December 13, 2020 – Advent III

Welcome to Trinity’s online worship service!  The liturgy has been adapted for online use.  We are so glad you chose to join us for virtual worship, and we’d be very excited if you you are comfortable to chose to join us in-person on Sunday’s at 10 am in the Nave.
If you are able please consider an offering for God’s work in the world: Tithely
 10:00 In-person service will feature music from Don Robinson and the TLC Band
1 Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes,
the Savior promised long;
let every heart prepare a throne
and every voice a song.
2 He comes the pris’ners to release,
in Satan’s bondage held.
The gates of brass before him burst,
the iron fetters yield.
3 He comes the broken heart to bind, 
the bleeding soul to cure,
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.
4 Our glad hosannas, Prince of peace,
your welcome shall proclaim,
and heaven’s eternal arches ring
with your beloved name.
Invocation and Confession: Invocation and Confession – YouTube
Advent Wreath Lighting and Prayer: Advent Candle lighting prayer – YouTube
1 Light one candle to watch for Messiah:
let the light banish darkness.
He shall bring salvation to Israel,
God fulfills the promise.

2 Light two candles to watch for Messiah:
let the light banish darkness.
He shall feed the flock like a shepherd,
gently lead them homeward.
3 Light three candles to watch for Messiah:
let the light banish darkness.
Lift your heads and lift high the gateway
for the King of glory.
First Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Children’s Sermon: Children’s Sermon – YouTube
Gospel and Sermon: John 1:6-8, 19-28 Gospel and Sermon – YouTube
1 Each winter as the year grows older,
we each grow older too.
The chill sets in a little colder;
the verities we knew
seem shaken and untrue.
2 When race and class cry out for treason,
when sirens call for war,
they over-shout the voice of reason
and scream till we ignore
all we held dear before.
3 Yet I believe beyond believing
that life can spring from death,
that growth can flower from our grieving,
that we can catch our breath
and turn transfixed by faith.
4 So even as the sun is turning 
to journey to the north,
the living flame, in secret burning,
can kindle on the earth
and bring God’s love to birth.
5 O Child of ecstasy and sorrows,
O Prince of peace and pain,
brighten today’s world by tomorrow’s
renew our lives again;
Lord Jesus, come and reign!
Prayers of Intercession: Prayers of Intercession – YouTube
1 Longing for light, we wait in darkness,
longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.
Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts. 
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in your church
gathered today.
5 Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
signs of your kingdom come.
Blessing and Dismissal: Blessing and Dismissal – YouTube