Order of Worship

Advent 3 - Despair:
Kept Waiting By Fear



Welcome & Announcements

Music for Meditation

Call to Worship



The Lord is my light // StJ 97


Moving In

Advent Candles


Healer of our every ill // HWB 377

Children’s Story

Sharing & Prayer



Helpless and hungry // StS 26




Inclusive Bible // Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11


"What am I waiting for?" // Ben Borne

Song & Response

Don't be afraid // StJ 105 



Theme Song

O long awaited // Insert & Screen


December 15, 2019

Isaiah 35:1-10 


Let the desert and the wilderness exult!

Let the Arabah rejoice and bloom like the crocus!

Let it blossom profusely,

let it rejoice and sing for joy!

The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it,

the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.

They will see the glory of Yhwh,

the splendor of our God.


Strengthen all weary hands,

steady all trembling knees.

Say to all those of faint heart:

“Take courage! Do not be afraid!

Look, Yhwh is coming, vindication is coming,

the recompense of God—

God is coming to save you!”


Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,

the ears of the deaf will be unsealed.

Then those who cannot walk will leap like deer

and the tongues of those who cannot speak

will sing for joy.

Waters will break forth in the wilderness,

and there will be streams in the desert.

The scorched earth will become a lake;

the parched land, springs of water.

The lairs where jackals used to dwell

will become thickets of reed and papyrus.


And through it will run a highway,

a road called the Sacred Path.

The unclean may not travel by it,

but it will be for God’s people alone;

and no traveler—not event fools—will go astray.

No lions will be there,

nor will any fierce beast roam about it,

but the redeemed will walk there—

for those whom Yhwh has ransomed will return.

They will enter Zion shouting for joy,

with everlasting joy on their faces;

joy and gladness will go with them,

and sorrow and lament will flee away.


Matthew 11:2-11 


While John was in prison, he heard about the works the Messiah was performing, and sent a message by way of his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you ‘The One who is to come’ or do we look for another?”

In reply, Jesus said to them, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:

‘Those who are blind recover their sight;

those who cannot walk are able to walk;

those with leprosy are cured;

those who are deaf hear;

the dead are raised to life;

and the anawim—the “have-nots”—

have the Good News preached to them.’

“Blessed is the one who finds no stumbling block in me.”

As the messengers set off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the wasteland to see—a reed swaying in the wind? Tell me, what did you go out to see—someone luxuriously dressed? No, those who dress luxuriously are to be found in royal palaces. So what did you go out to see—a prophet? Yes, a prophet—and more than a prophet! It is about John that the scripture says,

‘I send my messenger ahead of you

to prepare your way before you.’

“The truth is, history has not known a person born of woman who is greater than John the Baptizer. Yet the least born into the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.