We are glad to have you worship with us!
Hearing devices and large print bulletins are available; ushers are happy to assist you.
Children are welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
We offer a nursery for infants & toddlers, and Discovery Zone for pre‑K to 12th grade at 9:15 a.m.
Please silence devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able
Sunday, December 18, 2016
We thank our Youth Class who serve as Greeters and Ushers this morning
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 — Johann Sebastian Bach (a 2 Claviere e Pedale)
THE FOURTH CANDLE of ADVENT: The Candle of Joy
Come Child of Light — by Lloyd Larson — Sara Bailey, flute & Chancel Choir
Elizabeth and Miguel Patino (9:00), Jessica and Marcus Quintano (11:00)
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: We are always looking for evidence that God is with us.
P: That sign is in the One to come–the One that God is sending.
L: We want to know for sure that everything is in God’s care.
P: And so we cry to the heavens in our distress. Our cries are heard! God is
responding in love and hope.
L: Let us come before God with expectant hearts and spirits!
P: Let us be ready to receive the blessed gift of the Savior. AMEN.
O God, in this time of worship, may we be open to your promises, your love, and your transformation. May we vision and dream. May we be surprised. May we receive the life you give us. May we encounter Emmanuel—God with us. And may we never be the same. Amen.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30)
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
* HYMN No. 219 What Child is This
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BuxWV 211 — Dietrich Buxtehude (chorale: S Scheidt)
* 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!
CHORAL CANTATA: MESSIAH CHRISTMAS TRILOGY
Edited and arranged by Hal H. Hopson
Linda Loomis and Pastor Candace Lawrence, narrators
Comfort Ye (narration and music)
Comfort Ye (Bob Ruth, tenor)
And the Glory of the Lord (chorus)
Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive (narration and music)
O Thou That Tellest ( SaraJo Elliott, alto)
Come Unto Him (Nancy B. James, soprano)
For Unto Us a Child Is Born (chorus)
There Were Shepherds abiding in the Field (narration and music)
Glory to God (chorus)
*BENEDICTION Isaiah 7, Matthew 1
One: Look, a young woman is with child and shall bear a son.
All: He shall be called Emmanuel.
One: We go forth with anticipation and longing. Let us share the good news –
Emmanuel — God with us, is coming.
All: We go with joy and hope, trusting in the promises of God.
BENEDICTION Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah G. F. Handel (Please stand and join in)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!… For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of His Christ, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever. King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!
POSTLUDE Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661 — Johann Sebastian Bach
Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments available in our Fellowship Hall. Those who have a question or want to pray with the pastor are invited
to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fellowship Hall.