PRELUDE:  Fanfare on “Joy to the World” by Gene Roberson; Emily Lacina, piano; Peter Bates, organ

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

PRAYER

HYMN:  O Come, All Ye Faithful [Adeste Fideles]

PRAYER

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH:  Love

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 Love

Leader:  Advent is a time to let go of anger and fear.

People:  God of love, fill our hearts with true compassion.

Leader:  Advent is a time to look for the best in others.

People:  God of love, help us speak truth with kindness.

Leader:  Advent is a time to share with those in need.

People:  God of love, remind us that in giving, we receive.

Leader:  Advent is a time to notice and appreciate the good around us.       

People:  God of love, help us see the world through loving eyes.

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:  Micah 5:2-5a

ANTHEM:  Love Came Down at Christmas  Traditional Irish Melody arr. by Roger Emerson; Mark Waters, tenor solo

Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.  Worship we the God-head, love incarnate, love divine; worship we our Jesus, but where-with for sacred sign?  Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine, love to God our neighbor, love for plea and gift and sign. [Christina Rossetti]

SERMON: “Love’s Fulfillment”

HYMN: Love Has Come [Bring a Torch]

PRAYER

HYMN: O Little Town of Bethlehem [St. Louis]

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:  Giga by Norman Dello-Joio

Organ Recital & Carol Sing Live Stream at 2:00 p.m. — https://youtu.be/O1dkL-YCmqk

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