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Order of Worship for Sunday, December 6, 2020
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Prelude
You’ll Come by Brooke Fraser
with the OnCenter Band

Verse 1
I have decided, I have resolved
to wait upon you, Lord
My Rock and Redeemer
Shield and reward
I’ll wait upon you, Lord
As surely as the sun will rise
You’ll come to us
certain as the day appears

Chorus 1
You’ll come
Let your glory fall as you respond to us
Spirit rain flood into our thirsty hearts again
You’ll come, you’ll come

Verse 2
We are not shaken, we are not moved
we wait upon you, Lord
Mighty Deliverer our triumph and Truth
we wait upon you, Lord
As surely as the sun will rise
You’ll come to us
certain as your Word endures

Chorus 1

Bridge
Chains be broken,
lives be healed
Eyes be opened,
Christ is revealed
[repeat]

Chorus 2
You’ll come
Let your glory fall as you respond to us
Spirit rain flood into our thirsty hearts again
You’ll come, you’ll come
Let your glory fall as you respond to us
Spirit rain flood into our thirsty hearts again
You’ll come, you’ll come

Welcome
with Pastor Hannah, Lead Pastor


Opening Song
Blessed Be the God of Israel, UMH 209
with Marty Matutis, Cantor

Verse 1
Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free,
who visits and redeems us, and grants us liberty.
The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release;
God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.

Verse 2
Now from the house of David a child of grace is given;
A savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven.
Before him goes the herald, forerunner in the way,
The prophe of salvation, the harbinger of day.

Verse 3
On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise,
The dawning of forgiveness upon the sinner’s eyes,
To guide the feet of pilgrims a long the paths of peace;
O bless our god and Savior with songs that never cease!

Opening Prayer
with Pastor Jeremiah, Associate Pastor

Lighting of the Advent Candle
with Matt, Tracey & Andy Mesarch

Response Song
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, UMH 211 (Verse 2)
with Marty Matutis, Cantor

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show
and cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

Passing of the Peace
with Toby Elliott

Song
Big House by Audio Adrenaline
with the OnCenter Band

Come and go with me to my Father’s house [x2]
It’s a big, big house with lots and lots of room
A big, big table with lots and lots of food
A big, big yard where we can play football
It’s a big, big house, it’s my Father’s….house! 

Time for young Disciples
with Beth Hagemeyer

Scripture
Mark 1:1-8
with Scott Baker

1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”

4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Song of Preparation
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, UMH 196
with Marty Matutis, Cantor

Verse 1
Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Verse 2
Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit, rule in all our hearts along;
by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.

Sermon
Preparing for a Real Christmas in a Virtual Age
with Lynn Pries

Song
Fearless by Newsboys
with the OnCenter Band

Verse 1
What lies ahead may be unknown
As I brave the unseen road, God go with me
Ev’ry hidden sacrifice
Through the watches of the night, God go with me
Through it all I know I am not alone

Chorus 1
I am fearless in your presence
You’re all around, all around me

Verse 2
Say the word that sets my heart
On what you’ve done and who you are
God you’re for me
Ev’ry hard and heavy step
I will see your faithfulness
God you are for me, for me

Chorus 2
I am fearless in your presence
You’re all around me, all around me
In my weakness you are strongest
You surround me, you surround me

Bridge
No fear in the crashing waves, no fear when the cost is great
No fear in the midnight hour, you’ve given me a spirit of power
[repeat]
I’m not afraid, no, I’m not afriad

Chorus 2

Pastoral Prayer
with Pastor Hannah

The Lord’s Prayer
with Braden H.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Offertory Invitation
with Clyde Uebele

Offertory
Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guarldi
with Chris Garofalo, Director of Music Ministry

Announcements
with Pastor Jeremiah

Closing Song
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, UMH 218 (Verses 1, 2 & 4)
with Marty Matutis, Cantor

Verse 1
It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on earth, goodwill to all, from heaven’s all gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.

Verse 2
Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled,
and still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world;
above its sad and lowly plains, they bend on hovering wing,
and ever o’er its Babel sounds the blessed angles sing.

Verse 4
For lo! the days are hastening on, by prohet seen of old,
when with the ever circling years shall come the time foretold
when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,
and the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

Blessing
with Pastor Hannah

Postlude
Lulu by Goran Ivanovic
with Goran Ivanovic, Guitar 


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