Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 2nd Sunday of Advent (Year B)

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Advent 2 – Week of Shalom & Peace        The Bible Project

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“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty:
to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves,
more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others.
And the more peace there is in us,
the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.”
—Etty Hillesum

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Refugees: La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family), Kelly Latimore, 2016, https://kellylatimoreicons.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/img_2361.jpg

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Welcome to Worship on the second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Scripture Reading        Mark 1:1-8 (NRSV)

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Seasonal Reflection        What Happens in the Wilderness? (Mk 1:1-8)      Paul Glass

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.  We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Gathering Song         O Come, O Come, Emmanuel        Kin Collective

“O come, Thou King of nations bring
An end to all our suffering
Bid every pain and sorrow cease
And reign now as our Prince of Peace”

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip. The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, December 6, 2020 here: Advent 2, Year B (December 5, 2020)

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Welcome · Advent Candle · Moment of Wonder · Scripture · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song of Response        Comfort, Comfort Now My People        Schola Clementis

“Oh, that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Let the valleys rise to meet him,
and the hills bow down to greet him.”

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church, 623 9th Ave. SW, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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During this video clip you are invited to share the elements of communion which you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water–all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.

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Communion

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Closing Benediction      2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)

Now may the Lord of peace himself 
give you peace at all times in every way. 
The Lord be with you all.  Amen.

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Closing Song        Come Thou Long Expected Jesus        Meredith Andrews

“Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring”

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Advent announcements:
· Photo-a-Day Advent Calendar:  1. Reflect on the daily word, 2. Take a new photo defining the word, 3. Send it to webmaster@fccpuyallup.com to be added to our Advent calendar.  For word prompts and to see the calendar coming together visit www.fccpuyallup.com/advent-together

· FCC Advent devotional:
 A Thrill of Hope: The Weary World Rejoices  E-Book:  Scan the QR code at left or click here to read as an eBook, or PDF:  click here to download a PDF
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Guest Preacher: Connie Robey; Elders: Kelli Kays & Karrin Lewis; Scripture Reader: Mike Cheek; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes

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