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A caution regarding Prayers of the People online: Folks gathered in-person often recount a lot of detail in their prayers concerning other members or family (“Elderly Name, living alone, experiencing isolation…”). In a private, in-person gathering, this information may be safe, but online, it can expose vulnerable people to harm, since we can’t control who will join the gathering or access it later online. Please contact the Pastor directly by text or phone with prayer requests. Pastor Nathan will be prudent in offering prayers i.e. “For First name only, in need of healing”; “For First name only, comfort in grief” etc. Please contact the pastor directly with news of those needing extra pastoral care.

A Children’s Worship Sheet is at bottom of this order of worship.


Service of Music and Worship at Trinity United Church of Christ

December 20, 2020                 The Fourth Sunday of Advent

10:58 a.m. Gathering Music

11:00 a.m. Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles

Responsive Intent Lighting of the Advent Candle

One: Into our tumultuous times, the Love of God breaks in.
Many: Into our fearful tomes, the glory of God is revealed.
One: Sometimes it announces itself.
Many: Other times we must look high and low.
One: Sometimes we recognize it.
Many: Other times we walk right past it, lost in ourselves.
One: Love’s in need of willing hearts.
Many: Love’s in need of the smallest opening.
One: Greetings, favored ones! God’s Love is with you.
Many: Here? Now? How can that be?
One: Be not afraid. With God, nothing is impossible.
Many: Love is knocking at the door.
One: Be not afraid. The Mighty One will do great things.
Many: Who can say what awesome thing God is up to now?
One: Arise and shine, beloveds. God’s Love wants to be born in you.
Many: Here we are, servants of the Lord. Let it be so.
   Candles are lit, silence is kept.

Response:                    O Come,  Come Emmanuel                     NCH No.116      v. 1, 2, 6, 7

All: For such a time as this, may your love be born in us

Hymn of Gathering               O Come, All You Faithful                NCH 135     v. 1, 3, 4

Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer                                                         Bill Stanley, Soloist

Hearing the Sacred Word

A Reading of Holy Scripture

O Little Town of Bethlehem                       NCH 133

Anthem         Mary, How Could You Have Known?             Rose Edwards, Mary Barbara Staunton

Away In a Manger                                        NCH 124


Giving of Our Gifts to God

Invitation to Offering

Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts

Praise Response                        Doxology

Prayer of Dedication


Going Forth with Good News

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear                     NCH 131

Good Christian Friends Rejoice!                   NCH 129

Chiming of the Trinity                 (In the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit)


Joy To The World                                             NCH 132


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Celebrations in December

25)  Joann S.


Children’s Worship Sheet

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