Estes Park United Methodist Church
December 6, 2020
Second Sunday of Advent
Order of Worship
Prelude – Son of God
It’s a New Day at EPUMC! – Sid Scott
Lighting the Advent Wreath
Call to Worship
Leader: The Kingdom of God is drawing near:
People: The prophet calls us to change our lives!
Leader: Prepare the way for the Lord:
People: A just and peaceful path!
All: Welcome one another, for Christ welcomes you: For the glory of God!
Opening Prayer (Unison)
Loving God, be to us as a bulldozer of the spirit. Clear your road in us; clear a path through the rubble of possessions and obsessions. Thrust aside our divided aims and devious games. Topple the ramparts of pride and the doubts that dismiss our trust in you. Make a highway on which Christ may come and take possession of the whole territory of our being. To the glory of your name we pray. Amen!
Opening Hymn – Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Prayer of Confession
Leader: Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.
All: Merciful God, forgive us, heal us, encourage us and speak through us, that we may be transformed through the refiner’s fire, and the offerings of our hands and our hearts may prepare the way for the Christ child to be welcomed among us in peace. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader: “Every valley is lifted up; every mountain, made low. Now the glory of the is revealed, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God! Amen!
Prayer of Blessing
Scripture Lesson – Mark 1:1-8
Sermon – “Prepare the Way!”
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Prayer after Receiving
Closing Hymn – The King of Glory Comes
Postlude – Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz
Liturgist: Cay Lacey
Director of Music: Jim Flanigan
Pianist: Nancy Gunter
Videographer: Jim Ecklund