Dec. 19, 2021

Dec. 19th. 

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Call to Worship – Hymn 266 “People in Darkness are Looking for Light”. 

Lighting of the Advent Candle  – Lori Karol 

Advent Candle Prayer 

(by Joanna Harader, and used with permission, http://spaciousfaith.com/ )

Holy One, be the light in our darkness tonight.

As we have lit the candle of hope,

we pray for those who feel hopeless.

Silent Reflection 

As we have lit the candle of peace,

we pray for all victims of violence.

Silent Reflection

As we have lit the candle of joy,

we pray for those whose hearts are weighed down by sorrow.

Silent Reflection

As we have lit the candle of love,

we pray for those who do not feel loved,

And for those who struggle to love others.

Silent Reflection

Holy One, be the light in our darkness tonight,

that we might reflect your light into the dark corners of our world. Amen.

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Offerings our Gifts/Remembering God’s Gifts

Hymn 819. “For the Life that You Have Given”

Introduction.   “Mattia and Lucy’s Christmas Pageant: The story of Unexpected and Expected Guests – A Wise Women, Shepherds, Angels and Sheep!”   

Featuring: 

Mattia: Jaden Laudenslager 

Lucy: Nikayla Myers 

Wise Woman, Shepherd, Head of the Heavenly Hosts:  Sophie Rice 

Narrator, Mary: Lola Smith

Sheep:  Sammy and Reyden Veliz. 

Angel: Sammy Veliz

Director: Pastor Janel 

Hymn 274.  O Come, O Come, Immanuel (verses 1 and 4) 

Wise Men:  “We Three Kings” 

We three kings of Orient are;
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star.

(Chorus) O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to your perfect light.

Glorious now behold Him arise

King and God and Sacrifice!

Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia

Heaven to earth replies

Chorus 

Shepherds:  Hymn 296. While Shepherds Watched their Flocks  (verses 1 and 2) 

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

All seated on the ground

The angel of the Lord came down,

And glory shone around

“Fear not”, said he, for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled mind

“Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind”

Angels:   Hymn 295  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (verse 1) 

Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King”

Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies

With angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King”

Manger Scene:  Hymn 301 “Away in the Manger” (verses 1 and 2) 

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed

The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head

The stars in the sky look down where he lay

The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes

But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes

I love you Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh

Pageant’s conclusion: Hymn 305 “What Child is This”

Benediction 

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