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“It Is Only In Giving of Oneself To Others That We Truly Live”


Thanksgiving Food donations and Christmas request.
A HUGE Thank you to all who donated, packed and delivered food items for MACC Thanksgiving Baskets!
We are always humbled by your kindness and generosity!

We have geared up for the Christmas MACC Food Baskets and Gifts! With 7 families in need of food and
Christmas presents, there is plenty of opportunity to help out! This year, all families requested gift cards
so no worries if you don’t have time to shop!

Sign up sheets are available in Fellowship Hall, and items remaining after December 5th will be posted in
Sign Up Genius. Food and gifts are due December 19th for a timely delivery to our families. Thank you!!
Reminder: Covenant to Care gifts are due on December 5th, unwrapped in gift bags along with gift tag!
Many Thanks from all of us with Mission and Outreach!
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December 5, 2021Worship order
Today's hymn lyrics

Prelude:  Emmanuel  -Arr. by Joel Raney
Welcome and Announcements
Let us worship God
Bell
Lighting of the Second Advent Candle: Arlette de Koning & Michael Polo
Reader: Today we remember the waiting ones, those in the story like Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph, and those whose lives were filled with struggle and strife. The light is far away, but the light heralds the Prince of Peace. Today we light the candle of peace.
All sing verse one: “Many are the Lightbeams” NCH 163
*Passing the Peace (please stand)

Intro to Scripture
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:67-79
Sermon: Light Shines…On Those Who Wait

*Music: Comfort, Comfort (NCH 101)(please stand)

Sacrament of Holy Communion
Invitation
Remembering the Story
Prayers
Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Sharing the Elements
Prayer of Thanksgiving (unison, sung)
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. (refrain to NCH 116)

*Benediction (please stand)
Let us now go forth into the world in peace, being of good courage, holding fast to that which is good, rendering to no one evil for evil, strengthening the faint hearted, supporting the weak, helping the afflicted, honoring all persons, loving and serving the Lord and rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.


Postlude We Three Kings -Setting by Joel Raney



Many are the Lightbeams 
Many are the light-beams from the one light; Our one light is Jesus. 
Many are the light-beams from the one light; we are one in Christ.

Comfort, Comfort O My People
1 "Comfort, comfort O my people, tell of peace," thus says our God;
Comfort those whose hearts are shrouded, mourning under sorrow’s load.
Speak unto Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them;
Tell them that their sins I cover, and their warfare now is over.
2 For the herald’s voice is calling in the desert far and near,
Bidding us to make repentance since the realm of God is here.
Oh, that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way;
Let the valleys rise in meeting and the hills bow down in greeting.
3 Straight shall be what long was crooked, and the rougher places plain!
Let your hearts be true and humble, for Messiah's holy reign.
For God's glory evermore shall be known o'er all the world;
And all flesh shall see the token that God's word is never broken.
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Financial Giving
If you are able, please keep the financial needs of the church in mind as we continue to need your support caring for our community both within the church and at large. Find out ways you can give here if you are unable to join us for in person services.
Calling all KIDS! Sunday School's back!

Join us following the Children's Message during worship service for Sunday School each week! We're so happy to be "back" in person with you!
Please remember in your prayers:

Judy Morosky,
Carolyn Peyrot,
Carol Robinson's brothers- Steve Monroe and Robert Powers,
Liz Bunker,
Doris Ayala,
David Moore,
Cookie Warburton,
Bob Howe, JJ Howe and family
Vicki Ekstrom,
Chris Gathers
Send Shelly's Stories
 On Sunday, Shelly preached about the magi and how from the very beginning, Christianity was about breaking down barriers that divide people from one another for any reason. She invited you to share with her stories about boundary-breaking love that can give us hope so that she can share them with the congregation!
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