December 18, 2011 - 4nd Sunday in Advent - Intergenerational Service

A Birthday Party for Jesus



Life and Work of the Church Family

Moment for Mission Edith Cunningham


Call to Worship

HYMN: VU # 60 “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (vrs 1 & 4)

First Reading:  The anticipation Begins,  

The Birth of Jesus Foretold:  Luke 1:26-38

Reader: Kate Sandercock

Hymn: VU # 2 “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

Second Reading: Sharing the News,         

Mary Visits Elizabeth: Luke 1:39-45

Reader: Josh Sandercock

Solo:   “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”          

Serena Robinson,

words Theodore Baker, music Michael Pratorius


Third Reading: Mary’s Reaction, the Magnificat:

Luke 1:46-56  Voices United, Page 898-9

Reader: Jensen Manners

Fourth Reading: Luke’s Story,

The manger: Luke 2:1-7

Reader: Sheldon Manners

Kids Praise “The Animals Waltz for Joy”

Words & music by Gladys Jack

Lighting the Advent Candle

Hymn: VU# 6   A Candle is Burning v 1- 4

The Mabbott Family

Fifth Reading: Luke’s Story Continued

The Shepherds: Luke 2:8-20 

Reader: Jen Mabbott

Hymn: VU # 75 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night”  (Vs.1-4)

Sixth Reading: Matthew’s Story        

Revelation to Joseph: Matthew 1:18-25

Reader: Greg Weaver.

Choir:  “Born is a Baby”

words and music by Stan Pethel

Seventh Reading Matthew’s Story Continued

The Wise Men: Matthew 2:1-12 

Reader Edith Cunningham


Offering, Invitation:

Choir:  “Bethlehem Hallely”

Words & music by Jay Althouse

 Offertory Response:

     In the miracle of all new life, there’s a gift that

     waits to be, the hope and peace and joy and

     love this world so longs to see.

     Our only thanks could ever be to offer who we are,

     and share the blessings of this life with those

     both near and far.

Offertory Prayer:

Hymn VU # 48 “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

Pastoral and Silent & Lord’s (VU # 959)

Kids Praise  “The Very First Christmas”

Words and music - Rettino

Birthday Party for Jesus


Song:  “Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus”

Sharing the Birthday Cake

Hymn: VU # 59 “Joy to the World”

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Benediction:

         Go now in love, go now in love,

         May the love of God surround you everywhere

         everywhere you may go.

Grace United Church