29 December 2019

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Bless the hands that bring wholeness to lives blighted by sickness.
Bless the saints who in sad and desperate places bring a sense of hopefulness.
Bless the Christians facing daily opposition showing a faithful witness.
Bless the generosity of the rich and powerful for the gift of thoughtfulness.
Bless the peacemakers working in conditions that are often hazardous.
Bless the politicians whether good or bad for decisions affecting all of us.
Bless our words and actions as we carry your light into places shrouded in darkness.
Bless your children whoever they might be with the warmth of your love and grace.

PRELUDE  | Of the Father's Love Begotten  | arr. Wilbur Held


*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP from Psalm 148:1-6
One: Praise the LORD from the heavens;
Many: praise him in the heights!
One: Praise him, all his angels;
Many: praise him, all his host!
One: Praise him, sun and moon;
Many: praise him, all you shining stars!
One: Praise him, you highest heavens,
Many: and you waters above the heavens!
One: Let them praise the name of the LORD,
Many: for he commanded and they were created.
One: He established them forever and ever;
Many: he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

*HYMN 134  | Joy to the World  | Antioch

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We’ve been rushing, O God, to be ready, to celebrate and in the middle of it all to welcome you anew into our lives. Grant us the rest you give to those who serve you. Help us not to pack you away with our ornaments, decorations and crèches. Help us to keep you in the living and dining rooms of our lives. Give us the eyes to see you in the small places, the ears to hear your voice in the voice of others and the hearts to warmly enfold you. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA| 581| Glory Be to the Father Gloria Patri

*HYMN 122| Silent Night, Holy Night! |Stille Nacht

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ is with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE| 110 Love Has Come Bring A Torch

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

*HYMN 132 | Good Christian Friends, Rejoice| In Dulci Jubilo

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING| Isaiah 63:7-9 p. 652 / 848 OT
*HYMN| 121 O Little Town of Bethlehem| St. Louis

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING| Matthew 2:13-23 p. 2 / 2 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

*HYMN |Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne| Timothy R. Matthews

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WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH {Hymn 821 read and not sung.}
*HYMN| 821| My Life Flows On: How Can I Keep from Singing?

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN  |   I Wonder as I Wander| John Jacob Niles

IWonderAsIWander


OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY | Variation on "I Saw Three Ships"| Jason D. Payne

*DOXOLOGY| 606| Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
As we have given gifts to each other and as you have given us many gifts, we now offer you gifts not just of our wealth but also of our hearts. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 138| Who Would Think That What Was Needed White Rosettes
*BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE| Christmas Fantasia| Carl F. Mueller

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Liturgist: Michael Bonthron
Ushers: Earl Anker, Laura Dillman, Ray Nielsen, Wanda Nielsen

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by the Lydia Circle, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is welcome.



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