Note:  Recording of Cantata begins at 17:12

December 22, 2019 ~ 10:30am

Fourth Sunday of Advent
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude by Melanie Sever and Kim Anderson

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells

God is Revealed as We Gather

Opening Song   “Awake! Awake…”   (#107, vs. 4)

Lighting of Our Advent Candles   ~ Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

Scripture and Prayer ~Jerry, Ruby, Max Carlson and Noah Beyer

*Opening Hymn   “Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates”   (#117)

Unison Prayer of Confession

Creator God, even in the midst of a season of joy, we must confess that there are times when we lose sight of what really matters. We get so caught up in our own plans that we neglect to look out for others. While we are anxiously awaiting Emmanuel and the hope that Christ’s birth will bring, we often neglect to bring hope to those who are alone and hurting during this season. We are often so busy looking for the light that is to come that we forget to be the light for those who need it. For these times we ask for forgiveness. Help us to sing with you songs of justice and joy.

Assurance of Pardon

Story for All Ages

The Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings and Christmas Fund Offerings

Offertory   Concerto for Two Flutes by Vivaldi

*The Thanksgiving
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.

*Prayer of Dedication

The Messiah

by George Frideric Handel

The Choir  
Soprano Tenor
Cathy Ameel Doug Bowen-Bailey
Patty Beech-Dziuk Tim Carpenter
Jennifer Boyle* Andy Fena
Barb Hanka Benjamin Fena
Erica Henkel Dean Fox
Lyn Clark Pegg David Greenberg*
Deborah Rausch John Hawley
Mary Pat Renaud* Sharon Kirtley
Elaine Schmid Pat Sheedy
Judy Seliga-Punyko  
Cathy Wood  
Alto Bass
Marge Anderson John Ameel
Penny Cragun Derek Bromme*
Sharon Crosby Jerry Cleveland
Sara Olson Dean Peter Good
Katey Fornear Scott Mead
Susan Larson Kidd Luther Qson
Phyllis Mead Kirby Wood*
Nina Preheim  
Gudrun Witrak*  
The Orchestra  
Violin Flute
Eli Bissonett Kim Anderson
Andre Good Melanie Sever
Nathan Holst  
Crystal Kaczmarczyk Bassoon
Sydney Olson Fred Taallerud
Emily Ramsey* (concert master)  
Viola Frost Bowen-Bailey
Jonathan Kresha Sam Marks
Cello Organ
Betsy Husby Wendy Durrwachter
Bass Harpsichord
Tim Churchill Jim Pospisil
*indicates soloist  

*Benediction and Postlude