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First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Cookeville, TN

20 N Dixie Ave (Map) (931) 526-4424
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Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m.

A Service for the Lord's Day

2nd Sunday of Advent
* Indicates that those who are able may stand.
December 9, 2012, 11:00 A.M.
Bold type is spoken by the people.

Participants

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                                                                                                                                   
LIGHTING THE SECOND ADVENT CANDLE            Eric, Dina, Juliette & Annabelle Smith
The Lord is near. Prepare the way.
The Lord is coming: holy, pure and righteous.
God calls us to truth, mercy and peace
Let us enter God’s presence with humility
The Lord is near. We prepare our hearts for the coming Messiah.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE        Candle Carol      K. Lee Scott

 Candle Carol

Kneeling in Bethlehem
by Michael Burkhardt
with poetry by Ann Weems

CAROL                 Angels, From the Realms of Glory           Henry T. Smart

All:            Angels, from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Once you sang creation’s story, now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn king.

Women:    Shepherds, in the fields abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night;
God with us is now residing; yonder shines the infant light.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn king.

Men:         Sages, leave your contemplations; brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great desire of nations; you have seen his natal star.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn king.

All:            All creation, join in praising God, the Father, Spirit, Son;
Evermore your voices raising to th’eternal Three in One.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn king.

READING          In December Darkness

CHANT    Creator of the Stars of Night       Plainsong Mode IV

Choir:         Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light,
O Christ, Redeemer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call.

When this old world drew on toward night, you came; but not in splendor bright,
Not as a monarch, but the child of Mary, blessed mother mild.

All:            At your great name, O Jesus, now all knees must bend, all hearts must bow:
All things on earth with one accord, like those in heav’n, shall call you Lord.

Come in your holy might, we pray, redeem us for eternal day;
Defend us while we dwell below from all assaults of our dread foe.

To God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honor, might and glory be from age to age eternally.

Choir:         Amen.

READING         The Church Year – Advent

CAROL ANTHEM          Morgenstern     Francis F. Hagen
Kevin Salter, solo

Choir:         Morgenstern, auf finstre Nacht, der die Welt voll Freude macht;
Jesulein, komm herein, leucht in meines Herzens Schrein.

Ei nun, wahres Seelenlicht! Komm herein und säume nicht:
Jesulein, komm herein, leucht in meines Herzens Schrein.

Morning Star in darkest night, in the world full joy makes;
Little Jesus, come in, shine in my heart’s shrine.

There now, true soul light! Come in and hem not:
Little Jesus, come in, shine in my heart’s shrine.

READING       The Child Is Born Again

CAROL       All My Heart Again Rejoices          Johann Crüger

      Choir:         All my heart again rejoices
As I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices;
“Christ is born,” their choirs are singing,
Till the air ev’rywhere now with joy is ringing.

Hark! A voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet, does entreat: “Flee from woe and danger;
Come and see; from all that grieves you
You are freed; all you need I will surely give you.”

All:            Come, then, let us hasten yonder;
Here let all, great and small, kneel in awe and wonder;
Love him who with love is yearning;
Hail the star that from far bright with hope is burning.

READING         The Decree

CAROL      Twas in the Moon of Wintertime         French folk tune

Choir:         ‘Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled,
That God the Lord of all the earth sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim, and wand’ring hunters heard the hymn:
Jesus your king is born! Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria!
All:                        O children of the forest free, the angels’ song is true;
The holy child of earth and heav’n is born today for you.
Come, kneel before the radiant boy, who brings you beauty, peace, and joy.
Jesus your king is born! Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria!

READING      Sitting on the Hillsides

ANTHEM     Glory to God in the Highest from Messiah       George Frideric Handel
Lindsey Slaughter, solo

      Solo:          There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
And lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying:

Choir:        Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, goodwill toward men.

