Count me in

4th Sunday of Advent    

God keeps the promise made to David to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David’s throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, “Count me in.” We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, “Count us in.”

Worship Liturgy

Order of Worship & lessons


Learning Resources

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Worship Liturgy


Prelude                                                       Sounds of Grace

 Welcome            Hayden

 Bell Ringing

Prayer and Lighting of the Advent Wreath   (Readerfor lighting two candles

Use this blessing when lighting all four candles.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.  In your Son, Emmanuel, you have shown us your light and saved us from the power of sin.  Bless us as we light the candles on this wreath.  Increase our longing for your presence, that at the celebration of your Son’s birth his Spirit might dwell anew in our midst, for he is our light and our salvation. Blessed be God forever.


 Opening Song


P: Blessed be God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, whose forgiveness is sure and whose steadfast love endures forever.    C: Amen

 P: Together let us prepare for the advent of our God. By honestly and humbly confessing that we have not lived as God desires.  

Silence is kept for reflection.

P: Loving and forgiving God,

C: we confess that we are held captive by sin. In spite of our best efforts, we have gone astray. We have not welcomed the stranger; we have not loved our neighbor; we have not been Christ to one another.   Restore us, O God.   Wake us up and turn us from our sin. Renew us each day in the light of Christ. Amen

 P:  People of God, hear this glad news: by God’s endless grace your sins are forgiven, and you are free— free from all that holds you back and free to live in the peaceable realm of God.  May you be strengthened in God’s love,  ☩ comforted by Christ’s peace, and accompanied with the power of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen

Prayer of the Day                Pr D+

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




Reading –  Old Testament 


Children’s Time


Message Hymn

Prayers of the Faithful



Final Blessing



Readings & Psalm

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
The Lord’s promise to David
Luke 1:46b-55
You, Lord, have lifted up the lowly. (Lk. 1:52)
Romans 16:25-27
The mystery of God revealed in Jesus Christ
Luke 1:26-38
The angel appears to Mary

Celebrate Holy Communion together “virtually”.

Please join with other worshipers and the pastors for this Sunday’s Communion service at 11:00 on ZOOM via computer, tablet or smart phone.

You simply need to have ready your own wine, grape juice, or apple juice as you choose, in a separate glass for each person.  And have a piece of bread of your choice, or wafer, or cracker as you choose.

If you didn’t receive an email to join us this Sunday, you may find the ZOOM login information to login by entering your name and email in the green form.

Learning Resources

Learn more with the additional resources in this post.  Click through this post to find the materials.

Nativity Event 2021

Nativity Event 2021

Drive-through Nativity Story Saturday, December 18,   5:00pm - 8:30 pm    This year we will again tell the story of Jesus' birth outside in lights, art, music, and a living creche scene.   Come enjoy a colorful lighted series of signs and characters that show and tell the Biblical Nativity story with classical Christmas carols as you pass slowly through the parking lot.   The story of Christ's birth will be told in lighted signs and figures lining the path from the entry of the Grace...

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Adult Bible Study  – Justice, Law, History- Dec 2021- Feb 2022

Adult Bible Study – Justice, Law, History- Dec 2021- Feb 2022

Adult Bible Study  - Starts December 5 Sundays after Worship:  11:15am in Ronnencamp Hall However, we will continue to email to those that wish. Contact Frank or Sue at if you wish to get the Bible Study lessons emailed to you or want to learn more about the class. Stay well.Justice, Law, History The study focuses on Old Testament scriptures and the interaction between the ideal of justice, God’s pursuit of justice in history, and God’s gift of the law that allows humans to...

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Offerings of Thanksgiving

While we are keeping physical social distance, there are still options for you to continue bringing your offerings to God and support the ministries of Grace.

Giving Options:

  • Mail a check to church address below
  • Online bill pay through your bank
  • Online giving – Orange button

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!



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