Good News for Who?Service - Dec 6, 2020
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December 6, 2020 Bulletin

Prelude       “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

Arr. by Mark Hayes

 

Welcoming and Call to Worship

 

Hymn        "Blessed Be the God of Israel"      UMH #209

 

1.  Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free,
     who visits and redeems us, and grants us liberty.
     The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release;
     God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.

2.  Now from the house of David a child of grace is given;
     a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven.
     Before him goes the herald, forerunner in the way,
     the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of day.

3.  On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise,
     the dawning of forgiveness upon the sinner's eyes,
     to guide the feet of pilgrims along the paths of peace;
     O bless our God and Savior with songs that never cease!

 

Lighting the Second Advent Candle – Isaiah 40:1-11

 

1 Comfort, comfort my people! says your God.
2 Speak compassionately to Jerusalem,
        and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended,
    that her penalty has been paid,
    that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins!

3 A voice is crying out: “Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!
    Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!
4 Every valley will be raised up, and every mountain and hill will be flattened.
    Uneven ground will become level, and rough terrain a valley plain.
5 The Lord’s glory will appear, and all humanity will see it together;
    the Lord’s mouth has commanded it.”

A voice was saying: “Call out!”
And another said, “What should I call out?”
All flesh is grass; all its loyalty is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass dries up and the flower withers when the Lord’s breath blows on it.
    Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass dries up; the flower withers, but our God’s word will exist forever.

9 Go up on a high mountain, messenger Zion!
Raise your voice and shout, messenger Jerusalem!
Raise it; don’t be afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
10 Here is the Lord God, coming with strength,
    with a triumphant arm, bringing his reward with him
    and his payment before him.
11 Like a shepherd, God will tend the flock;
    he will gather lambs in his arms and lift them onto his lap.
    He will gently guide the nursing ewes.

 

Musical Response:          W&S #3046 (v. 2)

Lord, save us from the dark of our striving,

faithless and troubled hearts weighted down.

Come, O Redeemer, come, grant us mercy.

Come, O Redeemer, come, grant us peace.

 

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

 

Hymn      "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"    UMH #216

1.  Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
     Of Jesse's lineage coming, as those of old have sung.
     It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
     when half spent was the night.

 

2.  Isaiah 'twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
     with Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.
     To show God's love aright, she bore to us a Savior,
     when half spent was the night.

 

3.  O Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air;

     dispel in glorious splendor the darkness everywhere.

     True man yet very God, from sin and death now save us,

     and share our every load.

 

Special Music     “Mary, Did You Know?”

Jackie Prause, flute   Kathy Cay, piano

Arr. by Joel Raney      

 

Scripture Readings

Romans 8:35-39

35 Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

We are being put to death all day long for your sake.
    We are treated like sheep for slaughter.

37 But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. 38 I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers 39 or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.

Matthew 1:18-21

18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. 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.”

Message        “Good News for Who?”

 

Invitation to Give

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!

Holy Communion

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

Pearl Swanson, Tom Norager, Steve & Cathy Grattan,

Arr. by Lloyd Larson

 

Carol       "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"    UMH #218

 

1.  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.

 

2.  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 the blessed angels sing.

 

3.  And 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!

 

4.  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 splendors fling,

     And the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing. 

Benediction

 

Postlude        “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”

Arr. by John W. Schaum

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