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

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.
–Chaim Stern

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
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.


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