God’s Family Worships
                                   4th Sunday of Advent
December 19, 2021
11:00 A.M.
In a world of anger and violence, let us prepare for the Advent of the Prince of Peace.  In a world of confusion and greed, let us celebrate the Advent of self-giving love.  In a world of death and decay, let us rejoice in the Advent of life!  Amen.

The Fellowship of Praise
Prelude                           
                                                                                      Cameron Jones
                                                                             
*Call to Worship                                                                  Bruce Stark
                                                
Leader:  The child born in Bethlehem is the promised one of the ages.

Congregation:  Come, let us worship him. 

Leader:  The child announced by the angels is the savior of the world. 

Congregation:  Come, let us adore him. 

Leader:  The child laid in the crude manger is God’s own Son.

Congregation:  Come, let us honor him.

*Hymn of Praise       "Now Behold the Lamb"          by Kirk Franklin
"Now Behold the Lamb" by Kirk Franklin

Now behold the Lamb
The precious Lamb of God
Born into sin that I may live again
The precious Lamb of God

Holy is the Lamb
The precious Lamb of God
Why you love me so, Lord, I shall never know
The precious Lamb of God

Thank you for the Lamb 
The precious Lamb of God 
Because of your grace I can finish this race 
The precious Lamb of God 

*Invocation and Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)
*Gloria Patri #73

Lighting of the Advent Candle of Love - Fredrika Stark

*Hymn                  "Away in A Manger"                    by Martin Luther
"Away in A Manger" by Martin Luther

Away in a manger
No crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down his sweet head
The stars in the sky
Look down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying he makes
I love thee Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle
'Til morning is nigh

Away in a manger
No crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down his sweet head
The stars in the sky
Look down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

      
The Fellowship of the Family of God
Greetings and Announcements
Pastor's Welcome


The Fellowship of Giving
*Doxology #34
*Prayer
                                                                                                   
The Fellowship of Prayer

Joys and Concerns
Praise and Thanks
For the continued ministry of MPBC; and the love and support of our MPBC members and friends; for our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell and his family.
For Healing and Rehabilitation
Annette Adams; Annether Baines; Diane Brownlee; Patsy Browning; Beverly Capers (sister of Beatrice Haywood); Elizabeth Chelton (Granddaughter of Patsy Browning); Trisha Clark (granddaughter of Penny Lord); Neil Cunningham; The Goodman Family; Linda Guisewite (mother of Debbie Taylor); Floyd Hale and family; Priscilla Hall; Aretha Hampton; Shavon Harp (Niece of Annether Baines);
The Haywood Family; The Healy/Chase Family; Family of Cleone Kober;
 Jack & Penny Lord; Linda, Stephanie & Joan McCarty; John & Flora Mitchell (Pastor Joel’s parents);Sam and Karen Mitchell;
Family of Reverend Millie Myren; Beverly Nickerson; Haile Selassie (son of Bruce and Rev. Francine White); Barbara Shriver (mother of Gretchen Shriver); Robert Soria (grandson of Susan Soria); Debbie and Mack Taylor; Cassandra Taylor (JFK owner); Jean Turner; Michael Whaley; Jeremy Williams & Family; Ira Williams
For Guidance and Direction
For our MPBC family, our vision for the future, and for our young people
For Watchcare
All of our service men and women serving and all of our veterans; All of our missionaries, who serve in all parts of the USA and in many parts of the world; For the President of the United States, Joe Biden. For all the people who have suffered through natural disasters; For the city of Chicago, that violence will cease.


Pastoral Prayer

The Fellowship of the Word
Scripture Readings                                                              Bruce Stark

Sermon                                                                 Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell

The Sending Forth

*Closing Hymn                                   "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"                                       
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, Thou Key of David come
And open wide our heav'nly home
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
    

* Benediction
Postlude  
*  Those who are able please stand

Morgan Park

 Baptist Church

11024 S. Bell Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60643

​773-445-9443

Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell, Pastor