Home Worship for the

Third Sunday in Advent

December 12, 2021

Our Home Worship service is much like our in-person service. As you work your way through Home Worship, we hope it is meaningful for you.

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. You may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Jazzy


Call to Worship: Advent Peace

Pastor: O come, O come, Emmanuel,

People: And be light for our darkness.

Pastor: Be comfort in our grief, be a friend for our loneliness,

People: An oasis for our searching.

Pastor: O come, O come, Emmanuel,

People: Restore our joy, heal our wounds, and bring us peace.

Lighting the Advent Candle - Peace

L: Today we light the candle of peace

P: We add the light of peace to the light of love and to the light of hope

L: The light of peace reminds us that our world has violence and injustice

P: So light this candle as a remembrance of loss and of exile

L: With this light we keep vigil over the precious lives on our planet

P: We want to follow Jesus

L: God sent his son to give light to the world

P: The light of the world is Jesus

L: In him there is no darkness at all

P: The night and the day are both alike

L: The lamb is the light of the city of God

All: Shine in our hearts Lord, Jesus:

UMH #230 O Little Town of Bethlehem


Advent Prayer of Peace by St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, 

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master, grant that I may

Not so much seek to be consoled as to console

To be understood, as to understand

To be loved, as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it's in dying that we are born to Eternal Life


Scripture: Matthew 1:18-2:15 (CEB)

Birth of Jesus

18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. 20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:

23 Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son,

        And they will call him, Emmanuel.[a]

(Emmanuel means “God with us.”)

24 When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. Joseph called him Jesus.

Coming of the magi

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. 2 They asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.”

3 When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and everyone in Jerusalem was troubled with him. 4 He gathered all the chief priests and the legal experts and asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They said, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what the prophet wrote:

6 You, Bethlehem, land of Judah,

        by no means are you least among the rulers of Judah,

            because from you will come one who governs,

            who will shepherd my people Israel.”[b]

7 Then Herod secretly called for the magi and found out from them the time when the star had first appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you’ve found him, report to me so that I too may go and honor him.” 9 When they heard the king, they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. 11 They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Because they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.

Escape to Egypt

13 When the magi had departed, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will soon search for the child in order to kill him.” 14 Joseph got up and, during the night, took the child and his mother to Egypt. 15 He stayed there until Herod died. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I have called my son out of Egypt.

Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

Sermon: Keep Herod in Christmas

Pastor Emily Denmark-McGee, We Make the Road By Walking Series

Keep Herod in Christmas watch to find out why.


We Three Kings - Oceanview Worship

Verse 1

We three kings of Orient are

Bearing gifts we traverse afar

Field and fountain moor and mountain

Following yonder star


O star of wonder star of night

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading still proceeding

Guide us to Thy perfect light

Verse 2

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain

Gold I bring to crown Him again

King forever ceasing never

Over us all to reign

CCLI Song # 38002 John Henry Hopkins Jr. © Words: Public Domain. Music: Public Domain. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707


Blessing: Be Blessed With Peace

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.