Fourth Sunday of Advent


We are a community of believers called by God to live humbly in the spirit of Christ and to act as His voice and hands in our world.

Our ministries and missions emphasize worship, prayer, study, hospitality to others, and care within our congregation.  We are focused especially on the issues of poverty in our community and the world around us through projects and programs aimed at addressing the needs of those who are hungry and without enough clothing or adequate shelter, and those suffering abuse.



Mary finds favor in Godís sight.  Filled with Godís Spirit, she will conceive and bear a Son.  He will be called holy, and his reign will be everlasting.  He will call people to obedience, to a life of witness on behalf of Godís will.  In him the fullness of Godís revelation will reach culmination, as he teaches his followers the extent of Godís love.  Mary carries within her the embodiment of Godís promise and is blessed with the living presence of Godís grace.




Opening Sentences                                


Come apart to this place of rest and renewal;

Let your spirits rejoice in the presence of God.

We will sing of Godís steadfast love for all people.

We will proclaim Godís faithfulness to all generations.

    God looks with favor on the humble and lowly.

    Godís covenant does not focus on rank or position.

        God strengthens those who are weak.

        The proud are scattered in the thoughts of their hearts.

     Blessed are those who walk in Godís light.

     Blessed are all who say Ďyesí to Godís call.    

        Let the heavens proclaim the wonders of God.

        Let all the earth rejoice in Christís coming.



Prayer of the Day


Let us pray. 

We bring our spiritual hungers to this place, O God, hoping to be fed. We bring our weariness, expecting to find rest for our souls. We bring our dullness, asking that we might be alerted to those things that you consider important. We come because we want the scattered fragments of our lives to come together in a meaningful wholeness. You have promised to be with us. Reveal yourself to us here, we pray in the name of One who came to share our common lot. Amen.


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