Trinitarian Congregational Church

Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – Third Sunday of Advent (December 13, 2020)

Prelude

Elizabeth Markey, Harp


Gathering Hymn

Wake, Awake, For Night Is Flying

See the sheet music here: Page 1 Page 2

Verse 1
“Wake, awake, for night is flying,”
the watchmen on the heights are crying;
“Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”
Midnight hears the welcome voices
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
“Where are the virgins pure and wise?
The Bridegroom comes: Awake!
Your lamps with gladness take!
Alleluia!
With bridal care and faith’s bold prayer,
to meet the Bridegroom, come, prepare!”

Verse 2
Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and in her heart new joy is springing.
She wakes, she rises from her gloom.
For her Lord comes down all-glorious
and strong in grace, in truth victorious.
Her star is risen, her light is come!
Now come, O Blessed One,
Lord Jesus, God’s own Son.
Sing hosanna!
We answer all in joy your call;
we follow to the wedding hall.

Verse 3
Lamb of God, the heavens adore you,
the saints and angels sing before you
with harp and cymbals’ clearest tone.
Of one pearl each shining portal,
where, joining with the choir immortal,
we gather round your radiant throne.
No eye has seen that light,
no ear the echoed might
of your glory;
yet there shall we in victory
sing shouts of joy eternally!


Advent Wreath Lighting
Ben and Noah Keyes, 9:30A Service ONLY


Praise

Joy To The World

Verse 1
Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

Verse 2
Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns;
Let all their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Verse 3
No more let sin and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.

Verse 4
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders, wonders of his love.


Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Verse 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.

Verse 2
Joy to those who long to see thee, Dayspring from on high, appear;
come, thou promised Rod of Jesse, of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing news, glad tidings of a birth;
“Go to him, your praises bringing; Christ the Lord has come to earth.

Verse 3
”Come to earth to taste our sadness, he whose glories knew no end;
by his life he brings us gladness, our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall;
this the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all.

Verse 4
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 own sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne.


Ministry Spotlight
Marty Bodley, TCC Board, 9:30A ONLY


Congregational Prayer
Ben and Noah Keyes


Greeting
Children’s/Youth Ministry Dismissal (11a only)


Announcements

Upcoming Services for the Christmas Season:

  • Children’s Pageant STREAMED on December 20th, 4pm, via YOUTUBE ONLY
  • Christmas Eve Service on December 24th, 3pm, LIVE-STREAMED, OUTDOORS ONLY
  • Post Christmas Worship Service on December 27th, 9:30am, LIVE-STREAMED ONLY

Offering

Come To Us O Lord

Verse 1
O living Word; please come and dwell in us
Lord wipe away, these tears
O Ancient Son; so long foretold
We’re desperate souls, draw near

Chorus
And we will stand,
Securely in the strength of the Lord
Every heart will surely come and adore
The Great I Am

Verse 2
Our Shepherd King; please come and dwell with us
To fields of grace; lead on

Chorus
And we will stand,

Securely in the strength of the Lord
Every heart will surely come and adore
The Great I Am
We need You now
Break our chains by Your glory and power
Make us captive to a holy desire
Come to us O Lord
Come to us O Lord

Bridge
Prince of Peace, Emmanuel

Lord draw us close, unto Thyself
King of kings, God’s chosen One
We need you now; to Thee we run


Scripture Reading
Ben Morse

Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

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

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

 


Sermon – Rolling Out The Red Carpet
Rev. Dr. Thomas Petter


Communion


Song of Response

Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming

Verse 1
Lo how a rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old have sung
It came a flower bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half gone was the night

Verse 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 gone was the night

Verse 3
This flower whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere
True man yet very God
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load


Benediction
Rev. Dr. Thomas Petter


Postlude

Elizabeth Markey, Harp


Band this Morning:

  • Worship Leader, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Adam Kurihara
  • Electric Guitar – John Marciniec
  • Harp – Elizabeth Markey
  • Piano and Vocals – Ben Morse

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Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – Second Sunday of Advent (December 06, 2020)

Prelude


Gathering Hymn

Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending

Verse 1
Lo He comes with clouds descending
Once for favored sinners slain
Thousand thousand saints attending
Hail the King who comes again
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
God appears on earth to reign

Verse 2
Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in awesome majesty
Those who mocked despised and sold Him
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree
Deeply mourning
Deeply mourning
Deeply mourning
Shall the true Messiah see

Verse 3
Now redemption long expected
See with solemn joy appear
Saints whose faith this world rejected
Meet their Savior in the air
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
See the day of God appear

Verse 4
Yes amen let all adore You
High on Your eternal throne
Savior take the power and glory
Claim the kingdom for Your own
Come Lord Jesus
Come Lord Jesus
Come Lord Jesus
Everlasting God come down


Advent Wreath Lighting

(From Isaiah 11)

Reader: The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.

All: They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. 

Let us pray: Faithful God, you are at work to restore all of creation in its intended harmony. Give us your shalom, that we may be reconciled to all enemies in the peace that passes all understanding through Christ Jesus our Lord. God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness come. Amen. 


Praise

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Verse 1
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Verse 2
O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Verse 3
O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Verse 4
O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace


God With Us

Verse 1
Oh You’ve come to bring peace to be Love
To be nearer to us
You’ve come to bring life to be Light
To shine brighter in us
Oh Emmanuel God with us

Chorus 1
Our Deliverer You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
Over ev’rything our Redemption
God with us
You are God with us

Verse 2
Oh You’ve come to be Hope to this world
For Your honor and name
And You’ve come to take sin to bear shame
And to conquer the grave
Oh Emmanuel God with us

Bridge
You are here, You are holy, We are standing in Your glory
You are here, You are holy, We are standing in Your glory
You are here, You are holy, We are standing in Your glory
You are here, You are holy, We are standing in Your glory Lord


Congregational Prayer
Steve Johnson


Greeting
Children’s/Youth Ministry Dismissal (11a only)


Announcements

  • Faith/Promise Cards are due today, December 6, 2020

Offertory

Creator of the Stars of Night

Creator of the stars of night
Thy people’s everlasting light
O Christ, Redeemer of us all
We pray you hear us when we call

Come, oh come
Come, oh come
Come, oh come
To us

When this old world drew on toward night
You came, but not in splendor bright
Not as a monarch, but the child
Of Mary blameless mother mild


Scripture Reading
Steve Johnson

Matthew 1:18-25


Sermon – God With Us
Rev. Kyle Smethurst, Pastor of Students and Outreach


Praise

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Verse 1
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
And with fear and trembling stand
Ponder nothing earthly minded
For with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth
Our full homage to demand

Verse 2
King of kings yet born of Mary
As of old earth He stood
Lord of lords in human vesture
In the body and the blood
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food

Verse 3
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away

Verse 4
At His feet the six-winged seraph
Cherubim with sleepless eye
Veil their faces to His presence
As with ceaseless voice they cry
Alleluia alleluia
Alleluia Lord Most High


Receiving New Members
Ian Armstrong

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen 


Benediction

Rev. Kyle Smethurst, Pastor of Students and Outreach


Band this Morning:

  • Worship Leader, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Adam Kurihara
  • Electric Guitar – Tim Kounadis
  • Piano – Eric Andersen
  • Cello – Alex Lu

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Season of Giving Shoebox Project

This Christmas season TCC is supporting the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) to empower and encourage the families they serve. The ECAF’s mission is to provide resources, early literacy and school readiness programs to young families in the Framingham area. Many of their families are young parents or recent immigrants but they are all hard working parents juggling the massive challenges of this year.  Remember, most children in Framingham have been doing remote school since March and families are stretched thin.  Our goal is to buoy their spirits and provide engaging activities to children who are lacking stimulation due to isolation.

Contact Becky Chen to sign up or at the outdoor project table this Sunday, Dec. 6th to sponsor a local family. There are TWO box options described below. Turn in your boxes to TCC on Tuesdays 9A-Noon, Thursdays 4-5:30P, or Sundays, 11A-Noon. They are due by Sunday, December 20th! 

OPTION 1

Sponsor an ECAF family!  Pack a box of goodies suitable for the specific ages/genders/needs of the family. (about $10-$20 per family member).

Each box should include:

  • A winter/holiday (not Christmas) card expressing care for the family  We do not have names of the families for confidentiality reasons but you can address the card “From our family to yours”.
  • A specific gift for each member of the family. A family bio will be emailed to you (also, family bio stickers available at the project table) and will provide ideas specific to each family.
  • Please consider giving books (make note of the family’s language preference), games, and toys that encourage cooperative play between siblings and parent/child.
  • Gifts for parents/caregivers could include: cozy blankets, winter hats/gloves/scarves, tea/mug, candles, pretty dish towels, etc.

OPTION 2

Arts supplies/interactive play box for children to use over the holiday break and within their parent/child virtual program.  Please pack your box with materials which could be used for creative play, education, and/or family togetherness. (about $25).  Option 2 Video

Suggestions (please include at least 5 of the following):

  • Children’s scissors/paper
  • Coloring books (not Christmas themed)
  • Markers/crayons/colored pencils (non toxic)
  • Watercolor paints/brushes
  • Play-Doh and cookie cutters (non toxic)
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue sticks (non toxic)
  • Pom poms, pipe cleaners, stamps/stamp pads
  • Simple family games using numbers, shapes, alphabet, matching
  • Optional:  pack in a reusable box with a lid.

Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – First Sunday of Advent (November 29, 2020)

Prelude


Opening Hymn

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Verse 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.

Verse 2
Joy to those who long to see thee,
Dayspring from on high, appear
Come, thou promised Rod of Jesse,
of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing
news, glad tidings of a birth
“Go to him, your praises bringing:
Christ the Lord has come to earth.”

Verse 3
Come, to earth to taste our sadness,
he whose glories knew no end;
By his life he brings us gladness,
our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number,
born within a cattle stall;
This the everlasting wonder,
Christ was born the Lord of all.

Verse 4
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.


