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The Way for Worship at  Trinity United Church of Christ

December 4, 2022         Second Sunday of Advent         11am

*Gathering Music

Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles

*Responsive Intent
One: A shoot soon comes from Jesse’s stump, And a branch shall spring from roots.
All: Rejoice! Rejoice! All God’s children. Let all the people give God praise!
One: A leader soon comes who will lift the poor With righteousness around his waist.
All: Rejoice! Rejoice! All God’s children. Let all the people give God praise!
One: A child soon comes from an innocent place With wisdom and might he’ll lead the way.
All: Rejoice! Rejoice! All God’s children. Let all the people give God praise!
(Inspired by Isaiah 11:1-10 and Romans 15:4-13)

Lighting of the Advent Candle

One: We gather around the Advent wreath today knowing that we are not perfect— that we all make mistakes and do bad things.
All: Jesus helps us live as God wants us to live. Jesus brings and gives peace.

Of the greatness of their government and peace there will be no end.
They will reign on David’s throne and over David’s realm, establishing and
upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of YHWH will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:7)

Leader: We light this candle to proclaim the coming of the light of God in to the world.
With the coming of this light there is peace, for Christ is called the Prince of Peace. Christ’s name is also Emmanuel, “God with us.”
All: The presence of Christ with us gives us peace day by day.



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 11:1-10

A Reading from the Gospels                                  Matthew 3:1-12


Sermon               “Getting to the Good Stuff”                  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 Sea Contigo
La Paz se-a contigo
La Paz se-a contigo
May God’s peace be with you, now and forever,
La Paz se-a contigo

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Celebrations in December

5 Britny R.
9 Elsie B.



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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