Estes Park United Methodist Church

December 12, 2021

Third Sunday of Advent


Come Home This Christmas



  • Finance Meeting on Tuesday at 3:00 PM on Zoom.
  • UMW Meeting this Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
  • Ad Council Meeting this Thursday at 4:00 PM.
  • Easy Hiking Group Meeting Today, Tuesday and Friday.



Lee Criswell 12/12

Janis Angermayr 12/15

Ellen Schroeder 12/16

Order of Worship



Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming




Lighting of the Third Advent Candle                Janis and John Angermayr


Call to Worship

Leader: A path to our God, winding through the ordinary,

People: Weaving through the busyness, overcoming roadblocks and detours.

Leader: A way to go home, leaving the past in the past,

People: Moving from darkness and exile, coming into the light.

Leader: Advent is a path to our God, a way to come home, a discovery of God’s voice:

People: Rejoice, rejoice. God is with us!



Opening Prayer (Unison)

Loving God, in this third week of Advent, the week of Joy, be with us and help us to find our way back home to you.  We’re all so very busy right now, God, but we pray that you will break through our busyness and bring of the joy of this Advent season!  Amen!


Opening Hymn    

The King of Glory Comes


Affirmation of Faith

Leader: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?

People: No! In all things we are more than conquerors through the One who loved us. We are sure that neither death nor life, Nor angels, nor principalities, Nor things present, nor things to come, Nor powers, nor height, nor depth, Nor anything else in all creation, Will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thanks be to God, Amen!



            Prayer of Blessing


First Lesson           

Zephaniah 3:14-20


Pastoral Prayer


Special Music


Gospel Lesson

Luke 3:7-18



The Joy of Home


Closing Hymn       

Blessed Be the God of Israel





Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow


Service Participants:

Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz

Recorded Worship Liturgist: Cay Lacey

Zoom Worship Liturgist: Denise Shank

Director of Music: Jim Flanigan

Pianist: Nancy Gunter

Videographer: Jim Ecklund