"But you, O Bethlehem…" are words shared by the prophet Micah to Israel during the eighth century BCE. What did this prophecy mean? Join us today as we look at these words from so long ago, their meaning then and their meaning now in each of our lives. Rev. Russ Smith brings our special message today, speaking from Micah 5:2-5. We also continue lighting candles on the Advent wreath: this Sunday we light the fourth candles, the Candle of Love.
Worship this week is 28 minutes, with singing, prayer, scripture--and as with every week, our time together includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me."
If you would like to share with us at the table that goes beyond all earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink, such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend to where you are If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening music, “O Little Town of Bethlehem," Beverly Carmichael Heid, Piano
2. Welcome: Deb Phelps, with reading of the Magnificat (Song of Mary), Luke 1:46b-55 (NRSV)
3. Opening hymn: “One Candle is Lit”, v. 1-4
4. Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Susan McNeely
5. Song: “I Wonder As I Wander," Dean Phelps
6. Scripture: Micah 5:2-5 (NRSV), Janet Spaulding
7. Message: Russ Smith
8. Hymn: "The Gift of Love"
9: Communion: Bob Shaw
10.Hymn: "In Remembrance of Me"
11.Benediction: Russ Smith
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at email@example.com, or contact us using the contact information on our website, www.disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God's redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org. And emailing address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a way of recognizing gifts in honor or memory of some person or event special to you. On our Giving Page, we have a special place to designate memorial gifts and we will send recognition of the gift to the giver or someone else whom you designate.
Please share this video around if you'd like. Hope to see you back next week. God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Russ Smith, Susan McNeely