Sunday, December 23, 2012 The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

God Invites Us to Worship


Life and Work of the Church Family

Pass The Peace

Lighting of the Fourth Advent candle:  The Candle of Love

( Don and Willeen Boyce )

Prayer: (All)

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,

Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,

Within my heart, that it may be

A quiet chamber kept for thee.


(adapted from Martin Luther)

Hymn:  VU #7 “Hope is a Star” ( vs. 1,2,3,4)

Children’s Time:

Happy Birthday Jesus (Sunday School and congregation)

Sharing of Birthday cake

(Children will remain for the rest of the service, the quiet activity area is available for them.)

The Scriptures Speak to Us

(Reader:  Coleen Groenen)

Micah 5:2-5a

A Leader Will Come Out of Bethlehem

Choir Anthem:  “Who Is This Child” 

                             arr. by Jill Gallina

Responsive Reading:  Luke 1:47-55  (VU #898)

                                      Mary’s special song

Solo:  “Ave Maria” – Jason Barnsley

                    Franz Schubert     

Luke 1:39-55

Mary Visits Elizabeth 

MV# 120 “My Soul Cries Out”

Sermon:    “Singing Redemption’s Song”

God Invites Us to Respond


Offertory:  Jason Barnsley

Response: MV # 59  vs. 1

         Alleluia, praise to God.  Alleluia praise to God

         Praises. High praise we bring you O God.

         Alleluia, praise God.

Prayers of the People


Lord’s Prayer (said)

Hymn:  VU# 60 “ O Come, All Ye Faithful”

God Goes with Us in Our Daily Lives

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Benediction:  MV#213

         Take up his song of Love and go into the world.

         Take up his song of Love in ev-‘ry moment

         In ev-‘ry moment of the journey, we’re laying down

         our lives: lay them down in love lay them

         down, and take up his song.”    Amen

         Amen! Amen!

         Hallelujah, amen        


Grace United Church