Bulletin for Dec. 20

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 20, 2015

WELCOME

PRELUDE                      Glo­ri­ous Cel­e­bra­tion — Cyn­thia Dobrin­s­ki         Wes­ley Ringers

CHORAL INTROIT                                Wait for the Lord   (Taize Com­mu­ni­ty) 

LIGHTING THE THIRD CANDLE OF ADVENT           Sue Stag­nit­ta & Nan­cy B. James

RESPONSE (Vs. 1 & 5)             We Light the Advent Can­dle

*HYMN OF PRAISE No. 249     There’s a Song in the Air

Fantasia on Christmas Carols 

by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Chancel Choir with Guest Baritone soloist, Easton Clarke

Shelby Dems &  Rebecca Ross, violin   Jessica Oemcke, viola and

Shadman Mirza, cello

AN ADVENT AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (11:00)

We believe God is the author of time, of the slen­der moments that slip through the hour­glass of all the incom­pre­hen­si­ble eons that con­sti­tute eter­ni­ty. We con­fess our abuse of life, the wast­ing of time on things that we should not trea­sure and our dis­tor­tion of the gifts God has giv­en us. When the time was right, God sent His Son into the world to save us from our bro­ken­ness, to heal the dam­age from our rejec­tion of God’s will, and to reveal the way, God’s way, to abun­dance of life for all peo­ple. God does not mea­sure wor­thi­ness as we do, in terms of wealth or pow­er; but in terms of love, grace and gen­eros­i­ty; in thank­ful spir­its that rec­og­nize and max­i­mize the gifts God lays dai­ly upon our hum­ble doorsteps. Jesus is the great­est gift to our life, and in Him are revealed the greater gifts we are to trea­sure. Through Jesus, God calls us to acknowl­edge these gifts, receive these gifts and use them in the time we have to bless oth­ers and the world God has made. We believe that as we give back to life we receive the most won­der­ful life God has to offer. Amen.  

ANTHEM (11:00)         Christ­mas Glo­ria — Patrick Lieber­gen    Chan­cel Choir

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)

         In The Bleak Mid­win­ter - arr. Cyn­thia Dobrin­s­ki                 Wes­ley Ringers

*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)

THE WRITTEN WORD                     Matthew 2. 9 — 15

*HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 230   O Lit­tle Town of Beth­le­hem 

THE SPOKEN WORD              Cel­e­brat­ing Ordi­nary Mir­a­cles         Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

PRAYER

My God, what joy it is when you come to us in dai­ly vis­i­ta­tion. You mirac­u­lous­ly trans­form the ordi­nary into the extra­or­di­nary. What hope is ours when by your com­ing we find new life. Come, once again and live with us. Fill our wor­ship with your pres­ence. Excite us with the poten­tials of liv­ing and empow­er our response to every oppor­tu­ni­ty so we might not live with regret, but pro­claim to all that ours is a won­der­ful life because you are with us. Amen.

 

SPECIAL MUSIC                              The Birth­day Of A King                      Nan­cy B. James

by  William Harold Nei­dlinger

*THE SENDING                     Go Now in Peace

POSTLUDE                     Over­ture in F Major (Water Musick, c1715)  — G F Hän­del

Join us in Fel­low­ship Hall for fel­low­ship and refresh­ments fol­low­ing wor­ship.