And Todays Reading Is

PRAYER FOR PEACE

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
  | (Celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE | I'd Rather Have Jesus  |  arr. Mark Hayes
Great Is Thy Faithfulness |  arr. Mark Hayes
INTROIT  401 | Gather Us In  | Marty Haugen
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP   |   (based on Psalm 19:1-2, 7-8)

One:  Heaven is declaring God’s glory;
Many:  the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.
One:  One day gushes the news to the next,
Many:  and one night informs another what needs to be known.
Many:  The Lord’s Instruction is perfect,
One:  reviving one’s very being.
Many:  The Lord’s laws are faithful,
One:  making naive people wise. 
Many:  The Lord’s regulations are right, gladdening the heart.
All:  The Lord’s commands are pure, giving light to the eyes.

*HYMN  39  |  Great Is Thy Faithfulness   |  Faithfulness

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION 
O God, too often, we like so many read your word with colored glasses that let us see what we want to see and not what you have for us.  We have our favorite passages and artfully dodge the harsh or dense passages of scripture.  Give us the strength, like Jacob to struggle with you through scripture; give us the wisdom to put our best thoughts to the tests of your thoughts; give us the courage to not only hear but also to heed your call even when it takes us from our comfortable messes through the dessert into your renewed reality.  Amen.

 *SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel: 
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!
*THE GLORIA  |  Glory Be to the Father  |  Gloria Patri (Greatorex)

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
 And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  398  |  How Very Good and Pleasant  | How Very Good

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN  |  Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING  |  Luke 4:14-21  |  p. 57 / 74 NT
ANTHEM   |   Prayer for Partnership   |   Jane Parker Huber & Tom Mitchell
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING    |  Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10  | p. 416 / 540 OT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON  |   And Today’s Reading Is…   Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

 *HYMN  451    |  Open My Eyes, That I May See   |  Open My Eyes

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  (from The Second Helvetic Confession of 1561)

We believe and confess the canonical Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles of both Testaments to be the true Word of God, and to have sufficient authority of themselves, not of men.  For God himself spoke to the fathers, prophets, apostles, and still speaks to us through the Holy Scriptures.  And in this Holy Scriptures, the universal Church of Christ has the most complete exposition of all that pertains to a saving faith, and also to the framing of a life acceptable to God; and in this respect it is expressly commanded by God that nothing be either added to or taken from the same.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

 OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY  |   Souvenir |   Marcel Dupré

 *DOXOLOGY  606    |   Old Hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
P
raise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God who speaks and calls us by name as your people, see in our gifts our response to your word.  Please see that we are not just hearers but also doers of your word.  Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN  792   | There Is a Balm in Gilead  |   Balm in Gilead
*BENEDICTION
CHORAL RESPONSE  564    |   Amen    |  Sanctus (Haugen)

POSTLUDE   |   Toccata in C   |   Carlos Seixas



 

Cantata Advent Third Sunday

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CANTATA | Sing Joy to All the World  |  Lloyd Larson

I. Narrators | Tidings of Comfort and Joy! |  [0 - 3:13]
II. Narrators | A Light Shall Shine [3:13 - 7:36]
III. Narrators | Prepare the Way!  [7:37 - 11:38]
IV. Narrators | David's Royal City  [11:39 - 16:33]
V. Narrators | Glory in the Highest!  [16:37 - 21:06]
VI. Narrators | Joy of Every Longing Heart [21:14 - 26:11]
VII. Narrators | Worship Christ, the Newborn King [26:18 - 31:31]
VIII. Sing Joy to All the World!  [31:35 - 35:04]

Narrators: Pastor Dudley Elvery and Dee Delaney
Flutists: Tricia Hentschel and Deb Way
Cellist: David Keller

Bulleltin for the December 16 Service

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Prince of Peace, A world was prepared for your coming;
Prophets of old foretold you;
Spiritual seekers quietly awaited you.
In the fulfilment of time you came,
not with a fanfare of trumpets, not with legions of soldiers to protect you,
not with a treasury of gold to finance you, but in the earthiness of a stable,
in the vulnerable surroundings of a cradle,
with the crooning of a mother’s song for welcome.
So you began your journey from the cradle to the cross, costly vocation,
To redeem the world of sinners and to establish peace on earth.
Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come.
~John Johansen-Berg, Shine on, Star of Bethlehem

PRELUDE | People, Look East, the Time Is Near | arr. Tammy Waldrop

INTROIT |   106 Prepare the Way, O Zion  |  Frans Mikael Franzen

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH Emily Olson, Olivia and Grace
It is the third week of Advent, and we are still waiting, waiting for the coming of Jesus.
While we wait, questions fill our minds, anxiety rules our hearts:
We ask Who? What? Where? When? And Why???
Yet, our Maker says, Be still. Know that I am God.
We grow in grace as we wrestle with the questions and share our faith stories. …As we are waiting, may the Holy Spirit fill us with joy. Let us worship God!

