Sunday, December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

Organ PreludeLullay (Harlan)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitLet All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Benjamin Harlan)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing worldly-minded,
For with blessing in His hand
Christ our Lord to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
At His feet the six-winged seraph;
Cherubim with watchful eye,
Veil their faces in His presence,
As with ceaseless voices they cry,
“Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Lord Most High!”

* Call to Worship

L: In this season of waiting, our God comes.
P: Come suddenly, Holy God, into our slow expectations
and fill us with your urgent hopes for justice.
L: In this holy season of delight and wonder, our Savior comes.
P: Come suddenly, Companion of the poor,
and challenge us to share in the gospel of welcome for all.
L: In these days of remembering what our lives are to be, our Spirit comes.
P: Come suddenly, Preparer of the way, to take us by the hand
to walk with our sisters and brothers down the path to service.

* Opening Hymn Hail to the Lord’s Anointed UMH 203

1. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son! Hail in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free; to take away transgression, and rule in equity.

2. He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong; to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong; to give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light, whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in his sight.

3. He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth; love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth. Before him, on the mountains, shall peace, the herald, go, and righteousness, in fountains, from hill to valley flow.

4. To him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend; his kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end. The tide of time shall never his covenant remove; his name shall stand forever; that name to us is love.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord, we have come to this place from a world of demands and schedules. We have sought hope and have found it here. Now we seek the peace that only your presence can bring to our lives. Open our hearts & our spirits to your peace. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Lighting the Advent Wreath

Choral ResponseEmmanuel, Emmanuel UMH 204
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.

Children’s Moments

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is about Spiritual Darkness being
overcome by the Light of Christ. We start our journey in Genesis,
and end with the Incarnation of John’s first chapter.

Call to Begin

Beloved in Christ, as we await the great festival of Christmas let us prepare ourselves so that we may be shown its true meaning. Let us hear, in lessons from Holy Scripture, how the prophets of Israel foretold that God would visit and redeem His waiting people. Let us rejoice, in our carols and hymns, that the good purpose of God is being mightily fulfilled. Let us celebrate the promise that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will bring all people and all things into the glory of God’s eternal kingdom.

L: First, let us pray for the needs of the whole world:
For peace on earth and goodwill among all people:
P: Come to us Prince of Peace
L: For our troops around the world and especially in the Middle East:
P: Come to us, King of Israel
L: For unity within the Church He came to build;
P: Come to us Precious Cornerstone.
L: For those who are sick, especially those among our church family:
P: Come to us our Way, Our Truth and Our Life.
L: For those having financial difficulty and those facing the loss of jobs and homes:
P: Come to us our Great God and Savior.
L: For those who are marginalized by society:
P: Come to us Light of the World.
L: For the peace makers and peace seekers, for believers and non-believers, for all who struggle and all who thrive, we ask your blessings.
P: Come to us Alpha and Omega. Come to us Morning Star. Come to us Hope of the World, Come to us Emmanuel!

CarolOnce in Royal David’s City, Vs. 1 & 2 UMH 250

1. Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed, where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed; Mary, loving mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.

2. He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all, and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall. With the poor, the scorned, the lowly lived on earth our Savior holy.

First Lesson – Genesis 3:8-15 – Dan Bailey
God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed of the woman will bruise the serpent’s head.

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.”

CarolCome, Thou Long Expected Jesus UMH 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.

Second Lesson – Genesis 22:1-3,9-18 – Lee Enos
God promises to Abraham that in his seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed.
After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him.

CarolLo, 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.

Third Lesson – Isaiah 9:2,6,7 – John Ewers
The prophet Isaiah foretells the birth of Christ.
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.
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Carol It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Vs. 1 & 2 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 [all], 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.

Fourth Lesson – Micah 5:2-4 – Rev. Dr. Emora Brannan
The prophet Isaiah foretells the birth of Christ.
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;

CarolWe Seek The Lord (John Purifoy)                                                                                          Choir
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;

Fifth Lesson – Luke 1:26-38 – Sarah Scribner
The Angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary
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. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with 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.

