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Hi Friends,

Harbor Church

Gathered October 23, 1765

e Fourth Sunday in Avent, December20th,2020, 10:00 a.m.f

Our 256th year


Information & Events:
Virtual Worship Experience Sunday mornings at 10 am via live-stream.

With the reality of the ongoing pandemic, we have now expanded our viewing options:

Live On our Facebook page: Harbor Church - Block Island, RI.

Live On Zoom.

Meeting ID: 787 167 9609



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Landline Phone Dial-in 301 715 8592

Recorded for later viewing On Youtube Channel “Pastor Peter Preiser” (‘Catch Up’ with past worship services!)

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December 20th, 2020

Fourth Sunday in Advent



Prelude Music


Opening Reflection - Isaiah 41:10

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given;

and the government will be upon his shoulders,

and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

(Isaiah 9:6)




Call to Worship

Leader: When the world is looking for answers…

People: Who would send a baby?


Leader: When the world is praying for health…

People: Who would send a promise?


Leader: When the world is yearning for peace…

People: Who would send an innocent?


Leader: When the world is hungry for hope…

People: Who would send a child?


Leader: Who would send His only begotten son?


People: The Father of Lights, the Perfect Parent, has sent His son into the world, bearing answers, bringing health, providing peace, and restoring hope to all the world!

Song “Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With th'angelic hosts proclaim

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King


Christ by highest heav'n adored

Christ the everlasting Lord

Late in time behold Him come

Offspring of the Virgin's womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

Hail th'incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with men to dwell

Jesus our Emmanuel

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King


Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace

Hail the Sun of Righteousness

Light and life to all He brings

Ris'n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by

Born that we no more may die

Born to raise us from the earth

Born to give us second birth

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King

(Mendelssohn) Words & Music Public Domain CCLI License # 20007620



Advent Wreath Tradition: Lighting The Candle of Peace

Scripture Reading. Luke 2:1-7

Christ is Born

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


Leader: We light this candle as a sign of the peace we find with God in the face of confusion and uncertainty. It gladdens our hearts to know that God is with us during challenging times. Let this light be the reminder that brings Emmanuel, the promise of God’s presence to us once more.


Unison Prayer:

O Lord our God, our peace is found in you and you alone. Sustain us through today, and rekindle our glad expectation for a better tomorrow as well, amen.


Disciple’s Moment “All I want for Christmas…”


Song “Go Tell it on the Mountain”


Go tell it on the mountain

Over the hills and ev'rywhere

Go tell it on the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born


While shepherds kept their watching

O'er silent flocks by night

Behold throughout the heavens

There shone a holy light



The shepherds feared and trembled

When lo above the earth

Rang out the angel chorus

That hailed the Savior's birth



Down in a lowly manger

The humble Christ was born

And God sent us salvation

That blessed Christmas morn

John W. Work Jr., Words & Music Public Domain, CCLI License # 20007620


Ministry Moment A Fireside Christmas Eve


Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-20

The Angels Announce Jesus to the Shepherds

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them,

Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.”


Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill to all!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”


And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had seen and heard, just as it was told them.


Message: “Facing our Fears with Good News!”



Musical Meditation

How can remembering the essence of the Christmas message help me (and others) overcome fear and uncertainty?


Our Offering & Doxology


Sharing our Joys and Concerns

For Praise 

  • God’s goodness in spite of everything!

  • Another Holiday Season!

  • Judy Mitchell’s health is improving

For Passings

  • Bill Millikin

  • Lynda Merry Beichner, Cindy Pappas’ Sister

  • Steve Draper

  • Sally Stephens

  • Jay Pinney

For People we Know 

  • Glenn Chadwick recovering from knee surgery

  • Those in our community with the virus

  • Families engaged in ‘distance learning’ at home

  • Ann Henault – recovering from a fall. 

  • Phyllis Lacoste – multiple medical issues. 

  • Glenn Chadwick, knee surgery

For our Nation and the World 

  • A Holiday season where hope triumphs over fear

  • A cure and vaccine for Covid-19 and those sick and suffering from it. 

  • People suffering in the wake of an exceptional season of tropical storms.

  • Progress against systemic racism and movement towards true social equality for all. 

  • Those out of work or in an economic crisis. 

  • For strength and wisdom for our town, regional, and national leaders.

