Advent IV December 24, 2017 10:15 a.m.
Meditation: If you are more fortunate than others, a longer table, not a taller fence.
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We Gather in God’s Name
Introit: Prepare the Way of the Lord (10)
Call to Worship:
The time is drawing near;
O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray!
The preparations are complete;
Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.
We are waiting for God to do a new thing;
We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell.
Christ is entering our lives in a new way;
O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel!
Advent Candle Lighting
(Elaine McCausland and Sue Fowler Dacey)
Thank you shepherds for your faith
and your gift of love.
We will join you on this Advent adventure.
Sung Response: Hope is a Star (7, verse 4)
Love is a flame that burns in our hearts,
Jesus has come and will never depart.
When God is a child there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first, and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.
Anthem: Rise Up Shepherds and Follow
Minute for Mission
We Hear God’s Word
Hymn: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (75)
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:46 55 (NT, pg 57, Gail Wyse)
Message: Shepherds: Lifting Up the Lowly
Hymn: All Poor Ones and Humble (68)
We Respond to God
Prayers of Joy and Concern and The Lord’s Prayer
* Doxology: (541)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures high and low;
give thanks to God in love made known:
Creator, Word and Spirit, One.
* Offertory Prayer:
God of Love,
You accept our gifts, no matter how humble,
You value our lives, no matter how humble,
and no matter how humble our understanding,
you show us your glory; born in a stable.
For this we give you thanks and praise. Amen
* Hymn: Angels From the Realms of Glory (36)
* Commissioning Prayer:
The time is almost here.
We hear the Christmas angels, their great glad tidings tell.
Our hearts are open and waiting.
O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.
So, let us prepare to receive the gift once again,
and with love in our hearts, sing of His glory.
* Sung Response: Gloria
Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!
Glory to God, glory to God, hallelujah, hallelujah!