Worship Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin

December 8, 2019

Welcome to each and all.
We are very glad you are here.
We trust you will find something of substance to feed your soul in our morning worship. 
We extend a warm welcome to all who gather here.  We are very glad for your presence
and we trust you will find something of substance to feed your soul.

The Community Gathers

Meditation       “The day the power of love overrules the love of power,
                                                   the world will know peace.”        ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Prelude                                             “The Gift of Peace”                                 Arr. Jamie Beals            

Welcome/Signing of Fellowship Pads/Announcements

Moment of Preparation – Let us prepare our hearts and minds for worship.

Introit                                                          “Joy to the World”                                     Arr. Stephenson
                                                              Bell Choir

*Call to Worship
Leader: God spoke through the prophet Isaiah, “Comfort, O comfort, my people.”
People: A voice cries out, “Prepare the way of the Lord!”
Leader: Every valley will be lifted up, every mountain brought low, and the glory of the Lord will be revealed.
People: All people shall witness this together, for the mouth of God has spoken.
Leader: Come, O Come, Emmanuel;
All: We wait for You to enter our world and our lives in a new way.                    

*Bringing Forth the Light of Christ                                                                              Ian Cook               

*Opening Hymn                    “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                                           #114  

Lighting of the Advent Wreath                                                       Amy Chute and Jen Ericson

*Unison Prayer
God of peace and mercy, come to us now in the fullness of your Holy Spirit, that we may know your peace and forgiveness.  Help us to worship you, to hear your Word, and to respond with faithfulness.  Help us to be like Jesus in all that we are and do.  Amen.

A Time for the Children

      (Children may go to their Church School classes at this time.  Guests are very welcome.)   

Anthem                                                “Peace, Peace”                                          Powell/Bock
                                                    Bell Choir and Senior Choir
                                                       Oboe ~ Stephen Shiman

The Word of God to Us

The Reading of Scripture                    Isaiah 11:1-10                                            Carol Spencer Lemay       
                                                            Matthew 3:1-12

Message                                              “A Wild Message”                                 Scott Cousineau

Special Music                          “Greensleeves” (What Child is This)                  Arr. Moklebust
                                                                      Bell Choir                                                        
      We Respond to God’s Word

The Community at Prayer
Offering Prayers 
Silent Prayer                          
Pastoral Prayer
            Our Lord’s Prayer (Unison) 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.

Prayer Response          “Holy Spirit, make me see. 
                                                    All his coming means for me;
                                                    Take the things of Christ, I pray,
                                                    Show them to my heart today. Amen”  
 Offering Our Gifts to God                
        Offertory                                 “Away in the Manger”                                Arr. Moklebust   
                                                                 Bell Choir    
                                Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
                                Praise God all creatures here below.
                                Praise God above ye heavenly hosts,
                                Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.  Amen. 

*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn                  “Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates”                                     #127   

*We Take the Light of Christ into the World


*Benediction Response   “May you find peace, may you find hope, may you find joy this day.
                                          May you find love, may you find rest, here in this place together.”

*Choral Postlude                  “Angels We Have Heard on High”     Traditional Polish Melody             

*All Who Are Able Are Invited To Stand

Rev. Scott Cousineau, Senior Minister
                                     Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
                                            Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
                                                Audrey Cabral, Director of Bells


Members of the congregation are invited to add a silent prayer of blessings as they pass by
the hand-crafted shawls while leaving the sanctuary.

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