Hanging of the Greens – Nov 29

Unfortunately, our traditional Hanging of the Greens service was inadvertently deleted from a private YouTube account we were using at the time. So the videos of the church-created sections of the service are missing – READY TO BE FILLED IN AGAIN on another First Sunday of Advent!


Please follow the order of worship by scrolling down through this page and stopping along the way to watch the various video windows, putting the service in sequence. 

      All are welcome here.  Let’s start with the Prelude:


          O Come, O Come Emmanuel
          The Piano Guys

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – traditional Arrangement written by Marshall McDonald and Steven Sharp Nelson
Arrangement produced by Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, and Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by Steven Sharp Nelson: Cello Jon Schmidt: Piano
Cello recorded by Blair Leishman at Covenant Studios
Piano recorded by Al van der Beek at ThePianoGuys Studios
Mixed and mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Video filmed, edited, and produced by Paul Anderson
Licensed to YouTube by SME; LatinAutor – PeerMusic, Sony ATV Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing, LatinAutorPerf, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, CMRRA, and 19 Music Rights Societies

Call to Worship and Prayer


        Storyteller:  Jeff Sherman
        Announcer:  Judy Sherman

The Tree and the Greens

      Tree decorating: June Young
      Wreath: Erica Norquist
      Music:  Deck the Halls

Music: Deck the Halls – Provided by Pudding-TV Symphony Orchestra

The Star

        Grace Stratton
        Music: There’s a Song in the Air

There’s a Song in the Air
Music from YouTube: Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs
Words:  Josiah G. Holland, 1874
Music:  Karl P. Harrington, 1904

The Holly and the Ivy Wreath 

        Stan and Maureen Baker


        Music:  The Holy and the Ivy

The Holly and Ivy,
Words: first published by Cecil Sharp, 1911
Tune:  English folk song
Artists:  Mediaeval Baebes
Licensed to YouTube by WMG, The Orchard Music; PEDL, SODRAC,
Public Domain Compositions, and 12 Music Rights Societies

The Mistletoe

      Ken & Ellen Kristensen


        Carol: Love Came Down at Christmas

Youtube video: Peter Goodyear
Performance: Ali Matthews, Album: Looking for Christmas
Licensed to YouTube by
CD Baby (on behalf of Shake a Paw Music); Concord Music Publishing

The Candles and Advent Wreath

      Christ Candle: Patti Knapp
      Lighting of the Advent Candle:
      Al and Jeannine Grant


        A Reading and Prayer at the lighting
        Pastor Karla

        CarolThe First Noel

Traditional English Carol
Youtube video: Richard Yap
Performance:  Hillsong Worship
Licensed to Youtube by: Hillsong (on behalf of Hillsong Music and Resources LLC); Sony ATV Publishing, Capitol CMG Publishing, ASCAP, Adorando Publishing, Canzion Group (Publishing), and 13 Music Rights Societies

The Poinsettia

        Pat Floyd
        Jill Page
        Pauline Henry


        Music: The Little Drummer Boy

Youtube video and performance: forKINGANDCOUNTRY
It’s not certain who wrote the song “Little Drummer Boy” is believed to have been written by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. The song lyrics are said to be based on an old Czech carol. It was recorded for Decca as “Carol of the Drum” by the Trapp Family Singers in 1951 and credited to Davis,

The Bells

        Carmen VanTuyl                                               


The Holy Bible

        Monica Ferguson and Grace Grant
        Song:  Jesus Loves Me

Background music: Jesus Loves Me
Words:  Anna B. Warner, 1860
Music: William B. Bradbury, 1862
Piano performance:  Caleb Brasee on his Youtube channel

The Crèche

        Kathy Westergard, and Zahara


        Carol:  The Friendly Beasts

The Friendly Beasts, Traditional French melody and words
Youtube Video and Performance:  Cedarmont Kids
Licensed to YouTube by SME (on behalf of Benson); Rumblefish (Publishing), and 3 Music Rights Societies

The Story of the Birth of Jesus

      Luke 2:1-20
      Read by: Kathleen Fisher


          Angels We Have Heard On High

The words of the song are based on a traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes (literally, “Angels in our countryside”) composed by an unknown author in Languedoc, France. That song has received many adjustments or alignments including its most common English version that was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick, the Roman Catholic bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, north east England

The Shepherd’s Crook

        Roger and Bev Gestrine


The Offering

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Here is the final piece of music your were promised! Enjoy it while you prepare or plan your method of giving!

        Offertory Song/Carol: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Youtube video and performance:  Peter Hollens
 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Words:  9th C. Latin
Music:  15th C. French


Offering Dedication Prayer
The Benediction

The Postlude

          Go Tell it on the Mountain
          Performed by Margo Cilker

Margo Cilker is the daughter-in-law of Carmen and Steve VanTuyl (Alex’s wife)
Thanks, Margo, for offering this video for this service!
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Words:  John W. Work, Jr., 1907
Music:  African-American Spiritual

God bless you and keep you safe.
Go church, in thanksgiving,
to be God’s people wherever you are!


Announcements / “Soundbites”

This week:

(See articles below for details)

  • Tuesday – 10:00 AM – Coffee hour – via zoom
  • Tuesday – 6:30 PM – Personnel committee
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – 7:45 PM – Advent Study “Incarnation”see link below
  • Next Sunday – 9:00 AM – Worship is available by this time each week, on this website. NEXT WEEK is the Second Sunday of Advent.
  • Next Sunday – 7:00 PM – Also next week is the EVENING VESPERS with Communion. This is always a short service. Bring your bread and “wine.”

Advent Study continues

Returns THIS WEEK on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 PM – zoom connection below.

December 2, is the third week of the Advent Study by Adam Hamilton: Incarnation. Remaining classes are Dec 9 and 16. We are screen-sharing Adam Hamilton’s video on zoom, each week, before our discussion of the ideas presented.

There are one or two books left in the church office. They are “first come, first served.” Please leave payment if you have it, as you pick up a book. If you would like to just borrow a book that will be fine, we have extras which will go to the church library when the study is over. (Leave a note “borrowing” with your name, please.)

There are 5 weeks of lessons in the book. That’s why we started early (Advent actually begins TODAY, November 29). We did not meet this week (Thanksgiving) nor will we meet on Dec. 23, however – the study concludes on Dec. 16.

Here is the link to use to join the ZOOM class on an internet enabled device, smartphone or computer - https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/93573921173 - We will be able to screen share the video with Adam Hamilton, so calling in without video is not advised (though you could still hear the video).

“Coffee Hour” – Tuesday 10:00 AM

This is an opportunity to see and hear other church people, share your joys and concerns, and pray together! This is sort of our way of replacing the coffee hour on Sundays! To join the chatter follow the link at 10:00 AM Tuesday THIS WEEK.
OH! and Hint: Bring your own coffee and/or snack!

Join Zoom Meeting – This is the NEWEST link!!

For alternative ways to join click the next link and read!  Everyone can come, EVEN BY REGULAR LANDLINE PHONE!  
More info and more links: “COFFEE HOUR” POST  


ADVENT STUDY “INCARNATION” continues – Remaining weeks: Dec 2, 9, 16

CHRISTMAS EVE OUTDOOR CANDLELIGHT – This could be a VERY short one depending on weather, right? But in the VERY least (EVEN if there’s snow, if not too much to make driving dangerous) hear the story read, and we will light candles and sing “Silent Night”!