The Third Service of Advent: Lessons and Carols

The Third Service of Advent

Lessons and Carols

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Gathering in Song                                                                         Kombo Na Yesu                                                  led by Slyvie Kabanga & CATSA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Opening Prayer                                                                                                                                                         Leah Lyman Waldron, French

                        O Christ,

                        We anticipate your coming,

                              and yet it surprises us still.

                        We look for you in the familiar,

                              while you speak to us from corners unnoticed and unseen.

                        Come, fill us with the magnitude of your love

                        that extends throughout our entire earth.                                                                                        

                        Teach us the ways of your salvation

                               through songs unknown, languages unlearned, traditions unfamiliar,

                        that we might more faithfully follow the One

                        who gathers all into one holy people

                        Come Creator.

                        Come Incarnate.

                        Come Spirit.

                                We are looking for you in the new and unknown. Amen.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath                                                                                                                                   Rodgers & Abiba Alice Chishiba

            Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.

            Your prophets spoke of a day

            when the desert would blossom

            and waters would break forth in the wilderness.

            Bless us as we light the candles on this wreath.

            Strengthen our hearts

            as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.

            May he give water to all who thirst,

            for he is our light and our salvation.

            Blessed be God forever.


 Response:                                                                               Jesus, the Light of the World                                                        George D. Elderkin

            Walk in the light, beautiful light; come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright,

            Shine all around us by day and by night, Jesus, the Light of the world.

First Lesson                                                                                  Isaiah 60:1-3, 19-20                                                                  Dr. Arun Jones, Hindi                                                                                                                                                                                               

Isaiah calls to the people: “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

A Story from Haiti                                                                                                                                                                    Peggy Jean Craig

Second Lesson                                                                                   Isaiah 11:1-9                                                                 Patricia Symonnette

Anthem                                                                                              O-So-So                                                 Korean traditional, sung by Chorale

Third Lesson                                                                                     Isaiah 40:1-5                                                                          Bernardo Luis


The prophet brings words of comfort to the people, promising that that “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together.”

Hymn                                                                                             Toda la Tierra                                                                                UMH 210

            We will sing verses 1 and 2 in Spanish and verses 3 and 4 in English.


Fourth Lesson                                                                                Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                                                                       Will Johnson

Song                                                                                        The King of Glory Comes                                        Israeli folk song, sung by Chorale

Fifth Lesson                                                                                      Luke 1:68-79                                                                 Min-Ah Cho, Korean

Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, prophesies that a mighty savior will arise who will “give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Hymn                                                                                           Maranatha, Come                                                            Francis Patrick O’Brien

            Please join in the singing of the Refrain



Prayers for the World & Blessing of the Shoes                                                                                                                                 Peggy Jean Craig

            Come O Lord, and light our path.

            The shoes collected this week will go to the La Gonave Island of Haiti.


Hymn                                                                                           Joy to the World                                                                              UMH 246

You’re invited to sing the first and fourth verses in English, the second in Spanish, and the third in German


¡Alegría al mundo, que reina el Salvador!                                          Sorgen und Sünde haben keinen Platz mehr                       

Que los hombres entonen su canción,                                          Auch nicht die Dornen, die den Boden besetzen

mientras que campos, aguas, rocas, montes y llanos,                           Er kommt, um all Seinen Segen zu geben

repiten el gozo sonoro,                                                                                      So weit wie die Sünde verbreitet ist

repiten el gozo sonoro,                                                                                      So weit wie die Sünde verbreitet ist                       

repiten, repiten, el gozo sonoro.                                                          So weit, so weit wie die Sünde verbreitet ist




Worship Notes

Greeters:  Jae Young and Chwi Woon Kim

Organist and Pianist: Jamie Shiell

Choir: Candler Chorale

Musicians & Vocalists: Sylvie Kabanga, Jared Stine, members of CATSA

Opening Prayer: Krista Showalter Ehst

Prayers for the World: Mary Page Wilson