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Second Sunday of Advent
December 5, 2021

Altar Flowers

The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God, and in honor of Paulette Pearson with love by Bill, Will, Georgia, Penny Rose and Will Pearson.

A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this morning:

Oh Immanuel, God with us, truly in this Advent season we celebrate that you are not hidden in some faraway cloud, but you chose to be with us in the blur and mystery of our lives. In the midst of lists and rush, you are with us as a song that echoes in our minds, as the light of a candle, as a card from a friend. They are signs of your presence. We turn to you this season and pray that you would birth joy and healing, blessing and hope in us. Let something wonderful begin in us — something surprising and holy. May your hand be upon us. Let your love fill us. Let your joy overwhelm us. Let our longing for you be met on a coming holy night. Immanuel with us once again. Amen.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
*Hymn of Praise No.196

“O Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.

*Affirmation of Faith

We believe Jesus Christ, born humbly in a manger, is the Son of God. He is the light in the darkness — sent from God to save us from our sins. We believe we are called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be disciples of Jesus Christ and to share the good news of his birth, life, ministry, and resurrection. As we celebrate Christ’s birth, we affirm the mystery of our faith: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.

*The Gloria Patri No. 70

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Advent Wreath

(Promise Partners Sunday School Class)

Today we light the candle of hope and expectation. Let this candle remind us of the hope that God gives us.  And now, as we light the candle of peace, let it remind us to prepare our hearts for the peace that Jesus brings to us at Christmas.

All: Father, during the Advent season may we be reminded of your promises to us and your fulfillment of them. Help us to live in peace with one another and to bring peace to everyone in our world. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism for Lotte Jane Moller

Congregational Pledge

L: Members of the household of faith, I commend to your love and care this child, whom we this day recognize as a member of the family of God. Will you endeavor so to live that this child may grow in the knowledge and love of God, through our Savior Jesus Christ?
All: With God’s help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ, that this child, surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.

Choral Blessing

“Jesus Loves Me”

Concerns of the Church Family
Silent Prayer/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.

Offering and Missions Giving
Anthem

“Angels We Have Heard On High”
Children’s Choir
Stephanie Davidson-Director

*Doxology No. 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7

For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon                

“The Cost of Peace”

Holy Communion, pp. 15-16

The founder of all Methodist church families, John Wesley, believed and taught that Holy Communion is a vital act of worship and an essential means by which God’s grace penetrates into our lives and our hearts. The hope is that each of us, as we continue to grow in our understanding of God’s great gift of love in Christ Jesus, will respond to God by giving our whole selves to His care and service. Regularly participating in Holy Communion (also known as The Lord’s Supper) reminds us that we have been forgiven of our sins and it educates us and strengthens us for the work of ministry. 

L: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise
L: …And so, with all your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.
L: …And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.
L: …All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God), now and for ever.
All: Amen.

During Holy Communion this morning, we all have the opportunity to leave an additional offering on the altar rail. This offering is for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund where 100% of what is given goes to assist people in need. We often assist individuals or families with such emergency needs as food, water, shelter and utilities. An offering is not required, but any gift you share will make a difference in the life of someone who needs it.

*Hymn of Commitment verses 1&5

“Star Child, Earth Child”

Star Child, earth Child, go between of God,
Love Child, Christ Child, heaven’s lighting rod,
This year, this year let the day arrive when
Christmas comes for everyone,
everyone alive!

Hope for Peace Child, God’s stupendous sign,
down to earth Child, Star of stars that shine,
This year, this year, let the day arrive when
Christmas comes for everyone,
everyone alive!

*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“Rejoice! Rejoice!”

