Order of Worship
December 19th 2021 ~ 4th Sunday of Advent

Prelude

 

Welcome, Announcements, and Peace

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle 

Jesus, May the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you Jesus. Amen.

 
Call to Worship

Sing praises to God on high, for glorious are God’s works.
Sing praises to the ends of the earth.
Shout and sing for joy, O people of God,
for great is the Holy One in our midst,
blessed is the One who comes to dwell among us. Amen.

 

Hymn of Praise

Verse 1
O come O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Chorus
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

Verse 2
O come Thou Dayspring come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Chorus
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

Verse 3
O come Thou Wisdom from on high
And order all things far and nigh
To us the path of knowledge show
And cause us in her ways to go

Chorus
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

Verse 4
O come Desire of nations bind
All peoples in one heart and mind
Bid envy strife and quarrels cease
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace

Chorus
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

CCLI Song # 31982
John Mason Neale | Thomas Helmore
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 3154366

 

Opening Prayer

God of birth, God of light, in this time of song and prayer and silence, reawaken in us the awe of Christmas. As we hear again the story of a young woman and a surprising visitor,
remind us that we are called to respond to you in unexpected ways. And when we leave this place, may we be willing to sing praises for a young woman who said YES and the birth that we prepare to celebrate. 
Amen.
 

 

Scripture Reading

Anna Kate Belinski, reader

Luke 2:1-7
NRSV

 

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Christmas Pageant

Cantique de Noel (Oh Holy Night)
Away in a Manger
The First Noel
We Three Kings
Silent Night
Go Tell it on the Mountain

 

Offertory & Presentation of the Gifts

 

 

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heav’nly host
Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost
Amen

 

CCLI Song # 6115489
Thomas Ken
Public Domain
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CCLI License # 3154366

Blessing of the Bread & Wine

 

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Communion

 

Closing Hymn

Verse 1
Angels from the realms of glory
Wing your flight o’er all the earth
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth

Chorus
Come and worship come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King

Verse 2
Shepherds in the field abiding
Watching o’er your flocks by night
God with us is now residing
Yonder shines the infant light

Chorus
Come and worship come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King

Verse 3
Sages leave your contemplations
Brighter visions beam afar
Seek the great Desire of nations
Ye have seen His natal star

Chorus
Come and worship come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King

Verse 6
Though an infant now we view Him
He shall fill His Father’s throne
Gather all nations to Him
Every knee shall then bow down

Chorus
Come and worship come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King

CCLI Song # 31669
Henry Thomas Smart | James Montgomery
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 3154366

 

Closing Prayer

When does an ordinary life become extraordinary, a mundane day become revolutionary, a moment in time change history?
When God enters in, forgives sin, allows us to begin again;
When we repeat those words of Mary,
‘May it be to me as You say.’
Lord God, You choose the very least and raise us up to greatness.
You take the weak, the poor and blind and raise us out of darkness.
Teach us obedience, Lord, in every part of our lives:
Ears to hear Your word, hands to do Your work, feet to walk Your path, a heart for all Your people, a mouth to shout Your praise, a childlike faith, humility, and confidence that says to the possible and to the impossible:
for great is the Holy One in our midst,
blessed is the One who comes to dwell among us. Amen. 

 

 Blessing

 

Postlude

Our love in action now begins…

This Sunday’s Special Music is brought to you by Michael Schoepe.

Thank you to all of this Sunday’s volunteers!

Worship Coordinator: 
9:00am Scripture Reader: 
10:30am Scripture Reader: 
Altar setting: 
Coffee Service: 

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