Bulletin for Dec 13

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

WELCOME

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.