Sunday December 20, 2020 10 am

Lessons and Carols

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 Hingham Congregational Church

   United Church of Christ

    Hingham, Massachusetts

   An Open and Affirming Church


 Sunday, December 20, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Advent

      Lessons and Carols

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

Lessons and Carols

Fourth Sunday in Advent – Joy

December 20, 2020

10 a.m.

Prelude Christmas Carol Medley HCC String Ensemble 

Welcome and Introduction to the Lessons  Rev. Dr. Peter Allen      


Lighting the Candle of Joy                         Julie and Chris Bates                                                   

Carol                      O Come All Ye Faithful              PH 132


O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O

Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him, born the King od angels;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! 


Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! 


Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,

We would embrace thee, with love and awe;

Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! 


Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,

Jesus, to thee be all glory given;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! 


*Opening Prayer (Unison)                                

God of All, in this world full of trouble and conflict, we are drawn to your unconditional love and the ways that it changes us. We come before you this morning anticipating the birth of the Christ Child, the Prince of Peace. Please open our hearts and minds to new ways of seeing and living with each other and our neighbors so that we may live into a new world of your making...



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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And 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. 

First Lesson: Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27   Paul Jeffrey


Anthem           Jesus Christ the Apple Tree        Elizabeth Poston      

Senior Choir         


Second Lesson: Genesis 21:1-3, 6-7                 Kris Shorey


Solo                           O Come, O Come Emmanuel       15th century hymn

                                                        Todd Swavey              


Third Lesson: Isaiah 9:2, 6–7      Jeff Swain  


Anthem              Mary, Did You Know?  Buddy Greene

Folk Choir              


Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11:1–2, 6-9                             Ellen Rathke     


Carol                                 The Friendly Beasts   Junior Choir


Jesus, our Brother, kind and good,

Was humbly born in a stable rude.

The friendly beasts around him stood,

Jesus, our Brother, kind and good.


”I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,”

“I carried his mother up hill & down;”

I carried his mother to Bethlehem town,

I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.” (ALL)


“I,” said the cow, all white and red

“I gave him my manger for his bed;

I gave him my hay to pillow his head,

I,” said the cow, all white and red. (ALL)


“I,” said the sheep with curly horn,

“I gave him my wool for his blanket warm;

He wore my coat on Christmas morn,

I,” said the sheep with curly horn. (ALL)


“I,” said the dove from rafters high,

“I cooed him to sleep that he would not cry;

We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I,

I,” said the dove from rafters high. (ALL)



Thus every beast by some good spell,

In the stable dark was glad to tell

Of the gift he gave Emmanuel,

The gift he gave Emmanuel.


Fifth Lesson: Luke 1:26–35, 38                           Tracy Allen   


Anthem            A Maiden Most Gentle        French Traditional Carol

                                                          Arr. Andrew Carter  


Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:1–7                                                            Eamon Pint


Carol                                Gentle Joseph, Joseph Dear  NCH 105


“Gentle Joseph, Joseph dear, stay with me, for the

baby’s near; God surely your goodness hear, as

you will love this new born child,” says Mary.


“Gladly Mary, Mary mine. I will cradle the

child divine; Here will heaven and earth combine, for

you will bear God’s child, O dearest Mary.”


“Peace to all and God’s goodwill.” heaven and earth with this

song will fill; Soon will God, in the evening still, be

born in Bethlehem, the child of Mary.


Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8–16                  Nancy Hansberry   


Solo                             Still ,Still, Still             Traditional Austrian Carol

                                                            Claire Rathke 


Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1–12        Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern


Carol                            The First Nowell       PH 141 vs 1,3,5       


The first Nowell, the angel did say, Was to

certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; in fields where

they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s

night that was so deep.

Nowell. Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the Ling of Israel.


And by the light of that same star Three

wise men came from country far; To seek for a

king was their intent, And to follow the

star whereever it went. 

Nowell. Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the Ling of Israel.


Then entered in those wise men three, Full

reverently upon their knee, And offered

there, in his tresence, Their gold and

myrrh and frankincense.

Nowell. Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the Ling of Israel.


Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-10, 14                Rev. Dr. Peter Allen


Anthem               Do you Hear What I Hear?              Arr. Harry Simeone   


Closing Carol            Joy to the World                       PH 130


Joy to the world! the Lord is come: Let earth re-

ceive her King; Let every heart prepare him room,

And heaven and nature sing. And heaven and nature

     And heaven and nature sing, And

sing, And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

     heaven and nature sing.


Joy to the earth! the savior reigns: Let men their

songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hill, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding

     Repeat the sounding joy, Re-

joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

     repeat the sounding joy, 


He rules the world with truth and grace, 

nations prove The glories of his righteousness,

And wonders of his love, And wonders of his

     And wonders of his love, And


love, and wonders , wonders of his love. 

     wonders of his love. Amen



Postlude    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen arr. Alfred V. Fedak        

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Many, many thanks to our readers, choirs, and music staff for leading us in worship today!


Please keep in 

           your prayers...

  • Duchie Murphy & her family
  • BobTate, from Andover, in the hospital. 
  • Sherry Schilb, recovering from surgery 
  • Andy Parmelee, recovering from surgery
  • 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 approved for ordination on January 3, 2021
  • Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination
  • All those affected by the coronavirus in the world.

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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