View the Worship Service for December 4, 2022

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.

Welcome—Margaret Toews

Land Acknowledgement

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

*Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Postlude— Praise God From Whom (Music: Lowell Mason)

* You are invited to stand

^from Ministry Matters (

VT = Voices Together

Keyboard- Verlene Garber

Audio visual— Ken Lamp

Pastor—Nathan Koontz

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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