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BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
Fourth Sunday of Advent December 18, 2022
Seek God’s peace
Prelude—Addison Zerger, Brett Gaeddert, Collin Gaeddert, Lucy Burch, Lily Schloneger
Advent Candle Lighting—Coralee Shenk
Hymn—O Come, O Come, Immanuel—VT 210—Congregation sings verses 1 & 4 during processional and lighting
Candle lighting liturgy
Leader: We cry out for restoration; we call upon God to give us life.
People: Do not be afraid, says the Lord. I have promised to be with you.
Leader: As we hold fast to God’s promise, we light these candles as signs of hope, love, joy, and peace.
All: Bring your restoration to your people, we pray.
Call to Worship
Leader: Behold! Do not be afraid; God is with us. God is our strength and our salvation!
People: Lord, we stand in your presence in faith, not fear.
Leader: God will send angels to keep watch over you, to comfort you, to keep you.
People: Lord, our strong hope is built on your unfailing love. Our hearts yield to you and trust in your transforming power.
All: Praise ye the Lord
*Hymn— Joy to the World—VT 240
Children’s Conversation—Jim Robb
Anthem—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist
Scripture Readings—Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Matthew 1:18-25—
Cynthia & Dave Linscheid
Sermon—Longing and Fulfillment—Nathan Koontz
*Hymn—Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming—VT 216
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—My Soul Proclaims with Wonder—VT 222
People with December birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal
*Birthday Blessing & Benediction—Nathan Koontz
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Ken Lamp