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Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 20, 2020)

Prelude

Organ


Gathering Hymn

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


Advent Wreath Lighting
Sarah Comeau and Becky Collins, 9:30A Service ONLY

Based on Psalm 103 and John 15

Before the service: Make sure 2 purple and 1 pink candles are lit

As a symbol of our expectation for the coming of our Lord we call one
another to worship by lighting candles of the Advent wreath. Each week,
the addition of a new candle depicts the growing expectation we have
for the coming of Christ, the light of the world.

We are also reminded of those who waited thousands of years for the
Messiah.

Today we light the fourth candle of Advent. This is the candle of LOVE.

[Light the final purple candle during this reading]

The steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on
those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those
who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. This is
my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

All: I am giving you these commands so that you may love one
another.

Let us pray:
God of hope, Prince of peace, and Lord of love, you are so good to us.
Teach us to love this world and all people as you love us in Jesus Christ,
our Lord. God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness come. Amen.


Praise

O Come All Ye Faithful

Verse 1
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

Refrain:
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord

Verse 2
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above:
“Glory to God, all glory in the highest! [Refrain]

Verse 3
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; [Refrain]


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


Ministry Spotlight
Chrysa Bliati-Lazaridou with Sarah Comeau


Congregational Prayer
Sarah Comeau


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

Scripture Reading
Becky Collins

Matthew 2:13-23


Sermon – A Christmas Carol
Rev. Dr. Thomas Petter


Song of Response

O Holy Night

Verse 1
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;

Chorus
Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born. O night, O holy night, O night divine.

Verse 2
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming; With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand:
So, led by light of a star sweetly gleaming, Here come the wise men from Orient land,
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger, In all our trials born to be our friend;

Chorus
He knows our need, To our weakness no stranger! Behold your King!
Before Him lowly bend! Behold your King! your King! before him bend!

Verse 3
Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is Love and His gospel is Peace;
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, And in his name all oppression shall cease, Sweet hymns of joy in grateful Chorus raise we; Let all within us praise his Holy name!

Chorus
Christ is the Lord, oh praise his name forever!

His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!


Benediction
Rev. Dr. Thomas Petter


Postlude


Band this Morning:

  • Vocals and Piano – Eric Andersen
  • Vocals and Guitar – Alex Kouris
  • Violin – Eleanor Markey
  • Keys – Calvin Neprud