Worship Bulletin for December 16, 2018 – Cantata Sunday

SUNDAY DECEMBER 16, 2018

Third Sunday in Advent

PASTORAL GREETING

PRELUDE In dulci jubilo BWV 751 by J M Bach (?), attrib J S Bach      

A time to reflect and prepare to hear God while altar candles are lit

CHORAL INTROIT

We Shall Light a Thousand Candles by David Rasbach

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE 

By Suzanne, Charles Fairbanks with their children Owen and Elliana

Congregation Sings:  #240 verse 1

Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!

Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem!

GUIDED REFLECTION

Let us think about the people of the world and remind ourselves of all the different kinds of persons for whom Jesus came. (pause) Let us think of persons close to us for whom the good news of Jesus is intended. (pause) Let us remind ourselves that the love of Jesus is for our own family, too, and for each member of it.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

HYMN #240  verses 2&3 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

(Children Dismissed to Christian Education)

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel His name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, His name is called Emmanuel.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA

God Came Near

The Miracle and Majesty of Christmas

By Tom Fettke & Max Lucado

God Came Near: Overture

Advent Celebration

Nothing Is Impossible With God,  SarahJo Elliott, alto solo

On This Holy Night

The Night Was Ordinary No More

A Child and Yet a King

Magi from the East

OFFERTORY The Christmas Gifts, Ethan Elliott, soloist

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

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!

Light and Life, Keith Miller, baritone solo

PASTORAL PRAYER

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN #203 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE In dulci jubilo BuxWV 197 by Dietrich Buxtehude (chorale setting Samuel Scheidt, 1650)

 

CANTATA PARTICIPANTS

Narrators – Jackie & Brian Crispin

The Chancel Choir

Lisa Kisselstein, flute

Alex Kantak, cello  

Emery Lawrence & Zeke Gonzalez, percussion