Worship for Dec 13, ’20

Please feel free to scroll down the page to each section, watching and listening to the videos, pausing as you need to, and joining in the prayers and liturgy aloud or silently.

(We’ve been having some embedding problems on some of our videos, so if a video doesn’t show up and there is just a big blank space where it should be, there is a manual link somewhere below the heading to go directly to YouTube, if you need to. (Hint: if you use this link, you may need to use the BACK ARROW on the browser to come back to this page after you are done with the video. Apologies for inconvenience, AND if there are commercials you need to skip!)


            Where are you, Christmas?
            – performed by Pentatonix

manual link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emXbfEzXn6A

Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?” is a song written by Mariah Carey, James Horner and Will Jennings for the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000. 
It was written for the character Cindy Lou Who.
Youtube channel:  PTXofficial
Licensed to Youtube by: SME (on behalf of RCA Records Label); LatinAutorPerf, BMI – Broadcast Music Inc., UMPI, LatinAutor – UMPG, ARESA, UMPG Publishing, BMG Rights Management (US), LLC, Abramus Digital, ASCAP, LatinAutor – PeerMusic, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, and 15 Music Rights Societies
This song speaks to our hearts today, as we are experiencing a different
kind of tragedy in our world than the mythical “Whos.” 
How do we find Christmas this year without big
family gatherings and a time of fear and uncertainty? 
When all you know seems to be falling apart, we can find Christmas,
and the Christ who is born to us.

Welcome and Call to Worship

      As on a Day of Festival
      by Jan Richardson in
      “Circle of Grace: Book of Blessings for the Seasons”

manual link (if video does not show up right of the text):
WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP 12-13-2020 – YouTube

“He will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love: he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.”  Zephaniah 3:17-18

Call it
the waters of salvation
or garlands of gladness
Call it
the grave-clothes
falling away,
or call it the loosing
of the chains.
Call it
what binds us together:
fierce but
fragile but
Call it
he will rejoice over you
with gladness;
call it
he will renew you
in his love;
call it
he will exult over you
with loud singing
as on a day
of festival
Call it
the thin, thin place
where the veil
gives way.
Or call it this:
the path we make
when we go deep
and deeper still
into the dark
and look behind to see
the way has been lit
by our rejoicing


    Joy to the World-
    – UM Hymnal #246 (words provided on video)

Manual Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5hj518Iugk

Words: Isaac Watts, 1719
Music: arr. from G.F. Handel, 1741 by Lowell Mason, 1848
Youtube presentation: WorshipVideo, 2007

Lighting the Advent Wreath

      Reading and Lighting by Stan and Maureen Baker
       (with Pastor Karla singing)

Mary Dahlstrom’s Wreath! Pretty!

Please don’t forget that you are invited to light your own advent candles at home along with our lighting on this screen.

Manual Link: Advent Wreath – week 3 – YouTube

Children’s Message

    “Isaiah Knew”
    Marin Miller

Manual link: Isaiah knew!! a Third Sunday of Advent Children’s Message – YouTube

Isaiah was a prophet who knew about baby Jesus coming one day way way
waaaaaaay before he actually was born. Pretty cool, huh! 
Thank you to Marin Miller for sharing her YouTube children’s message!

Scripture Lesson

     Matthew 1:18-25
     Read by Jean Long

Manual Link: https://youtu.be/9xAF1TiwSnQ


     “Joseph was there, too”
     Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Manual Link: SERMON: “Joseph was there, too…” – YouTube

An Anthem

      While by My Sheep (Joy, Joy, Joy) – arr. Hugo Jungst

Manual Link: (1) While By My Sheep – YouTube

A German Christmas carol arranged by Hugo Jungst sung by the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (Michigan) Virtual Choir, James Biery, organist and director.
CUMC’s CCLI #3196720

Prayers of the People

          Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Manual Link: PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 12-13-2020 – YouTube

      Prayers of Concern

      Prayers of Gratitude/Thanks

      The Lord’s Prayer

      Our Father who art in heaven,
      hallowed be thy name. 
      Thy kingdom come;
      thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
      Give us this day our daily bread,
      And forgive us our trespasses
      As we forgive those who trespass against us.
      And lead us not into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.
      For thine is the kingdom,
      and the power and the glory forever.


Take note of the ways to give:  Our time, our gifts and talents, our worship and praise, our service in church and community, and our monetary gifts.  During this pandemic, please remember the church still pays minimal staff and building expenses, so keep the church in mind for your giving. 
For monetary offerings:

  • checks sent to CUMC, P.O. Box 417, Chehalis, WA  98532. 
  • Cash, of course, would have to be brought to the church office (in an envelope, please) during office hours (Tues 10AM to 4PM; Wed-Thur, 10-1:00)
  • On the DONATE page of this website find a link to our giving site, using a debit or credit card, or your own PayPal account. 
  • Bill-payer:  Some prefer to use their own bank’s bill-payerand set an automatic monthly amount. (We like this one!)


            Carol of the Bells
            The Piano Guys

Manual Link: Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) – The Piano Guys – YouTube

Carol of the Bells attributed to Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Traditional English Carol
Arrangement written and produced by Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Featured on the album “Christmas Cello”
Video Producer Paul Anderson Cinematographer/Editor Tel Stewart

Dedication Prayer for Offering

     (The following video contains
     This prayer and the announcements
     and Benediction that follow)

Manual Link: CLOSING PRAYERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 12-13-2020 – YouTube


Previewing Announcements


Postlude – You can sing along!

            People Look East – arr. Haugen

Manual Link: People Look East.m4v – YouTube

Words: Eleanor Farjeon, 1928
Music: Traditional French Carol
CCLI #1396720
Music performance:  an album, “Night of Silence,”  featuring Marty Haugen
Youtube video:  DecemberSnow1231

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)

  • Monday – 6:00 PM – Budget committee
  • Tuesday – 10:00 AM – Coffee hour – via zoom
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – 7:45 PM – LAST ONE! 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 Fourth Sunday of Advent – Magnificat, Love

Advent Study
concludes this week

THIS WEEK on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 PM – zoom connection below.

This week is the LAST WEEK of the Advent Study by Adam Hamilton: Incarnation. No more after this Wednesday. We’ve been are screen-sharing Adam Hamilton’s video on zoom, each week, before our discussion of the ideas presented. This week is the “Epilogue” section of teh book, and there is no video!! But there will be a lesson!

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! 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  

Christmas Eve Outdoor Candlelight Service:

We plan to gather for a much shorter than usual Christmas Eve Service OUTDOORS. This could be a VERY short one depending on weather, right?

IF THERE IS SNOW, the decision will be made to cancel if it is deemed to be too dangerous for you to drive! Just as would be in more “normal” times. Assuming weather permits a service….

Accompanied by LUMINARIES, in the least, we will…

  • Hear the Christmas story read from scripture.
  • Hear/hum “Silent Night” and light our candles in the night.
  • Wear masks and stand at least 6 feet apart in the middle portion of our parking lot.
  • Go to spread (not a virus, but) the news that JESUS IS WITH US!!
Dianne and George took an Anniversary trip to the ocean last week.
Happy anniversary, you two!!