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.


Silent Prayer


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



Pastoral Prayer


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


Service Participants:

Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz

Liturgist: Cay Lacey

Director of Music: Jim Flanigan

Pianist: Nancy Gunter

Videographer: Jim Ecklund