Community and St Mark United Methodist Church
December 20th, 2020
Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and socially distanced.
Leader: Our souls magnify the Lord.
People: Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.
Leader: The Mighty One has done great things for us.
People: Holy is God’s name.
Leader: God’s mercy is ever near, from generation to generation.
People: God’s strength scatters the proud, but lifts the humble of heart.
Leader: God’s love fills us up, nourishing our hungry souls.
People: God’s grace has called us here, strengthening our lives of faith.
Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Meditate and reflect
Joys and Concerns of the People
Prayers for Life Leader
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever Amen.
Hymn “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” Meditate and reflect
*Affirmation of Faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Gloria Patri “Glory Be to the Father” Instrumental only
Offertory Prayer Leader
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” Instrumental only
Hymn “To a Maid Engaged to Joseph” Meditate and reflect
Prayer of illumination
1st Gospel reading: Luke 1:26-38
2nd Gospel reading: Luke 1:46-55
Reader: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God
Prayer of Confession: Savior God, shine upon us with your grace. We long to align ourselves with the proud and the mighty. Guide us to walk with those who are poor and weak. When we yearn for riches and glory, guide our hearts back to your thirst for justice and righteousness. Remember us with mercy. We desire to live as the household of faith you would have us be. Help us live according to your gospel and trust that all things are possible in your love. In Christ’s saving grace, we pray. Amen.
Words of Assurance: Rejoice! God has looked with favor upon the powerless and the lowly. Christ has come to redeem us from our sin. The Spirit has strengthened us with the power of grace and love. In the mercy of the triune God, we are forgiven.
Hymn “Angels From the Realms of Glory” Meditate and reflect
(*) Please stand if able