Order of Worship 12_19_21


December 19, 2021   Fourth Sunday of Advent

   Ten Thirty in the morning Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart

Bold face indicates congregational participation.          🔔 indicates to stand in body or in spirit


PRELUDE: Kazoo Choir


PRELUDE: Kate Russo/David Russo           “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”


CALL TO WORSHIP (Lighting the Advent Candles)

Candle Lighter: This is the day the Lord has made! 

Congregation: We will rejoice and be glad in it! 

Light the candle John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

Women and girls: Because God loves the whole world, we spread God’s love by giving from our wealth. 

Men and boys: For clean drinking water and nourishing food. 

Congregation: And we give from our talents and time to those in need of companionship 

Clergy, Lay Leader, and choir: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. 

Congregation: As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. 

All: Amen.

CALL TO CONFESSION: Christian Hebert                                                                  



Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom, of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression. Lord, have mercy upon us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON : Brock Moore                    


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, it is now and ever shall be

world without end, amen, amen. 

🔔HYMN                                           “My Soul Cries Out With a Joyful Shout”   

  1. My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great, 

and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait.

You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight, and my weakness you did not spurn, 

so from east and west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn?

Refrain: My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.

  1. Though I am small, my God my all, you work great things in me, 

and your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be.

Your very name puts the proud to shame, and to those who would for you yearn,

you will show your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn. (Refrain)

  1. From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a stone will be left on stone.

Let the king beware for your justice tears every tyrant from his throne.

The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn;

there are tables spread; every mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn. (Refrain)

  1. Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast:

God’s mercy will deliver us from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.

This saving word that our forebears heard is the promise which holds us bound, 

till the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around. (Refrain)


FIRST READING (p. 105)                                                                                                 John 1:1-18 NRSV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

ANTHEM                                             “The Word was Made Flesh”                     Lee Dangler

In gracious love God touched the earth and gave His Son in human birth 

that all the world might know and see the Son of God’s humanity. 

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, Jesus Christ our Lord!

The angels sang their tidings sweet, the shepherds worshiped at his feet,

this tiny boy, God’s gift to earth will prove to all His precious worth.

The Son of God we’ve come to know who washed our sins as white as snow

will come again, just wait and see, to dwell with us eternally.


“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Cast: Reader 1: David Russo Mouse 1: Joseph Hebert Reader 2: Asher Ochart

Mouse 2/Scripture Reader: Mia Lauland Angel 1: Sean Sens Gabriel: Matthew Freudenthal Angel 2: Michael Sens Innkeeper: Brock Moore Shepherd 1: Christian Hebert

Shepherd 2: Caleb Hebert Shepherd 3: Deborah Nolan Mary: Kate Russo Joseph: Ian Nolan

The First Nowell (#56)

  1. 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.

Refrain: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, born is the king of Israel. 

  1. They look-ed up and saw a star shining in the east beyond them far;

and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night. (Refrain) 

Away in a Manger (#25)

  1. Away in a manger; no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky look down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

  1. The cattle are lowing; the poor baby wakes, close by me forever and love me, I pray.

I love thee, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky, and stay by my side until morning is nigh. 

Angels We Have Heard on High (#23)

  1. Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains, 

and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.

(Refrain) Glo-o-o-oria in excelsis Deo! Glo-o-o-oria in excelsis Deo!

  1. Shepherds why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? 

    what the gladsome tiding bring, which inspire your heavenly song. 



    OFFERTORY: Caleb Hebert                            “Carol of the Bells”                                   


    Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below;

    Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

    🔔HYMN 29                                       “Go Tell it on the Mountain”

    (Refrain) Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; 

    go, tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born. 

    1. While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night, 

    behold throughout the heavens, there shone a holy light.

    1. The shepherds feared and trembled, when lo! above the earth

    rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior’s birth.

    1. Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born,

    and God gave us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.

    PARTING PRAYER: Deborah Nolan                                             Prayer of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)

    Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. Amen.


    POSTLUDE: David Russo                                  “What a Wonderful World”