PRELUDE:  In dulci jubilo by J.S. Bach

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

PRAYER

HYMN:  Joy to the World [Antioch]

PRAYER

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH:  Joy

INVITATION: Light of Light (Coventry Carol)

Quartet:  Light of Light, we humbly pray; shine in our hearts today.  Dispel the gloom and dark of night; fill all the world with love and light.

Congregation:  Voices cry out from a world in grief; prayers of those who seek relief.  End their darkness, hear their call for peace on earth, goodwill for all.

RESPONSIVE LITANY: Light of Joy

Leader:  Advent is a time to celebrate the joy of living.

People:  Lord of light, we thank you for the gift of life.

Leader:  Advent is a time to celebrate the joy of relationships.

People:  Lord of light, we thank you for our friends and family.

Leader:  Advent is a time to celebrate the earth we all share.

People:  Lord of light, we thank you for providing for our needs.

Leader:  Advent is a time to celebrate eternal life.

People:  Lord of light, we thank you for sending a Savior.

CANDLE LIGHTING

All singing: Voices cry out from a world in grief; prayers of those who seek relief.  End their darkness, hear their call for peace on earth, goodwill for all.

Quartet:  Peace on earth, goodwill for all.

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Zephaniah 3:14-17

HYMN:  Good Christian Friends, Rejoice [In Dulci Jubilo]

SERMON:  “Enjoying the Party before You Get There”

ANTHEM:  Rejoice & Exult by Craig Phillips

Rejoice, and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!  The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies.  The king of Israel, the Lord is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.  The Lord is in your midst.  He will rejoice over you with gladness, he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.  I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.  I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise, praise and renown in all the earth. [Zephaniah 3:14b-15, 17-19, alt.]

PRAYER

HYMN: Angels We Have Heard on High [Gloria]

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  He Will Feed His Flock by John Carter

He will feed his flock like a shepherd and carry them in his arms.  [Isaiah 40:11]

POSTLUDE:  Improvisation on “Regent Square” by Michael Burkhardt

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