Welcome to DisciplesNet Church. This week's worship follows the tradition of seeing advent as a time of anticipating the birth of a Messiah as foretold in prophecy. For this each week we light a candle on our Advent Wreath, built upon the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love that lead up in anticipation to the birth of the Christ child. This week we light during our time together the candle of Joy.
If you have an advent candle, you may like to light yours as we light ours during worship. Our worship is rich with music and opportunities to sing along. Rev. Dr. Audrey Borschel brings an inspiring message about the gift of joy that God gives.
A special gift on this video is the Advent Candle lighting by the children of the Chin Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, India. Members of the church have resettled in the United States from the Chin State of Burma (Myanmar).
After the message we will have a time of Communion, led by Bob Shaw. All are welcome to join us in communion, by gathering bread or cracker and drink (or using symbolic actions or images) to remind you of the last Supper, and Jesus' sacrifice for us. Then, as we bless the table before us, we also bless yours.
We hope you will be blessed by this worship, and tell your friends about our church on the internet highway with walls as wide as the world, doors that never close, and always room at the table.
Participating in our worship:
Message: Audrey Borschel
Advent Candle: Children of Chin Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis, Indiana
Pastor's Prayer: Susan McNeely
Communion: Bob Shaw
Communion prayer: Betty Ann Duke
Scripture (NRSV): Janet Spaulding (Luke 1:46-50); Audrey Borschel, assorted.
"O Come, Little Children," instrumental, played by Pam Barksdale
"One Candle is Lit," played by Dean Phelps
"Vawlei Lawm Tuah! (Joy to the World)," Chin Christian Church children
"Emmanuel," "I Come With Joy," sung by Southport Christian Church, congregation
"Let Us Walk in the Light of Our God,"sung by DisciplesNet Congregational Singers
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