Postlude

Churchwide Family Christmas Dinner Sunday, December 12th @ 5:30pm
The whole family is invited to join us on Sunday, December 12th at 5:30pm for our Churchwide Family Christmas Dinner. The $12 per person individually packaged meal will include: Roasted pork loin, loaded mashed potatoes, green beans, a yeast roll, and a surprise dessert. An optional children’s menu is two slices of pizza for $4. To reserve your dinner and pay online go to https://bit.ly/3FzcG9b. For help registering or to pay by cash or check, please come by or call the church office at 205-822-0910. [Dinner reservation and payment deadline is Monday, December 6th!]

2022 Financial Commitments
Friends, it is vital that we use these last few weeks of 2021 to faithfully communicate our best-estimate financial commitments for the 2022 Ministry Operating Budget and the 2022 Bridging Our Legacy to Our Shared Future capital campaign. Please also remember to continue to give faithfully throughout the end of this year. Your faithful giving allows us to provide care, assistance, and hope to so many!

Wednesday with Friends: Faith Focus with Rev. Angela Martin
[Lunch reservation and payment deadline is Monday, December 6th!] For All Adults! On Wednesday, December 8th at 10am, join us in the Chapel for music and an inspirational talk by Rev. Angela Martin (former Associate Minister at BPUMC). An optional boxed lunch of a turkey wrap, fresh fruit, a brownie, and beverages will be available immediately after the program, in the Fellowship Hall for $10 per person. To reserve your lunch and pay on-line, please go to https://bit.ly/3qVGpVH. For help registering or to pay by cash or check, please come by or call the church office at 205-822-0910.

Service of Lessons and Carols
Join us on Sunday morning December 19, 2021, at 10:00am in Traditional Worship for our annual Lessons and Carols Service. This year our service is a complete Hymn Festival featuring Michael Burkhardt’s “Savior Of The Nations Come”. The work revolves around the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and features our wonderful organist Jay Tumminello, Sanctuary Choir, Handbell Choir, Children’s Choir, and guest Brass Quartet. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to invite your family and friends to worship with us on a very special Fourth Sunday of Advent!

Attention All BPUMC Women & Guests
The Women’s Retreat is coming up February 5th—6th. Registration is NOW OPEN and will close on December 10th. We have a short window for registration, and limited space available, so please register now. To resister online visit https://bit.ly/3dkDkH0. Our theme is RECONNECT and we cannot wait to ‘reconnect’ with you.

Christmas Poinsettias
Reserve your large beautiful poinsettia now to remember or honor a loved one at Christmas. The cost is $15.00 per plant payable to the church. Deadline for ordering is December 6th. Click here to download the order form.

Thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of our church family! Click the link below to give online safely and secure through Realm.

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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.

Prayer List:

Judith Smith and her family, Robert Gurley and his family, the people of Waukesha, Bobbye Guyton, the Mezzell family, Gene Glass, Gary Sanders, Bill Green, Pat Westbrook, Bobbie Moore, Gwen Eblen, Sandra Morgan, Pam Phagan, Ann Gilliland, Glynda Culver, Becky McCrary, Jan Rogers, Wanda Strong, Jo Ann Huddleston, Louise Brooks, Donna Burson, Jerry Thorn, Lisa Avant, Joan Davis, Gail Cooch, Wes and Allison Wells, Tina and Rick Hardy, AV Marlow, Sue Crunk, Bill and Peggy Fields, Frank Williams, Marvin Broome, Pan Cahoon, Sylvia Harper and her family, Jackie Teaford, Jackie Causey, Venice Russell, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Butch Hopper, Joe Bains, Kandis Scudder, Chris Atkinson, Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, Jo Ann Freeman, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Matt and Pat Reeder, Derilda Joiner, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Wayne Freeman, Joe Thomas, Charlotte Word, Ann Rabb, Linda Phillips, Connie Steele.

Prayers for Our World:

For peaceful and life-giving change in Cuba as there is a new pro-democracy energy rising.

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Worship Staff

Rev. Mike Holly

Senior Pastor

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Art DeWeese

Director of the Sanctuary Choir

Jay Tumminello

Organist/Pianist

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