Advent Wreath Lighting
Calverley Family

Based on Psalm 130 and Romans 15

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
All: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us Pray:
Faithful God, out of war’s chaos, you bring the order of peace.
Renew us in hope, that we may work toward Christ’s advent of peace
among all nations. God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness
come. Amen.


Praise

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery

Verse 1
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Verse 2
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living in His suff’ring
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law in Him we stand

Verse 3
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured love untold

Verse 4
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord He is alive
What a foretaste of deliv’rance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes


Here I Am To Worship

Verse 1
Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Chorus 1
So here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
And You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

Verse 2
King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

Bridge
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross


Greeting
Children’s/Youth Ministry Dismissal (11a only)


Announcements

  • Faith/Promise Cards are due December 6, 2020
  • Advent Devotional 2020 begins on November 29th.  Click HERE for more information.

Praise

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Verse 1
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Verse 2
O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Verse 3
O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Refrain

Verse 4
O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace

Refrain
Refrain


Scripture Reading
Brandon Unruh

Matthew 1:1-11, 17


Sermon – The Return of the King: Ancestry.com
Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Petter


Congregational Prayer
Brandon Unruh


Praise

Resurrecting

Verse 1
The head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now
The Savior knelt to wash our feet
Now at his feet we bow

Verse 2
The one who wore our sin and shame
Now robed in majesty
The radiance of perfect love
Now shines for all to see

Chorus 1
Your name
Your name
Is victory
All praise
Will rise
To Christ our king

Verse 3
The fear that held us now gives way
To him who is our peace
His final breath upon the cross
Is now alive in me

Bridge
By your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me
In your name I come alive
To declare your victory
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me

Verse 4
The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
Was borrowed for three days
His body there would not remain
Our God has robbed the grave
Our God has robbed the grave


Benediction
Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Petter


Band this Morning:

  • Worship Leader and Acoustic Guitar – Gabe McHugh
  • Bass Guitar  – Dylan Radar
  • Electric Guitar – John Marciniec
  • Piano and Vocals – Ben Morse
  • Vocals – Annie Long and Emily Pomphrett
  • Drums – Carl Puglisi

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Advent and Christmas 2020

Here are the events and services coming up for Advent and the month of December 2020:

Saturday, 11/21 Advent Wreath Pick-Up begins Outside Back Door
Saturday, 11/28 Advent Wreath Decoration ZOOM Party 10AM
Sunday, 11/29 1st Sunday in Advent 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
Sunday, 11/29 27-Day Advent Devotional begins Email Blast
Sunday, 12/6 2nd Sunday in Advent: 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
Sunday, 12/13 3rd Sunday in Advent: Communion 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
Sunday, 12/20 4th Sunday in Advent 9:30 (Livestream ONLY)
11:00a (Outdoors)
4:00p Children’s Christmas Pageant only on YouTube
Thursday, 12/24 Christmas Eve Family/Candlelight Service 3p-4p (Livestream Outdoors. Registration Required)
Sunday, 12/27 1st Sunday after Christmas 9:30a (Livestream)

Children’s Christmas Pageant
The TCC Christmas Pageant will be streamed on-line via YouTube ONLY this year on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 4pm. Get your cozy socks on, grab the family and watch this heart-warming celebration of Jesus’ birth.

Advent Wreath Distribution
There is a wreath available for every family in the TCC community, whether a member, regular attendee or visitor. These Advent Wreaths may be used on Sundays, as we gather together in worship and light our TCC candles, or as a family as you sit down to do your devotionals.

Wreaths will be ready for pick up on the following days and times:
Saturday, November 21st from 1-3pm
During services on Sunday, November 22nd
Tuesday, November 24th, from 6-8pm

If you, for whatever reason, cannot come to pick-up the wreath, we will arrange a ‘Deacon delivery.’

Daily Advent Devotional
Look for these emails, sent daily, beginning Sunday, November 29th! We encourage you to gather together as a family (or with a prayer partner) to read these devotional, dwell in the Lord’s Word and reflect on the questions.
If you would like a Prayer Partner to share in these devotionals during this holiday season, we can connect you with someone. If you need a prayer partner, please contact Jen.

Angel Tree
UPDATE: So far only four children have been chosen for gifts. It’s important to note that even though we can’t physically pick an Angel off the tree and shop for a gift this year, the Angel Tree Program will mail gift cards for all sponsored children and they will still receive the word of Christ and the opportunity to receive a Bible.

For decades, TCC has supported the Angel Tree Organization. Children in our community are again counting on us to make Angel Tree possible this year — virtually, in light of Covid-19! Please help connect children with their incarcerated parents to show them the love of Christ? Here is the link to get started: https://tinyurl.com/TCCAngelTree. Our access code is: 94H1J.
After entering the code, you will see virtual tags with the names of children assigned to TCC. Just browse through the tags, select the child(ren) you would like to sponsor, click checkout, and fill in your payment information. If you have any questions or would like more details, please feel free to email Debbie Coughlin at dkcoughlin@gmail.com. Tax-deductible, and a very special way to give this Christmas season. Thank you!

We hope you join us and invite friends, neighbors, and family to these services!