Worship Bulletin – 12/13/20

Worship Bulletin – 12/13/20

McPherson First Church of the Brethren
We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.

Sunday, December 13, 2020
Season of Hope  ♥  Peace  ♥  Joy  ♥  Love  ♥  Life  ♥  Living


Heritage Moments | Celebrating 100 Years at the Corner of Euclid & Carrie Streets

Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner

Lighting the Advent Wreath
We light this candle of Joy, knowing that our comfort and help come from God.
Thank you, God, for the gift of joy in our times of sadness.

Centering Music | “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” | arr. McDonald and Nelson
Bryan Hess, viola; Dan Masterson, piano

Invitation to Give
Offering Music | “Bring a Torch” | arr. Christine Anderson
Kendra Flory, bells; Dorothy Janzen, piano
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 6746

Scripture | Luke 1:39-44
Mary Visits Elizabeth

Hymn | “Faith is the Bird That Feels the Light” | Elizabeth Alexander
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
Kendra Flory, Janelle Flory Schrock & Becky Snell

Message | “Anticipatory Joy” | Kathryn Whitacre
The bird sings when it ‘feels’ the light of dawn – anticipating that light breaking into the darkness
The child leaps in Elizabeth’s womb – anticipating the light of God breaking into the darkness.
Enjoy artistic interpretations of Mary greeting Elizabeth while Kendra Flory plays Bach’s Prelude in C Major.

Community Prayer

Hymn | “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” | #202 HWB
Dawn Hoffman, vocals; Jean Hendricks, piano

Sending Words

Sending Music | “O Come All Ye Faithful” | arr. Edward Broughton
Ellen Gilbert, Organ

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator/Accompanist/Organist/Pianist: Ellen Gilbert

Technical Crew: Eric Goering & Ryan Goering