Shattering the Illusion
Today’s guest speaker is Rev. Dave Mason.
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Gathering Around the Word
Introit **Mary Had A Baby** Choir
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: A voice in the dark, an image in a dream, a bright light in a clear sky --
People: Wonders and signs that turn our hearts toward God,
Leader: Holy mysteries that cause our hearts to sing,
People: Soul-felt grace that radiates through our lives.
Leader: Young and old alike feel the awesome presence of God and join with Mary in proclaiming the greatness of God.
People: Our hearts rejoice and our souls magnify the One who visits us again and again.
INVOCATION Rev. Mason
HYMN The Angel Gabriel (see insert)
CALL TO CONFESSION
Let us confess our sins before a loving and creative God:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (UNISON)
O Holy God of Promise, we so often place our trust in the things we can see, touch and easily believe. But you did not ask us to believe what is easy. You have asked us to believe what is true! Forgive us, Holy One, when we doubt the ways you work. Forgive us when we find it hard to believe an ancient story. Forgive us when we question how you chose to enter the world, born as one of us. Forgive our lack of faith and belief in ways that seem so impossible to believe. Help us to look in faith, open our hearts, and set aside our doubts that you sent your Son, born of a virgin — the One who has come to set us all free. We offer these prayers in the name of your Son, Emmanuel, God with us. Amen.
*Time of silent prayer.
Assurance of Pardon
Jesus came to lift up the lowly, to forgive us through his grace and mercy. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. AMEN
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
*Response – Gloria Patri
Anthem **Come On, Ring Those Bells Choir
The Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading LUKE 1: 39-56
Mary Visits Elizabeth
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God !
Sermon “SHATTERING THE ILLUSION”
Responding to the Word
HYMN What Child is This 180
*Apostles Creed (found inside the back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Offertory **Mary’s Little Boy Child** Choir
Doxology (Hymnal page 382)
Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
BIRTHDAYS John O’Hara, Cris Miller
ANNIVERSARIES Mike and Debbie Durila
JOYS AND CONCERNS - Please keep Billie Wilson in your prayers as she was admitted to the
Washington Hospital on Monday. She was able to come home Thursday. John West is having
hernia surgery on Wednesday, 12/22.
SYMPATHY To the Family of William (Billie) Tamulinas
To the Family of Eileen Miller
To the Family of Bob Crowe
To the Family Lois Cowden
Continued prayers for Susan Schively, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, June and
Keith McGill, Glenn Miles, Roger Riggs, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Nellie and Frank
Baker, Michael Durila Sr., Justin Hagon, Tom Westfall, Mary Ann Durila, Elaine Belcascro, Lisa
Marshall, Sandy Stone, Diane Bednarski, Matt Petrola, Ray Dyson, Diana Donaldson, Rob
Logsdon, Laura Davis, Nancy Hepinger, Betsy Martin, Carol and Ed Horne.
Prayers of the People Rev. Mason
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN O Little Town of Bethlehem 178
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us! God has anointed us to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and to comfort all who mourn. Even in this season — perhaps especially in this season — our world aches to hear the good news of God’s advent, of God’s coming among us. Share the good news, in word and deed.
And may the grace of our coming Lord, Jesus Christ, and the love of the God who sent him, and the joy of the Holy Spirit who empowers us to receive him, be with us always. Amen.
Postlude **A Christmas Greeting** Choir
We welcome all who have come to join us in the worship of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please come again. If you are visiting with us today, please let us know that we might welcome you into our church family.
REMEMBER OUR FOOD COLLECTION: And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6:37. Please remember our food pantry is available to anyone in need. Replenish with your hands and listen for the need with your ears.
We will be having our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM Christmas Eve. Come join this beautiful time of sharing the gift of the birth of the Christ Child
Christmas Cards and envelopes are on the table in the back; they are free or if you would like to make a donation it will go to our Women’s Missionary Group.
Envelopes for 2022 are in the vestibule. There are names with new numbers. We are using boxes from this past year, so we don’t need to buy new ones. The DATES will be WRONG.
We are planning to do shopping for shut-ins again this year. Please give donations to Garnet or online. Thank you.
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