20 Dec Worship Bulletin – 12/20/20
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 20, 2020
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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 Love, knowing that God is love – revealed to us in Jesus.
Thank you, God, for the gift of love in our times of loneliness.
Centering Music | “Come, All Ye Shepherds” | arr. Eugene Butler
Ellen Gilbert, piano
Invitation to Give
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 6746
Dedication of Special Gift Christmas Gifts | Jerry Bowen
Offering Music | “Celebrate the Child” | arr. Stan Pethel
Kyle Hopkins, horn; James Bowyer, piano
Scripture | Luke 1:46b-55
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Hymn | “What Child is This” | #215 HWB
Dan Lichty, vocals; Jean Hendricks, piano
Message | “Singing Promises Liberation” | Jerry Bowen
Community Prayer | Jerry Bowen
Hymn | “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” | #210 HWB
Kendra Flory, vocals; Jean Hendricks, piano
Sending Words | Jerry Bowen
Sending Music | “For Unto Us A Child is Born” | G.F. Handel
Ellen Gilbert, Organ
Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator/Accompanist/Organist/Pianist: Ellen Gilbert
Technical Crew: Eric Goering & Ryan Goering