Virtual Christmas Eve Service:

Prayer

December 26, 2021

"Searching and Seeing"

Rev. Doretta Colburn

Arm Chair Service

“What you seek is seeking you.” Rumi

Prayer

Hymns with George  Wiese

Special music with Al Sruck

WCC Virtual Choir

Image by Nick Fewings

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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December 19, 2021

 “A Receptive Heart” 

Forth Sunday of Advent

Rev. Doretta Colburn

Church Service Canceled

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

Dalai Lama

WCC Hymns - George Wiese

Micah 5:2-5   New Revised Standard Version

The Ruler from Bethlehem

2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
   who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
   one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
   from ancient days.


3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time
   when she who is in labor has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
   to the people of Israel.


4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,
   in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
   to the ends of the earth;


5 and he shall be the one of peace.

    If the Assyrians come into our land
   and tread upon our soil,...

Luke 1:39-56     New Revised Standard Version

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 

 

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry,

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 

43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

Mary’s Song of Praise

46 And Mary[b] said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
47  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.


50 His mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation.


51 He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.


52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty.


54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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December 12, 2021

 “Rejoicing in the Promise” 

Third Sunday of Advent

Rev. Doretta Colburn

In-Church Service

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

WCC Choir 

Isaiah 12:2-6    New Revised Standard Version

2 Surely God is my salvation;
   I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the Lord God is my strength and my might;
   he has become my salvation.

3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 

4 And you will say in that day:

Give thanks to the Lord,
   call on his name;
make known his deeds among the nations;
   proclaim that his name is exalted.

5 Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
   let this be known in all the earth.
6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
   for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Luke 3:7-18   New Revised Standard Version

7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”

 

12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 1

 

4 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

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December 5, 2021

 “The Way of Peace ” 

Second Sunday of Advent

Rev. Doretta Colburn

In-Church Service

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

WCC Choir 

Lectionary Readings

Baruch 5: 1-9   New Revised Standard Version

5 Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God.


2 Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;
3 for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.

4 For God will give you evermore the name, “Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”

5 Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;   look toward the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One,  rejoicing that God has remembered them.

6 For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but God will bring them back to you,   carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
7 For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.


8 The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God’s command.
9 For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.

Luke 3:1-6  New Revised Standard Version

The Proclamation of John the Baptist

3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler[a] of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler[b] of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler[c] of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 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.
5 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;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

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