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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Regent community gathers for Chapel through Zoom on Tuesdays at 11 am (PDT). You can find Zoom login details in the Weekly Announcements email. If you don’t currently receive our Weekly Announcements email, you can subscribe by clicking the 'Subscribe’ button on this page.

If you are unable to join us at that time the recording of Chapel will be available on Moodle.


Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship

Adapted from Philippians 5 and Psalm 136

In the season of Advent we anticipate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ who,
   though he was in the form of God,
   did not regard equality with God something to be exploited.
      For the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.
Instead, he emptied himself,
   taking form slave,
   being born in human likeness.
       For the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.
And being found in human form
   he humbled himself
   and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
       For the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.


O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

Words: George Matheson (Public Domain) | Tune: Christopher Miner (1997)

O Love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in Thee
I give Thee back the life I owe
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer fuller be

O Light that follow'st all my way
I yield my flickering torch to Thee
My heart restores its borrowed ray
That in Thy sunshine's blaze its day
My brighter fairer be

O Joy that seekest me through pain
I cannot close my heart to Thee
I trace the rainbow through the rain
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be

O Love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in Thee
I give Thee back the life I owe
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer fuller be


Testimony

Maureen Bennie Boyake


Come Thou Fount / Come O Long Expected Jesus

Robert Robinson, John Wyeth (Public Domain)
Additional lyrics from Come Thou Long Expected Jesus | Charles Wesley, Vicki Hancock Wright.

Come thou Fount of every blessing
Tune our hearts to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach us some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise His name we're fixed upon it
Name of God's redeeming love

Hitherto thy love has blest us
Thou hast brought us to this place
And We know thy hand will bring us
Safely home by thy good grace
By Thine own eternal spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Joy to those who long to see him
Dayspring from on high appear
Come Thou promised Rod of Jesse
Of thy birth we long to hear
O'er the hills the angels singing
News, glad tidings of a birth
Go to him your praises bringing
Christ the Lord has come to earth

Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of ev'ry nation
Joy of every longing heart


Prayers of the People

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Scripture | Song of Songs 5:2-8 (NRSV)

I slept, but my heart was awake.
Listen! my beloved is knocking.
“Open to me, my sister, my love,
      my dove, my perfect one;
for my head is wet with dew,
      my locks with the drops of the night.”
I had put off my garment;
     how could I put it on again?
I had bathed my feet;
     how could I soil them?
My beloved thrust his hand into the opening,
     and my inmost being yearned for him.
I arose to open to my beloved,
     and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with liquid myrrh,
     upon the handles of the bolt.
I opened to my beloved,
     but my beloved had turned and was gone.
My soul failed me when he spoke.
I sought him, but did not find him;
     I called him, but he gave no answer.
Making their rounds in the city
     the sentinels found me;
they beat me, they wounded me,
     they took away my mantle,
     those sentinels of the walls.
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
     if you find my beloved,
tell him this:
     I am faint with love.

Scripture | Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.


Homily | Dreams of Love

Iain Provan - Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies


I Wait

Thomas Jordan, David Leonard, and Leslie Jordan (2016)

O restless heart, do not grow weary
Hold on to faith and wait
The God of love He will not tarry, no
He is never late

So I wait in the promise, I wait in hope
Yes, I wait in the power of God's unending love

Be still and rest secure, my soul
He knows what's best for me
Here in my patience lies the goal
To wait and trust in Thee

So I wait in the promise, I wait in hope
Yes, I wait in the power of God's unending love

Even through my imperfections
His light is shining through
Though dim I am still a reflection
Of mercy and the truth
So I wait in the promise, I wait in hope
Yes, I wait in the power of God's unending love

Of God's unending love, of God's unending love


Benediction


Special Announcement

Diane Stinton and Claire Perini



After the benediction, volunteers are available to pray with you. If you would like someone to join you in prayer, send a private chat message to Claire Perini.

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