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.
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)
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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’ 184.108.40.206.6.7.6): 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 220.127.116.11 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 18.104.22.168): Erfurt Enchiridion, 1524; harm. Sethus Calvisius, 1594
Liturgist: Carol Wetzel
Lighting of the Third Advent Candle Mike Hierl Family