Order of Worship, Sunday December 19, 2021 10:00 AM

Greater Framingham Community Church

An Extended Christian Family

 

4th Sunday in Advent

 

A Service for the Candle of Peace

 

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December 19, 2021

10:00 AM - Livestream

 

Greater Framingham Community Church

Franklin and Park Streets, PO Box 629

Framingham, MA 01704

Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, Pastor

 

 

Sunday Worship Service

4th Sunday in Advent

 

LIVESTREAM – www.gfccnet.org/live

 

December  19 , 2021                Worship Service                          10:00 A.M.

 

 

Prelude                                                                                     Worship Team

 

We Worship Through Praise                                        David Coleman

 

Praise Choruses                                                                    Worship Team

Lord You are Awesome

Who Do You Call That Wonderful Counselor

Thank You Lord 

 

Advent Candle – Candle of Peace         Rev. Dr. Courtney Lackard

                            O Little Town of Bethlehem                  Worship Team

                                

 

We Worship Through the Word

 

Scripture                                 Luke 1:26-38                 Deacon Gloria Lee

 

 

 We Worship Through the Preached Word

 

 

Hymn                                    Joy To The World                   Worship Team

 

 

Sermon                                                                  Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd

 

We Worship Through Prayer     

Invitation to Christian Discipleship      

                                                             I Almost Let Go          Worship Team

 

We Worship In Response to Hearing the Word    

 

Tithes & Offerings

 

 

 

Praise               Jesus is the Reason for the Season      Worship Team

 

Benediction                                                         Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd

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LORD YOU ARE AWESOME 

 

Lord You are awesome 

(4x) 

 

If it wasn’t for Your love 

If it wasn’t for Your grace 

I don’t know where I’d be without You 

(2x) 

 

You are awesome 

 

 

WHO DO YOU CALL THAT WONDERFUL COUNSELOR? 

 

Oh, who do you call the wonderful counselor?
Oh, glory hallelujah!
Oh, glory hallelujah!
Glory hallelujah to the new-born King! 

 

Oh, I call Jesus the wonderful counselor.
Oh, glory hallelujah!
Oh, glory hallelujah!
Glory hallelujah to the new-born King! 

 

 

 

THANK YOU LORD 

 

Thank you Lord 

Thank you Lord 

Thank you Lord 

I just want to thank you Lord 

 

Been so good . . . 

 

Saved my soul . . . 

 OH LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

 

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. 

 

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love.
O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing—let “Glory!” ring with peace to all on earth! 

 

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of the heav’ns.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still the dear Christ enters in. 

 

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray,
cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today!
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell. O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.

 

 

JOY TO THE WORLD

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come,
Let earth receive her king.
Let every heart prepare him room,
Let Heaven and nature sing,
Let Heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world the savior reigns,
Let men their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glory of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love.

He is the King (King of Kings) that reigns forever,
He's the beginning and the end,
Which was and is, and soon to come,
Come...

Joy to the world, the Lord is come,
Let earth receive her king.
Let every heart prepare him room,
Let Heaven and nature sing,
Let Heaven and nature sing.

Vamp 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come,
(Heaven and nature sing)
(Now we sing)
Now you sing
Joy to the world! 

 

 

 

I ALMOST LET GO

 

I almost let go
I felt like I just couldn't take life anymore
My problems had me bound, depression weighed me down

But God held me close so I wouldn't let go
God's mercy kept me so I wouldn't let go

 

I almost gave up
I was right at the edge of a breakthrough but couldn't see it

The devil really had me, but Jesus came and grabbed me
And He held me close, so I wouldn't let go
God's mercy kept me so I wouldn't let go

 

So I'm here today because God kept me
I'm alive today only because of His grace
Oh, He kept me, God kept me, He kept me
So I wouldn't let go

 

I almost let go
I felt like I just couldn't take life anymore
My problems had me bound, depression weighed me down

But God held me close so I wouldn't let go
God's mercy kept me so I wouldn't let go

 

So I'm here today because God kept me
I'm alive today only because of His grace
Oh, He kept me, God kept me

 

 

 

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

 

Who got the praise?  We got the praise! 

