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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.


The Way for Worship at Trinity United Church of Christ

December 19, 2021     11am           The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Gathering Music           O Come, O Come Immanuel           verses 1, 5,6             NCH 116

Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles

Responsive Intent

We are seeking—
deeper faith, a place to belong,
the feeling that God is here in this room.
We are seeking—
joy that overflows, the movement of the Spirit,
a hand to hold, when alone in the dark.
We are seeking—
the freedom to be, the courage to love,
the conviction to act in the face of injustice.
We are seeking, but here in this space,
We are found.
Take a deep breath. This is your sanctuary.
God is here. We are found. Amen.

Lighting of the Advent Candle

One: God’s love is like an open door.
All: God’s love is the streetlight that guides us home.
One: God’s love is a warm bed to fall into.
All: God’s love is a table with room for you.
One: God’s love is a crackling fireplace.
All: God’s love is the sun that streams through the windows.
One: God’s love is the roof over our heads and the floor beneath our feet.
All: God’s love is a home for you and me, for neighbors and strangers, for family and friends, for enemies and partners.
One: God’s love is a home for all.
All: Today we light the candle of love to remind us of this truth                                                                                                  One: May it burn brightly in this space and even brighter in our hearts.
All: Amen.

Hymn                             It Came Upon a Midnight Clear                                     NCH 131

Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
Our Mother-Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.


Hearing the Sacred Word

Anthem                          Away In a Manger                              arr. K. Lee Scott

A Reading from the Gospels                                                     Luke 1:46b-55

Anthem                                                Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Sermon                            Seeking Sanctuary                         Rev. Nathan King

Chancel Choir                        Home                                       by Phillip Phillips


Giving of Our Gifts to God

Invitation to Offering

Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts           Infant Holy, Infant Lowly                  Theresa Woody, solo piano

Praise Response                                                                 Doxology

Prayer of Dedication


Going Forth with Good News

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


Closing Song                     Make of My Heart a Stable                             Amanda Udis-Kessler
Make of my heart a stable,
a house for the Holy,
a warm and sturdy place
for hope to live and grow.

Make of my life a a stable,
a house for the Holy,
a warm and sturdy place
for peace to live and grow.

Make of our church a stable,
a house for the Holy,
a warm and sturdy place
for joy to live and grow.

Make of our world a stable,
a house for the Holy,
a warm and sturdy place
for love to live and grow.

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Celebrations in December

20 Michael & Sara F.
25 Joann S.

Prayer Concerns

– Justin
– Angela
– Leslie’s sister-in-law
– Friend of ours – Jennifer
– Kenneth R. and Kitty
– Jimmy A. father and brother
– Ron’s family
– Deborah N.’s daughter
– Loren & Emily
– Audrey M.
– Jimmy’s dad, and Jimmy
– Revs. Jerry and Marion R.
– Jim and Mary Barbara
– Lisa G.
– Pat L.
– David M.
– Ron C.


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