Drew Community Brass Ensemble
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlefolk”
“Comfort, Comfort, O My People”
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”
“O Magnum Mysterium”
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Words of Welcome
“August 1619” by Clint Smith
Archie Manning, reader
Act One: Can Christianity be Redeemed?
“Balm in Gilead” [soloist, Kiara Pettiway]
Genesis 37:12-28 (NRSV)
Hayoung Kang, reader
Dr. Morris Davis
“I Believe in the Sun”
The Rev. Taylor Bean, reader
One: We believe through any trial, there is always a way
Many: But sometimes in the suffering and despair, our hearts yearn for shelter
One: And a voice rises around us, saying hold on my child, I’ll give you strength, I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while.
Reprise, “I Believe in the Sun”
One: In this broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing,
Many: to witness among all people the power of the Gospel and the love of Christ,
One: to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
Many: to lift up the voices of peoples long silenced,
One: and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. Amen.
Act Two: Resilience and Resistance
“Will the Angels Sing This Year?” by Thomas Troeger [soloist, Dr. Julian Wamble]
Kelsey Wallace, Reader
Matthew 3:1-12 (NRSV)
Amy Thompson, reader
“Break Every Chain” led by Kellie Turner
Intercessory Prayer and Candle Lighting
Caelyn Adams & Keith Miller Murden, readers; Andrew Dietz candle lighter
One: Holy One, we pray this night for those who feel all hope is lost. Look with compassion on those for whom suffering seems to have no end. Remind us that out of death you bring life.
All: We light this candle of hope to give us strength for the journey.
One: Holy One, whom we cannot love unless we love our neighbors, remove hate and prejudice from us and from all people, so that your children may be reconciled with one another. Bring wisdom to our leaders that the walls of hostility that divide us may be torn down.
All: We light this candle to burn as sign of peace among all people.
One: God of comfort, stand tonight with those who weep, those who mourn, and those who sorrow. Bring swift mercy to those who continue to groan under the weight of systemic injustice.
All: We light the candle of joy to warm the path ahead of us.
One: Magnify your love within us, O God, that we might help to bring the day when perfect compassion, mercy, and loving kindness will be manifest in all relationships. May we work relentlessly toward that day so that your kindom might come – even here, even now.
All: We light this candle with love.
Act Three: Hope Can’t Wait
“People Look East” [soloist, Dr. Julian Wamble]
Magnificat – Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)
The Rev. Dr. Traci West, reader
The Rev. Dr. Dean Tanya Linn Bennett
“Canticle of the Turning”
Hail, Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among people who mother and blessed is the fruit of your nurture. Holy Mary, bearer of God, pray for us sinners now, and forevermore. Amen.
“Walk in the Light”
For more information on the 1619 project visit: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html
Poem by Clint Smith: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/african-american-poets.html
Candle Lighting Litany: adapted by Kelsey Wallace (Dec. 2019) from https://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/worship/pdfs/lighting_the_advent_wreath.pdf
Litany: adapted by Kelsey Wallace (Dec. 2019) from the poem “I Believe in the Sun” (author unknown) and “A Brief Statement of Faith,” PC(U.S.A.) Book of Confessions.