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December 13, 2020  ⁂  10:30am

Third Sunday of Advent

The People of Peace Church
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Gary Boelhower and John Pokrzywinski, Readers
Rev. Kathryn Nelson 

Prelude     “I Wonder as I Wander” sung by Elias Mokole

Announcements and 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 Advent Wreath Candles  ~ The Candle of Joy

*Opening Hymn   “Comfort, Comfort, O My People”   (#101)

Unison Prayer of Invocation based on Psalm 126
Holy God, the world in which we live is as terrifying as it is wonderful. We need your presence as much today as in times of old. Many sow in tears, and go out weeping. Replenish our lands, fill our hearts with gladness, restore our faith in you and each other, wipe away the tears of despair.
As we worship today, we tilt an ear to listen close. Let the voice of your messengers fill our minds with new understandings. We are waiting for you. Sing to us today. Amen.

Story for All Ages

God’s Word in the Prophets:  Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory   “Bring a Torch”    performed by Mia &Lydia Kraker

*The Thanksgiving   “Doxology”

*Prayer of Dedication

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Emmanuel—God With Us Now

A Christmas Cantata

Text by Gary Boelhower

Introduction “Advent Meditation”


Hymn “Lo, How a Rose”   (#127)

Choir Anthem “Advent Prayer”

Readings Matthew 1:18-23

Hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”   (#116, vs 1)

Song “Star Carol” sung by Jennifer Boyle

Readings “Dad Poem” by Joshua Bennett

Choir Anthem “What Child is This?”

Song “Gesu Bambino” sung by Kirby Wood

Readings Luke 2:1-7

Choir Anthem “Still, Still, Still”

Readings “My Family Is Out There by Barbara Anderson & Isaiah 9:2-7

Song “In a Manger” sung by Cathy Ameel, Susan Larson Kidd, Gudrun Witrak, Kirby Wood


Choir Anthem “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (revised)

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