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View Gallery of Images from our Philippine Partners
These are some of the images from the trip that Pastor Kathy Nelson, Tom Liddle, and Rev. Glen Harrington-Hall took this summer to visit our partner churches in the Philippines. The order of service is listed below the gallery of photos.
People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, Interpreter
Katie Robinson, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Lighting the First Advent Candle ~The Candle of Hope
Led by Tom and Monica Liddle, Simon and Hannah
Reading of Scripture, Lighting of the Candle, and a Prayer
Sung Response “O, Come, O Come, Emanuel” (#116, verse 6)
*Opening Hymn “Called as Partners in God’s Service”
(#495 black hymnal)
Partnership Prayer, Advent 2013 written by Tom Liddle
Most gracious and loving God, you have created many nations, languages and peoples. You have created us in your image and called us into relationship with you and one another. Today we give thanks for your global community and especially for the partnership between UCCP Churches in the Philippines and Peace UCC in Duluth, Minnesota. Help us to remember O God, that it is you who has called us into partnership as an expression of your love and commitment to humanity.
In this time and place we lift up the ministries of UCCP churches in Matinao, in Tubajun, and Union Church on the island of Sirgao. We give thanks for the ways you are active through these ministries and for your presence of solidarity in the community. Lord, we also lift up the people and life of Peace UCC in Duluth. Thank you for walking with and guiding us all.
God, at this time we also lift up a prayer of grief and mourning. Many of your children have been lost in Typhoon Yolanda. Homes and farms and fishing boats have been destroyed. Families are separated and help is scarce. Strengthen us God. Draw us together and remind us that wherever people suffer, you are nearby—comforting, guiding, holding steady.
Finally Lord, we pray that you would continue to guide and strengthen our partnership. May this partnership bear fruit for the furtherance of your will. In Jesus Christ, Amen.
Children’s Time Mark Hakes & Jackie Falk
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 2:1–5
Special Music ~ Gudrun Witrak, Mark Hakes, & Emily Ramsey
Sermon “Partners in Christ”
Glen Herrington-Hall, Tom Liddle, & Kathy Nelson
Hymn “All Earth is Waiting” (#121 black, just verse 1 in Spanish)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
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. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Our vision is to be an accessible, open, and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Hymn of Preparation “Jesus is Here Right Now” (#348 black)
*Closing Hymn “Comfort, Comfort O My People” (#101 black)
All Are Invited Downstairs for a Filipino Dinner
to Benefit the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda