9:30AM Sunday School
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A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

December 14, 2014


(audio of the service posted on Podomatic)

A Festival of Lessons and Carols
Third Sunday in Advent
December 14, 2014

PRELUDE                                                               Wachet Auf                         J. S. Bach

PROCESSIONAL                               Once In Royal David’s City    arr. David Willcocks

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed, where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child. He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all, and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall; with the poor, and mean, and lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy. And through all his wondrous childhood he would honor and obey, love, and watch the lowly maiden, in whose gentle arms he lay; Christian children all must be mild, obedient as he. For he is our childhood’s pattern, day by day like us he grew, he was little, weak and helpless, tears and smiles like us he knew; and he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness.

(Congregation stand and sing with the choir.)

And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love,
For that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above;
And he leads his children on to the place where he is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by,
We shall see him; but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high;
When like stars his children crowned all in white shall wait around.
C. F. Alexander

 *BIDDING PRAYER                                                                                      San Williams

Light Three Candles to Watch for Messiah


Bridge to Worship will not be held today, children are welcome to remain in worship, or go to the nursery.

*HYMN No. 113                                       Angels We Have Heard on High                 Gloria

FIRST LESSON                                          Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19              Hannah Grace Jensen
God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.

CAROL                                                        Adam Lay Ybounden                                 Boris Ord

Adam lay ybounden, bounden in a bond: four thousand winter thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, an apple that he took, as clerkes finden written in their book. Ne had the apple taken been, the apple taken been, ne had never our lady abeen heavenè queen. Blessed be the time that apple taken was.
Therefore we moun singen: Deo gracias!                                                   – 15 century English

SECOND LESSON                                         Genesis 22:15-18                                   Keith Wright
God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

CAROL                                 Go Where I Send Thee           arr. Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory

Go where I send thee! How shall I send thee? I’m gonna send thee one by one, one for the little bitty baby, the baby boy born in Bethlehem. Children go where I send thee! How shall I send thee? I’m gonna send thee two by two, two for Paul and Silas, one for the little bitty baby, the baby boy born in Bethlehem. Children go where I send thee! How shall I send thee? I’m gonna send thee six by six, six for the days when the world was fixed, five for the bread they did divide, four for the Gospel writers, three for the Hebrew children, two for Paul and Silas, one for the little bitty baby, the baby boy born in Bethlehem. Children go, go, go where I send thee! How shall I send thee? I’m gonna send thee twelve by twelve, twelve for the twelve disciples, ’leven of ’em singin’ in heaven, ten for the ten  commandments, nine for the angel choirs divine, eight for the eight the flood couldn’t take, seven for the day God laid down his head . . . .

– Traditional African-American Spiritual

THIRD LESSON                                             Isaiah 9:2, 6-7                                 Krystal Leedy
The prophet foretells the coming of the Savior.

CAROL                                                This Little Light of Mine                arr. Moses Hogan

This little light of mine, I’m goin’ to let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine . . . All through the night I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine . . . .My God gave it to me, I’m gonna let it shine. Hallelujah, children . . . .In my home, all over the world, let it shine.
      – Traditional African-American Spiritual

FOURTH LESSON                                        Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6-9                       John Leedy
The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

CAROL                                      Crying Out in the Wilderness                    Adrienne Inglis

. . the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”                                                            – Luke 3:2b-6

 CAROL                      Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain        Carolyn Jennings

Climb to the top of the highest mountain, joyous tidings proclaim to the world, lift up your voice, shout the good news; behold, your Lord comes to you. He will feed his flock like a shepherd, He will carry the lambs in His arms, He will ever keep them safe from harm. Behold, your Lord comes to you. He who made the stars in the heaven, He who fashioned the earth and the sea, from time eternal He was God, the Alpha and Omega, He. Behold, your Lord! He will come in power and glory, He will rule with mercy and truth, hope of the nations, light of the world. He will love the little children, He will hold them in His arms. Love Him and trust Him as a child, behold, your Lord comes to you.                                                                                      – adapted from Isaiah 40

 FIFTH LESSON                                   Luke 1:26-35, 38                            Ara Carapetyan
The angel Gabriel salutes the Virgin Mary.

HYMN No. 98, (seated)         To a Maid Whose Name Was Mary            Annunciation

Verse 1: All
Verse 2: Women
Verse 3: Men
Verse 4: Choir
Verse 5:  Women, line 1; Men, lines 2 & 3
Verse 6: All

CAROL                               Salvation Is Created                                     Pavel Tschesnokoff
Salvation is created in midst of the earth, O God. Alleluijah, Alleluijah, Alleluijah.                                                             – Russian liturgy, adapted N. Lindsay Norden

SIXTH LESSON                                   Luke 2:1,3-7                                             Emily Givens
Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

The morning offering will be received during the next carol. Please sign and pass the blue Friendship registers.

CAROL                                        Carol of the Drum                                                K. K. Davis

“Come,” they told me, pa-rum-pa-pum-pum, “Our new-born King to see!” pa-rum-pa-pum-pum. “Our finest gifts we’ll bring,” pa-rum-pa-pum-pum, “to lay before the King!” pa-rum-pa-pum-pum . . .”So to honor Him,” pa-rum-pa-pum-pum, “When we come.” “Baby Jesu, . . .I’m a poor boy, too, . . .I have no gift to bring . . .That’s fit to give a King . . .Shall I play for you, . . .On my drum?” Mary nodded, . . .Ox and ass kept time, . . .I played my drum for Him, . . .I played my best for Him, . . .Then He smiled at me, . . .Me and my drum!                                                                                               – K. K. D.

SEVENTH LESSON                                     Luke 2:8-16                                           Fred Morgan
The shepherds go to the manger.

CAROL                                                  Lux Aurumque                                           Eric Whitacre

Translation: Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the newborn babe.                                         – Edward Esch, trans. Charles Anthony Silvestri

CAROL                                                        Silent Night                                    arr. Mack Wilberg

Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and Child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace. Silent Night! Holy Night! Son of God, love’s pure light radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.             – Joseph Mohr, trans. John F. Young

EIGHTH LESSON                                             Matthew 2:1-12                     Kathy Escandell
The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.

 *HYMN No. 150                            As with Gladness Men of Old                                  Dix

CAROL                                           Sure On This Shining Night              Morten Lauridsen

Sure on this shining night of star made shadows round, kindness must watch for me this side the ground. The late year lies down the north. All is healed, all is health. High summer holds the earth. Hearts all whole. Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder wand’ring far alone of shadows on the stars.                                     – James Agee

*NINTH LESSON                                                        John 1:1-14                       San Williams
John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.

CAROL                                              The Word Was God                       Rosephanye Powell

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. By Him all things were made that have been made. Nothing was made He has not made. All things were made by Him. In the beginning . . . .                                                                                                         – John 1:1-3

*CAROL                            O Come, All Ye Faithful            J. F. Wade, arr. David Willcocks

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore him . . . .Christ the Lord!
God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb:
Very God, begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore him . . . . Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above;
Glory to God in the highest:
O come, let us adore him . . . .Christ the Lord!
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him . . . .Christ the Lord!

– J. F. Wade, tr. F. Oakeley, W. T. Brooke

 *PRAYER and BLESSING                                                                            San Williams

*CAROL                                  Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing                     F. Mendelssohn

Hark! The herald-angels sing Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled:
Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies,
With th’ angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! the herald-angels sing Glory to the newborn King.

Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come offspring of a virgin’s womb:
Veiled in flesh the God-head see, hail th’ incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark, the herald-angels sing Glory to the newborn King.
Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, ris’n with healing in his wings;
Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.
Hark, the herald-angels sing Glory to the newborn King.
– Charles Wesley, others

POSTLUDE                                 In Dulci Jubilo                                              J. S. Bach

Soloists are Hilary Taylor, Patricia Combs, and Braden Guess. The harpist is Emily Perry; trumpet, Jesse Hsu. The organist/pianist is Scott McNulty; the Chancel Choir is directed by Ara Carapetyan and Kim Vitray.

The pulpit flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Charles Taliaferro Clark by his family. A memorial service was held Friday, December 12, 2014, at UPC.