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December 17, 2017
9:30 & 11 a.m.

Sunday Morning Bulletin

December 17, 2017 — Third Sunday of Advent

We Come Together as God’s People


Alle Jahre Wieder    arr. Peter Breiner (b. 1957)

The First Noel    arr. Peter Breiner

Hark! The Herald Angels    arr. Jim Taylor  (b. 1953)

Dr. Michelle L. Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts
Sanctuary Choir and Festival Orchestra

+  Welcome        Rev. David A. Berry (9:30)
                           Rev. Owen J. Gray (11:00)

    Call to Worship

Leader:     The Lord be with you.
People:     And also with you.
Leader:     Today is the third Sunday of Advent.
We celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ 
as a baby born in Bethlehem;
as the Holy Spirit coming to waiting hearts;
and as the Risen Lord coming again in glory.

     Prayer of Adoration

+*Hymn #41    O Come, All Ye Faithful     ADESTE FEDELES

    Lighting of the Advent Candle        
          Elizabeth Conder, Anna Grueninger (9:30)
          Estelle Stover, Luke Miller (11:00)

Leader:    We light the third candle, which symbolizes the joy that the birth of Jesus Christ brings to angels, shepherds, pilgrims and people throughout the ages.
People:    The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid;
for I bring you good news of great joy for all the people;    to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,     who is Christ, the Lord.” As we light this candle, may this joy come to our hearts. 

Sung Response    Light a Candle of Joy    Michael Burkhardt (b. 1957)
Time with Children (11:15)
           Children are dismissed to Milner Chapel for a time with Pastor Dennis   
Proclamation        Dr. Lewis F. Galloway
        Magnificat    J.S. Bach  (1685-1750)

1. Chor                1. Chorus
Magnificat anima mea Dominum.    My soul magnifies the Lord     (vs.46)
2. Arie - Soprano II            2. Aria - Mitzi Westra
Et exultavit spiritus meus        And my spirit rejoices
in Deo salutari meo.             in God my Savior. (vs.47)
3. Arie - Soprano I            3. Aria - Erin Benedict
Quia respexit humilitatem        For He has regarded
ancillae suae.            the lowliness of His handmaiden.
Ecce enim ex hoc            Behold, from henceforth,
beatam me dicent            I will be called blessed
4. Chor                4. Chorus
omnes generationes.            by all generations. (vs.48)
5. Arie - Bass            5. Aria - Samuel Spade
Quia fecit mihi magna,        For the Mighty One has done
qui potens est,            great things for me,
et sanctum nomen eius.        and holy is His name. (vs.49)

    Call to Confession        
     Silent Confession

8. Arie - Tenor            8. Aria - David Smolokoff
Deposuit                He has brought down the
potentes de sede            powerful from their thrones
et exaltavit humiles.            and lifted up the lowly. (vs.52)
9. Arie - Alto            9. Aria - Mitzi Westra
Esurientes implevit bonis,        He has filled the hungry with good things,
et divites dimisit inanes.        and sent the rich away empty. (vs.53)

Assurance of Pardon

+*Response of Praise Hymn #23        Angels We Have Heard on High    GLORIA  
*    The Passing of the Peace
    Ritual of Friendship  
    Prayer of Illumination    
    Rev. Karen L. Lang 

    First Lesson    Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11    (p. 678)

11. Chor                11. Chorus
Sicut locutus est            According to the promise
ad patres nostros,            He made to our ancestors,
Abraham et semini            to Abraham and to His
eius in saecula.            descendants forever. (vs.55)
12. Chor                12. Chorus
Gloria Patri et Filio            Glory to the Father and to the Son
et Spiritui Sancto,             and to the Holy Spirit,
sicut erat in principio        as it was in the beginning,
et nunc et in saecula saeculorum,     is now, and for ever and ever, 
Amen.                Amen.

     Second Lesson    Luke 1:39-56    (p. 932)

We Give Thanks to God

*    Affirmation of Faith  
           adapted from the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand (See Sidebar)

    Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer  
    Offertory    Cradle Hymn    Kim André Arnesen   (b. 1980)
*    Prayer of Thanksgiving

We Go Forth to Serve

*    Closing Hymn           Canticle of the Turning    Star of the county down

*     Charge and Benediction

*    Postlude 
   Grand Fantasia on “Joy to the World!”    Marc Cheban  (b. 1953)

December 17, 2017
6:00 p.m.

