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The Way for Worship at  Trinity United Church of Christ

December 11, 2022        Third Sunday of Advent         11am

*Gathering Music

Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles

*Responsive Intent

One: O my soul, praise the Holy One!
All: I will praise the Holy One all my life, sing to my God while I have my being.
One: Do not trust in rulers, or in any mortals, for they have no lasting power. When they breathe their last, they return to the dust. Happy are those who trust in God; the God of Sarah and Abraham, Rebecca and Isaac, Rachel, Leah, and Jacob.
All: Happy are those whose hope is in the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and of all that is in them.
One: The Holy One keeps faith forever, does what is right when we are oppressed, gives bread to us when we are hungry, and sets us free from every prison. The Holy One gives sight when we are blind, and raises us up when we are worn down.
All: The Holy One reigns forever.

Lighting of the Advent Candle                     Love


Advent Illumination Light One Candle

Scripture Reading I John 4:9-11
God’s love was revealed in our midst in this way: by sending the Human One into the world, that we might have faith through the Anointed One. Love, then, consists in this: not that we have loved God, but that God has loved us and has sent the Human One to show us the Holy Way. Beloved, if God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another.

Lighting of the Candle – Love
All: We light this candle to proclaim the coming of the light into the world. With the coming of this light there is love. Such great love helps us to love God and one another.


*Hymn of Advent                    O How Shall I Receive You                             NCH 102

Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
Our Mother-Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kindom 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 kindom, and the power, and the glory, forever.


Hearing the Sacred Word

A Reading from the Writings                                      Isaiah 35:1-10

A Reading from the Gospels                                       Matthew 11:2-11

Anthem                    Mary, Did You Know?                   By Mark Lowry                 One license # 123293

Sermon                        “The Same Love”                       Rev. Nathan King


Giving of Our Gifts to God

Invitation to Offering

Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts     

*Praise Response                                                         Doxology
  Praise God from whom all blessings flow
  Praise God all creatures here below
  Praise God above your heavenly hosts
  Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

Prayer of Dedication


Going Forth with Good News

*Chiming of the Trinity                       (In the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit)


*Closing Song          La Paz
El amor se-a contigo
El amor se-a contigo
May God’s love go with you, now and forever
El amor se-a contigo

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Celebrations in December

11 Zander M.



In Need of Prayers

– Family of Madorin
– Bob’s Dad
– Ashleigh’s grandmother
– Pat L.
– Helena’s dad
– Ralf T.
– Antonio
– Cindy R.
– Rev. Alan M.
– Revs. Jerry and Marion
– Raleigh NC
– Palestine/Israel
– Ukraine/Russia



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