PRELUDE: Fanfare on “Joy to the World” by Gene Roberson; Emily Lacina, piano; Peter Bates, organ
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
HYMN: O Come, All Ye Faithful [Adeste Fideles]
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.
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.
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]
HYMN: O Little Town of Bethlehem [St. Louis]
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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