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December 17th Worship Program

Welcome to Church!

We're so glad to have you worship with us as we begin the season of Advent this weekend. As we gather, I want to make sure you know how grateful we are to have you worship with us. It's a blessing to explore the hope, joy, love, and peace of Advent alongside friends and neighbors.

This weekend, we continue our study of the early church in Acts as we consider Peter and John’s confident hope following their arrest for preaching Jesus.. It’s an inspiring and challenging story that has great applications for our lives today.

After the service, we will have a short information meeting, but before that starts, take a few minutes to engage friends and neighbors in conversation, or spend some time in prayer. We hope you find our church is not just a place of worship but a community of support and love.

Thank you for being a part of our family today. My prayer is that our time together in worship would be a source of inspiration, reflection, and connection in your relationship with Jesus. If you have any questions or want to discuss your faith journey, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. My office telephone is 410-639-2144, or just use the question cards in each pew.

Richest Blessings!

Pastor Gary Priddy

Order of Worship:

Welcome Prayer of Adoration

Opening Worship

Prayers of the People


A Story About Money 

(But not really about the money)

Acts 4:32-5:11

Pastor Gary Priddy

Prayer of Confession

Holy Communion

Next Steps

Find practical ways you can take a first “next step” in your faith journey on our website. Just go to

Closing Worship Benediction

Life is much more than an accident. Wherever I go, I believe God needs me there. Wherever I am, I trust God has put me there. He has a purpose for me being there -

Christ, alive in me, wants to do something through me, no matter where I am.

I believe this and go in His grace and His love and His power.

If you would like someone to pray with you, please come and meet one of our ministry leaders at the end of the service.

Songs for Worship

It’s Christmas!

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Angels We Have Heard on High

Living Hope

Message Text

A Story About Money 

(But not really about the money)

Acts 4:32-5:11

Acts 4:32–35

A Spirit-filled Church has great love for one another

John 13:34

Acts 4:36–37

A Spirit-filled Church loves the things of the world less.

Deuteronomy 15:11, 2 Corinthians 8:14–15, 1 Timothy 6:17–19

Acts 5:1–11

A Spirit-filled Church seeks authentic faith.

Bottom Line: Don’t give up what’s eternal for what’s temporary.

Take it Home:

  1. What is the difference between blaspheming (Matt. 12:31), lying to (Acts 5:4), grieving (Eph. 4:30), and quenching (1 Thess. 5:19) the Holy Spirit?

  2. What is the difference between economic equality and economic justice? Which does the Bible call Christians to pursue?

  3. How can we best help those who are in poverty within the church? For whom are we most morally responsible in regard to material provision?

  4. What is the proper motivation for giving to the church (2 Cor. 8:12; 9:7)? Do most people give with right motives? Have you ever given improperly?

  5. Why do you think the Lord judged Ananias and Sapphira so quickly, without giving them a chance to repent? Are you holding back anything from God?


This Week's Announcements:

Meet with Pastor Gary Do you have a question or issue you need to discuss? Pastor Gary is available for pastoral counseling with individuals and couples To schedule, just Click “Meet with Pastor Gary” on our website

Prayer Request Policy Change In order to maintain a more current prayer list, we provide a copy of this past week’s prayer requests. Submit prayer requests using the prayer request cards in the pews or the digital prayer request form on our website: Please make sure you have permission to share other’s information.

Current Prayer Requests

  • Our children and youth ministries

  • Caregivers and first responders

  • People of Ukraine

  • Our nation’s leaders

  • Healing of our nation

  • Israel and the Middle East

  • People battling addictions

  • Single parents and their kids

  • Pastor Gary and family

  • Bryce Holliday

  • Dickie & Bettie Porter

  • Karen & Mark Weller

  • Family of Anna Mae Wood

  • Frank & Mariann Dulin

  • Elmer Gustafson

  • Marge Kelley

  • Rick Reedy

  • Sandy Scanlan

  • Pastor Kenny Hickman

  • Pastor Bill Carroll    

  • Rosemary Elburn

  • Cricket Hayes (PG’s Mom)

  • Kat Fithian

  • Jean Spence

  • Patricia Brown

  • Pastor David Kelley

Active Military & their families including:

  • Trevion Hopkins

  • Kyle Schauber

  • Brock Willey

  • Makenzie Williams

  • Steve McCarthy

  • Tristan Hague

  • Dakota Collison

  • Geoffrey Andersen

  • John Pettit

  • Jonathan Conner

  • Dante Spagnolo


  • Phyllis Dierker

  • Jackie Price Williams

  • Edna Cox

This week's prayer focus:

Join us in focused and specific prayer for our church, our community, and our world. Be prepared to see God do great things as we collectively turn to Him in prayer.

  • Sunday - Our Mission: God, increase the desire of believers to fulfill the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20 

  • Monday - Our Church: God, direct our vision for the Future.   Proverbs 19:21  

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our ministers and volunteers persevere in Your work.  1 Corinthians 15:58

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help our families be committed to the Lord and His Work.   Joshua 24:15  

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, bring salvation to the lost. Luke 19:10

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people set an example of godliness for others.  1 Timothy 4:12

  • Saturday - Adults: God, give our adults discernment to not be deceived by the world and Satan.  1 Peter 5:8

This week’s events:


8:30 am- Bible Studies @WC Hall

10:00 am - Weekend Worship @WC

11:15 am -  Rock Hall Church - December 17th


7:00 pm - Small Group Bible Study @RHMC Hall


1-3 pm - Ageless Wonders @ RHMC Hall

 3:30 pm - Rock Solid Kids @ RHMC Hall

 6:00 pm - Dinner @ RHMC Hall

 6:30 pm - Youth @ RHMC Hall


 6:00 pm - Choir @WC

 7:00 pm - Worship Team Practice @WC


10:00 am - Weekend Worship @WC

7:00 pm - Christmas Eve Candlelight worship @WC

11:00 pm - Christmas Eve Candlelight worship @RHMC

WCMC - Wesley Chapel Methodist Church

RHMC - Rock Hall Methodist Church


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