Call to Worship
One: John the Baptist said, “Prepare the way.” How do we prepare our minds for worship?
All: We silence the inner critic. We let go of busy thoughts. We make space for God to speak.
One: How do we prepare our hearts for worship?
All: We bless all emotions. We feel what we feel. We open ourselves up to be moved.
One: How do we prepare our bodies for worship?
All: We take in the scent, sight, and sound of this moment. We breathe in God’s mercy. We exhale God’s love.
One: How do we prepare our souls for worship?
All: We bring our full selves into this space. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. We trust that even now, God is here.
One: What we practice in worship, we try to live out in our daily lives. Together, let’s prepare the way.
Hymn: #110 “Come, thou long-expected Jesus”
Welcome & Gathering Prayer concluding with Lord’s Prayer (choir)
Assurance of God’s Grace
Peace Invocation: “May the Peace of Christ be with you”
(Izumi Shiota, Lori True): OneLicense #87626
May the peace of Christ be with you
May the love of Christ dwell deep in your heart
May the spirit enlighten your way
May you live in the comfort of God’s care
Lighting of the Advent Candle of Peace
(Linzy Abraham & Priya Rajan)
Sung Response: “Hope is a star” vs. 2
Peace is a ribbon that circles the earth,
giving a promise of safety and worth.
When God is a child there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.
Musical Reflection: Lost in the Stars
(Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill)
Preparing the Way – Claudette Colvin & Rosa Parks
We share Our Dreams…
Wondering…about new beginnings
Presentation of our offering:
Offertory: A Child is Born (Thad Jones/Alex Wilder)
Doxology: #145 In the bleak mid-winter, v. 4
What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise one,
I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him –
give my heart.
Prayer of Dedication
Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Hope &
Dedication of Prayer Shawls
Including sung response: “Waiting for you”
(Hannah Rand, Lenora Rand)
Hymn: #113 “Comfort, comfort you my people”
Advent Sending Song
(Music: Old 100th, text Allan P. Happe, used with permission)
Hope in the Lord who reigns above,
who holds us all in steadfast love;
whose spirit blows across the Earth,
preparing us for second birth.
Knox Waterloo: CCLI License # 2580326
Images and videos used with permission.