Use this as a resource to guide you through worship on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

Organ Prelude

Jeff Neufeld, organist

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus | arr. Don Hustad

Welcome

Andrew Sedlacek, Director of Worship Ministries

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. (Refrain)

O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and discord cease; fill the whole world with heaven’s peace. (Refrain)

Call to Worship

Chris Griggs, Senior Pastor

Today we light the candle of Peace

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence | arr. by Red Mountain Church
Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing worldly minded, for with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

King of kings yet born of Mary, as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture, in the body and the blood,
He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six winged seraph; cherubim, with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord Most High!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord Most High!

Praying for God's World

We Three Kings | arr. by We the Kingdom
We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign.

Chorus: Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

Frankincense to offer have I, incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, voices raising, worshiping God on high.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume, breathes a life of gathering gloom,
Sorr’wing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone cold tomb.

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and sacrifice.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Sounds through the earth and skies.

Finance Update

David Siehoff, Finance Elder

Offering

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Carol for Advent | by Don Besig and Nancy Price
Kerri Andersen and Michelle Mote, vocal duet

Amid the winter’s cold embrace, clothed in a shroud of white,
an anxious world in silence waits through the dark of night.
As the lonely song of a dove echoes across the sky above,
we can feel the moment is near; soon the Child of peace will appear.

What child is this the world awaits with quiet expectation?
When will He come, the promised one, to bring us peace and salvation?
Raise, raise your prayers on high. Prepare His way, the time is nigh.
Come, come Emmanuel, O Child of Love and Peace.

The air grows colder, the light grows dim with dark’ning the sky above us.
But soon the chill of winter wind will warm with God’s gift of love.
And a star will brighten the sky; songs of joy will echo in heav’n on high!
We will know the moment is here; the Child of Love and Peace will appear.

Message

Comfort, Comfort, My People | Jonathan Hancock, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Scripture Reading | Isaiah 40:1-11 (NIV)
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Communion

Away in a Manger | arr. by Zach Unke
Christa Strickler, pianist

Announcements

Benediction

Today's Musicians

Andrew Sedlacek and Max Anliker, guitar and vocals; Jeff Neufeld, organ and piano; Julia Norvid, vocals; Beverly Hancock, violin; Rex Waters, bass; Kerri Andersen and Michelle Mote, vocal duet; Christa Strickler, solo piano

Faith in Finance

2020 Annual Budget: $1,701,100
Budgeted: $1,570,224 thru November 29
Actual: $1,388,151 thru November 29

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