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Friedland Moravian Church Third Sunday of Advent Adult Choir Cantata

December 15, 2013

The Rev. David M. Merritt, Senior Pastor The Rev. Carol A. Foltz, Associate Pastor 2750 Friedland Church Road • Winston-Salem, NC 27107 Telephone (336) 788-2652 • Fax (336) 788-0305 www.friedlandmoravian.org Our purpose is to make the Lord Jesus Christ a reality in the lives of people.


Order of Worship Prelude Theme I. Trio II. Bicinium III.Meditation IV.Toccata

Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers setting by Kevin J. Sadowski

Welcome and Announcements Moment of Prayer No. 288

Angels We Have Heard on High

Hymn

Lighting of the Advent Candle Responsive Prayer for the Christmas Season Scripture

James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Offertory

What Child is This?

Robyn Weavil Printed in bulletin

arr. Smith/Hustad

Doxology A Christmas Cantata The Christmas Light by Benjamin Harlan Sara Speigner, flute; Joanna Porter, oboe, Kathleen Hopper, horn; Charles Smith, percussion (At the conclusion of the cantata, the congregation will stand and join in singing the closing hymn.) Joy to the world, the Lord is come, Let earth receive her king. Let ev,ry heart prepare Him room. And heav’n and nature sing. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love. Benediction and Choral Response Postlude

Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

Sadowski


Responsive Prayer for the Christmas Season Because you were willing to humble yourself, to become human, to make yourself nothing, May we not think of ourselves more highly than we ought, but humbly serve you by serving each other. Because you were poor, weak and homeless, May we see the poor through your eyes, being generous and willing to share. Because God out of His great love for us sent you to live among us and die for us, May we believe that you are the Messiah, and therefore not perish, but have eternal life. Because those infant hands of the babe in the manger were pierced on the cross as you bore our sin, May we, healed by your wounds, die to sin and live to righteousness. Because you, the infant in swaddling clothes, are our great high priest, who was tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin, May we approach your throne of grace with confidence, knowing you sympathize with all our weaknesses, and will grant mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. Because God has raised us with you on account of your sacrifice, seating us with you in the heaven above all powers and authorities, May we stand against sinful ways, living lives worthy of your calling, being made new in the attitude of our mind. Because you are the promised Messiah, the creator of life, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,


May we adore you, praise you, and bless you, today and throughout the coming year. Because you, the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star, have promised to come again, May we all live in eager expectation of your return. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (543, MBW) Sing hallelujah, praise the Lord! Sing with a cheerful voice. Exalt our God with one accord, and in His name rejoice. Ne’er cease to sing, O ransomed host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Until in realms of endless light your praises shall unite. There we to all eternity shall join th’angelic lays And sing in perfect harmony to God our Savior’s praise; He has redeemed us by his blood, and made us kings and priests to God; For us, for us, the Lamb was slain! Praise ye the Lord! Amen!


Today 9:45 .......... Sunday School 11:00 ........ Choir Cantata 2:30 .......... Rehearsal for Children’s Christmas Pageant 4:00 .......... Children's Christmas Pageant Following Children’s Pageant: Elders Meeting (Parlor) Trustees Meeting 4:00 .......... Mission Committee (Seekers) 4:00 .......... Scout Committee (Outreach) No Children’s Church • Toddler Nursery: Betty Foster Infant Nursery: Rodney and Jennifer Smitherman The Advent Wreath on the altar today is presented to the Glory of God and in celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent, as we light the candle of Joy by the Friedland Women’s Fellowship. Next Sunday, December 22 9:45 .......... Sunday School 11:00 ........ Worship 5:30 .......... Youth Christmas Caroling Children’s Church: Brandi Yokley • Toddler Nursery: Betty Foster Infant Nursery: Marianne Smith and Ashlyn Smith

Mission Prayer Focus Be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you the reason for the hope you have. Pray for Phil and Ashley Sineath serving with Campus Outreach at Wingate. Pray that the young men and women they are leading will in time lead others to Christ.


Christmas Day Lovefeast: Wednesday, December 25 at 11AM Watch Night Service: Wednesday, December 31, 11 PM Are you looking for one more gift or want a little something for yourself ? The Women's Fellowship has the following items for sale at reduced prices: Pillows $25, Church Plates $15, Flavoring $3, Cookbooks $15, Aprons $10, Sweatshirts $4, Long sleeve T's $2 and Note Cards $3. Senior High Traditional New Year’s Day Meal A complete meal with pork, greens, black-eyed peas, bread and dessert. Come and support your Senior High youth. Proceeds will be used to help fund their “Destination Unknown” trip in January. Adults $9.00, children 5-12 years $5.00, and 5 year-olds and under are free. Your child can choose a pork meal or a hotdog meal. Time: 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Year End Contributions – As we all scramble to make year end contributions to the church or other charities, please remember that in order for a charitable contribution to be deducted in 2013, it must be “delivered” in 2013. This means that year-end checks must be dated in 2013 and either physically delivered to the church by year-end or mailed and postmarked by December 31, 2013. Checks that are dated in 2013 but not mailed or delivered to the church until 2014 should be treated as 2014 contributions. They should not be reflected on 2013 giving statements or deducted in 2013. ~ From the Provincial Treasurer’s Office Ladies, Join us at Café Chocolate! It’s a retreat where we’ll focus on God’s grace- -with a bit of chocolate sprinkled on top. The retreat will be May 30-June 1 at Blue Ridge Assembly Black Mountain, NC. Cost: $135.00. More information on Women’s Fellowship bulletin board or see Jennifer Smitherman. Register and 1st. installment of $50.00 due by January 15. Evergreen Wreaths: Examples will be in the hallway near the mailboxes. Proceeds from the wreath sales will go toward our kitchen Fund. Cost: Small $12.00, Medium $16.00 and Large $20.00. Contact Tommy Reed at 462-6402. Make check payable to Friedland Moravian Church (Wreath).


The Week Ahead Mon., Dec. 16

Tues., Dec. 17 Wed., Dec. 18

6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30

Boy Scouts Brownies & Daisies Cub Scouts Troop 750 Girl Scouts

12:00 Senior Friends 8:30 Childcare Chapel 7:00 Choir Practice

Fri., Dec. 20

1-3:00 Set-up Contemporary Life Class Christmas Party

Sat., Dec. 21

9-3:00 Contemporary Life Class Christmas Party

Save the Date: Unity Prayer Watch: Monday, January 13, 2014 from Midnight-8 AM We are asking our church family to signup for 30-minutes segments for prayer during our portion of the Prayer Watch. Prayer Watch sign-up sheets are available in the vestibule near the back door of the sanctuary or see Brent Weavil.

Attendance December 8, 2013 Offering December 8, 2013 (Offering needed to meet the Budget weekly = $8,019.80)

148 8,527.00

Total Budget for 2013 as approved by Church Council

417,029.39

Actual Year-to-Date Offerings

324,694.62

Year-to-Date difference to meet weekly budget

-68,275.58

Year-to-Date Balance needed to meet Year-End Budget

92,334.77


Watchword for the week Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. Isaiah 35:4


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