Third Sunday of Advent--December 13, 2020

Third Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2020

(UberConference call 234-204-0311)

[Please be in a spirit of worship while you are on the phone call.  Your phone microphone is very sensitive; what seems quiet in the sanctuary sounds more like a like a thunderstorm or police siren on the phone.  Your phone or computer microphone can pick up a whisper or paper shuffling from five feet away.]



Lighting of Third Advent Candle: The Shepherd’s Candle

Call to Worship

One: In this time of worship, we remember that God is with us.
All: God is with us in joy and in sorrow.
One: In Jesus Christ, God reshapes the past, the present, and our future.
All: We wait with God for something new to emerge.
One: In this time of worship, we await the birth of Jesus.
All: We wait, preparing to rejoice in Jesus’ name.

Opening Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. AMEN

Hymn                                              Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

Generous and gracious God, we confess the smallness of our love and the narrowness of our concern. These days we easily become preoccupied with statistics and case numbers. Opportunities to say thanks, to offer encouragement, to remember each other in friendship slip by. Anxiety turns us inward and anger can make us lash out. Forgive us for neglecting the joy at the heart of the Advent season. Turn our hearts back to you, and inspire us with your love made flesh in Jesus Christ.

Assurance of Pardon

Gloria Patri

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, Amen.

Passing the Peace of Christ 

ONE: Since Christ has extended to us the peace of God, let us, as his disciples, spread his peace to others. The peace of Christ be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
ONE: We are now going to check to see who is with us this morning as our way of sharing Christ’s peace. 

Prayer for Illumination

Epistle Lesson 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Special Music                             My Soul Cries Out With a Joyful Shout        

Hebrew Scripture     Ruth 1:15-18

Message                                        Your God Will Be My God

Hymn of Response                  God Reigns! Let Earth Rejoice!

Affirmation of Faith                Apostles’ Creed

 I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand Of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Prayers of the People 

Musical Response

Stewardship Moment 

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings


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

Closing Hymn                             You Shall Go Out with Joy