Prelude Valerie Ng, organ
Welcome and Announcements Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Lighting the Advent Candles
Opening Song Comfort, Comfort Now My People
Reading Advent Meditation Marj Robinson, liturgist
Tear open the heavens and come down, O God.
As the light dims in these colder days
our vision turns inward.
We see the wilderness of our lives, the desert of our spirits–
the crooked priorities
the low valleys of selfishness
the mountains of consumption
the uneven ground of malnourished spirits
the places made rough with wounds we carry.
Bring your good news to us
hold close those jagged places in our hearts,
speak freedom to the tension we carry,
release us from patterns that hold us captive,
proclaim the time of your good favor
and the day of light of our God!
We watch, we long, we stand on tip-toes
expectantly, urgently, eager.
Tear open the heavens and come down.
Break into our lives–
we are awake!
Adapted from Advent meditation by Rev. Jessica Tate, NEXT CHURCH
Special Music The Advent Candle
Lyrics by Charles Bennett
Music by Bob Chilcott
The Chancel Choir
Martha Wall, Director
Children Invited to go downstairs
Prayer Chant There is A Longing
Scripture Matthew 3:1-12
Advent Series: Reflecting the Sacred #2
Sermon Sacred People Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
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Joys and Concerns
Closing Song The First Noel
Blessing Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Postlude Valerie Ng, organ
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