The First Service of Advent: The Hanging of the Greens

Candler School of Theology

 The First Service of Advent

 The Hanging of the Greens 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Voluntary                                                                                        Wachet                                                                                        J.S. Bach                                                                                                      

The “O” Antiphons                                                                                                                                                                             Tom Long

   Teresa Fry Brown                                                                                          

            O EMMANUEL, God-With-Us, our King and Lawgiver, Desire of the nations, Savior of all people.

                                    Come and set us free, O Lord, our God.

                        Solo: O come, O come, Emmanuel…

 

             O WISDOM, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.

                                    Come and teach us the way of prudence.

                        Solo:    O come, thou, Wisdom from on high. . .

            O ADONAI and Leader of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses

                        in the flames of the bush and gave him the law on Sinai.

                                    Come, and with your outstretched arm redeem us.

                        Choir:  O come, O come, great Lord of might. . .

            O ROOT OF JESSE,  You stand for an ensign of the people; kings keep silence in Your presence;

                        nations bow down in worship before You.

                                    Come; deliver us and do not delay.

                        Choir:  O come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree. . .

            O KEY OF DAVID and Scepter of the House of Israel, You open and no one shuts,

                        You shut and no one opens.

                                    Come, and bring forth from prison the captives

                                    who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

                        All men sing:

                                    O come, thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home,

                                    the captives from their prison free, and conquer death’s deep misery.

                                                Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

            O DAYSPRING, Brightness of the light eternal and Sun of justice:

                                    Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

                        All women sing:

                                    O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thy justice here;

                                    Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

                                                Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

            O KING OF ALL THE NATIONS, the only joy of every human heart:

                                    Come and deliver us whom you formed out of the dust of the earth.

                        All sing:                                                   

                                        O come, Desire of Nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind.

                                      From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us from earthly strife.

                                                Rejoice! Rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Opening Prayer               David Petersen                                                                                                                                                                

Hymn                                                                               Hark, the Glad Sound!                                                             from Evangelical Lutheran Worship

   

First Lesson                                                                         Isaiah 2:1-5                                                                                         Jason Wright

                                                                                                                                                                            Wesley de Souza, Portuguese

Hanging of the Garlands

            Anthem                                                             Carol of the Advent                                                                           arr. Phillip Dietterich

Hymn                                                               There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying                                                                           from ELW

Blessing                                                                                                                                                                                    Becky Copland

                        Be praised, O God, for the blessings around us that point to you.

                        Be praised, O God, for the signs of this holy season that awaken us in wonder.

                        Praise for the steadfast green of these garlands, like your love,

                                    they are enduring in all seasons.

                                    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth!

Second Lesson                                                                    Isaiah 11:1-10                                                                           Steffen Lösel, German

                                                                                                                                                                                               Arlette Benoit

Placing the Altar Cloths

            Hymn                                                                  He Came Down                                                                             Song from Cameroon

He came down that we may have life (x3). . . .Alleluia, forevermore.

Love. . . peace. . . joy.

            Anthem                                                           Come, Thou Almighty King                                                             Setting by Timothy Wright                                                            

            Blessing                                                               Dana Ezell                                                                                                            

                        Be praised, O God, for the blessings around us that point to you.

                        Be praised, O God, for the signs of this holy season that awaken us in wonder.

                        Praise for the cloths of blue, cast in the color of the first dawn,

                                    filled with hope for this age.

                                    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth!

Third Lesson                                                                                Isaiah 35:1-10                                                                        Yohan Go, Korean

                                                                                                                                                                                     Yvette Higgins Sparks

Bringing in the Poinsettias 


Hymn                                                                           Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn                                                               from ELW

Blessing                                                                                                                                                                                     Rex Matthews

                        Be praised, O God, for the blessings around us that point to you.

                        Be praised, O God, for the signs of this holy season that awaken us in wonder.

                        Praise for these blossoms, clear and pure,

                                    like the One who was sent into the world.

                                    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth!

Fourth Lesson                                                                                Isaiah 7:10-16                                                                              Greg Ellison

                                                                                                                                                                                     Jacob Wright, Hebrew

Placing the Advent Wreath

            Anthem                                                           Wha’ cha Gonna Call that Pretty Little Baby                                      arr. Ronald L. Stevens, Sr.

Blessing                                                                                                                                                                                         Arun Jones

                        Be praised, O God, for the blessings around us that point to you.

                        Be praised, O God, for the signs of this holy season that awaken us in wonder.

                        Praise for the lighting of this wreath, lights that will illumine our darkness,

                                    like Christ who brings the light to the world.

                                    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth!

Lighting of the Advent Wreath                                                                                                                                                               Jan Love

            Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.

            You call all nations to walk to your light

                        and to seek your ways of justice and peace,

                        for the night is past, and the dawn of your coming is near.

            Bless us as we light the first candle of this wreath.

            Rouse us from sleep,

                        that we may be ready to greet our Lord when he comes

                        and welcome him into our hearts and homes,

                        for he is our light and our salvation.

            Blessed be God forever.

Response:                                                                            Jesus, the Light of the World                                                           George D. Elderkin

            Walk in the light, beautiful light; come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright,

            Shine all around us by day and by night, Jesus, the Light of the world.                                                                                        

Anthem                                                                               E’en So, Lord, Quickly Come                                                                       Paul Manz

Prayers for the Waiting World                                                                                                                                                 Bishop Woodie White

Hymn                                                                               Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus                                                                   UMH 196             

Blessing                                                                                                                                                                                      Bishop White

 

Worship Notes

Organist:  Jamie Shiell; Pianist: Dedric Cowser; Instrumentalists:  Carrie Yoder, Dalan Vanterpool, Joel LeMon

Choir: The Candler Singers & Voices of Immani

      Our thanks to greeters, dancers, and all who have brought garlands, poinsettias, paraments, greenery and light to prepare the space for this holy season.  Special thanks to Parker McBride.

Sources: Opening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer ©1979;            Blessings adapted from Sundays & Seasons ©2009

Lighting of the Advent Wreath from Sundays & Seasons ©2010