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
Choral Amen

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