CarolTo a Maid Engaged to Joseph, Vs. 1-3, & 6 UMH 215

1. To a maid engaged to Joseph, the angel Gabriel came. “Fear not,” the angel told her, “I come to bring good news, good news I come to tell you, good news, I say, good news.”

2. “For you are highly favored by God the Lord of all, who even now is with you. You are on earth most blest, you are most blest, most blessed, God chose you, you are blest!”

3. But Mary was most troubled to hear the angel’s word. What was the angel saying? It troubled her to hear, to hear the angel’s message, it troubled her to hear.

6. As Mary heard the angel, she wondered at his words. “Behold, I am your handmaid,” she said unto her God. “So be it; I am ready according to your word.”

Sixth Lesson – Luke 2:1, 3-7 – Carrie Harnick
The birth of Jesus is described by Luke.
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
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. 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.

Carol What Child Is This UMH 219

1. 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.

2. Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

3. 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.

Seventh Lesson – Luke 2:8-16 – Nancy Brannan
The shepherds’ journey to the manger.

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.

Carol Arise, Good Shepherds! (John Purifoy)                                                                               Choir

Arise, good shepherds, and open your eyes!
Rejoice, the Savior has come!
Fear not, good shepherds, God’s promise fulfilled,
The Christ child and holy One!
Arise, good shepherds, arise! 

Tonight, the Christ child is born!
Mary’s child, so meek and mild,
A heavenly sign of Love divine,
Go and behold, His birth foretold.
Arise, good shepherds, arise!

Arise, good shepherds, to hear angels sing.
Go forth this wonderful night.
Go seek the promised Messiah and King
Who brings God’s love and light!
Arise, good shepherds, arise! 

Tonight, the Christ child is born!
Love and light are born tonight,
God’s holy Word will now be heard,
So seek and find for humankind.
Arise, good shepherds, arise! Arise! Arise!

Eight Lesson – Matthew 2:1-11 – Duncan Hodge
Three wise men follow the star and are led to Jesus

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Carol We Three Kings, Vs. 1 & 5 UMH 254

1. We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star. O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

5. Glorious now behold him arise; King and God and sacrifice: Alleluia, Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies. O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

Ninth Lesson – John 1:1-14 – Rev. Debbie Scott
John unfolds the mystery of Christ’s birth.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

Carol O Come, All Ye Faithful, Vs. 1 & 5 UMH 234

1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

5. Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger, we would embrace thee with love and awe. Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly? O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryFairest Jesu/Jesu Joy (insert, Harlan/Bach)

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Offering Prayer (All)

God, fulfiller of promises, we come to this season of Advent with expectant and thankful hearts. We welcome the renewed promise of your love, justice and righteousness breaking into our world. We offer these gifts and the witness of our lives in gratitude for all you have done, are doing and will do. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

* Closing HymnI Want to Walk as a Child of the Light UMH 206

1. I want to walk as a child of the light. I want to follow Jesus. God set the stars to give light to the world. The star of my life is Jesus. In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

2. I want to see the brightness of God. I want to look at Jesus. Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father. In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

3. I’m looking for the coming of Christ. I want to be with Jesus. When we have run with patience the race, we shall know the joy of Jesus. In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

* Benediction (Pastor)

L: God is sending you to be messengers of this holy season.
P: We will go to share God’s grace in the shadowed places of our world.
L: Jesus is sending you to be messengers of his gospel.
P: We will go to share the good news of justice in every way we treat each person.
L: The Spirit is sending you to be messengers of peace.
P: We will go to share the gifts of hope and reconciliation which have been
placed in our hearts.

* Choral ResponseFor Unto Us A Child Is Born (John Purifoy)

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 Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father”.

Organ PostludeIn Dulci Jubilo (Honegger)

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