Indoor Worship Digital Bulletin

December 6, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.

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Order of Worship

  • Welcome
  • Lighting of the Advent Candle
  • Opening Hymn – What Child Is This?
  • Joys and Concerns
  • Silent Prayer
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • The Witness of Music – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Message – “I Believe in Love”

Matthew 1:18-23

Matthew 1:18-23
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:18-23

  • Invitation to the Offering
  • Offertory – Ave Maria
  • Carol of Resistance – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Benediction

Holy Communion | Following the worship service, Holy Communion will be held outside, socially distanced. The elements will be provided individually packaged. Gluten-free elements are available upon request.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The pastor gives thanks appropriate to the occasion, remembering God’s acts of salvation and concludes:

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor continues the Thanksgiving. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recalled, the Pastor concludes:

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

The pastor invokes the present work of the Holy Spirit. The congregation receives communion.


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