December 13, 2020 • 11 AM
FIRST TIME HERE We are so glad you are joining us! If you’re out there watching, check in through the website or take a picture and post it on social media using #asburyfirstathome. Our hope is to get
to know you better and help you find your place within our community. Additionally, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer any questions you may have.
Need prayer? We invite you to share with us how we can be praying for you by emailing email@example.com. All prayer requests are prayed over by our Ministers and Intercessory
Children We believe children are a sacred gift. You can join us at 10 am for the Sunday morning Zoom with Paula and Holly (us02web.zoom.us/j/86857108916?pwd=aHF4TEppZERJSXZoZm
FxUHgrQ1hjdz09). We will have a segment during our live stream for Children’s Time. If there is a way our children’s ministry can be more welcoming to you and your child, please contact Paula Dugan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECONCILING STATEMENT We are a reconciling congregation and seek to be a fully inclusive church, believing that all people are God’s children. We encourage full participation in our community for all, regardless of age, race, origin, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, education/economic background, and physical/mental ability. We recognize that we hold a variety of opinions. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect. We believe that reconciliation to God and to one another is central to our mission and ministry.
GIVE TO ASBURY FIRST There are three ways to make a gift to Asbury First. Each gift supports the everyday ministries and operations of this church, allowing us to live into our vision to Do More Good.
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Watch and listen Tune into the live video stream of the 11 am service at www.asburyfirst.org/worship/live. To listen to the service tune into WRFZ 106.3 FM Rochester Free Radio, or call our toll-free number at 833-829-1050. A video archive of past services is also available at www.asburyfirst.org/worship/video-archive. You can also view all sermons on our YouTube channel.
Variants on “Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen” — Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
behold, the King of glory waits;
the King of kings is drawing near;
the Savior of the world is here!
Call to Worship
Based on Psalm 126:3-8
All are invited to read the bold-faced type; the lay reader will read the unbolded type.
The Lord has done great things for us!
We are glad indeed!
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
As the rains and snows restore the earth.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
May those who go out weeping come home rejoicing!
Third Sunday of Advent
Illuminated Lessons and Carols
11 am • December 13, 2020
The community gathers
As the community gathers, may the music of the prelude draw your hearts and minds to God.
COVER IMAGE: Antonie Wierix: "The Christ Child Knocking at the Door of the Believer’s Heart," c. 1600, engraving
#196 "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus"
Words: Charles Wesley, 1744; Tune: Hyfrydol, Rowland H. Prichard, 1830
Words: Charles Wesley, 1746; Tune: Darwall’s 148th, John Darwall, 1770
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Carl Johengen & Brad Benson,
Don DeMarsh & Donna LaMura,
Mary & Elizabeth Church
We light this candle as a symbol of God’s love for us and our love for one another.
For the Lord rejoices over us with gladness, and renews us in love.
God exults over us with singing and turns our shame to praise.
(The first three candles are lit.)
May the joyful promise of God’s presence make us rejoice!
Come, Lord Jesus, come!
Hymnal #213, v. 2
Fling wide the portals of your heart;
make it a temple, set apart
from earthly use for heaven’s employ,
adorned with prayer and love and joy.
Children of all ages are invited to join us in this special moment.
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. Amen.
Our Creative God endows us with the gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Within this bulletin you will find invitations to enrich your faith journey and enhance your commitment. We invite you to prayerfully consider these opportunities. If you’re out there watching, check in through the website or take a picture and post it on social media using #asburyfirstathome. You may give a gift with a debit/credit card or by e-check by texting the dollar amount to 206-222-1050. Online giving is available on our website at www.asburyfirst.org/give.
illuminated lessons and carols
Images are listed by artist name, title, year of creation, medium, and current location,
if known. For more details and thumbnails of the images, click here to look through the Artwork Supplement.