And who we give the praise to?  Jesus! 

 

Jesus is the reason for the season, yeah. 

Yes He is, Oh Yes He is, Oh Yes He is, Yeah! 

Jesus is the reason for the season, yeah. 

Yes He is, Oh Yes He is, Oh Yes He is, Yeah!

 

I don’t need material things.  All I need is the love You bring. 

This holiday I came to say that Jesus is the only way! 

 

Glo – o – o – ri – a! 

 

Vamp 

He is, He’s the reason!  One thing you should know, wherever you go 

He is, He’s the reason!  One thing I can say on this special day 

 

 

 

YOUR GRACE AND MERCY

  

Your grace and mercy brought me through
I'm living this moment because of You
I want to thank You and praise You, too
Your grace and mercy brought me through

 

Your grace and mercy brought me (brought me through)
I'm living this moment (I'm living this moment)
Because (Because of You) of You
I (I want to) I wanna thank You
And praise You (and praise You, too) praise You, too
Your grace (Your grace and mercy) grace and mercy
Oh, Lord, yeah, brought me through

 

Thank You for saving a sinner like me
To tell the world salvation is free
There were times when I, I just didn't do right
But You, You watched over me
All day and night

 

Your grace (Your grace and mercy)
Brought me through (brought me through)
I'm living this moment (I'm living this moment)
Because (because of You) because of You
I (I want to) want to thank You, Jesus

 

Thank You, Jesus
(And praise You, too) and praise You, too
Your grace (Your grace and mercy)
Brought me (brought me through), brought me through

 

Listen
Justice demanded, that I should die
But grace and mercy said, "oh, no, oh, no, oh no
We've already paid the price"
You see, I once was blind, but thank God I can see
It was because grace and mercy came along
Came along and rescued, rescued me

Your grace (Your grace and mercy)
Brought me through (brought me through)
I'm living this moment (I'm living this moment)
I'm living this moment because (because of You) of You
I (I want to) I wanna thank You, Lord

 

Thank You, Jesus
(And praise You, too) and praise You, too
Your grace (Your grace and mercy)
Your grace (Your grace and mercy)
Your grace (Your grace and mercy)
Brought me (brought me through), brought me through

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MONDAY MORNINGS WITH THE PASTOR

 

 

We invite you to join us for Early Morning Prayer with the Pastor,

 at 8 a.m. on Monday Mornings. Here is the Prayer Line Number: 1-605-313-4818   and the Access Code: 702588#

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY

 

We invite you to join our Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting and Bible Study.  The Prayer Meeting is from 7-7:30pm.  Here is the Prayer Line Number: 1-605-313-4818   and the Access Code: 702588#

Also Join us for Bible Study at 7:30 pm on Zoom!  We will study from the Book of Ruth.  Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87017785706?pwd=U1g5SVhYMHZhZjM0SHgzY1dvZFFhZz09 

 

THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER

 

If you would like to be a part of a Morning Prayer group you can do so by dialing in to pray or request prayer. The line opens at 5:30am to 7:15am.  The number to get on the GFCC Thursday Morning Prayer line is 605-313-4818 Extension 702588# 

 

THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

                  

 New Topic of study is First Corinthians. 

 

We continue to meet on Thursday evenings for one hour at 7:00 PM. To refresh the platform information, we are using Google Meets and utilizing the phone connection. The video conferencing is available.  The phone information is 956-410-2734   PIN: 320 644 462#.

Wednesday Night Bible Study

Why Not come out, on Zoom, on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm and study the word of God. On this Wednesday, December 29th we will start a new study: The Book of Ruth. Many of us have heard of Ruth from Sunday School and sermons. But did you know that Ruth is a pivotal character that links us to the promise of God sending Jesus Christ as our savior. Join us for this study, for the story of Ruth is the story of people being brought into the family of god's people, through faith in Yahweh, although she was born a foreigner and a stranger. Above up join us in study to understand better that God is still faithful in keeping his covenant promises and demonstrating his covenant love to those who are unfaithful to him.

