SUNDAY DECEMBER 23, 2018
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Magnificat noni toni by Samuel Scheidt
A time to reflect and prepare to hear God while altar candles are lit
We Shall Light a Thousand Candles by David Rasbach
LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE
Rev. Blessed Sikhosana-Bird and Bernie Bird
Congregation Sings #254 verse 1
We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star. O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
ADVENT HYMN #254 verses 2–5 We Three Kings
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.
We believe that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word became flesh as Jesus, God’s one and only Son, who lived among us revealing the true character of God.
We believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary as was prophesied in the Old Testament, that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
We believe Jesus rose from the grave proving his authority over sin and death.
We believe God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of God’s children.
So we proclaim that God so loved the world he gave his only Son that whoever would believe on him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We believe in Jesus and celebrate the freedom and love God has revealed through him.
We live in him, through him and for him proclaiming his great love and hope to the world. AMEN.
SPECIAL GIFT Alleluia Choir
Mary Did You Know? by Mark Lowry & Buddy Greene
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER
Pray to the Lord from Taize (adapted)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Carols Around (and a Round) arr. by Carl J. Nygard, Jr.
Magnificat noni toni BuxWV 205 by Dietrich Buxtehude
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!
WRITTEN WORD Micah 5:1–5
Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace. - NIV
One: The Word of God for the people of God
All: Thanks be to God
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
• What small ways God has blessed you?
• When have you felt “besieged?”
• How have you gotten through?
• When have you seen despair give birth to hope?
HYMN OF PREPARATION #221 In the Bleak Midwinter
TEACHING Discovering Hope
CLOSING HYMN #234, verses 1–3, 5
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Go Now in Peace by Don Besig
Fuga super Magnificat BWV 733 — J S Bach