Worship from December 6, 2020 by Rev. Frank Fornaro

Worship Bulletin and Bible Coloring Pages:

Concerto in Bb for Oboe, mvt. 1, Adagio                       G.F. Handel
Barbara Midney, Oboe and Bernadette Colley, Piano
Church of Our Redeemer December 2019


O Come, O Come Emmanuel                                                          15th c. French
Atrium Singers, Congregation and Riverview Chamber Players December 2016

2  Oh come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show, and cause us in her ways to go. 

Congregation Response:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

Opening Hymn    
People Look East, v. 1-4                   
Redeemer Adult Choir and Congregation
December 2019

1. People, look east. The time is near 
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

2. Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:

Love, the rose, is on the way.

3. Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

4. Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
With the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

Hymn of Praise
O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion                                         


Gospel Hymn  
Lo, How a rose e’re blooming, v.1+2          Blue Hymnal 81
Redeemer Choir, Congregation, and Guilded Harps Trio
December 2015

Musical Offering
Isaiah the Prophet has Written of Old              J.Patterson/S. Carter
Redeemer Adult Choir & Guilded Harps Trio
Mary Storandt, Soprano – December 2015

1. Isaiah the prophet has written of old
how God’s new creation shall come.
Instead of the thorn tree the fir tree shall grow;
the wolf shall lie down with the lamb.

2. The mountains and hills shall break forth into song,
the peoples be led forth in peace;
 the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of God
as the waters cover the sea.

3. Yet nations still prey on the meek of the world,
and conflict turns parent from child
Your people despoil all the sweetness of earth,
and the briar and thorn tree grow wild.

4. God bring to fruition your will for the earth,
that no one shall hurt or destroy;
That wisdom and justice shall reign in the land,
and your people shall go forth in joy.

Holy, Holy, Holy
Blue Hymnal S130
Redeemer Adult Choir – Recorded and mastered, October 2020

Closing Hymn 
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates                 
Choir, Congregation and Riverview Chamber Players            
December 2016

1 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
behold, the King of glory waits;
the King of kings is drawing near;
the Savior of the world is here!

2 Fling wide the portals of your heart;
make it a temple, set apart
from earthly use for heaven’s employ,
adorned with prayer and love and joy.

3 Redeemer, come, with us abide;
our hearts to thee we open wide;
let us thy inner presence feel;
thy grace and love in us reveal.

4 Thy Holy Spirit lead us on
until our glorious goal is won;
eternal praise, eternal fame
be offered, Savior, to thy name!

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