Sunday December 13, 2020 10 am

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Many ways to worship!

10:00 am - Worship Service on HCC's YouTube Channel:


10:00 am - Sermon on Pete's Facebook:

11:00 am - Virtual Fellowship Time via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043 Passcode: HCC 

You can also view the bulletin by going to - Worship and Music, Bulletins and Announcements,


11:15 am Kids' Hot-Cocoa Hour

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Meeting ID: 819 0957 2941

Passcode: 156979 

We hope you will enjoy the Children's message in the service!

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The service will remain on FaceBook and YouTube if you want to watch later.

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Hingham Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

Hingham, Massachusetts

An Open and Affirming Congregation

December 13, 2020

10 a.m.

Welcoming Covenant

In the name of God and Jesus Christ, the Hingham Congregational Church welcomes all who seek to know and worship God, and invites everyone to join in our mission through participation and leadership of the congregation.

As a community of faith, we take seriously the biblical call to love God and our neighbors as ourselves, and recognize that, although we are many members, we are one.

❖   We celebrate the uniqueness of everyone.

❖   We rejoice in our diversity of views and understandings of our shared faith.

❖   We affirm relationships based on love, commitment, and mutual respect.

❖   As is stated in our by-laws, we strive for righteousness, justice and peace.

It is with this spirit and the love of God that we openly welcome all persons, inclusive of every race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and inclusive of any others, to journey with us as we move forward with the work of this church in the world.

Sunday Morning Bulletin 

Hingham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

Third Sunday in Advent – Love 

December 13, 2020

10 a.m.


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

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Many Thanks to the HCC staff, Todd Swavey and Tracy Allen for making this service possible. 

Please keep in 

           your prayers...

  • Andy Parmelee, recovering from surgery
  • Sherry Schilb, recovering from surgery 
  • Pete Allen, whose father recently passed
  • Friends and family of George Irving Davis, who recently passed at the age of 103
  • Rosemary Arthur, whose sister, Liz, passed away recently
  • Stephanie Minister’s aunt, Gail Todd, recovering from surgery
  • Mike Collins, Jeff's Dad, struggling with health concerns
  • Brett Anderson, recovering from surgery
  • Ann Holmes, Priscilla Anderson’s mother
  • Al Carpenter 
  • Ryan Lamonde, prayers for peace and courage 
  • People in abusive households
  • All brave essential employees
  • Allan Bacon, Carolyn Antoine's brother
  • Peter Edson
  • Children and youth with atypical routines at this time, especially those with food insecurity 
  • Suzy Burba's ordination will be on January 3, 2021
  • Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination
  • All those affected by the coronavirus in the world.  

Hignham Congregational Church, UCC

366 Main St, Hingham MA 02043


Rev. Dr. Peter Allen, Senior Pastor

David Giessow, Director of Music

Brett Anderson, Director of Technology

Susanne Mullin, Office Administrator

Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern

Dr. Eileen Hutchins, Organist

Will Exantus, Facilities Manager

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