Isaiah 11:1–3a; 4a; 6–9
attributed to Girolamo Genga: The Tree of Jesse, 1535, National Gallery, London
Edward Hicks: The Peaceable Kingdom, 1833, Worcester Art Museum
Horace Pippin: Holy Mountain I, 1944, Art Bridges, Bentonville, AK
"People, Look East"
Words: Eleanor Farjeon, 1928; Tune: Besançon, trad. French carol
Photo of Asbury Dining and Caring Center, Sarah Brubaker
Juan de Flandres: The Wedding at Cana, 1500-04, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Photo of Christmas Roses (helleborus niger) in the Snow, Kyllir
Sandro Botticelli: The Virgin Adoring the Christ Child in a Rose Garden,
c. 1485, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Photo of Winter Birds, Gay Bumgarner
Domenico Rosselli: Virgin & Child with a Bird (detail), mid 15th century, Memorial Art
NASA Photo of Star Cluster NC6357, August 2017
Emil Nolde: Holy Night, 1911-12, Nolde Collection, Seebüll
Hannah Verghese, Annunciation to the Shepherds, 2006, private collection
Alan Rohan Crite: The Holy Family, woodblock with gold leaf
Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Annunciation, 1898, Philadelphia Museum of Art
"Ave Maria" — Jacob Arcadelt (c. 1507-1578)
Hail, Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, pray for us.
Fra Angelico: Annunciation with the Fall of Man, 1425-28, Prado, Madrid
John Collier: Annunciation, c. 2010, St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, McKinney, Texas
French/German?: Keystone with Annunciation, late 15th century, Memorial Art
Paula Modersohn-Becker: Annunciation, 1905, Vatican Collection of Contemporary
Jan van Eyck: The Annunciation, c. 1434-36, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gerard David: The Annunciation, 1506, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Nguyen Dinh Dang: Annunciation, 2000, private collection
Marx Reichlich: The Visitation, 1511, Alte Pinakothek, Munich
“Magnificat in B-flat” — Charles Villiers Stanford, 1907
Käthe Kollwitz: Mary & Elizabeth (Visitation), 1928, woodcut
Lawrence Cordova: The Visitation, c. 2011, Museum of International Folk Art,
unknown Italian: The Visitation, late 15th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Athos Bulcao: Visitation, 1970, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia
Giotto: The Visitation, c. 1305, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua
Corita Kent: Visitation, 1955, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Master of Lluçà: Visitation, c. 1230-60, Museu Episcopal, Vich
Rogier van der Weyden: The Visitation, c. 1435-40, Museum der Bildenden Künste,
Romare Bearden: The Visitation, 1941, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Chong Keng Sen: Magnificat, 2017, private collection
Jakob or Hans Strub: The Visitation, c. 1505, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
Odilon Redon: The Visitation, c. 1896, Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Jeffrey Epstein: Visitation, 1926, Hirshhorn Estate, Greenwich, CT
The Journey to Bethlehem
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The Census at Bethlehem, 1566, Musée Oldmasters, Brussels
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"
Words: Phillips Brooks, c. 1868; Tune: St. Louis, Lewis H. Redner, 1868
Albrecht Altdorfer: The Nativity, c. 1513, Stäatliche Museen, Berlin
Michel Sittow: Nativity at Night, c. 1510-20, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Follower of Jan Joest de Kalkar: Adoration of the Christ Child, c. 1515, Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York
Henri Matisse: Study for Christmas Night, 1952, Museum of Modern Art, New York
James Tissot: Nativity, 1886-94, Brooklyn Museum of Art
Jyoti Sahi: Dalit Madonna, 2000, Methodist Modern Art Collection, London
Woonbo Kim Ki-Chang: Birth of Jesus, late 20th century, Seoul Museum of Art
“In the Bleak Midwinter” — Harold Darke, 1911; words by Christina Rossetti, 1872
Felice Carena: Nativity Scene, c. 1922, Gallery of Modern Art, Palermo
