TODAY’S WORSHIP                                                                                                  Second Sunday in Advent
December 9, 2018                                                                 He Comes with Gifts- The Gifts of Peace and Joy
Zephaniah 3:14-17
Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. 16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. 17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.  And all people will see God’s salvation.’”
Sermon: Zephaniah 3:14-17        
Pastor Ben Berger
Sing and Rejoice as We Prepare for Judgment Day     
Liturgist:  Pastor Mark Albrecht
Handbell Selection: “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending” (Saturday)
Musicians: Terry Lafferty (Saturday), Contemporary Music Group (8:00), Diane Bloch (10:30)