(candlelighter lights the
first 3 candles during the Prelude
then stands beside the table ready to light the fourth)
One: Within a young woman, the Holy
All: A gentle
One: And a child was conceived.
All: To her husband,
an angel spoke:
One: You are to name him Jesus.
All: A very common,
human name ...
One: There must be twenty in the
neighborhood, he thought.
All: But it means
One: "Yahweh helps!"
All: "Yahweh saves!"
One: For he will save his people
from their sins.
All: A namesake of
One: To whom God said:
All: I will be
with you wherever you go.
One: Do not be frightened. God is
All: And they
shall name him Emmanuel.
(pause while candlelighter
lights the fourth candle)
One: "God is with us!"
All: The Holy Spirit
One: Soft wings brushed against her
All: A fluttering, a
Unison: And a child was
Ziegler Ulrich, adapted
Creek Church of the Brethren Hagerstown, Indiana
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"