Eric Gill: The Manger, 1916, woodcut
Lionel St. Eloi: Untitled (Nativity), date unknown, Le Centre d’Art, Port au Prince,
Candido Portinari: Nativity, 1960, Projeto Portinari, Rio de Janiero
unknown French: Nativity with the Annunciation, 16th century, Memorial Art Gallery,
Paul Gauguin: Christmas Night (Blessing of the Oxen), c. 1895, Indianapolis Museum
Karolina Danek: Madonna and Child, 1992, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Antonie Wierix: The Christ Child Knocking at the Door of the Believer’s Heart,
c. 1600, engraving
Photos of the Asbury First Christmas Pageant, 2019, Sarah Brubaker
Duane Prill, Organ
"Pastorale in F Major" (first movement), BWV 590 — J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Taddeo Gaddi: Annunciation to the Shepherds, c. 1328-30, Santa Croce, Florence
Joachim Wtewael: Annunciation to the Shepherds, 1603, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
unknown Greek: Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1650, Hermitage Museum,
El Greco: Adoration of the Shepherds, 1612-14, Prado, Madrid
unknown Mughal: Adoration of the Shepherds from The Mirror of Holiness of Father
Jerome Xavier, 1602-04, Cleveland Museum of Art
Jan Henryk de Rosen: Adoration of the Shepherds, 1927-29, Armenian Cathedral of
Domenico Ghirlandaio: Adoration of the Shepherds, 1485, Santa Trinità, Florence
unknown English: The Magi Approaching Herod, c. 1190-1200, Getty Museum,
Matteo di Giovanni: The Magi Before Herod, c. 1490, Fine Arts Museums of
James Tissot: The Journey of the Magi, c. 1894, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Sir Edward Burne-Jones: Tapestry with the Adoration of the Magi, 1904,
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
“Star in the East” — from Baptist Harmony, arr. William Walker; words by Reginald
Pesellino: Journey of the Magi: Melchior Crossing the Red Sea, c. 1440-45,
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Sassetta: Journey of the Magi, 433-35, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jan Bruegel the Elder: Adoration of the Magi, 1598, Kunsthistorisches Museum,
unknown Byzantine: The Journey of the Magi, 6th century, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo,
unknown Northern Italian: Adoration of the Magi, 16th century, Royal Collection,
Clementine Hunter: Baby Jesus and Three Wise Men, 1960, American Folk Art
Museum, New York
Pierre de Chelle, Jean Ravy & Jean Le Boutellier: Adoration of the Magi, 14th century,
Notre Dame, Paris
probably Bendetto Bonfigli: Adoration of the Magi with the Crucifixion, c. 1465-75
National Gallery, London
To Disperse in Mission
#672 “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” (vv. 1-2)
Words: Jeremiah Rankin, 1880; tune: God Be With You, William Tomer, 1880
Permissions: Choral Selections all in public domain.
Hymns © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; OneLicense.net #A-721053.
Illustration Credits: Designed by Sarah Brubaker and Freepik, and Sarah Brubaker and Vecteezy.
“Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen” — Johann Pachelbel
In the Service
Liturgists: Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady and Rev. Kathy Thiel
Artistic Coordinator: Lucy Durkin
Director of Children's Ministry: Paula Dugan
Organist: Duane Prill
Soloists: Bess Phillips, Brenda Nitsch Dan McInerney, Jordan Bachmann
Director of Music Ministry: Dr. Carl Johengen
Audio Operator: Rick Church
Video Operator: Kenny Bailey
Graphics Operators: Jake Schwartz, Connor Nelson
Technology Support Team: Deb Bullock-Smith, Carolyn Curran, Ted Skomsky
Technical Consultant: Justin Ocello
From last week: In 1831 the church building at the corner of West Main and Fitzhugh Streets was completed. What was its national claim to fame at that time? At 80 x 104 feet, it was believed to be the largest United Methodist Church at that time.
How much did the Asbury Society pay in 1860 to purchase the St. John’s Church on the corner of Main and Clinton?
