11024 S. Bell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
The Candle of Peace
Today we light the candle of peace. Peace. It is what God wants for the world. It is what God wants for you and me. It is, indeed, the very shape of life that God intended from the beginning.
But peace has been broken. It has been broken between brother and between sisters. It has been broken between children and parents. It has been broken between virtually all groups of age, race and gender. Peace is broken between nations and cultures. We long for peace in our lives.
We light this candle today as a small flickering light of hope in the darkness.
This one small light is a reminder that he who was born into the world to bring healing and salvation also bore the promise of peace. Hear the words of the prophet Isaiah.
His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end.
Let us pray. Dear God of Peace, as we anticipate the birth of the Prince of Peace, may this candle remind us that we are called to be peacemakers and called to share the good news of the peace of God which passes all understanding, the peace which will guard our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus. Amen
Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell, Pastor
ANNETTE ADAMS 12/22
12/23 – DEBBIE TAYLOR
MCCARTY 12/29 – CHUCK OPPENLANDER 12/31 – ANGELO POULOSOPHOS
Bible Study Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM
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God’s Family Worships
Second Sunday of Advent
December 5, 2021
Rejoice, for today is a new day, and the beginning of a season to celebrate! This is indeed a new day. For today we begin a journey, a journey to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Son. Let us set our minds on the God of Love and prepare our hearts for God’s great gift. Amen.
The Fellowship of Praise
*Call to Worship Mack Taylor
Leader: Christ has come to be our King.
Congregation: We have come to be Christ’s people.
Leader: Clothed in righteousness, Christ has come to save us.
Congregation: Let the faithful shout for joy.
Leader: Like the sun rising on the cloudless morning, Christ disperses the darkness with justice and mercy.
Congregation: Worship the Prince of Peace.
*Hymn “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings if comfort and joy
comfort and joy
oh tidings if comfort and joy
*Invocation and Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)
*Gloria Patri #734
Lighting of the Advent Candle of Peace - Sidni Mitchell & Hunter Bounds
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The Fellowship of the Family of God
Greetings and Announcements
The Fellowship of Giving
The Fellowship of Prayer
Joys and Concerns
Praise and Thanks
For the continued ministry of MPBC; and the love and support of our MPBC members and friends; for our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell and his family.
For Healing and Rehabilitation
Annette Adams; Annether Baines; Diane Brownlee; Patsy Browning; Beverly Capers (sister of Beatrice Haywood); Elizabeth Chelton (Granddaughter of Patsy Browning); Trisha Clark (granddaughter of Penny Lord); Neil Cunningham; The Goodman Family; Linda Guisewite (mother of Debbie Taylor); Floyd Hale and family; Priscilla Hall; Aretha Hampton; Shavon Harp (Niece of Annether Baines);
The Haywood Family; The Healy/Chase Family; Family of Cleone Kober;
The Kurut Family; Jack & Penny Lord; Linda, Stephanie & Joan McCarty; John & Flora Mitchell (Pastor Joel’s parents);Sam and Karen Mitchell;
Family of Reverend Millie Myren; Beverly Nickerson; Haile Selassie (son of Bruce and Rev. Francine White); Barbara Shriver (mother of Gretchen Shriver); Robert Soria (grandson of Susan Soria); Debbie and Mack Taylor; Cassandra Taylor (JFK owner); Jean Turner; Michael Whaley; Jeremy Williams & Family; Ira Williams
For Guidance and Direction
For our MPBC family, our vision for the future, and for our young people
All of our service men and women serving and all of our veterans; All of our missionaries, who serve in all parts of the USA and in many parts of the world; For the President of the United States, Joe Biden. For all the people who have suffered through natural disasters; For the city of Chicago, that violence will cease.
The Fellowship of the Word and Table
Scripture Readings Mack Taylor
Sermon Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell
*Hymn “Silent Night”
Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin mother and child
holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
Invitation to the Table
The Bread and the Cup
The Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Hark! the herald angels sing:
Glory to the new born king!
Peace on Earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
joyful all ye nations rise
join the triumph of the skies
with angelic hosts proclaim:
Christ is born in Bethlehem!
* Those who are able please stand