December 13, 2015 ~ 10:30am
Third Sunday of Advent
The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Youth and Children’s Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
by Benjamin Fena, Bergen Hubley, Crystal & Mark Kaczmarczyk, Daniel Pospisil, and others
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Song “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” (#107 vs 1-3)
Lighting the Third Advent Candle ~The Candle of Joy
Readings, Lighting of Candles, and a Prayer
By Jonathan, Lauren, Isaac, and Owen Ballmer
*Opening Hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (#116)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Come to us, Promised Sign of restoration: open our eyes.
Come to us, Child of compassion: break open our hearts.
Come to us, Servant of the poor: lead us to serve the lost.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, God with us: to forgive us, to heal us, so the peace that was promised might be fulfilled for us and our world. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Love
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Joy to the World”
Sung by Lydia Peterson, Brita Larsen, Isabelle Schomberg, and Aggie Pokrzywinski
*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 our offerings as a sign of our intention to live surrounded by your mercy and generous toward your world. Amen.
A Minnesotan Christmas Story
by Keira Amelia Farkas
Song: “Born Here Today” 4th & 5th graders
Song: “Angels We Have Heard on High” preschoolers
Song: “Go Tell It On the Mountain” kindergarten & 1st graders
Song: “Star of Wonder” 2nd & 3rd graders
Song: “Away in a Manger” entire cast
Song: “Born Here Today” entire cast
Closing Hymn “Joy to the World” (#132, 1 vs)