Check out our online Zoom meetings! There are plenty
of different groups and meetings to join during the stay-at-home restrictions. From Zoom with Miss Paula and Holly to Guided Meditations, or Bicentennial Bible Challenge meetings and Sunday morning lessons, there is plenty of variety. For a full list of events, and clickable links, visit www.asburyfirst.org/events.
HOW TO JOIN A ZOOM MEETING
Follow the link: zoom.us/j/8347173468 for the main meetings (password is "200"), and us02web.zoom.us/j/338565981 for “Changing Weighs," and us02web.zoom.us/j/868571089
16?pwd=aHF4TEppZERJSXZoZmFxUHgrQ1hjdz09 for the Sunday morning Zoom with Paula and Holly.
When you open the link, you should get some pop-ups asking questions like:
1. Do you want to open and run the program Zoom?
2. Do you want to connect with your computer audio?
3. Do you want to connect with your computer video?
Click yes to any and all of these prompts. Once you have clicked through these prompts, you should be able to see yourself on your computer screen, and you should be able to see the rest of the group that is also logged on.
If any group would like to utilize our discipleship Zoom account to take their meetings online, please contact Mike Mullin at email@example.com.
Open to All
We believe we are all equal in God’s eyes and are all one in Christ. We extend hospitality and encourage full participation for all regardless of any perceived defining characteristic.
We believe we are at our best when we connect to God together through preaching, prayer, and song.
We strive for excellence in all we do, especially in our worship experience.
We believe we are better together; fellowship and care are keys to love and life.
We believe everyone deserves hope and fullness of life. We endeavor to practice mercy and work for justice in our local and extended community.
We believe we—adults, youth, and children alike—are called to grow in our faith both as a community and as individuals through education, regular worship, meaningful fellowship, a commitment to service,
and celebrating rites of passage together.
We believe what we have is a gift from God. We share our gifts with an open heart to help meet needs
at Asbury First, the Rochester community, and throughout the world.
We believe we must care for the human, physical, and financial resources with which we have been entrusted.
Our values represent a description of our guiding principles.
These statements are standards of behavior, which are inherent in all we do.
Stay tuned for more information on how you can view this video.
Pageant video coming soon!
Tuesday, December 15, 1-5 pm
Although COVID-19 has received much attention from the media during the year,
the need for life-saving blood is constant, and at this time critical.
If you can help us with a blood donation on Tuesday, December 15, from 1–5 pm,
please call the Red Cross at 800-RED CROSS, or visit www.redcrossblood.org
for an appointment or to discuss eligibility.
Like so many other events in 2020 we are so sorry to say that our 4 pm Christmas Eve Pageant service is canceled this year. However, we were able to put together an outdoor production of the pageant in which we used a real stable and live animals! Some devoted members are working hard on editing this production and will have it completed by Christmas Eve.
Give Online at www.asburyfirst.org/GIVE, text to give at 206-222-1050,
OR MAIL IN YOUR CHECKS TO 1050 EAST AVENUE, ROCHESTER, NY 14607
Call for candlelight photos!
CLICK HERE FOR VOTING AND MEETING INSTRUCTIONS
GOVERNANCE VOTE 2020
We are putting together a special presentation for Christmas Eve and want
to fill it with pictures of you and your family around a candle!
Please upload your images here or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
by December 16 to be a part of this special moment.
The Church Conference meeting will continue to be broadcast through the normal Asbury First live stream.
Today, following the 11 am service, we will hold a special Church Conference to vote on the proposal from the Governance Task Force. Thank you to all who have attended the virtual Town Halls, read through the materials (www.asburyfirst.org/ governance), and engaged in this process through your questions and conversation. In response to your excellent queries, we have put together
a special Frequently Asked Questions document. Please view it here. While
we would much prefer this vote to take place in person, our hope is that this provides the simplest method of participation possible. If you have any challenges in the day
or in the moment, you can simply send an email with your vote to email@example.com.
Click here to read the FAQs