Third Sunday of Advent 2017 — Order of Worship

December 17, 2017 (Year B)


Order of Worship Preaching Hymns Music Planning Additional Resources

AH = The Africana Hymnal

BOW = United Methodist Book of Worship

CCLI = Christian Copyright Licensing International, SongSelect

TFWS = The Faith We Sing (2000)

UMH = United Methodist Hymnal

W&S = Worship & Song (2011)



Pastor: Welcome, people!
People: Welcome, preacher!
All: Welcome home!
Joy makes its home in us. Amen.

[Sung]: “Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.” (UMH #160, chorus)

Congregational Song:      

Cantemos al Señor                                           UMH 149
Again I Say Rejoice                                          AH 4001 OR CCLI #4302823
Rejoice                                                             CCLI #4822523

Prayer of Illumination:

Speak to us once more
your Word of truth,
that our lives may be filled with your joy,
this day, and forever. Amen.


Scripture Lesson:              1 Thessalonians 5:16-24                   Deacon or Lay Reader

Sermon:                              Joy Is Our True Home

Congregational Song:       Many and Great                                UMH 148

Lighting the Advent Wreath        

Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” stanza 6, The United Methodist Hymnal, 211

All: “O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thy justice here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.”

Reader 1: “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are overjoyed. … Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts.” (Psalm 126:3, 5 CEB)

Reader 2: God of Joy, you enter the wilderness of our world and proclaim that there is a way to reach home again.

Reader 3: God of Joy, you break through clouds of despair and sorrow to bring good news to your people.

Reader 4: God of Joy, you send hope into the world in the form of a tiny baby.

All: We, God’s people, sing songs of joy with the prophet, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God” (Isaiah 61:10, NRSV).

Reader: On this third Sunday of Advent, we light this candle, knowing that joy is our true home.

Light three candles. If you have a pink candle, light it for the first time today.

All: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

Prayers of the People                                                             Deacon or Lay Intercessor

Prayers of the People            TFWS 2201          
Prayers of the People            CCLI  #3414705
Prayer of the People              CCLI #7039048

Thanksgiving (If No Communion) 

Inviting                                                                                      Deacon or Pastor   

The Lord requires of us a pure offering,
without blemish or spot.
We must be right with God
and our neighbor
to offer ourselves or our gifts to God.

Therefore, let us confess our sins against God,
and reconcile with our neighbors.

Let us pray.

Confessing                                                                                Deacon or Pastor

We have grieved your Spirit by our sin.  (Based on I Thessalonians 5:16-23, NRSV)
We have not been steadfast in prayer.
We have failed to give thanks.
We have quenched the Spirit.


We have ignored or despised the words of the prophets.
We have not abstained from every form of evil.
Forgive us, O God.
Realign our wills with yours.
And fill us with your joy.


Pardoning and Peace
Pastor: May the God of peace sanctify you entirely,
and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound
now and to the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your sins are forgiven.

Your sins are forgiven.

All: Glory to God! Amen.

At peace with God, let us now offer the peace of Christ to one another.    

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

Offertory Music

Choir/Ensemble/Congregational Music during Collection
If You Believe and I Believe                                                 W&S 3121    

Congregational Thanks at Presentation of Gifts            BOW 552 (All things come…)
(May be introduced and concluded by singing UMH 588)


Thanksgiving and Communion

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace                      UMH 7-8

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

Offertory Music

Choir/Ensemble/Congregational Music during Collection:
If You Believe and I Believe                                             W&S 3121

Great Thanksgiving for Advent                                    BOW 54-55         

Congregational Song:      
Peace of Our Praying                                                      W&S 3022
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing                                 UMH 57 or W&S 3001

Thanksgiving after Communion

Deacon or Pastor and Congregation
Thank you, God, for filling us with the joy of your presence
in this holy mystery,
flesh and blood in our flesh and blood.
Send us by your Spirit to rejoice evermore,
pray without ceasing,
and always give thanks,
holding fast to what is good;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Song of Sending                
You Shall Go Out with Joy                                           TFWS 2279

People of God,
go out in peace.
Go out in hope.
Go out in joy.

All [sung]: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” (UMH 211)


Categories: Lectionary, Year B (2017), Year B, Third Sunday of Advent — December 17, 2017