Manchester Community Church
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Where people count and Christ is honored.

December 11, 2022

           Manchester Community Church            

            December 11, 2022, 10:00 A.M

        Alexander Rodman Rogers, Pastor

                        Third Sunday in Advent


Welcome & Announcements  Deacon Harrington


Call to Worship               “A Nativity Prayer”             Choir  


*Opening Hymn #132            “Angels We Have Heard on High”


Unison Reading                                    Psalm 146:5-10

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

            whose hope is in the LORD their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,

            the sea, and everything in them—

            he remains faithful forever.

He upholds the cause of the oppressed

            and gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets prisoners free,

the LORD gives sight to the blind,

the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,

            the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the foreigner

            and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

            but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The LORD reigns forever,

            your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the LORD.      

*Gloria Patri #623                 


Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer  



*Doxology #625 & Prayer    


Second Reading                    Isaiah 35:1-10                        


Anthem                “Hushed Expectations”                 Choir

            Lighting of the Advent Candles

(Children are dismissed to Sunday School)                            


Hymn #145                 “O Come All Ye Faithful”


Gospel Reading                  Matthew 11:2-11


Sermon                            “The JOY Set Before Us”


Song Offering            “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)”




*Please stand if you are able.



Minister of Worship                                              Pastor Alec Rogers

Deacon of the Day                                  Deacon Margaret Harrington

Service Music                                                                   Lisa Harding

Ushers of the Day                       Karen Guillemette & Barbara Morse

Coffee Hour                                                  Jean, Joan, Lynn & Rose                                  



December 14th             Deacons                                  7:00 PM

December 18th             Futures Group                         after church.


Christmas Card Table to share Christmas cards with church friends is set up in Fellowship Hall.


Women’s Advent Bible Study Dec 14 and 21 -10:00 to 11:30 a.m. studying the book of Luke.  All women welcome!


Dec. 17th Poinsettias on Altar – To put a poinsettia on the altar for Christmas please let Deanna Hallett or Julie Rogers know by Wed.  The church will be open on Sat. morning Dec. 17th for Poinsettias.


Access video recordings of services and sermons by going to bottom of MCC website homepage, click on blue Manchester Community Church services line.

Our “Prayer Vine” is very important and much needed. To keep it updated, please let Deanna, our church secretary, know of names that need to be added and, “when God has answered your prayer” names that may be removed from the list.


         “Prayer Vine”

Family of Christie Allen (relative of Barbara Hall),
Brin Amberlee, Jeff Ballard, Todd Ballard, Barbara Barber, Pauline Gagnon Bennett (Arlene’s sister-in-law), Dee Dee Black,  Robin Blake, Asher Bragdon, Randy Burnham, Robert & Tonya Celeste (John’s son-in-law), Denise Cerrell, Prescott & Richardyne Chapman (Teresa’s parents), Carol Charest, Al Culmond, Addie Cumler, Joe Curtis, Logan Cutliffe, (Cutliffe’s grandson), Pat DiConza (Lee’s neighbor), Richard Dunlap, Louise Gagnon, Ryan Gauthier, Adelina Gragg (John’s granddaughter), T. Hallett, Darrell Hood (Jackie’s son-in-law), Luke Hopkins, Rebecca Jayne, Diana Johnson, Kendra Kyes, Joshua, Adelaide Lake, Betty Locke, Louise, Eva McKinnon, Ron Margeson (Pastor Don’s brother), Maureen Maurile, Melody (Cindy’s friend), Lynn Messenger, Susan Miller, Bill Moore, Richard Newbegin, Dave Poulin, Bob Pushard, Julie Rogers, Ciro Russo, Bob Seibert, Peggy Struck, Tom Taylor (Bud & Teddy’s nephew), Rosemary & Christine Towne, Harrison Tribou (Bud & Teddy’s Great Grandson), Savannah Tuttle (Bill & Darlene’s granddaughter), Janye Varney, Spencer Walling, Teddy Ware, David Weiss Sr., (Bud & Teddy’s friend), our nation, the people of Ukraine, and our Armed Forces and their families.


Manchester Community Church

21 Readfield Road, Manchester, Maine 04351





Pastor Alec Rogers

Office 207-622-0738

Pastor’s office hours vary. Please contact pastor for appointments.

Pastor Alec is available for pastoral emergencies at 207-441-0299.

Deanna Mosher Hallett, Secretary/Clerk 207-441-6011

Rose Benner, Senior Deacon 207-623-4461

Lisa Harding, Music Director 207-620-4132

Linda Sweeney, Treasurer 207-622-4536



                 December 11, 2022





            Manchester Community Church 

               “Where people count, and Christ is honored.”            



           Established 1833

                                  Pastor Alec Rogers