The Worship of God | The Third Sunday of Advent


Music For Meditation

Little Drummer Boy,  H. Simeone, K. K. Davis, H. Onorati, arr. D. Labman

Organ Prelude

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, P. Bryan

Chiming of the Hour

Setting the Table

Welcome Home

Advent Candle Lighting

A Story of Finding the Light             Rev. Dr. Sandra Hasenauer, Executive Minister Rochester Genesee Region ABC USA

One:  As the day begins to close, we enter into twilight, then darkness.

Many: Each day as morning comes, we seek the light that brings us hope.

One:  Each day brings new opportunities for being God’s people in new ways.

Many: And each day we claim God’s love through Jesus Christ so that we can be God’s people.

One:  We light this third candle of Advent finding the light of Jesus that will guide us into tomorrow and tomorrow.

Many: We light this candle for the days ahead when we need to see the light of Jesus.


It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,  E. Sears, R. Willis

*Morning Prayer

*Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

*Children’s Time

Special Music

In the Bleak Midwinter,  H. Darke, G. Holst, arr. Ella Torres

Gospel Lesson

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Prayer for Illumination


Giving Our Gifts to God

Music for Meditation

God’s Son is Coming, H. Walcha

Prayer of Dedication



Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, M. Sedio

Thank you to our musicians in today’s service including: Ella Torres, soprano; Danielle Romano, alto;
Josh Carlisle, tenor; Jack O’Leary, bass; Samuel Baker, organ; David Labman, piano, director.

Memorial and Honorary Poinsettias

Peter and Suzette Boulay, in memory of Susan Boulay
Ken Dodgson and family, in memory of Sally Lewis Dodgson
The McClellan Family, in honor of today’s health care professionals
Gina Pacala and family, in memory of Mr. E Griffin Strasenburgh Jr. and Rev. Leon Pacala
Tom and Betty Richards in memory of Thomas and Mary Richards
The Richardson Family in memory of Charles Porter
Ken, Peg, Erin, and Adam Williams in memory of Brenda P. William
Nan “Nana” Wilson, in honor of Mia, Drew, Aria, Wes and Z

If you would like to purchase a poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone special to you, please send in your request through the Diaspora Times by Wednesday, December 16 at noon our second pick-up of plants for December 20  and Christmas Eve Services.