Sunday Morning Bulletin
Hingham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Third Sunday in Advent – Love
December 13, 2020
Prelude: Choral Prelude “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” BWV 645 J.S.Bach
Introit The Holly and the Ivy Arr. Robert Decormier
Lighting the Advent Candle of Love The Gilfoy Family
Opening Prayer and Lord’s Prayer:
Your love, O God, flowing within us like living water, refreshes us and provides new life, Your grace, forgiving and transforming, creates possibilities for all. It heals our brokenness and empowers us for kindness. In this time of waiting and preparing, we come before you for a time of worship, celebration, listening, and envisioning. Please hear our praise and embrace each one of us…
Our 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
*HCC recognizes the power of language, while also respecting traditional practices. We acknowledge a God that transcends all human ideas of genders, identities, and abilities. Please pray in whatever way is most comfortable to you.
Hymn Keep Awake, Be Always Ready
Keep a-wake, be always ready, God’s time approaches
sure and steady, God’s strength will keep your heart from blame.
Clouds, the Spirit’s light concealing, disperse, God’s purest
light revealing; creation will its Sovereign name. Dry
branches burst forth green, God’s advent signs are seen: Hallelujah!
Christ’s judgment won, God’s will be done; God’s new dominion thus begun.
Rise and shine for One is coming whose love will quench all
nature’s thirsting to be made whole forever more.
On that day to end all weeping, death’s swords transformed to
tools of reaping, the God of might will mercy pour. In-
carnate, God appears embracing all our tears: Hallelujah!
God’s majesty eternally revealed to set the cosmos free.
Message for Children Jen DiMarzio
Prayer Rev. Dr. Peter Allen
Special Music Behold, A Star from Jacob Shining Felix Mendelssohn
Scripture: Matthew 1:1-2, 5-6, 16-25 Grant Pattison
An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, […] and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, […] and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
Sermon “Deeply Rooted in Love” Daryl H Denelle, Ministry Intern
Postlude Noël Louis-Claude Daquin