Bulletin - December 11, 2022

PRELUDE
Organ Concerto No. 5 in F Major                George Fredrick Handel
Larghetto, Allegro

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Cards will be collected later in the service.
Pastor Sue Coller

CHORAL INTROIT
“Verbum Caro Factum Est” (“Word Made Flesh, We Welcome You”)
15th c. English carol, ed. Proulx

sung in Latin then in English

Notum fecit Dominus                           Thus has God made known to us
Salutare suum                                      His salvation for us all.
Alleluia, Alleluia.                                 Alleluia, Alleluia.

 LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE OF JOY
Steve Hill, Susie Wilson, Owen Hill, Ellie Hill, Henry Hill

* OPENING Hymn (#91 & #88 alternating)
“Come, come Emmanuel. Come Emmanuel” and
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

(Hymns are in the purple “Glory to God” hymnal in the pews)

Children & Youth (#91)          “Come, Come Emmanuel” (sung twice)
Come, come Emmanuel. Come Emmanuel.

Congregation (#88)     “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

1O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Children & Youth (#91)          “Come, Come Emmanuel” (sung twice)
Come, come Emmanuel. Come Emmanuel.

Congregation (#88) “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
2O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily:
to us the path of knowledge show;
and teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Children & Youth (#91)          “Come, Come Emmanuel” (sung twice)
Come, come Emmanuel. Come Emmanuel.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Trey Andrews

God of mercy, a million times a day we have the opportunity to be gracious,
to assume the best in others, to give the benefit of the doubt.
A million times a day we could choose the better way,
but so often we don’t. Fear and greed kick in.
Assumptions and insecurities take the wheel.
Comparison and critique lead the charge.
Forgive us for forgetting that we are descendants of Joseph.
Forgive us for forgetting that grace and mercy are in our blood.
Forgive us for forgetting that all belong to you.
Give us the courage to love even bigger than before,
and the wisdom to choose a better way.

A time for silent prayer

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
Dr. Kris Brammer

ISAIAH 35:1-10
Trey Andrews

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God. God will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense.
God will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray.
No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

MATTHEW 1:18-25
Pastor Sue Coller

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,

which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

One:  Friends, A Word of God that is still speaking.
All:  Thanks be to God.

BREAKING OPEN THE WORD
We Can Choose a Better Way
Rev. Dr. Sue Coller

*HYMN Insert
“A Better Way” (sung to God Rest You Merry)

1When Joseph learned of Mary’s state he pondered her disgrace,
he calculated all the shame the scandal would create,
but not content to see her stoned he offered her some grace.
Oh there is a better way, God’s better way.
Oh we can choose the better way.
2He planned to leave her quietly and not create a scene,
but Mary still would grow with child; what then would her fate be?
When Joseph went to sleep that night an angel intervened.
Oh there is a better way, God’s better way.
Oh we can choose the better way.

3Said Gabriel, “Joseph, do not fear to make Mary your wife,
she bears inside her womb the hope of everlasting life.
The son that she will bear to you is Jesus the Messiah.”
Oh there is a better way, God’s better way.
Oh we can choose the better way.

4Like Joseph woke from sleep to find his pathway had been changed,
still here today God calls us all to choose the better way,
beyond our wildest dreams is still a calling that remains.
Oh there is a better way, God’s better way.
Oh we can choose the better way.

BREAKING OPEN OUR HEARTS IN PRAYER
Prayer Requests: email pray@fpclincoln.org or put on the Connection Card

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors;
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

BREAKING OPEN OUR HEARTS WITH GENEROSITY
Text: MissionPossible to 73256  Online: www.OnRealm.org/FPCLincoln/Give

Please put your Connection Card in the Offering Plate.

If you prefer not to physically handle the offering plate, simply put your offering and connection card in the plate without taking the plate, and the usher will pass it to the next person.
Pastor Sue Coller

ANTHEM
“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”          arr. Gustav Holst
Chancel Choir, with Annika Burds & Susan Twiehaus, soloists

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in His hand,
Christ our Lord to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

King of Kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of Lords, in human vesture in the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day;
That the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six-winged seraph; cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, Lord Most High. Amen”.

SONG OF PRAISE #607
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise Christ, all people here below;
praise Holy Spirit evermore;
praise Triune God, whom we adore. Amen.

 PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Pastor Sue Coller

HYMN #100
“My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout”

1 My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great,
and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight, and my weakness you did not spurn,
so from east to west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn?

Refrain:
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.

2 Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me,
and your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be.
Your very name puts the proud to shame, and to those who would for you yearn,
you will show your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn.

Refrain:
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.

3 From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for your justice tears every tyrant from his throne.
The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn;
there are tables spread; every mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn.

Refrain:
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.

4 Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast:
God’s mercy must deliver us from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.
This saving word that our forebears heard is the promise which holds us bound,
till the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around.

Refrain:
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.

BENEDICTION
Pastor Sue Coller

 CHORAL BENEDICTION
“While We Are Waiting, Come”

Come, Savior, quickly come; come, Savior, quickly come.
Jesus, our Lord, Emmanuel, while we are waiting, come.

POSTLUDE
Fanfare in D                                                 Jacques-Nicholas Lemmens

Announcements

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Sunday School Updates
The FPC youth group meets tonight at 5:30 pm. We are looking for volunteers to help with meals on youth group nights. If you would like to sign-up for a meal, please speak to Kris Brammer.
There will be no Sunday School classes on Sunday

Advent Decorating Help Needed
We are decorating the Sanctuary right after church on today for Advent and Christmas. We would love to have your help for about an hour.

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Today at 3:30 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
3000 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln, NE

Advent Party
December 4 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fellowship Hall Join us after worship for our annual Advent Party!
We’ll have a catered lunch (donations are welcome to help cover the cost)

Pastor Sue & Linda’s Annual Christmas Open House
December 18 3:00 – 6:00 pm | Pastor’s House –
Contact the Church for the address

Labyrinth Open Hours

First Presbyterian Church now has a labyrinth. You can find it in Great Hall. We do ask that you wear the coverings for your shoes AND socks, as we remember that it is holy ground. (Coverings will be available in Great Hall.) There will be guides for use of the Labyrinth, including meditation suggestions to make your experience more meaningful.

All are welcome.
The Labyrinth is available for use on Sunday mornings and whenever the main office is open.

Would You Like to Help Lead Worship
by reading scripture and helping with prayers, providing flowers, or coffee?

Use the Sign-Up link below to sign up to help with worship, flowers, coffee, or recording the Online service.
We’re creating a fresh list of volunteers who would like to be part of our worship leadership team.

Sunday On-Site Worship
English @ 10 am in the Sanctuary
Sudanese @ 12 noon in the Sanctuary

Sunday Worship Watch Party
@ 10 am on our Website
@ 10 am at fpclincoln.org/live

Sunday Communion 
First Sunday of the month during 10:00 am service
Also available during online services

Online Worship Available all week
fpclincoln.org/worship-services

Prayer Requests
Email PRAY@FPCLincoln.org
fpclincoln.org/prayer

Change Lives
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Permissions

Permission to podcast/stream music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-732004

• Advent Candle Litany & Prayer of Confession & Assurance of Forgiveness and Prayers of Intercession by Rev. Sarah (Are) Speed | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org. Used with Permission.
• "Verbum Caro Factum Est." ed. Richard Proulx. © 1994. GIA Publications.
• "Come, Come Emmanuel. James Chepponis. © 1995. GIA Publications.
• "A Better Way." text by Anna Strickland. © 2021 Anna Strickland. Used by permission.
• "My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout. text & music arr. Rory Cooney Text & music arr. © 1990 GIA Publications

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