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December 13, 2020 Bulletin

3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Prelude      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
arranged by Lani Smith

 

Welcoming and Call to Worship

 

Carols    "He Is Born the Holy Child"      UMH #228

Refrain:
He is born, the holy Child, play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!
He is born, the holy Child, sing we all of the Savior mild.

1.  Thru long ages of the past, prophets have foretold his coming;
     thru long ages of the past, now the time has come at last! (Refrain)

2.  O how lovely, O how pure is this perfect child of heaven;
     O how lovely, O how pure, gracious gift to humankind! (Refrain)

3.  Jesus, Lord of all the world, coming as a child among us,
     Jesus, Lord of all the world, grant to us thy heavenly peace. (Refrain)

"O Little Town of Bethlehem"     UMH #230

1.  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.

2.  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!

3.  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.

4.  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!

 

 

Lighting the Third Advent Candle

 

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

 

1 The Lord God’s spirit is upon me,

    because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me
    to bring good news to the poor,
    to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim release for captives,
    and liberation for prisoners,
2  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and a day of vindication for our God,
    to comfort all who mourn,
3  to provide for Zion’s mourners,
    to give them a crown in place of ashes,
    oil of joy in place of mourning,
    a mantle of praise in place of discouragement.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,
    planted by the Lord to glorify himself.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
    they will restore formerly deserted places;
    they will renew ruined cities,
    places deserted in generations past.

 

8 I, the Lord, love justice;
    I hate robbery and dishonesty.
I will faithfully give them their wage,
    and make with them an enduring covenant.
9 Their offspring will be known among the nations,
    and their descendants among the peoples.
All who see them will recognize
    that they are a people blessed by the Lord.

10 I surely rejoice in the Lord;
    my heart is joyful because of my God,
    because he has clothed me with clothes of victory,
    wrapped me in a robe of righteousness
    like a bridegroom in a priestly crown,
    and like a bride adorned in jewelry.
11 As the earth puts out its growth,
    and as a garden grows its seeds,
    so the Lord God will grow righteousness and praise before all the nations.

 

 

Musical Response:   

Look now upon our need, Lord, be with us.

Heal us and make us free from our sin.

Come, O Redeemer, come, grant us mercy.

Come, O Redeemer, come, grant us peace.

 

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

Carol      "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"      UMH #211 (vv. 1-3, 7)

 
1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
    That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

 

[Refrain]
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 2. 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. [Refrain]

 3. O come, O come, great Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
     In ancient times once gave the law in cloud and majesty and awe. [Refrain]

7. O come, Desire of nations bind all peoples in one heart and mind.

    From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us from earthly strife.

 

Special Music       “An Advent Reflection”

Pearl Swanson, Tom Norager, Steve & Cathy Grattan

by Joseph M. Martin                                                        

 

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 7:10-17

 

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign from the Lord your God. Make it as deep as the grave or as high as heaven.”

12 But Ahaz said, “I won’t ask; I won’t test the Lord.”

13 Then Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God? 14 Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. The young woman is pregnant and is about to give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel.15 He will eat butter and honey, and learn to reject evil and choose good. 16 Before the boy learns to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned. 17 The Lord will bring upon you, upon your people, and upon your families days unlike any that have come since the day Ephraim broke away from Judah—the king of Assyria.”

Matthew 1:20-23

 

20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:

23 Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son,
        And they will call him, 
Emmanuel.

(Emmanuel means “God with us.”)

Message           “God In the Flesh”

 

Invitation to Give & Offertory

“We Wait For Thee”

Pearl Swanson, Tom Norager, Steve & Cathy Grattan

By Victor C. Johnson

 

Musical Act of Praise:        W&S #3057 (v. 1)

Glory in the highest and peace on the earth!

Glory in the highest and peace on the earth!

Sing out the glad tidings of our Savior's birth!

Sing out the glad tidings of our Savior's birth!

 

Carol     "Hark! the Herald Angel Sings"    UMH #240

 

1. Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new-born King;
    peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
    Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
    with th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
    Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord;
    late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin's womb.
    Veiled 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 new-born King!"

3. Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun 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 us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
    Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

 

Benediction

 

Postlude      “Emmanuel, Emmanuel”
by Bob McGee

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