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This Sunday In My Church

December 20, 2015

4th Sunday in Advent

Prelude: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come [Johann Pachelbel]

Call to Worship, Prayer of Invocation, Lighting the Advent Candle

Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of Pardon

Response of Thanksgiving: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Anthem: Rejoice, the Savior Comes [William Tans’ur, Arr Michael Burkhardt]

Prayer for Illumination

Hebrew Lesson: Micah 5:2-5

Sung Psalm 99 : Luke 1:46-55, Song of Mary [Morning Song]

Gospel Lesson: Luke 1:39-45

Children’s Program

Sermon Hymn: Angels We Have Heard on High  [Gloria]

Affirmation of Faith: Advent Statement of Faith

Prayers of the People, The Lord’s Prayer, Offering Invitation

Offertory: O Little Town of Bethlehem [Austin Lovelace]

Doxology: Old Hundredth

Closing Hymn: Angels From the Realms of Glory [Regent Square]

Charge and Benediction

Benedictory Response: Christ is Coming [Picardy]

Closing Voluntary: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come [Johann Pachelbel]

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5 Advent Preludes [music video]

These short Advent preludes to 5 Advent hymns were arranged by Robert Powell, played by organist Brian Johnson at Broad Street First United Methodist Church.

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This Sunday In My Church

December 13, 2015

3rd Sunday in Advent

Prelude: Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice [Morgan Thomas]

Call to Worship, Prayer of Invocation

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of Pardon

Response of Thanksgiving: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Anthem: O Jesus, Grant Me Hope and Comfort [Johann W Franck]

Epistle Lesson: Philippians 4:4-7

Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-6

Gospel Lesson: Luke 3:7-18

Sermon

Affirmation of Faith: Advent Credo The Word Made Flesh

Sermon Hymn: On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry [Winchester New]

Pastoral Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer, Offering Invitation

Offertory: Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice [Healy Willan]

Doxology: Old Hundreth

Prayer of Dedication

Closing Hymn: Good Christians Friends, Rejoice [In Dulci Jublio]

Charge and Benediction

Benedictory Response: Christ is Coming Regent Square

Closing Voluntary: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [Robert Powell]

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What’s the worst you can say about Trump? Arrogant, narcissistic, thin-skinned, inexperienced, unvetted, rigid, unable to accept criticism, hyperpartisan, intolerant, shall I go on?

That almost perfectly describes Obama. We tried to tell Democrats but they didn’t care. We mocked his Greek temples and Office-elect logo, worried about him since the 2008 primaries but we got insulted for the warnings. Am I supposed to think Obama’s law degree qualifies him as president? Get serious. Am I supposed to think his blackness – actually he’s biracial but he denies his mother’s race – qualifies him as president? That’s racist.

I haven’t reached a decision on 2016 but I’ll take Trump over Obama any day since 1] he loves America and 2] as a very successful businessman, he knows more about the economy than Obama and 3] He seems very comfortable reaching out to experts unlike Obama who always bragged he could do better job than any of his staff or advisors and 4] he didn’t use affirmative action to be successful and 5] he respects the military unlike the pacifist Obama and 6] the MSM hate him so that’s a big plus

Just listen to the smugness, the absolute elitist ignorance of the CNN guy. We journalists are better educated than Trump supporters. That’s the same line they used in 2008. They can’t be too smart, they haven’t figured out how many of us truly despise the MSM. Bankrupt them.

 

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h/t to http://smalldeadanimals.com

Who needs oil anyway?

 

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And it’s a Monday, too

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The song is so beautiful I’ve never heard a bad version. Here is a haunting instrumental by the very popular The Piano Guys. Full credits and lyrics at the site.

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