Gathering Music Elaine Barber, Harp Lighting the Advent

Gathering Music Elaine Barber, Harp Lighting the Advent

Gathering Music Elaine Barber, Harp Lighting the Advent Wreath The McCutcheon Family

What are these candles for? This Advent wreath reminds us of Gods love in Jesus Christ. There are five candles.

We shall light a new candle each Sunday from now until Christmas. As we light our Advent candles, may they bring

us together in the warm light of Gods love. The Gospel of Luke tells what happened on the night when Jesus was born:

When the angels had left them, ...the shepherds said to one another, Let us go now to Bethlehem, and see

which God has made known to us. (Luke 2:15) In those days, shepherds didnt count for much.

But God chose shepherds to welcome and honor Jesus. We light the Christ candle to praise Jesus Christ,

who comes to all of us, beginning with the least and the last. Living Christ, give us faith to trust you, hope to follow

you, love to live for you, wisdom to know you, and joy to adore you. We trust you, we love you, we praise you.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee O Israel. Hark the Herald Angels Sing

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. Hark! the herald angels sing,

Glory to the newborn King! Christ, by highest heav'n adored: Christ, the everlasting Lord;

Late in time, behold him come, Offspring of the Virgins Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail, th' incarnate Deity:

Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel! Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn

King!" Hail! The heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail! The Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings, Risen with healing in his wings Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that we no more may die! Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.

Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!" Congregational Prayer

Almighty God, you have wondrously revealed yourself in the Holy Child of Bethlehem. By faith we kneel beside the mangerthrone,

hoping that somehow he will be born in us here and now. For Jesus' sake, grant that we may share in a new birth of faith. Teach us to recognize your presence in our lives,

and bring us at the last to the realm of your glory, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen. Passing the Peace of Christ Welcome! Were glad youre here.

Please fill out the registration pads and pass them to the center aisle. Act of Praise Chiquirriquitin

-Conrad Susa Elaine Barber, Harp Luke 2:1-20 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus

that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own

towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem,

because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid

him in a manger,. because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch

over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But

the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for seeI am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born

this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of

cloth and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and

saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds

said to one another, Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us. So they

went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what

had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all

these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God! Message

The Gift of Presence Rev. Lynn Barton Offering Offertory

We Become One Body The Lords Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy

kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our

trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. Receiving the Bread and Cup

In the bleak midwinter In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;

snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.

In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. Angels and archangels may have gathered

there, cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; but his mother only, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the beloved

with a kiss. What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart. What child is this

What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch

are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of

Mary. Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear,

for sinners here This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of

Mary. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, peasant, king, to own him; the King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts

enthrone him. This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of

Mary. O little town of Bethlehem O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep

and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears

of all the years are met in thee tonight. For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep

their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King,

and peace to all on earth! How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given; so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.

No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas

angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel! While Shepherds Watched

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground, the angel of the Lord came down, and glory shone around,

and glory shone around. "Fear not!" said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind. "Glad tidings of great joy I bring to all of humankind,

to all of humankind. "To you, in David's town, this day is born of David's line a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, and this shall be the sign,

and this shall be the sign: "The heavenly babe you there shall find to human view displayed, all meanly wrapped in swathing bands, and in a

manger laid, and in a Thus spake the seraph and forthwith appeared a shining throng of angels praising God on high, who thus addressed

their song, who thus "All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace; good will henceforth from heaven to earth begin and never cease,

begin and never cease!" It Came Upon A Midnight Clear It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold! "Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven's all gracious

King! The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven skies they come

with peaceful wings unfurled, and still their heavenly music floats o'er all the weary world; above its sad and lowly plains,

they bend on hovering wing, and ever o'er its Babel sounds O ye, beneath life's crushing load

Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow; Look now! for glad

and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing; O rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing. For lo! the days

are hastening on, By prophet seen of old, When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold,

When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendor fling And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing.

Candle Lighting & Going Forth Johns Gospel says about Jesus Christ that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. As candlelight surrounds

us, lit from the one light of Christ, so may we reflect Christ's light and love in the Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin

Mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavnly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born. Silent night, Holy night

Son of God, loves pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavnly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born. Silent night, Holy night Son of God, loves pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming

grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child.

Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven

afar, Heavnly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born. Silent night, Holy night Son of God, loves pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth Silent night, Holy night

All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavnly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night Son of God, loves pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar,

Heavnly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born. Silent night, Holy night Son of God, loves pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy

face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, Holy night

Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavnly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night Son of God, loves pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

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