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Prelude - Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648 (My Soul Magnifies the Lord) by J. S. Bach
holy wonder, with divine expectation, we echo the mother of God reciting her poetry of freedom:
People: “God’s mercy extends from
generation to generation.
God scatters the proud and lifts high the humble.
P: God’s promises to the
hungry, the captive, and the weary will be fulfilled.”
testimony to persistent hope, we join the whole world in waiting.
P: Our spirits rejoice! The
time is nearly here.
#250 – Once In Royal David’s City
Verse 1: Once in royal David's city stood a lowly cattle shed, where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed; Mary, loving mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.
Verse 2: He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all, and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall. With the poor, the scorned, the lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy.
Verse 3: Jesus is our childhood's pattern; day by day like us he grew; he was little, weak, and helpless, tears and smiles like us he knew; and he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness.
Verse 4: And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love; for that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above; and he leads his children on to the place where he is gone.
Prayer: Come, Faithful One, and make
us prophets of your nearness. While the world groans wearily
with loss and grief, we eagerly
anticipate your birth among us. We prepare through repentance
for wrong actions. We prepare with acts of care
and mutual aid. We prepare with offerings of
ourselves for changes to come. Make us like midwives of your
long-awaited presence. Amen.
of the Advent Candle - The Mollenauer Family
Prayer - Rev. Dr. Pat Allen
#198 – My Soul Gives Glory To My God
Verse 1: My soul gives glory to my God. My heart pours out its praise. God lifted up my lowliness in many marvelous ways.
Verse 2: My God has done great things for me: yes, holy is this name. All people will declare me blessed, and blessing they shall claim.
Verse 3: From age to age, to all who fear, such mercy love imparts, dispensing justice far and near, dismissing selfish hearts.
Verse 4: Love casts the mighty from their thrones, promotes the insecure, leaves hungry spirits satisfied, the rich seem suddenly poor.
Verse 5: Praise God, whose loving covenant supports those in distress, remembering past promises with present faithfulness.
Readings: Luke 1:39-55
39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
46And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
Advent Scripture Response
Sermon - Rev.
Kate Mackereth Fulton
of Dedication - Rev.
Dr. Pat Allen
The Faith We Sing UM Hymnal #2151 – I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
Verse 1: I'm so glad Jesus lifted me, I'm so glad Jesus lifted me; I'm so glad Jesus lifted me, Jesus lifted me, singing Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me!
Verse 2: Satan had me bound, Jesus lifted me; Satan had me bound, Jesus lifted me; Satan had me bound, Jesus lifted me, singing Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me!
Verse 3: When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me; when I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me; when I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me, singing Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me!
Benediction: May we be so bold as Mary: mothering God into being in dangerous ways and places, in practices of radical solidarity, in hopes of liberation made flesh. Let us go, rejoicing together with songs of freedom about the day when
Postlude - Magnificat Fugue, Tone V, No. 4 by Johann Pachelbel
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Call to Worship and Opening Prayer adapted from "Liturgy that Matters: December 20, 2020" at enfleshed.com
Once in Royal David's City. Words: Cecil Frances Alexander (1848); Music: Henry J. Gauntlett (1849). Public domain.
My Soul Gives Glory to My God. Words: Miriam Therese Winter (1987); Music: Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (1813); harmony by Charles H. Webb (1988). Copyright 1978, 1987 Medical Mission Sisters; harmonization copyright 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. Permission to stream this music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #735990-A. All rights reserved.
I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me, African-American Traditional. Public domain.
Bible readings: New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright
1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
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