Join us on Wednesday, December 29th at 7:30 pm

 

Join Zoom Meeting

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87017785706?pwd=U1g5SVhYMHZhZjM0SHgzY1dvZFFhZz09  

 

 

 

 

Family Vaccine Clinic

 

Will be Sunday

January 9th 12-2pm

 

No Registration Required

 

 

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Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2021 

7:30 P.M. - livestream www.gfccnet.org/live

 

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December 31, 2021 

11:00 P.M. – livestream

www.gfccnet.org/live

 

 

 

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Praying and Wishing each of you a Very Merry Christmas

And New Year Favored by God!

From your pastor 

Rev. Dr. J Anthony Lloyd

 

 

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Candlelight Vigil

For Roland Spencer

Monday, December 20th @5pm

 

Hosted by the Margaritas employees;

725 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA

 

 

~  Condolences ~ 

 

Please keep Monica, Will and Franklin Spencer in prayer with the passing of their son and brother, Roland Spencer.  Cards and prayers can be sent to 73 North Mill Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.

 

Please keep Doug and Marshalee Kehlhem and family in prayer with the passing of Doug’s step mother, Tacie Kehlhem.  Cards and prayers can be sent to Doug & Marshalee Kehlhem at 232 Brigham Street, Marlboro, MA  01572 and to his dad, Arthur Kehlhem at 1759 SW Shady Lake Terrace, Palm City, FL  34990.

 

Please keep Noval Alexander and family in prayer with the passing of his mother and grandmother, Cathy Alexander.  Cards and prayers can be sent to 19 Pinewood, Framingham, MA  01701.

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Topic: MLK Young Adult Zoom mental health session
Time: Jan 17, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82812835624

Meeting ID: 828 1283 5624

 

Dial in: 1 646 876 9923 US
Meeting ID: 828 1283 5624

 

After months, Greater Framingham Community Church has resumed in-person worship services.  Please note the following:

 

  1. Our order of service will remain as it has been for the past 15 months.
  2. Online worship will continue as it has been during COVID.
  3. Seating for everyone will be on the main floor at your own discretion.
  4. We will have seating for those who want to sit by families or sit in their own socially distance bubble.  We will also have seating for those who wish to sit socially distant from others, and open seating. 
  5. As you arrive, ushers will assist you in your seating preference.
  6. MASK are REQUIRED to be worn in the GFCC sanctuary and building during all church services.
  7. MASK EXCEPTIONS during church services are for Clergy in the Pulpit, Choir and Musicians in pulpit area and Speakers at the main floor Podium. (Mask can be removed and replaced, by said individuals, when appropriate).
  8. As you enter the Narthex, you will have an opportunity to pick up the following items before coming into the sanctuary.  Worship bulletin, extra mask, hand wipes, sanitizer and on First Sundays Communion elements.
  9. Also in the Narthex, there will be an offering stand for you to deposit your offering before entering or exiting the service.
  10. Restrooms are available.  We ask that you limit the number of persons in the space at a time.
  11. The exiting of the sanctuary after service will be coordinated by the ushers.  They will direct individuals row by row to avoid crowding during the exit process.  We ask that you exit the sanctuary immediately and not linger in the building.
  12. On Sunday mornings, the church will be open for in-person Adult Christian Education classes.  Classes are taught by Rev. Lackard and Minister Thompson, which will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  A mask must be worn and social distance practices are required.  On-line Sunday classes taught by Kathy Oliver Jones will continue to meet via Zoom.

 

We pray that the worship experience is enriching and that you will feel safe as we worship together U

 

 

Invitation to Accept Christ in your life

 

□  I accepted Christ today

□  I want to accept Christ into my life

 

Invitation for Membership (Please Print)

 

We welcome you as a new member of the Greater Framingham Community Church Family. If you wish to unite with GFCC, please complete the information below and submit this form to one of our Deacons, Ushers, or Ministers or drop it in the collection box in the Narthex.

 

□  want to join the Greater Framingham Community Church and

       I come:

 

□  Already baptized with Christian experience

□  As a candidate for baptism

 

Today’s Date: _____________________


Name: __________________________________________________


Address: ________________________________________________

 

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Phone:  _________________________________________________

 

Email___________________________________________________

 

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