Holy Advent!!! December 5, 2021 11:00 am
PRELUDE: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel— Bradley Sowash
CALL TO WORSHIP –Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dali Llama
Pastor: It is through weakness and vulnerability that we learn empathy and compassion
People: And discover our souls.
Pastor: Under the greatest adversity there exists the greatest potential for doing good,
People: Both for oneself and others.
Pastor: The quality of human life on our planet is nothing more than the sum total of our daily interactions with one another.
People: Each time we help, or harm, we have a dramatic impact on our world.
Pastor: There comes a time when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.
People: We need to dedicate ourselves to going upstream
Pastor: And find out why they are falling in.
People: Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
HYMN: My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout GTG#100
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
For the sin of silence, For the sin of indifference, For the secret complicity of the neutral, For the closing of borders, For the washing of hands, For the crime of indifference, For the sin of silence, For the closing of borders. For all that was done, For all that was not done, Let there be no forgetfulness before the Throne of Glory; Let there be remembrance within the human heart; And let there at last be forgiveness When your children, O God, are free and at peace. Amen.
SUNG RESPONSE: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel GTG#88 Stanza 1
BIBLE READINGS: Philippians 1:1-11 Luke 3:1-6
DIALOGUE SERMON Micah Rose Emerson and Rev. Scott Myers
HYMN: Watchman, Tell Us of the Night GTG#97
ANTHEM: Magnificat (from Three Gospel Canticles)—Norah Duncan IV
PRAYER: Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer,
SUNG RESPONSE: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel GTG#88 Stanza 7
OFFERTORY SOLO: Every Valley—John Ness Beck, arr. Craig Courtney; Josh Stark, baritone
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
HYMN: Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice GTG#163
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Prepare the Way of the Lord (Sing twice) GTG#95
POSTLUDE: Prepare the Royal Highway (BEREDEN VÄG FÖR HERRAN), Set by Timothy Shaw, 2021
Coming soon! EEK! The Musical, featuring our singers and some of the congregation’s young people! Sunday, December 12, during the service.