December 20 Virtual Worship Service

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Sermon: A Message of Hope and Wisdom

Theme: Though we are powerless and think we are not able to do great things, God uses our willingness to bring about renewal and transformation.

Purpose: We will allow our understanding of how God works through us to be transformed by God’s compassion and power.

Scriptures: Romans 16:25-27 Glory to the God who has strengthened you through the revelation of the gospel.
Luke 1:26-38 The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary and proclaims the birth of Jesus.

Questions:
How does the person of Mary shape for us a new understanding of how God transforms the world? What does it mean to us that Mary was of such low position or status in the world when the angel of the Lord came to her? What is the inspiration in Mary’s willingness to risk shame and banishment from her community? What is our dream for justice for people whose
circumstances are similar to Mary’s in the world today? What does this mean to us as we look at power and influence in the world today?

Description for Sunday, December 20, 2020

Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)

Permission to podcast/stream the service music obtained from ONE LICENSE,
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Prelude to Worship
Glory to God Hymnal #129 “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming” (vs 1-2)
TEXT: German carol; stanzas 1, 2 trans. Theodore Baker, 1894, alt.; stanza 3 trans. Harriet Knuth Spaeth, 1985, alt.
MUSIC (ES IST EIN’ ROS’ 7.6.7.6.6.7.6): Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, 1599; arr. Michael Praetorius, 1609

Glory to God Hymnal #136 “Go Tell it on the Mountain” (vs 1-2)
TEXT: African American spiritual; stanzas, John W. Work II, 1940
MUSIC (GO TELL IT 7.6.7.6 with refrain): African American spiritual; arr. John W. Work III, 1940; harm. Melva Wilson Costen, 1987; harm. © 1989 Melva Wilson Costen

Hymn: Glory to God Hymnal #99 “My Soul Gives Glory to My God”
TEXT: Miriam Therese Winter, 1979, rev. 1987; © 1978, 1987 Medical Mission Sisters

MUSIC (MORNING SONG CM): Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, 1813; harm. C. Winfred Douglas, 1940; 
Harm. © 1943, 1961, 1985 Church Pension Fund

Glory to God Hymnal #583 “Gloria, Gloria”          

Copyright © 1981 Les Presses de Taizé (France). Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Chicago, Illinois, exclusive agent. All rights reserved. First Presbyterian Church, FDL OneLicense #A-730666

Sending Glory to God Hymnal #102 “Savior of the Nations, Come”
TEXT: Attr. Ambrose of Milan, 4th cent.; German para. Martin Luther, 1523; English trans. stanza 1, William Morton Reynolds, 1850, alt.; English trans. stanzas 2–4, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 2006;
trans. stanzas 2-4 © 2006 Augsburg Fortress

MUSIC (NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND 7.7.7.7): Erfurt Enchiridion, 1524; harm. Sethus Calvisius, 1594

Liturgist: Carol Wetzel
Lighting of the Third Advent Candle 
Mike Hierl Family

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