Second@Six Bulletin

December 17, 2017 — Third Sunday of Advent

    Welcome and Concerns of the Church                                            Josh Stanley    
*    Call to Worship Hymn #25             Away in a Manger    MUELLER

    Confessional Reading    Matthew 24:1-14     

    Corporate Confession 
Lord, we confess to you that too often the evil we see in the world around us has caused our love to grow cold. We turn in on ourselves and become protective and self-centered, seeking our good and security before that of others. Forgive us and renew in us the self-giving love you have so richly demonstrated in Jesus Christ that we might live as his faithful disciples. Amen.
    Taize Chant    Within Our Darkest Night    Jacques Berthier

*    Passing of the Peace  

Leader:    The peace of Christ be with you.
People:    And also with you.


    Offertory            In the Bleak Midwinter    Gustav Holst, arr. Tom Ristine  (1874-1934; b. 1950)

In the bleak midwinter, icy wind made moan, 
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 
Snow on snow had fallen, snow on snow on snow, 
In the bleak midwinter, long, long ago.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim rising in the air;
Only holy Mary in her maiden bliss,
Worshiped the beloved With a mother’s kiss.
Heaven cannot hold Him, Nor can earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall fall away When He comes to reign.

What then can I bring him, empty as I am.
If I were a sheperd I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man I would know my part,
What then can I give him?
I must give my heart.

    Reading #1     “This Year will be Different”     Karen Lang
        by Anne Weems

    Hymn #44    O Little Town of Bethlehem    ST. LOUIS

    Reading #2      Isaiah 61     Ross Murray

    Reading #3     A Reading from Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey     Josh Stanley            (p. 194)
    Reading #4    1 Corinthians 13:1-13     Kate Rogers, Ruby Rogers

    Congregational Response      Come and Fill Our Hearts      Jacques Berthier    

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer    Karen Lang

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 sins as we forgive those who sin 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.

    Communion        Karen Lang and Josh Stanley

    Music during Communion     
                        See Amid the Winter’s Snow        John Goss, arr. Steve Lambert (1800-1880; b. 1953)
        The text is found in the Hymnal, #51

    Prayer After Communion

*    Hymn #31    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing    MENDELSSOHN

This week's worship schedule

This week's worship schedule

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8:15 AM — 9:00 AM


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Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

This traditional service is a slightly shorter version of the 9:30 and 11 services.

Departments: Worship

Contact: AJ Johnson

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex, Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

9:30 AM — 10:30 AM


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Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, and which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions. The congregation also regularly celebrates the sacraments of baptism and communion.

Departments: Worship

Contact: AJ Johnson

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

Service of Wholeness & Communion
10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Service of Wholeness & Communion

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Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Held each Sunday in Milner Chapel for those who would like to receive the Lord's Supper and join in a reflective time of prayer. This service is led by one of the pastors, as well as one of our deacons or elders, who together invite those who desire to be anointed and prayed for to come forward.

Departments: Worship

Contact: AJ Johnson

Rooms: Chapel

11:15 a.m. Worship Service - Christmas Music Sunday
11:15 AM — 12:00 PM

11:15 a.m. Worship Service - Christmas Music Sunday

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Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 11:15 AM — 12:00 PM

Traditional Worship in a traditional setting with choir.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Catherine Carvey

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

5:00 PM — 5:30 PM


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Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM — 5:30 PM

A family-friendly half-hour of joyful worship.

Departments: Children and Family | Worship

Contact: Janice Holley

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex

Second@Six Worship - Casual - All Welcome
6:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Second@Six Worship - Casual - All Welcome

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Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Second@Six is a casual, slower-paced, less traditional service held in the sanctuary on Sunday evenings. This service, while not "contemporary," desires to be a place where Reformed worship is honored in a relaxed setting. Prayers, Scripture, and the preached Word are always a part of this service, along with the weekly celebration of the Lord's Supper.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Megan Marquardt

Rooms: Sanctuary

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