koontz
Sermon—From These Stones—Nathan Koontz
*Hymn—The Angel Gabriel Called Mary Blessed—VT 221
Prayers of God’s People—Congregational Response: Lord, hear our prayer.
*Hymn—Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus—VT 218
Postlude— Praise God From Whom (Music: Lowell Mason)
* You are invited to stand
^from Ministry Matters (https://www.ministrymatters.com)
VT = Voices Together
Keyboard- Verlene Garber
Audio visual— Ken Lamp
Land Acknowledgement compiled by Florence Schloneger from words by Mark Charles and VT #878
As we do on the first Sunday of each month,
we acknowledge that we worship
on the land of the Kanza, Osage, and Wichita.
We thank them for their care and respect for this land
and acknowledge the injustice of their forced removal.
We ask the Spirit to heal our histories
and find new paths of right relationships with them
and all of creation.
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