PSPC Worship Service

The Worship of the God of Grace in Jesus Christ
December 20, 2020 - 10:00 AM Service
4th Sunday of Advent
Liturgical Color: Purple
""Joy"" by Rev. Christine Dickerson

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Pre-worship Music All Through the Night  Alex Danson

Gathering Song God Welcomes All  Hymn #399

Welcoming Rev. Christine Dickerson

Passing of the Peace My Peace  Congregarion

Life of the Church Elder Pauline Gregg
Good Morning Palm Springs Presbyterian Church.

We would like to express a very warm welcome to Pastor Christine and a special thank you for guiding our worship today. Pastor Christine is well known to many of us, as she was our pastor for the past nine years until she decided retirement was her ew calling. She has truly been missed and we are so joyful she will be with us through the holidays.

Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent. And, as is our tradition we have beautiful Christmas poinsettias here on our altar. Several of them have been donated in memory of loved ones we announced last Sunday, and we have additional ones that have been donated this week. They are:

(I am okay with Pauline reading the list below since there are not too many. I will leave that up to the two of you to decide what is best). The new ones added to the list last week are in red.


The following additional members and friends have graciously donated Christmas Poinsettias for our Advent services:

Bud & Peg Cius
In loving memory of our precious twin grand-daughters,
Brittany & Savanah Mignot

Rev. Christine Dickerson
In loving memory of my dear family;
Mary Janet Dickerson
Robert Blair Dickerson
Stephen Blair Dickerson
Naoma Isadora Poole

Stan & Jan Halverson
Wonderful holiday wishes to our dear friends & family.

Cindy Anderson
In loving memory of my precious mother;
Gretchen Kelsay Anderson Hebb

Caryl Williamson
In loving memory of my dear father, mother and brother; Neal, Clara and Donald Anderson

Mark & Carole Rogers
In loving memory of our niece, Gina Estrada

Jim & Kay Chabot
In memory of our dear friend,Tom Kutras

Peggy Kueffer
In loving memory of my father, mother and brother;
Stan, Nan and Roger

Pauline Gregg
In loving memory of my dear husband, Dean and son, Bill Gregg

Carl Currin
In loving memory of
Janie Sherman Currin

Melvena Schaefer
In loving memory of
my dear husband, Larry Schaefer, and family
Melvin & Grace Alpers
Ralph & Millie Schaefer
Peter & Margaret Metcalf

Morella Larsen
In loving memory of my dear husband, Bob

A big "Thank You" goes out to Alex Danson, Pauline Gregg, Chuck Hulsey and Carl Currin for the beautiful decorations in our sanctuary for the holidays. It is beautiful. We only wish everyone could be here to enjoy them and worship together.

We would like to invite everyone to join Pastor Christine for our Christmas Eve candlelight service, which will be available online at 7:00 PM on Christmas Eve.

There are a number of very special folks that have birthdays this week. Happy Birthday to Fred Lynn, Melvena Schaefer, Holly Heinz and Bill Miller. May God bless each one of you throughout the year with good health and happiness.

Prelude I Wonder As I Wander  Alex Danson

Lighting of the Advent Candle of Glory Elder Pauline Gregg
ONE: Last Sunday the candle of Love was lit. We light it and the candles of hope, and peace again as we remember that Christ will come again and bring to the world everlasting peace. The 4th Candle of Advent is the Candle of Joy. It reminds us of the joy that Mary felt when the angel Gabriel told her that a special child would be born to her

Opening Hymn Angels, from the Realms of Glory  Hymn #143

Prayer of Adoration & Confession (Responsive) Elder Pauline Gregg
ALL: Creator of all, we receive your blessing and the promise of rebirth with joy and gladness! We sing to you for the mystery of life and victory over death. We surrender to your light in Jesusp$z¡ÛrT

(A moment for silent reflection)

Assurance of Forgiveness (Responsive) Elder Pauline Gregg
ALL: Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, was risen for us, and reigns in power over us. Sisters and brothers hear this good news. Through Christ we are forgiven and reconciled with the Creator of all.

Gloria Patri  Hymn #581

Praise Hymn It Came Upon The Midnight Clear  Hymn #123

Prayers of the People & Lord's Prayer Rev. Christine Dickerson
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.

Anthem Mary Did You Know?  solo by Mwanza Furaha

Prayer for Illumination (Unison) Elder Pauline Gregg
ALL: Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen

Psalter Lesson (Unison) Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26  Elder Pauline Gregg

Hebrew Lesson 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16  Elder Pauline Gregg

Song of Preparation A Nativity Prayer  Hymn #126

Gospel Lesson Luke 1:26-38  Rev. Christine Dickerson

Pastor: "The Word of the Lord." People: "Thanks be to God."

Sermon "Joy"  Rev. Christine Dickerson

In Response There  Hymn #155

Morning Tithes and Offerings
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
Romans 12:1

Offertory God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  Alex Danson

Doxology Hymn #606

Prayer of Dedication
God of unending gifts, we praise you for your abundant goodness.
As you are generous, we want to be generous too.
May the gifts we bring extend your generosity into the world,
so that all people may be made whole by your goodness and grace. Amen.

A Challenge to Go Forth Rev. Christine Dickerson

A Sending Song Let There Be Peace on Earth  Hymn #681

Benediction Rev. Christine Dickerson


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