This is the First Sunday of Advent and we anxiously await the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Today we gathered to Dress the House! It was a very “hands-on” worship experience—filled with beautiful music, smiles, and creativity. We are grateful for the Worship Guild’s guidance, Donna Matthew’s organization, and John Ledell’s preparation.
Today we also welcomed Ima Thibodeaux as our new pianist! You will hear her beautiful music and be blessed. Ima is a delightful person and a generous Christian who shares her joy of life with everyone. We are thankful she and her husband are now part of the Kathwood family.
As we read scripture, sing, and adorn the church, may God bring you into this Holy Space with us. It may be a sight or a sound that beckons you. In whatever way the Spirit draws you in, please know that you are welcome among us as we worship.
–Beth and Paul
Order of Worship
Processional—What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright—choir/congregation
Introduction—Paul Lindley, Minister of Music
Welcome—Beth McConnell, Pastor
Lighting of the Advent Candle—Hope—Robert Young
Advent Hymn—Hope Can’t Wait—congregation
Old Testament Reading—Jeremiah 33:14-16—Paul Lindley
Advent Hymn—O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Morning Prayer—Timothy Lewis
The Lord’s Prayer—congregation
Meditation–Why Do We Dress the House?—Beth McConnell
Invitation to Participate—Donna Matthews
Dress the House—Ima Thibodeaux/congregation
Christmas Carol—Deck the Halls
Prayer to Bless the House—Beth McConnell