Bulletin for December 11

We are glad to have you wor­ship with us!

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 11, 2016

GREETING

PRELUDE   Please be in silent reflec­tion as we pre­pare our­selves for wor­ship.

Mag­ni­fi­cat noni toni BuxWV 205 — Diet­rich Bux­te­hude

THE THIRD CANDLE of ADVENT: The Can­dle of Love

Come Child of Light by Lloyd Lar­son — Sara Bai­ley, flute & Chan­cel Choir

Amy & Kevin Odell (9:00), Lisa & Todd Smith (11:00)

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Wars and rumors of war, per­sis­tent pover­ty, social unrest, polit­i­cal intrigue …

All: Where is God in all this?

One: Suf­fer­ing fam­i­lies, dying chil­dren, human greed and avarice …

All: Where is God in all this?

One: Ancient pre­dic­tions, a vir­gin moth­er, a vision of angels, and a manger birth …

All: Can this sto­ry real­ly be true? Can God be present in this?

One:  Love came down at Christ­mas! God came, and God remains!

All: Why not be more direct? Why so covert a response to human need?

One:  Love is not forced or coerced; love is invit­ed; love is embraced; love is

dis­cov­ered in the strug­gle and faith is the key to unleash­ing its pow­er.

All: God came; God suf­fered and loved; God and love pre­vailed – this is our hope 

as we await the birth of love.

OPENING PRAYER

God of Glo­ry, we rejoice in the good news of your promis­es. Come into our parched world and show­er us with your gush­ing, abun­dant water of life and love. Enter into our bro­ken­ness, and renew us with the strength of your love. Be born anew in our hearts and in our world. Come, Jesus; come. We are ready! Amen.

*HYMN No. 210                                    Toda la Tier­ra (All Earth Is Wait­ing)

CHILDREN’S TIME (9:30)

   The chil­dren leave for edu­ca­tion

RESPONSE : The King is com­ing, the King is com­ing. I just heard the trum­pet sound­ing and soon His face I’ll see. The King is com­ing, the King is com­ing, Praise God, He’s com­ing for me.

ANTHEM                                               Wait­ing! - Ruth Elaine Schram                Chan­cel Choir

     

CONGREGATIONAL  CALL TO PRAYER  No.   204  Emmanuel, Emmanuel 

Sub­sti­tute “O hear our prayer” for “His name is called”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Das Mag­ni­fi­cat Mar­iæ (tonus pere­gri­nus) — Johann Pachel­bel              

                                         

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234  Come, Let Us Adore Him

 

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS                   Love Has Come!

Love has come and nev­er will leave us! Love is life ever­last­ing and free. Love is Jesus with­in and among us. Love is the peace our hearts are seek­ing. Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christ­mas. Love! Love! Love is my gift to you!

THE WRITTEN WORD         Matthew 11. 2–11

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

What doubts have you heard oth­ers express over Jesus? Which have you enter­tained?

How does Jesus’ response encour­age your faith?

What evi­dences do you see con­vinces you Jesus is the promised Sav­ior?

 

HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 242  Love Came Down at Christ­mas

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION          Get­ting Past Our Doubts!             Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

OUR COMMON CONFESSION

*HYMN No. 505 When Our Con­fi­dence Is Shak­en    

*THE SENDING

BENEDICTION           Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE               Fuga super Mag­ni­fi­cat BWV 733 — Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach

 

Please join us for con­tin­ued fel­low­ship over refresh­ments in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Those desir­ing to receive Christ or to pray with the pas­tor are invit­ed

to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fel­low­ship Hall.