Service Recording: December 9, 2018
December 9, 2018 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Kelli Hallsten-Erickson, Lay Leader
Regina Laroche, Guest Preacher
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “A Child is Born” sung by Sarah M. Greer
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles ~ The Candle of Peace
Alex, Sara, Elliott, and Kate Dean
Song: “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” (#107, 2 vs)
A reading from Luke 1:76–79 and a Prayer
*Opening Hymn “All Earth is Waiting” (#121)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
Holy One, darkness surrounds us like a cold stone tomb, until your light bursts into our lives like a clear, bright dawn.
We cover our eyes, we’re so unprepared for your coming. Your light blazes forth like a white-hot fire, consuming all that it touches.
How can we stand before you, O God? The road that we thought was straight and wide is now exposed as a twisted, crooked path, blocked by a mountain of mistakes.
Where can we turn? Who will guide us back to the way of peace—the way that leads home to you?
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages Regina Laroche
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Luke 3:1–6
Anthem “Prepare Ye”
Stories, Songs and Reflections Regina Laroche
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer
by Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Halfway Around the World” sung by Sarah M. Greer
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology”
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below
Praise God for all that love has done.
Creator, Christ and Spirit, One.
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Walk with Me” by Maggie Wheeler