December 4th Worship Program
Today is the Second Sunday of Advent. This season is significant in many ways. It marks the beginning of the Christian Calendar; it also is a prelude to Christmas as we remember those waiting for the birth of Jesus; and it sets us up to anticipate, to look forward to, the return of Jesus in consummation of the promises of God.
We are breaking away from our study of the Gospel of Luke for a look at the books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. These books were written in a time when God’s people were desperate for God’s help. In our study of their suffering, defeat, doubt, and unworthiness we will find how God helps us in our seasons of desperation. I pray your faith is encouraged.
If you didn’t know, this is actually a gathering of three “sister” churches in our community that share one mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of Rock Hall and the world. Our gathering for worship is a testimony to our community of the power of Jesus to save, transform, and redeem.
Everyone is welcome here because no one here is perfect, but together anything can happen.
The same power that has transformed our lives is transforming our community as we live out our faith, sharing and showing God’s love, by serving our neighbors and telling the story of how His love transformed our lives.
If you have any questions about our church or want to discuss your faith journey, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office telephone is 410-639-2144.
Thank you again for joining us.
Order of Worship:
Welcome Advent Reading, Prayer, and Candle lighting
Prayer of Adoration & Confession
Prayers of the People Message
Pastor Gary Priddy Zephaniah Hope for the Defeated
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Find practical ways you can take a first “next step” in your faith journey on our website. Just go to nextsteps.yourrhc.com.
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.
203 Hail To The Lord's Anointed
213 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
218 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
2090 Light The Advent Candle (Verse 2)
213 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
216 Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
Hope for the Defeated
King Josiah: The Last Good King
God’s Messenger: Zephaniah
Reality #1: Sin of Idolatry
Idolatry is a heart condition: craving, wanting, enjoying, being satisfied by anything more than God
Reality #2: Sin of Complacency
True Freedom is found under God’s Authority
This week’s YouVersion Bible Reading Plan:
Are you wanting to grow in your relationship with God, understand the Bible better, and learn how to faithfully follow Jesus in our world today? With the biblical story as our guide, let’s discover truths and develop skills that will help us become fully devoted followers of Christ. Join online with a group of friends from church as we read and share from this daily reading.
Pastor's Study: Living Faithfully Starting next Sunday, 12/4, at Wesley Chapel UMC, Pastor Gary will be leading a study based on the book Living Faithfully, Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church. Gatherings will be on 12/4, 12/18, 1/8, and 1/15 The book is available in print and digital formats. This is a required step in our disaffiliation discernment process. All are invited
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: pray.yourrhc.com 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 & Family
Joe & Cheryl Holliday
Eddie & Rosalie Kuechler
Dean & Anna Mae Wood
Dickie & Bettie Porter
Don & Debbie Bergen
Powering Guatemala Mission
Active Military & their families including:
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, give us a deep passion for the work of Christ. Luke 4:18-19
Monday - Our Church: God, develop spiritual growth & maturity in Your church. Hebrews 5:12-14
Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our pastor proclaim Your Word boldly. 2 Timothy 4:2
Wednesday - Families: God, help couples be faithful to the marriage promises they made to You and to each other. Hebrews 13:4
Thursday - Our Community: God, we thank you for those who serve in our community. 1 John 3:16
Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people commit themselves to a life of purity of mind and body. Psalm 119:9-11
Saturday - Adults: God, help our adults find and fulfill Your purpose for their lives. Jeremiah 29:11-14
This week’s events:
Communion and New Member Sunday
5:00pm - Living Faithfully Study
6:30pm - Women’s Small Group @The Priddy’s
7:00pm - Men’s Theology Study Group @Charge Office
7:00pm - Small Group Bible Study @RH Church Hall
2:30pm - Rock Solid Kids
6:00pm - Family Dinner
6:30pm - Youth Group
5:00pm - Choir Practice @WCUMC
6:00pm - Worship Ministry Meeting
7:00pm - Praise Band Practice @RHUMC
2:00 - 4:00pm - Rock Solid Family Christmas Party
Karen Castro-Weller 12/4
Bonnie Kendall 12/6
Art Willis 12/6
Carroll Thompson 12/7
Cheryl Holliday 12/9
Lily Quick 12/11