Worship for December 6, 2020
We’re worshipping on Zoom this week and for the foreseeable future, still grateful for technology, still grateful for one another. 

Be safe and at ease, Shadow Rockers. And, stay tuned.
Adult Advent Announcement
by David A. Redding
O Lord,
Let Advent begin again
In us,
Not merely in commercials;
For that first Christmas was not
Simply for children,
But for the
Wise and the strong
It was
Crowded around that cradle,
With kings kneeling.
Speak to us
Who seek an adult seat this year.
Help us to realize,
As we fill stockings,
Christmas is mainly
For the old folks —
Bent backs
And tired eyes
Need relief and light
A little more.
No wonder
It was grown-ups
Who were the first
To notice
Such a star.
We Covenant One With Another
Adult Spiritual Formation - 10:00 am
It’s Advent! In these weeks of anticipation leading up to Christmas, we’ve taking a deep dive into the songs of Luke’s Gospel. Today’s song is one we don’t often lift up - the prophecy of Zechariah (father of John the Baptist) from Luke 1. Zechariah sounds like a proud dad - it’s going to be a great discussion of the spiritual values of parenting and family life.
Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:
 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
  for you have looked favorably on your people and redeemed them.
You have raised up a mighty savior for us
  in the house of David,
as you spoke through the mouth of your holy prophets from of old,
   that we would be saved from our enemies and
from the hand of all who hate us.
 Thus you have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
  By remembering the holy covenant you made with them
 the oath that you swore to Abraham and Sarah,
  to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve you without fear, in holiness and righteousness
  In your presence all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
  for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way
to give knowledge of salvation to the people
  by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
  the dawn from on high will break upon us,
 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
  to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Transition Music
Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming

Worship Begins - 11:00 am

Welcome and Announcements ~ Pastor Ken

Advent Wreath Lighting ~ led by Joyce and Gordon Schneider
We have a variety of voices leading our Advent liturgy, sharing poems and prayers. We appreciate Gordon and Joyce leading us this morning.

Opening Prayer ~ Karen Richter
Perceiving and Responding
Giving and Stewardship
We are grateful for the fidelity of giving among our community. Your sharing makes our compassionate response to the world possible. Heidi's Corner, the weekly update from our financial officer, can be found here.

Celebrations, Prayer Requests and Pastoral Prayer
We share news of our lives, birthdays, concerns, celebrations, and moments of grace and service. Please unmute to share your celebration in the Zoom worship space or use the 'raise hand' function in the participant list.
Celebration Song
"All Earth Is Waiting" shared by Forrest and Carol Bachtel
Balancing Word and Deed
Word About Life for Today ~ Rev. Ken Heintzelman
"Hope and History" Part 2, Signs Along the Way

Introduction to Breakout Rooms and Sending Forth Blessing ~ Karen Richter
  • Should the church promote democracy? And can the church promote democracy without losing its soul?

Words for Mission ~ Pastor Ken
One: In the midst of our Advent waiting, we tell stories. We are grateful for the compassion of our fellow travelers. May Advent be a heart journey toward the point of the wedgeblade and toward the manger. These are the times.
All: We are the people.
One: All of Creation is blessed.
All: May we love all and serve all.
One: May God be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Amen.
All: Amen.