We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are always welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
During the 9:30 a.m. worship, we offer a nursery for infants and toddlers, and
Discovery Zone for pre‑K to 12th grade following a Children’s Message.
Hearing devices and LARGE PRINT bulletins are available; our ushers are happy to assist you.
Please silence all devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
PRELUDE Concerto G‑dur BWV 592 - Bach/Ernst
CHORAL INTROIT Wait for the Lord (Taize Community)
LIGHTING THE THIRD CANDLE OF ADVENT Desiree Spicer
RESPONSE (Vs. 1 & 4) We Light the Advent Candle
*HYMN OF PRAISE No. 250 Once in Royal David’s City
CHILDREN’S MOMENT (9:30)
*Children are dismissed to the Discovery Zone
SPECIAL MUSIC Indescribable — Laura Story & Jesse Reeves Alleluia Choir
AN ADVENT AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
ONE: We believe God hears every cry and answers every prayer.
ALL: We believe Love is God’s answer to every prayer.
ONE: We believe the Love of God is revealed to us in Jesus, the Messiah.
ALL: God so loved the world God made– so much that God could not stand by to watch brokenness and evil prevail.
ONE: Through Jesus’s birth, God embraced our humanity and shared our human struggle by becoming one of us.
ALL: The Child born in Bethlehem was God in human flesh.
ONE: Through Jesus, God laughed and cried.
ALL: Our Lord Jesus knew joy and endured want and death.
ONE: Though Jesus was God, he took on the nature of a servant.
ALL: From Jesus’ birth His life was threatened; his ministry led to a violent death.
ONE: Jesus laid down His life for all people.
ALL: Jesus’ life revealed God’s desire for all people to discover a wonderful life
by accepting God’s forgiveness and grace, growing in Jesus’ likeness through the blessings of goodness and godliness.
ONE: Jesus’ resurrection proved Love’s triumph over death, despite all evil, hate and greed; despite wars and rumors of wars;
ALL: Love is of God and God is Love, and God will not rest until all is reconciled in Love. THANKS BE TO GOD!
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER No. 204 Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, O hear our prayer, Emmanuel
God with us, revealed in us, O hear our prayer, Emmanuel.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD (please sign the attendance register)
Every Valley by John Ness Beck Chancel Choir
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS O Come Let us Adore Him!
O Come, let us adore Him! O Come, Let us adore Him,
O Come, Let us adore Him. Christ the Lord!
For He alone is worthy! For He alone is worthy!
For He alone is worthy. Christ the Lord!
*CELEBRATING OUR FELLOWSHIP (Sharing Christ’s peace)
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2224 (FWS) Make Us One
THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 2:16–20
*HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 218 (vs. 1, 2 & 4) It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
THE SPOKEN WORD The Peace from Answered Prayer Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
*HYMN OF SENDING FORTH No. 196 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
*THE SENDING Go Now in Peace
POSTLUDE Hyfrydol (10 Hymn Preludes Set I:3) — Healey Willan
Join us in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and refreshments following worship.