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Sermon: Our Confidence is the Word of the Lord.
Theme: The practice of hearing the good news proclaimed gives us the confidence to dream of redemption and justice.
Purpose: We will commit to listening to the gospel proclaimed during this Christmas Season.
Scriptures: Isaiah 40:1-11 The word of the Lord endures forever. Proclaim the good tidings of the coming of the Lord.
Mark 1:1-8 The coming of John the Baptism.
What does it mean to us that the voice of God was calling in the wilderness? What is our wilderness? How do we come to hear God in the places where we are afraid? How do we move from nightmares of destruction to dreams of healing and redemption? What do we need to give up in order to welcome the message of transformation and change? How do we let go of
our expectations and our grief over disappointments to dream of the good things God is doing in our midst?
Description for Sunday, December 6, 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 #121 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (vs. 1 & 2)
TEXT: Phillips Brooks, 1868
MUSIC (ST. LOUIS 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124): Lewis Henry Redner, 1868
Glory to God Hymnal #123 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (vs. 1 & 2)
TEXT: Edmund Hamilton Sears, 1849, alt.
MUSIC (CAROL, CMD): Richard Storrs Willis, 1850
Hymn: Glory to God Hymnal #106 “Prepare the Way, O Zion”
TEXT: Frans Mikael Franzen, 1812, rev. 1819; trans. Augustus Nelson, 1958; adapt. Charles P. Price, 1980, alt.;
© 1982 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by Permission.
MUSIC (BEREDEN VÄG FÖR HERRAN 126.96.36.199.7.7 with refrain): Then Swenska Psalmboken, 1697;
arr. American Lutheran Hymnal, 1930, All rights reserved. First Presbyterian Church, FDL, WI OneLIcense #A-730666
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 #163 “Wild and lone the Prophet’s Voice”
TEXT: Carl P. Daw Jr., 1985; © 1989 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.
Used by Permission. MUSIC (ABERYSTWYTH 188.8.131.52.D): Joseph Parry, 1876
All rights reserved. First Presbyterian Church, FDL, WI OneLicense A-730666
Liturgist: Braatz Family
Advent Candle Lighters: Braatz Family