December 19, 2021
ADVENT SUNDAY 4
Dare to Imagine God’s Face!
Welcome and Call to Worship—Ada Schmidt-Tieszen
Call to Worship
Introit—Come Away From Rush and Worry (VT 9) — Chancel Choir; William Eash, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist
Advent Candle Lighting — Lily Schloneger
Leader: We light a candle of love, and imagine
People: the lowly lifted, fear met with love.
Leader: We light the candle and pray for God’s face to shine on us, to save us, restore us.
Hope is a Candle –Verses 1, 2, 3, 4—VT 211
Prayer of Confession
Leader: We notice, O God, that when you feed people, everyone has enough.
People: We notice that in our world, when we feed people, some have more than enough, and many are still hungry.
Leader: Teach us to love.
People: We notice, O God, that in your social, economic, racial, and gender orders, no one is greater, and no one is left behind.
Leader: We notice that in our world there are many ladders, and many are
People: Reorientate us to your vision of equality.
Leader: God of mercy, lower us, raise us, empty us, and fill us. Like an empty manger, we want to be ready to receive Emmanuel.
Words of Assurance—(adapted from Luke 1:46-49)
All: Our souls magnify the Lord, our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.
God has looked with favor on our lowliness.
The Mighty One has done great things for us, and holy is God’s name.
Hymn of assurance—My Soul Proclaims with Wonder—VT 222
Hearing God’s Word
Children’s Conversation—Esther Kreider Eash
Scripture—Micah 5:2-5a—Omer Galle
Luke 1:39-55—Abigail Koontz
Special Music—The Glory of the Father (Egil Hovland) — Chancel Choir
Sermon—Improvisation on a Song—Dawn Yoder Harms
Hymn of Response—With Mary Sing Magnificat — VT 208
Prayers of God’s People—Ada Schmidt-Tieszen
Sending Song—My Soul Cries Out—VT 412
Benediction—Dawn Yoder Harms
The Advent Prelude this morning is by the group “Doxology”, a 12-voice choral ensemble from Hutchinson. They will present classic and modern acapella arrangements of songs celebrating the glory of Emmanuel “God with Us.” Members are: (Tenor 1) John Miller, Nathan Miller, Kristen Miller; (Tenor 2) Jared Shelter, Harry Shenk, Tim Shenk; (Baritone) Nelson Martin, Gene Miller, Tony Shelter; (Bass) Cliff Nisly, Shane Iwashige, Willard Mast
Their next performances:
· December 20, 7 pm at Pleasantview Activity Center, 4823-5307 S Dean Rd, Hutchinson