(a link to the play for the White Gift Service is below)
Play & Liturgy: written and prepared by M. Gayle MacDonald, copyright, October, 2000. Permission is granted for all of this material to be used in a service of worship during Advent 2003.
Play for the White Gift Service:
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White Gift Service Advent 2 - December 07, 2003Announcements Advent Candlighting (if used) Call to Worship/Luke 1:78-79 One: By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, Two: to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, All: to guide our feet into the way of peace. Prayer of Approach: We gather as your people awed by your compassion, humbled by the depth of your justice. Let the light of your love break upon us that we too might be guided in the way of peace. Amen. Hymn: Prayer of Confession: God, as we gather to sing your praises and recall in word and pray our desire for peace, do we think of peace as a big thing about which we can do nothing? Do we forget the need for ordinary peace in day-to-day living? -- the peace that comes from knowing there is enough food, that our bills can be paid, that our children are safe, that we are loved, that our neighbours care. Forgive us if we have forgotten how easily we can bring peace to the world around us, and transform us into peacemakers. We ask it in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen. Assurance of Grace: Through Christ, God hears our troubled hearts and releases us from the burdens of our past that we might begin again in grace and in peace. All: Thanks be to God. Hymn: Hebrew Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4 Responsive Reading: Luke 1:68-79 One: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. All: He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. One: Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us All: that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. One: And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. All: By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." Epistle: Phillipians 1:3-11 Gospel: Luke 3:1-6 Hymn: The White Gift Service - A White Gift Play Hymn: 418R In the Bleak Midwinter Offering Offertory Prayer God of hope and peace, you gift our lives with love and possibility. Imitating your generosity we present our gifts now that others may experience the live-giving hope and peace found in your love. Bless these our gifts and bless those who give them. Amen. Prayers of the People Hymn: Commissioning & Benediction: One: By you faith you receive hope and the grace which brings peace. All: With love and joy and with thanks for all the gifts of our faith, we go into the world to share what we have received. One: In the dark and chill of winter, May the peace and grace of Christ give you comfort, May the love of God keep you warm and safe, May the fellowship of the Holy Spirit light you way. Amen. ---------------------------------------------- Some Hymn Suggestions: A Candle Is Burning I Am the Light of the World Let There Be Peace on Earth In the Bleak Midwinter Hark the Glad Sound On Jordanís Bank Good Christian Friends, Rejoice Liturgy by M. Gayle MacDonald The White Gift Service? - A White Gift Play by M. Gayle MacDonald,