++PRELUDE Mikyoung Yun
GATHERING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
++HYMN O Come, O Come Emanuel(verse 1 only) UMH #211
+CALL TO WORSHIP
L: In the midst of darkness, God brings a new light.
P: Thanks be to the God of light.
L: In the midst of confusion and fear, God brings hope and peace.
P: Thanks be to the God of peace.
L: In the midst of strife and stress, God comforts and soothes us.
P: Let us praise God who truly loves us and brings us new life. AMEN.
+HYMN O Come, All Ye Faithful UMH #234
+LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE
L: The Mighty One has done great things! Holy is God’s Name! The Light of the World is coming.
[Here relight the first three Advent candles.]
P: With Mary, our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.
L: God’s mercy endures from generation to generation for those who are in awe of God.
P: The proud, the rich, the mighty no longer have power over us.
L: The lowly are lifted up, and the hungry are satisfied.
P: We see the light of God shining over the land.
L: We light a fourth candle in anticipation of the wondrous birth.
[Here light the Fourth Advent candle.]
All: We will open our hearts that Love may have a place to dwell.
PRAYER OF INVOCATION:
O God, in this time of worship, may we be open to your promises, your love, and your transformation. May we vision and dream.
May we be surprised. May we receive the life you give us. May we encounter Emmanuel—God with us. And may we never be the same. Amen.
MOMENT OF SILENT PRAYER for personal confession
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
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, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
+HYMN Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming UMH #216
++ SCRIPTURE LESSON Matthew 1:18-25
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
A: Thanks be to God.
RESPONSIVE SONG Emmanuel, Emmanuel UMH #204
SPECIAL MUSIC David Lee & Mikyoung Yun
MESSAGE “It’s a Wonderful Life: Trust it” Rev. Suhee Kim
+DOXOLOGY UMH # 95
PRAYER OF DEDICATION Covenant Prayer
+HYMN Angels We Have Heard on High UMH #238
++POSTLUDE Mikyoung Yun
|Bible Memory Verse
[This week] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)