Worship Bulletin for December 23, 2018

SUNDAY DECEMBER 23, 2018

Fourth Sun­day in Advent

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE

Mag­ni­fi­cat noni toni by Samuel Schei­dt

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

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.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

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.

ADVENT AFFIRMATION 

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

CHORAL ANTHEM

Car­ols Around (and a Round) arr. by Carl J. Nygard, Jr.  

OFFERTORY

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

PASTORAL PRAYER

CLOSING HYMN #234, vers­es 1–3, 5

O Come, All Ye Faith­ful

BLESSING

SENDING

Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE

Fuga super Mag­ni­fi­cat BWV 733 — J S Bach