December 18, 2016 ~ 10:30am
Fourth Sunday of Advent
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Kelli Farell, Children’s Ministries
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude by Our Church School Children: Katie Kehtel, piano; Mary Boyle, piano; Daniel Pospisil, violin; Kiana Langdon-Larson, violin;
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Awake! Awake . . .” (#107)
*Lighting of Our Advent Wreath Candles: “The Candle of Love”
Carla Larson, Maleeah & Kiana Langdon-Larson
A Reading from the Prophet Micah
*Opening Hymn “Choose to Hope” (insert)
O Loving God, we await the birth of your Child, Jesus, whom you send into the world to show us the way of compassion. Let us follow Jesus with courage and joy across all the boundaries of our human difference.
Open our hearts and our communities, that they may be places where your goodness is recognized, and your generosity is shown to all our sisters and brothers.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus, your beloved Child and our brother.
Celebrating the Baptism of Olivia Crittenden
Song: “Daughter” sung by Jane Aas & Ron Deters
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25
Hymn “Gentle Joseph, Joseph Dear” (#105)
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Mission Moment for Christmas Fund
Sharing our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving (Old Hundredth)
Hope in the God who reigns above,
Who holds us all in steadfast love;
Whose Spirit blows across the earth,
Preparing us for second birth.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
Holy One, whose heart abounds with gifts, receive this our offering as a sign of our intention to live surrounded by your mercy and generous toward your world. Amen.
Children’s Christmas Pageant
“If We Do It, It Will Work”
Away in a Manger
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
We Three Kings
Joy to the World! (#132, congregation sings vs 2 & 3)