This service is full of worshiper participation, including lay readers, instrumentalists, lots of congregational singing, and the opportunity for congregants to write their own prayers of thanksgiving. Each bulletin includes one or two slips of paper printed with the words “I am thankful for . . .” Worshipers are invited to complete the sentence. These slips are gathered as a second offering, organized to avoid too much duplication, and then brought to the pastor, who incorporates them into the congregational prayer.
Articles by this author:
A celebration of the Christmas story
The People of God Gather
Prelude: "In Dulci Jubilo"
Opening Hymn: "Hark, the Glad Sound!"
(PsH 335, RL 251, TH162)
To Prepare for the Lord's Coming
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7
Lighting of the Advent Candle
New Testament Reading: 2 Peter 3:10-13