Calendar of Events Second Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2016
Sunday, December 4 - Music Sunday Service of Worship - Sanctuary Fellowship - Baumann Fellowship Hall Family Choir Rehearsal - Parlor Founders Series Concert - Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Monday, December 5 Paint & Palette - Fellowship Hall Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room
10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 6 Staff Meeting - Pastor’s Study Sacred Writings - Parlor Women’s Christmas Party - Parlor
9:30 a.m. 12:00 noon 6:00 p.m,
Wednesday, December 7 Bible Study - Parlor Bible Study - Parlor Private Christmas Party - Parlor & Fellowship Hall
7:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 8 Choir Rehearsal - Loft
Friday, December 9 Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room
Saturday, December 10 Children & Youth Christmas Rehearsal - Sanctuary
Sunday, December 11 - Children & Youth Sunday Service of Worship - Sanctuary Fellowship - Baumann Fellowship Hall Youth Group Christmas Party - Parlor
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Rev. Pancost’s Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, Monday through Thursday and by appointment Jennifer Ringgold, Director of Educational Ministries Office Hours: 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
Rev. Roger C. Pancost, Pastor December 4, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent
Order of Worship Gathering Hymns Comfort, comfort O My People Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old
Welcome to Worship (Please sign the Fellowship Pad in the red folder at the end of the pew. Visitors, please give your address and phone number and sign our guest book located in the Narthex.)
Announcements Joys and Concerns Greet Each Other with the Peace of God Prelude
Michael Burkhardt Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
(Acolyte carries the Light to the Communion Table)
Seasons of the Spirit
Now Bless the God of Israel
The service will be held at 9:00 p.m. This traditional service will include communion and music offered by the choir. The service will conclude with the lighting of candles and the singing of Silent Night. Our service of worship on Christmas morning will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Fellowship hour will follow in Baumann Fellowship Hall. This will be a family friendly service of worship.
The Juliet’s will meet for lunch on the second Tuesday in December. We will meet at the Food Court in the Midland Mall on Tuesday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m.
L: We are all welcome in this place. P: Prepare the way of the Lord, make the paths straight. L: Young or old, tall or small, we are part of God’s vision. P: Prepare the way of the Lord, make the paths straight. L: Let us welcome one another, just as Christ welcomes us. P: Prepare the way of the Lord, make the paths straight. *
The United Church of Christ, Midland will offer an opportunity for worship on Christmas Eve.
There will be no Sunday School or Child Care available during this service.
We Bring the Light of Christ into Our Midst
Call to Worship
Christmas Services at UCC
In December, the Romeo’s will gather at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 20th at: Turkey Hut, 3420 N. Isabella Road, Midland.
(Asterisk indicates when you may stand. Please stand, as you are able, when the first notes of the hymn are played.)
Service Saturdays Are Back! On Saturday, December 10th from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. we are resuming our local 'mission' work at the Shelterhouse Resale Store in the KMart plaza. Come and spend an hour or two sorting donations, hanging and tagging clothing, and enjoying fellowship with your UCC friends. There are also handyman types of jobs, including painting, installing racks, sorting books, and hauling larger items to the Habitat for Humanity Restore across the street. Youth over ten years of age are also welcome.
The United Church of Christ, Midland’s Founders Series presents Measure for Measure today at 3:00 p.m. Measure for Measure is an eightyfive voice men’s choir based in the Ann Arbor area. The concert will feature seasonal holiday songs. A freewill offering will be collected at the end of the program. As the holidays approach, how better to enjoy the season than with UCC women at their annual Christmas celebration! This year we will gather in the church parlor on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. Please bring an appetizer or sweet treat to share, if you are able. Drinks and serving items will be provided. No one has ever left this celebration hungry. Our entertainment will be the ever popular and often competitive White Elephant gift exchange. Please bring a small item for the gift exchange. We look forward to an evening of much laughter, delicious treats and delightful conversation. Feel free to bring a friend! A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board across the hall from the church office. If you have questions or wish to call in your sign-up, please contact Janet Danek at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (989) 750-3144. We hope to see you there! Sponsored by the Board of Christian Community The 2016 Advent Season Devotions booklets sharing contributions from our congregation and produced by our Worship Committee are now available on the table outside the church office. You won’t want to miss these daily devotions this advent season on themes of hope, peace, joy and love! Pick yours up today!
Advent Wreath Candle Lighting Liturgy Introduction Lighting the Candle of Peace Unison Prayer God, we turn to you for the peace that we cannot find by ourselves. Open our ears to hear the prophets of old and the prophets in our midst. Lead our feet in the ways of peace, that we may walk more closely with you. Through the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.
Pastorale on St. Clement
(The loose change in today’s offering will be given to SAMS Food Pantry.)
NCH (Black) #780
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; Praise God above, you heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen. *
Prayer of Dedication
Order of Communion Invitation Communion Prayer Sharing the Elements (Please hold the bread until all are served. You may drink the cup when it is received.)
Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving Ever Present God, we rejoice in all that we have received at this table. We give thanks for your abundant grace and the fellowship of those around us. Filled with renewed hope, we go back into the world to share your love with our words and actions. (At this point in the service, preschooler through 8th graders are excused to attend Sunday School. )
Music Service Postlude
Go Sing It on the Mountain
Charles Callahan Carillon on Dpst Thou in a Manger Lie
(Because the Postlude is an integral part of the service We invite you to remain seated in silence.)
We Carry the Light of Christ into the World
Acolyte: Sam Ringgold Advent Wreath: Neil and Annmarie Hawkins Organist: Edward Soehnlen Director or Music: James Hohmeyer Director of Educational Ministries: Jennifer Ringgold Sound System Operator: Renée Turner Rainbow Door Room: Jon Truitt SAFE Church Volunteer: Barb McGregor
(Acolyte carries the Light from the Communion Table)
Immediately following our service of worship please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments provided by the Board of Christian Community. All are welcome!
Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available in the Rainbow Door Room directly across the hall from the sanctuary. Please feel welcome to be with your child in the nursery if necessary. After communion Sunday School classes will meet in the Education Wing. Preschoolers, young fives, and Kindergartners will meet in the red door room, 1st through 2nd graders in the green door room, 3rd - 8th graders will have a combined class to rehearse their readings for the Children & Youth program.
Our joy at Christmas is a response to God’s promise of new life through the birth of Jesus. Prepare the way for the celebration of Jesus’ birth! The special offering for December is the Christmas Fund Offering (formerly Veterans of the Cross). The proceeds provide gifts to clergy and lay employees in all life stages of their ministry to and through the United Church of Christ. We can do nothing more to prepare the way for better days than follow God’s example in caring and providing for those in our midst who are experiencing the greatest need. Envelopes will be available on the tables outside the sanctuary doors during the month of December, please give generously. For more information, please go to the web site at http://www.christmasfund.org.
Our Children & Youth Christmas program Twas the Season Before Christmas will held on Sunday, December 11 during the service of worship beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will be an all ages rehearsal for the program on Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m.
It is important for everyone to use the microphone during Announcements and Joys and Concerns.
This church is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask an usher for a receiver.
Large print bulletins and copies of today’s hymns are available for your use. Please ask an usher for a copy.
The deadline for placing poinsettia orders is Monday, December 5, 2016. All orders must be received by that date! Thank you !