  • For a smooth and peaceful transition to the new administration in our executive branch


Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
(“…forgive us our sins")


Song: Feliz Navidad/Merry Christmas”

Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad,Feliz Navidad,

Prospero año y felicidad

Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad,

Prospero año y felicidad


I wanna wish You a Merry Christmas

I wanna wish You a Merry Christmas

From the bottom of my heart!


Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad,Feliz Navidad,

Prospero año y felicidad

Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad,

Prospero año y felicidad


We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

And a happy New Year.

Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin;

Glad tidings for Christmas and a happy New Year!


We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

And a happy New Year.

Songwriter: Jose Feliciano CCLI License # 20007620

Passing of the Peace & Benediction






from Old English, the word holiday

is a combination of “holy” and “day”


May all of your days be holy,

and may your New Year be filled

with good health, happiness, hope and peace.



Holiday Cheer. Steve McQueeney had successful heart surgery but is recovering slowly. He will be in rehab for at least another week. Why not send him a card?



Holiday Giving Tree

Our Virtual Giving Tree was a great blessing for the benefit of children and families in our Block Island community. Presents were delivered this week to many happy families! Thank you for your support!


Our Live Nativity Scene at Harbor Church on December 15th,was a wonderful, uplifting event. Thank you to everyone who helped bring Christmas to life for our community in this creative way!


An Advent Study for Everyone! “We may or may not be gathering the same way this year, but we will be celebrating the season all the same! This Advent Study has something for all ages:

Sent” - Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas, By Jorge Acevedo

All Resources may be found at Cokesbury Publishing through this link: https://www.cokesbury.com/Sent-1?select=571845


Blue Christmas-“Longest Night” Service of Remembrance

Monday Night, December 21st at 5pm. A service of comfort and encouragement for those who have lost loved ones recently.


A Fireside Christmas Eve. Stay safely close to home and hearth on Christmas Eve, warm and cozy, and still enjoy a multimedia holiday celebration and a seasonal reflectional with Harbor Church. There will be music by Carrie Johnson, dance by Susan Matheke, and holiday message by Pastor Peter.

This virtual event will be posted online to Facebook and YouTube on the 24th of December.


Sharing Good News of Great Joy” Resource

Daily ideas for conversations and activities in December. Possibilities for Sharing Good News of Great Joy include:

  • Grandparents may use the ideas to engage with their grandchildren.

  • Families may use the guide each day at mealtime or bedtime.

  • A congregation may use the ideas to connect with older adults who may be isolated at home.

Click Here: Sharing Good News of Great Joy Resource Link


Preparing the Way” Coffee Chats with Kathryn Palen

On the first three Wednesdays of December, our Zoom coffee chats will focus on people, places, and practices that help us prepare for God's coming into our lives. These weekly chats are open to anyone in the third third of life and have become a setting for rich and meaningful conversations, as well as place for lots of fun and true community.

For the Zoom link, Contact eldercare@abcori.org

Devotional Thoughts are posted on YouTube channel, Pastor Peter Preiser
Moments of Inspiration
 can be enjoyed with us through Instagram @harborchurchbi 

For more resources:

Our website: www.harborchurchblockisland.org

Email Pastor Peter directly at: petrospaulos@hotmail.com

Call Harbor Church by phone at (401) 466-5940


Electronic Giving Options are now available if you wish to donate to Harbor Church.  Harbor Church is now offering the following options for those who wish to support the ongoing ministries of our church:

All Charitable contributions to Harbor Church are tax-deductible. Year-end statements are sent to all donors. All transactions are securely protected and encrypted to ensure the safe handling of debit and credit card data with Vanco’s PCI-DSS Compliance Management Service. For more info visit:

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Remember this great promise: “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear”
[1John 4:18]

The First Baptist Church of Block Island

Ministers to the World: All Members of the Harbor Church

Rev. Peter P. Preiser, Jr., Pastor

Contact Pastor Peter at 860-970-5695 or by email:


Church Office: 401-466-5940 Email: harborchurch1765@gmail.com

Website: www.harborchurchblockisland.org

We are an affiliate of the American Baptist Churches, USA



Pastor Peter Preiser

Harbor Church Box D2

Block Island RI 02807




“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” [Habakkuk 2:14]