Rev Ed Sunday-Winters – Service
Hal Parker – Musical Director, Piano, Voice
Priscilla Bonney-Smith – Flowers

Sunday Service
(3rd Sunday of Advent)

December 12, 2021

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Sermon: “Bring Us Home”

*Hymn: #102 (New Century Hymnal – black) – “O How Shall I Receive You”
*Hymn: #118 (New Century) – “Of The Parent’s Heart Begotten”
*Hymn: #103 (New Century) – “Watcher, Tell Us Of The Night”

Prelude – “Joy To The World” – Jason Crane / soprano saxophone

Welcome & Announcements

*Call To Worship
One: Gathering one! Embracing one!
All: Gentle one! Emblazoned one!
One: Winnowing one! Restorative one!
All:  The one who has come! The one who will come!
One: The one who bears the image of those who bear God’s.
All:  Worthy are you, mysterious one!

Opening Prayer

*Gloria Patri   #36
Glory be to the Creator, and to the Christ and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen. Amen.

Lighting of the Advent Candle

*Hymn: #102 (New Century Hymnal – black) – “O How Shall I Receive You”

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20 (ready by Hal Gray)

Anthem – “O Come O Come Emmanuel” – Jason Crane, soprano saxophone

Sermon – “Bring Us Home”  by Rev. Ed Sunday-Winters

A Time of Silence

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God for all that love has done; Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.  Amen.

(If you want to give today, please find the offering plate at either entrance.)

*Prayer of Dedication   

ALL: Take these gifts, and gather us back together, O God, we who have separated ourselves from our neighbors, from our higher selves, and from your expansive Love. Reunite us with our calling. Amen.

*Hymn:  #118 (New Century) – “Of The Parent’s Heart Begotten”

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer (using “debts:” turn to the bottom of page #271 in your hymnal)

*Hymn:  #103 (New Century) – “Watcher, Tell Us Of The Night”

*Benediction                 Ed Sunday-Winters

*Musical Benediction

Go now in peace, never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith steadfast strong and true, know he will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe, reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there, watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith and in love. Amen, amen, amen.