Fairmont United Methodist Church • Raleigh NC

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Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning Worship April 2022

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Our traditional worship service celebrates the best of our Wesleyan heritage with praise, music, prayer, Scripture, and proclamation. A warm and welcoming congregation greets one another, shares their joys and concerns, and seeks God’s will for their lives and for our church. All are invited to join our family of faith as we offer our praise and worship to God.

On the first Sunday of every month, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper at both Morning Worship and Sunday Night Live. We share Communion intinction, sharing the common bread and cup, with the option of prepackaged, individual gluten-free kits. All are welcome at the Table! If you would like Communion brought to your home, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bulletin for Sunday, December 4, 2022
Second Sunday of Advent

Gathering

Welcome

Prelude      Greg Rice - Piano

*Call to Worship/Lighting of the Advent Candle        Rhodes Family                 

“For a child has been born to us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
We light this candle as a symbol of Christ our Peace.
Saving God, look upon your world.
Heal the whole earth and your people.
Change us so we can love the world as you do.
Send your Holy Spirit, O God,
To make us ready for the coming of Jesus,
our hope and our joy.
O come, O come, Emmanuel.

 Advent Candle Song         Greg Bottomley

     1. One candle, time to get ready; one candle, Advent begins.
         One candle, bright and steady; open our hearts, Lord, let him in.
     2. Two candles, I’m not ready; two candles, much to do.
         Two candles, Lord, I’m busy, help me find the time for You. 

Opening Prayer        

God our Creator, architect of this world and all the cosmos: you have a vision for all your creation to dwell together. With the creatures of the air, earth, and sea, you long for us to live in love with one another. Help us use what we have and who we are to heal our earth and all who live on it. We ask these things in the name of Christ, who loves this world. Amen.

Hymn UMH 203  Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Scripture Lesson   Matthew 3:1-12

Gathering of All God’s Children/Children's Church

Scripture Lesson   Isaiah 11:1-10

Message    Wolves and Lambs     

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory

Doxology UMH 94
    Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
    praise God all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
    Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
    Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer of Thanksgiving  
    O God, maker of heaven and earth, we thank you. You are giver of justice, lover of righteousness, hope of the afflicted, friend of the poor. Take and use these gifts we offer to make your kingdom of peace come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

  Musical Setting for Holy Communion
    Musical Settings and Texts by Mike Rayson            

Invitation (TUNE: O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM)
     Unto this holy table, the Lord is calling near
     All you who earnestly repent, of sin are welcome here
     So let us live together, and peace let us profess
     Therefore, God’s people, let’s prepare our hearts as we confess

Confession and Response
     O God our God of mercy, hear these our prayers this day
     We have not loved you with our hearts, our lives we turned away
     We’ve failed to be obedient, we have not done your will
     O God we’ve broken your law and against your love rebelled.
     We have not loved our neighbors, we have not loved the lost.
     Their cries have fallen on our ears, yet we have brushed them off.
     Forgive us, Lord, forgive us, come set us free from sin
     And set us free, obedient, with joyous hearts, Amen.

     My friends, I bid you joy and peace, good news to set you free
     While we were hopeless, lost in sin, Christ died for you and me
     That proves God's love toward us, in Jesus’ name I say
     Child, you have been forgiven, He offers you the same.

The Great Thanksgiving (TUNE: AWAY IN A MANGER)
     The Lord God be with you
     And also with you
     Come lift up your hearts
     We lift them to God,
     Lord God, we give glory,
     our thankful hearts raise
     It’s right and a good thing to give thanks and praise.

(TUNE: IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR)
     It is a good and joyful thing
     To sing of your faithfulness.
     We offer up our thankful hearts,
     Creator of heaven and earth.
     You formed us in your image, Lord,
     Your breath gave life to dust.
     And though we turned our love from you
     Your love stayed true to us.
     You loosed the chains that bound our feet
     And claimed us as your own.
     You made a covenant promise that
     We’d never be alone.
     And through your people and prophets still
     Your word rings loud and long
     So with the saints of old and new
     We sing this ancient song.

(TUNE: ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY)
     Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy God of power and God of might
     Heav'n and earth proclaim your wonder, Glory to the Lord on high
         Loud Hosannas, Loud Hosannas,
         Glory to the Lord on high.
     Blessed is the one who cometh. In the name of God he rides.
     Saints and sinners, raise your voices Glory, glory, is our cry
         Loud Hosannas, Loud Hosannas,
         Glory to the Lord on high.

(TUNE: THE FIRST NOEL)
     On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took the bread
     Gave thanks, and broke it as he said.
     “Take eat, take eat, my body is given”
     For you, take and eat, the bread of heaven
         Remember me, remember me.
         Given for you, remember me.

     Then after they ate, he took the cup
     Gave thanks to you and offered it up
     Drink this, drink this, the wine of my blood
     Poured out for all, a cleansing flood
         Remember me, remember me.
         Come, drink this cup and remember me.

     And so as we remember again
     Your mighty act of grace through your Son
     In praise and thanks, and in union with Christ
     We’re a holy and living sacrifice
         Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

(TUNE: ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH)
     Let us all in one accord, sing the mystery of our Lord
     Christ has died, and Christ is ris’n, Christ our Lord will come again
     Gloria, in excelsis deo (repeat)

(TUNE: O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL)
     Pour out your Spirit on your gathered people
     Pour out your Spirit on this bread and wine
     May they be for us the body and the blood of Christ.
         That we may be in this world
         That we may be in this world
         That we may be in this world
         The body of Christ.
    
By your Spirit, make us one with Jesus,
     One with each other, and one with the world
     Until he comes, and reigns o'er us victorious
         And we will be his body
         And we will be his body
         And we will be his body
         The body of Christ.
    
Through your Son Jesus, with the Holy Spirit
     Here in your holy church, all honor is yours
     Glory to God, Glory in the highest
         O come let us adore him
         O come let us adore him
         O come let us adore him
         Christ the Lord.
 

  The Lord's Prayer
    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
        as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.

Giving the Bread and Cup
     Communion Hymn, UMH 617   I Come With Joy

*Closing Hymn UMH 213    Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

*Benediction        

*Benediction Response      Amen   

Postlude     Greg Rice  - Piano

We collect canned goods to donate to the Urban Ministries of Wake County every Sunday.

11 am Sunday Worship Congregation
photos: Ken Dulaney