READING         Had We Been There

CAROL ANTHEM             Gesu Bambino               Pietro Yon
Josh Voiles, solo

Choir:        When blossoms flowered 'mid the snows upon a winter night,
Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose, the King of Love and Light.
The angels sang, the shepherds sang, the grateful earth rejoiced;
And at His blessed birth the stars their exultation voiced.
O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Again the heart with rapture glows to greet the holy night,
That gave the world its Christmas Rose, its King of Love and Light.
Let ev'ry voice acclaim His name, the grateful chorus swell.
From paradise to earth He came that we with Him might dwell.
O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

READING         In Search of Our Kneeling Places

 

CAROL        Angels We Have Heard on High          French carol

Men:         Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strains.
All:            Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Women:    Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heav’nly song?
All:            Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo!

All:            Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing;
Come adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn king.
Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo!

READING         Unexpected

CAROL        Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head        Appalachian carol
Hailey Hancock, solo

Choir:         Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, you have got a manger bed;
All the evil folk on earth sleep in feathers at their birth;
Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, you have got a manger bed.

Have you heard about our Jesus? Have you heard about his fate?
How his mother went to that stable on that Christmas eve so late?
Winds were blowing, cows were lowing, stars were glowing.

Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, you have got a manger bed;
All the evil folk on earth sleep in feathers at their birth;
Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, you have got a manger bed.

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER (Debts, Debtors)

OFFERTORY         Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

CAROL         Gentle Mary Laid Her Child                     Piae Cantiones, 1582

All:            Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger;
There he lay, the undefiled, to the world a stranger.
Such a babe in such a place, can he be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race who have found his favor.

Choir:         Angels sang about his birth, Wise Men sought and found him;
Heaven’s star shone brightly forth glory all around him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight, heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night, all the hills were ringing.
All:            Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger;
He is still the undefiled but no more a stranger.
Son of God of humble birth, beautiful the story;
Praise his name in all the earth; Hail the king of glory!

READING        God So Loved the World

CLOSING CAROL         Prepare the Royal Highway            Swedish folk tune

All:            Prepare the royal highway; the King of kings is near!
Let ev’ry hill and valley a level road appear!
Then greet the King of glory, foretold in sacred story;
Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

Choir:         God’s people, see him coming: your own eternal king!
Palm branches strew before him! Spread garments! Shout and sing!
God’s promise will not fail you! No more shall doubt assail you!
Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

All:            Then fling the gates wide open to greet your promised king!
Your king, yet ev’ry nation its tribute too may bring.
All lands will bow before him; their voices join your singing:
Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

His is no earthly kingdom; it comes from heav’n above.
His rule is peace and freedom and justice, truth, and love.
So let your praise be sounding for kindness so abounding:
Hosanna to the Lord, for he fulfills God’s word!

THE BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE     Personent Hodie (On This Day Earth Shall Ring)          K. Lee Scott, arr.

Thanks to all of today’s participants:

Reader
Emily McCormick

Chancel Choir
Marilyn Aitken                         Marilyn Ledbetter                   Marge Rios
Steve Chapman                       Ron Ledbetter                        Donna Simpson
Diane Glasgow                        Gary Lovellette                      Grace Anna Sine
Ted Hayes                              Virginia Lovellette                  Janis Swim
Chelsea Holland                      Ed Milner, Jr.                          Anne Thurmond
Jonathan Holland                    Ed Milner, Sr.                          Michael Thurmond
Joanne Kibbons                       Sharon Myers                         Barry Turner
Katie Kumar                           Eliseo Rios                             Heide Weidner

Soloists
Hailey Hancock
Kevin Salter
Lindsey Slaughter
Josh Voiles

Orchestra
Rebecca Woodard, flute
Josh Hamilton, oboe
Chase Ramsey, horn
Wei Tsun Chang, violin
Lauren Carlton, violin
Seanad Chang, viola
Rachel Smalling, cello
Sarah Ransom, bass
John Wells, organ
Jonathan Holland, percussion
Michael Thurmond, percussion

Paul Thurmond, director