*HYMN 93 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates Truro

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of the Ages, we soon will be encouraged to rejoice with the voices of generations before us and our sisters and brothers around us, not only in this place but also around the world. For some of us that is an easy task, we have much to look forward to, the promise of time with those dear to us. For others, being joyful comes less easily. We have suffered or face loss, we’ve hit major bumps in our road. If we are joyful, help us to let it radiate from you through us into the dark corners of other lives. If we are joyless, help us to open the windows of our lives or at least peak through the curtains so the light of your presence may find its way to us. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI 583 Glory to God Gloria

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 95 Prepare the Way of the Lord
(sung three times) Prepare The Way

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Zephaniah 3:14-20 p. 826 / 1073 OT

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING Luke 3:7-18 p. 56 / 73 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

CANTATA Sing Joy to All the World Lloyd Larson
I. Tidings of Comfort and Joy!
II. A Light Shall Shine
III. Prepare the Way!
IV. David's Royal City
V. Glory in the Highest!
VI. Joy of Every Longing Heart
VII. Worship Christ, the Newborn King
VIII. Sing Joy to All the World!

Narrators: Pastor Dudley Elvery and Dee Delaney
Flutists: Tricia Hentschel and Deb Way
Cellist: David Keller

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 123  | It Came Upon the Midnight Clear |  Carol

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY Of the Father's Love Begotten arr. Wilbur Held

*DOXOLOGY 606  | Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Just as the musicians have offered the beauty of music to you, see in our offerings our commitment to taking our gifts and using them to your glory and for your kingdom. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 136 Go, Tell It on the Mountain Go Tell It

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 601 Amen Danish Amen

POSTLUDE Postlude on "Gloria" Jason D. Payne

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave,
the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

 

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

 

Worship Liturgist: Char Hansen
Greeter: Dee Delaney
Ushers: Dee Delaney, Phil Dillman, Emily Rozak

Wishing or Hoping?

December Second Scriptures and Sermon portion (23 minutes) | December Second Complete Service (1:22) | Homework Assignment


PRELUDE  |   Let Us Break Bread Together  |  Douglas E. Wagner

ADVENT PRAYER FOR PEACE
Prince of Peace, A world was prepared for your coming;
Prophets of old foretold you;
Spiritual seekers quietly awaited you.
In the fulfilment of time you came,
not with a fanfare of trumpets, not with legions of soldiers to protect you,
not with a treasury of gold to finance you, but in the earthiness of a stable,
in the vulnerable surroundings of a cradle,
with the crooning of a mother’s song for welcome.
So you began your journey from the cradle to the cross, costly vocation,
To redeem the world of sinners and to establish peace on earth.
Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come.
~John Johansen-Berg, Shine on, Star of Bethlehem

INTROIT  |   92  |   While We Are Waiting, Come  |  Claire Cloninger & Don Cason

CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH  |  Darlene Giesbrecht, Jack and Alex Correa
The season of Advent is a time of waiting, waiting for the coming of Jesus.
While we wait, questions stalk our minds, anxiety rules our hearts:
We ask Who? What? Where? When? And Why?
Yet, our Maker says, Be still. Know that I am God.
We grow in grace as we wrestle with the questions and share our faith stories....
As we are waiting, may the Holy Spirit fill us with hope. Let us worship God!

*HYMN 88  |  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  |  Veni Emmanuel

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Promise, God of Hope, help us not to lose your promises in the midst of all the noise that surrounds us. In our rush to be ready for Christmas, help us obey the speed limits that encourage us to slow down. When we go through school zones, help us to become students again sitting not in a classroom but at your feet. When we see a pedestrian crossing, help us to remember to watch for those who seek to cross into places of health and warmth. When we see signs warning about workers ahead, help us to remember not only those who work to keep us safe and to smooth out our paths, but also those who seek work and find none. God, help us to admit our hurriedness and hand it over to you so we may find again your little gifts along our way. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
…Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI 583 |   Glory to God  |   Gloria


*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 95   |  Prepare the Way of the Lord (sung three times)  |   Prepare The Way
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN  |   Rev. Elvery
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

MOMENT FOR MINISTRY   |   Paul Gerrish

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Jeremiah 33:14-16 p. 694 / 903 OT
ANTHEM   |   An Advent Alleluia  |   Berta Poorman & Sonja Poorman
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING  |   Luke 21:25-36 p. 80 / 104 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON   |   Wishing or Hoping?   |   Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 463  |   How Firm a Foundation   |   Foundation

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY   |   Trio on "Hyfrydol"   |   arr. Wayne Leupold

*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
God, who calls us to be good stewards, see in our gifts the depth of our commitment to your work and our trust in your promises. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

…Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
Intinction Instructions:
(All who put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Today we will serve Communion by intinction. Please come forward down the center aisle. Break off a piece of the bread and dip it into the cup and eat. Or you may take an individual cup from the tray and drink. Return to your seat by the side aisle. If you are unable to come forward, please indicate this to the pastor and the sacrament will be brought to you.)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Again we have gathered at your table, O Lord. Again we have been nourished by you. Again we have been bound anew to you and to each other. As we scatter from this sacred time, let us be nourished to feed those who hunger and to reach out to those are alone. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 516  |   For the Bread Which You Have Broken  |   Kingdom
*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 601  |   Amen  |   Danish Amen

POSTLUDE   |   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel   |   arr. Mark Hayes

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Worship Liturgist: Kathie Darman
Greeters: Paul & Sylvia Tufts
Ushers: Marge Errant, Debbie Maxwell, Ron Shropshire

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – The Session is calling a congregational meeting today immediately after worship to hear the report of the nominating committee and elect officers for the class of 2021.

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by the Women’s Association Board, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is invited!

 

The Details

To hear the Scriptures and Sermon portion of the November 11 Service click here |  Scripture and Sermon from  November 4 Service click here

PRAYER FOR PEACE
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE |  Amazing Grace  |  arr. Mark Hayes

Shall We Gather at the River/Near to the Heart of God |  arr. Mark Hayes

INTROIT  |  He Has Made Me Glad |  Leona Von Brethorst

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP  |  (based on Psalm 127 from The Message)
One: If God doesn’t build the house,
Many: the builders only build shacks.
One: If God doesn’t guard the city,
Many: the night watchman might as well nap.
One: It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
Many: and work your worried fingers to the bone.
All: Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?

*HYMN 65 | Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah|  CWM Rhondda

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Loving God, we’ve all heard that “the devil’s in the details”. Help us to see you in the details too. Too easily we wait for the “big moment” and your little, rich, pregnant moments pass us by unnoticed. Too often we get wrapped up in the detail of our lives, either together or individually, they become a swarm of buzzing flies that cloud our vision, they become a background noise that blocks out your gentle voice tenderly calling. Help us to see the little things of life differently, help us to look for your hand and voice in them. Help us to trust that you value little things and can take them and plant them to grow. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA  |  582 Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me | Glory to God
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE |  669 |  Let’s Sing unto the Lord | Cantemos Al Señor

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN|  Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING
| Mark 12:38-44 p. 46 / 60 NT
ANTHEM Great Is Thy Faithfulness |  arr. Mark Hayes
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING Ruth 3:1-5 & 4:13-17 |   (The Message)

3: 1-2 One day her mother-in-law Naomi said to Ruth, “My dear daughter, isn’t it about time I arranged a good home for you so you can have a happy life? And isn’t Boaz our close relative, the one with whose young women you’ve been working? Maybe it’s time to make our move. Tonight is the night of Boaz’s barley harvest at the threshing floor. 3-4 “Take a bath. Put on some perfume. Get all dressed up and go to the threshing floor. But don’t let him know you’re there until the party is well under way and he’s had plenty of food and drink. When you see him slipping off to sleep, watch where he lies down and then go there. Lie at his feet to let him know that you are available to him for marriage. Then wait and see what he says. He’ll tell you what to do.” 5 Ruth said, “If you say so, I’ll do it, just as you’ve told me.”

4:1-3 Boaz married Ruth. She became his wife. Boaz slept with her. By God’s gracious gift she conceived and had a son. 14-15 The town women said to Naomi, “Blessed be God! He didn’t leave you without family to carry on your life. May this baby grow up to be famous in Israel! He’ll make you young again! He’ll take care of you in old age. And this daughter-in-law who has brought him into the world and loves you so much, why, she’s worth more to you than seven sons!” 16 Naomi took the baby and held him in her arms, cuddling him, cooing over him, waiting on him hand and foot. 17 The neighborhood women started calling him “Naomi’s baby boy!” But his real name was Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON | The Details  |  Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN|  708 | We Give Thee but Thine Own | Schumann

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From the Confession of 1967
9.21 The reconciling work of Jesus was the supreme crisis in the life of mankind. His cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to men, moves them to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates the new life in Christ. 9.22 The new life takes shape in a community in which men know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are. They therefore accept themselves and love others, knowing that no man has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace. 9.23 The new life does not release a man from conflict with unbelief, pride, lust, fear. He still has to struggle with disheartening difficulties and problems. Nevertheless, as he matures in love and faithfulness in his life with Christ, he lives in freedom and good cheer, bearing witness on good days and evil days, confident that the new life is pleasing to God and helpful to others.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY  |   Gavotte Samuel Wesley

*DOXOLOGY   606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Sometimes you have given us much and other times, not so much. Yet you always give us enough. See in our gifts, that we, like that widow of yore, have given all we can from what we have. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN |   697 |   Take My Life  | Hendon
*BENEDICTION
*CHORAL RESPONSE 543 God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

POSTLUDE Once to Every Man and Nation arr. Mark Hayes

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist


 

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