Sunday, December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent

Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude –

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

Choral Introit – Once He Came in Blessing (John Frederick Wolle)                                Choir

Once he came in blessing, all our ills redressing;
Came in likeness lowly, Son of God most holy;
Bore the cross to save us, hope and freedom gave us.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Of the Father’s Love Begotten (Verse 1) Hymnal 184

1. Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be, he is Alpha and Omega, he the source, the ending he of the things that are, that have been and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: You may pray any version you know or refer to: Hymnal 894, 895, or 896

Prayer Song – Of the Father’s Love Begotten (Verse 3) Hymnal 184

3. Christ, to thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to thee, hymn and chant and high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be: honor, glory and dominion, and eternal victory, evermore and evermore. Amen.

Lighting of the Advent WreathThird Week of Advent (Joy)

Reader:      Scripture calls us to be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.”

All:            We wait hopefully as we light again the candle of hope.

Reader:      Jesus often said, “Peace be with you.”

All:            We wait with the peace of Christ as we light again the candle of peace.

Reader:      Isaiah wrote: “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.”

All:            The Spirit of the joy shall fill those who know the Christ.

Reader:      Glad songs of Christmas express the delight
we feel when announcing to the world the joy of our Messiah.

All:            As we light the third pink candle of Advent, let us carry the joy of our redemption into the world, that all people may be touched by the Holy Spirit.

Pastor:       Let us pray

People:      Lord of Joy we await your coming with great expectation.
Our lives are marked by joy our circumstances might prove to the contrary.
May we bring joy to every heart this Advent season.  Amen.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special Music Celebrate the Promise (Lloyd Larson)                                                   Choir

Celebrate the promise of the King, sing and celebrate.
Cast our your every fear;
The Lord will soon appear;
Celebrate the promise of the King.

Celebrate the promise of God’s love, sing and celebrate.
Let music start to ring;
Rejoice, give thanks and sing!
Celebrate the promise of God’s love.

Gentle Mary, chosen one,
You are highly favored;
God will bless you with a Son;
He will be our Savior.

Call his name Emmanuel,
God with us, together;
He will be the King of Kings!
He will rule forever and ever.


ReadingOriginal sin in the Garden of Eden Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
cursed are you among all animals
and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

And to the man he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife,
and have eaten of the tree
about which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread
until you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”

SongCome, Thou Long Expected Jesus Hymnal 196

1. Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

2. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.

ReadingAbraham’s Descendants shall be blessings Genesis 22:15-18

The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, “By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”

SongO Come, O Come Emmanuel (Verse 1) Hymnal 211

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

ReadingIsaiah Announces the Messiah’s birth Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.

SongLo, How a Rose E’er Blooming Hymnal 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.

Reading Bethlehem to bring forth a ruler Micah 5:2-5a

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth;
and he shall be the one of peace.

If the Assyrians come into our land
and tread upon our soil,
we will raise against them seven shepherds
and eight installed as rulers.

SongO Little Town of Bethlehem (Verses 1 and 4) Hymnal 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.

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!

ReadingThe angel Gabriel visits Mary Luke 1:26-35, 38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

SongToda La Tiera (All Earth is Waiting) (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 210

1. Toda la tierra espera al Salvador y el surco abierto, la obra del Señor, es el mundo que lucha por la libertad, reclama justica y busca la verdad.

2. Dice el profeta al pueblo de Israel: “De madre virgen ya viene Emmanuel”, será “Dios con nosotros”, hermano será, con él la esperanza al mundo volverá.

ReadingAn angel visits Joseph in a dream Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.”

When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

SongEmmanuel, Emmanuel Hymnal 204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.

ReadingMary and Joseph Journey to Bethlehem Luke 2:1-5

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 child.

SongAway in A Manger (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 217

1. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

2. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes; I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

ReadingJesus the Christ child is born Luke 2:6-7

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.

SongHe Is Born Hymnal 228

1. 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. (Il est né, le divin Enfant, jouez hautbois rèsonnez musettes! Il est né, le divin Enfant, chantons tous son avènement!) Thru long ages of the past, prophets have foretold his coming; thru long ages of the past, now the time has come at last!

2. 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. (Il est né, le divin Enfant, jouez hautbois rèsonnez musettes! Il est né, le divin Enfant, chantons tous son avènement!) O how lovely, O how pure is this perfect child of heaven; O how lovely, O how pure, gracious gift to humankind!

3. 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. (Il est né, le divin Enfant, jouez hautbois rèsonnez musettes! Il est né, le divin Enfant, chantons tous son avènement!) Jesus, Lord of all the world, coming as a child among us, Jesus, Lord of all the world, grant to us thy heavenly peace.

ReadingThe angels visit the shepherds Luke 2:8-20

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 see—I 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 those whom he favors!”

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 had been told them.

Special MusicLet Every Nation (Joseph Martin) Choir

Let every nation, all creation,
Sing in one accord.
Let all rejoice with one great voice
And sing – for Christ is born!
O, crown Him Lord, O crown Him King of Kings!
Let every nation, all creation,
Sing, for Christ is born!
Gloria in excelsis Deo! 

Let each heart reflect God’s glory,
Make each song a gift of praise.
Shout God’s name in truth,
Proclaim his worth for endless days.

Reflection – “Tidings of Comfort Joy”                                           Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – Joy to the World Hymnal 246

1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

2. Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.

4. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – O Thou That Tellest (Messiah, Handel)                         Soloist:  Madeleine Gray

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain.
O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Prayer of Dedication –

Source of Joy and Blessing,

You who gave us your Son who gave his life for us,
we give to you a small gift from our rich blessings
and recommit our lives to serving you in joy.
May you bless the gifts and the givers
that they may glorify the greatest gift of all,
Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

*   Song to Present the Offering – Good Christian Friends, Rejoice Hymnal 224

1. Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; give ye heed to what we say: News, news! Jesus Christ is born today! Ox and ass before him bow, and he is in the manger now. Christ is born today, Christ is born today!

2. Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; now ye hear of endless bliss: News, news! Jesus Christ was born for this! He hath opened heaven’s door, and yet are blest forevermore. Christ was born for this, Christ was born for this!

3. Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; now ye need not fear the grave: News, news! Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all to gain his everlasting hall. Christ was born to save, Christ was born to save!

Going Out to Prepare the Way for Christ’s Coming

Leader: Mary’s song echoes in our hearts.

People:      Our souls proclaim the greatness of the Lord,
Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.

Leader:      Everywhere you hear the music of Christmas, echo the song in joy.

People:      May our joy resound the news that one who came long ago is coming again.


* Choral Response – For Unto Us A Child Is Born (John Purifoy)                                      Choir

For unto us a Child is born,
For unto us a Song is given,
And the government will be upon His shoulder.

For unto us a Child is born,
And His name shall ever be “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father.”

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude –

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