Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
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Our online worship will begin at 10:30am central on Sunday morning. Grab a candle to gather in the light of Christ with us, and something that you can use for communion so that you are ready to worship God, wherever you worship with us.
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Sharing Christ's Peace & Gathering in the Light
Prelude to Worship
Invitation to Worship
one: We are seeking — a deeper faith, a place to belong,
ALL: and the feeling that God is here in this room.
one: We are seeking — joy that overflows, the movement of the Spirit,
ALL: and a hand to hold when feeling alone.
one: We are seeking, the freedom to be, the courage to love,
ALL: and the conviction to act in the face of injustice.
one: We are seeking, but here in this space,
ALL: we are found.
one: Take a deep breath, this is your sanctuary. God is here.
ALL: We are found. Let us worship this God of sanctuary.
Opening Hymn (Sing with us!) - Chalice Hymnal #148 (v. 1, 2 & 4) "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
Prayer Response (Sing with us!) - Be still and know, that I am God.
Worship & Wonder Scripture -
"The Star Shows the Way to Bethlehem" a Children Worship & Wonder story by Sonja M. Stewart, Jerome Berryman, and CW&W Storytellers based on Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 told in the Worship & Wonder room
Lighting of the Advent Candles - Joy
- God’s love is like an open door.
- God’s love is the streetlight that guides us home.
- God’s love is a warm bed to fall into.
- God’s love is a table with room for you.
- God’s love is a crackling fireplace.
- God’s love is the sun that streams through the windows.
- God’s love is the roof over our heads and the floor beneath our feet.
- God’s love is a home for you and me, for neighbors and strangers, for family and friends, for enemies and partners.
- God’s love is a home for all.
- Today we light the candle of love to remind us of this truth.
- God’s love is a home for all.
- May this light burn brightly in this space and even brighter in our hearts. Amen.
Song of Response (Sing with us!) - Chalice Hymnal #132, v. 4 "When God Is a Child"
Prayer of Illumination
Scripture - Luke 1:28-46 (Common English Bible)
Visual Scripture - “The Magnificat: A Song of Praise”
Sermon - Seeking Sanctuary
Special Music - "Breath of Heaven" by Chris Eaton and Amy Grant, arr. Don Hart
Prayers of the People (Submit a Prayer Request)
and Our Lord's Prayer
Song of Response - "Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus" arr. Dan Galbraith
Invitation to Stewardship - Click Here to Donate
Doxology (Sing along!) - Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow to the tune of "The First Noel"
Prayer of Dedication
Celebration of Communion - ALL are welcome!
Communion Response (Sing with us!) - Chalice Hymnal #160 (v. 1, 2 & 4) "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"
Invitation to Discipleship
Closing Hymn (Sing with us!) - Chalice Hymnal #143 "Joy to the World"
Blessing & Benediction
Acknowledgements and permissions:
Permission to use and stream the music in this worship service obtained from ONE LICENSE #A-730652 and
CCLI #36152 and CSPL143030. All rights reserved.
Portions of our liturgy adapted from resources written by Rev. Sarah (Are) Speed | A Sanctified Art LLC and Gathered by Love: Worship Resources for Year C, by Lavon Bayler. United Church Press: Cleveland, OH 1994. Pages 8-9.