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Sunday Worship Bulletin, Dec 11, 2022

Veradale United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation


Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are


welcome here!”


December 11, 2022 • 10:30 a.m.


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10:20 Gathering and Prelude

Wayne Shull, Music Director

Charlie Salt, Acolyte and AV

Naomi Hanvey, Facebook Monitor

Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor

Scott Robertson, Candle Lighter

Lillian Ray: Scripture Reader


Cherall Anne St. James, Advent Candle Message


Rev. Gen Heywood, Pastor

10:30am Worship begins:


God is our joy. . . all the time! All the time . . . God is our joy!

* The Lights of Hope and Peace Return Scott Robertson

*Hymn: “Hymn “Angels We have Heard on High”


Public Domain


Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And

the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. Gloria, in


excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


Shepherd, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? Say

what may the tidings be, which inspire your heavenly song. Gloria, in


excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


Come to Bethlehem and see Christ Whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.


Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


See the babe in manger laid whom the choirs of angels praise;Mary,

Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. Gloria, in


excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


Candle of Joy


By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,

kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There

is no law against such things.” Galatians 5:22-23


Message about joy from Cherall Anne St. James

Prayer at the lighting of the candle of Joy:


All: Joyful God, hoping in you brings us joy even when the nights

seem very dark. As we light this candle, light within each of us a joy

that the world cannot understand – the joy of life with you. Amen


Our Community in Prayer

Sharing Prayers of Gratitude & Celebration

All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH) Public Domain


first stanza


Sharing Prayers of Concern

All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH)


first stanza


Sharing Prayers Which Take Us Beyond Words Into Silence


All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH)


first stanza

The Lord’s Prayer


In the spirit of diversity, you are invited to

use the words most familiar to you.


Response: All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH) Public Domain


A Time of Offering

An Invitation to Share

*Dedication

Hymn 132 (NCH)vs 3


Christ rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove

the glories of God’s righteousness and wonders of God’s love, and

wonders of God’s love, and wonders, wonders of God’s love.


*Dedication prayer


Joyful God, you created all things and pronounced them good. Bless


the offerings of our time, talent, and treasure. May these be used to

fulfill your vision of a hope filled, peacefully, and joyous life on Earth.


Amen.

Listening for God

Message to Young Hearts


Luke 1:46 – 55

46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant.

Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed,

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name;

50 indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

51 He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones

and lifted up the lowly;

53 he has filled the hungry with good things

and sent the rich away empty.

54 He has come to the aid of his child Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Message: It’s Happening Now

Silent Reflection

Announcements


Our Light moves into the World God Loves

*Hymn “Joy to the World” 132 (NCH) Public Domain


Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let Earth it’s praises bring; Let every

heart prepare Christ room; And Heaven and nature sing; And Heaven and

nature sing; And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the Earth! the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ; While fields

and floods, rocks, hills and plains, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the

sounding joy, Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

Christ rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove,

the glories of God’s righteousness, And wonders of God’s love, And

wonders of God’s love, And wonders, wonders of God’s love.


*Benediction with Sing Halleluiah to the Lord


Sing halleluiah to the Lord

Sing halleluiah to the Lord


Sing halleluiah. Sing halleluiah. Sing halleluiah to the Lord


Postlude

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