We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are always welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
During the 9:30 a.m. worship, we offer a nursery for infants and toddlers, and
Discovery Zone for pre‑K to 12th grade following a Children’s Message.
Hearing devices and LARGE PRINT bulletins are available; our ushers are happy to assist you.
Please silence all devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able
Sunday, December 27, 2015
PRELUDE Slow Dance/Quick Dance (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaughan Williams
CHORAL INTROIT Oh, How Joyfully — Brian Wren (18th century melody)
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: To us, watchful and waiting, a gift has been slipped into our midst.
All: A tiny child, born in a manger.
One: A gift of peace to troubled souls and dangerous times,
All: A gift of joy to sad hearts and cautious lives
One: A tiny baby.
All: A gift from God meant for us.
One: Open your hearts, Raise your voices!
All: We give thanks to the Giver; we welcome the Gift!
THE LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS CANDLES
The first candleNo. 234 O Come, All Ye Faithful (vs. 1–3, 6)
The second candleNo. 229 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
The third candleNo. 228 He Is Born
The fourth candleNo. 242 Love Came Down At Christmas
LIGHTING THE CHRIST’S CANDLE John 1. 1–5, 10–14 16–18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
*Children are dismissed to the Discovery Zone
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER No. 204 Emmanuel
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, O hear our prayer, Emmanuel
God with us, revealed in us, O hear our prayer, Emmanuel
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
ANTHEM The Gift of Music — Pepper Choplin Chancel Choir
Pastor Brian Homan, baritone solo
THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
Slow Air (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaughan Williams
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234
O Come Let us adore Him; O come let us adore Him;
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
For He alone is worthy; for He alone is worthy;
for He alone is worthy, Christ the Lord!
*CELEBRATING OUR FELOWSHIP (sharing Christ’s peace)
THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 2:41–52
HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 240 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,
THE WITNESS TO THE WORD Losing Track of Jesus Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
HYMN 224 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
THE SENDING Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Rondo (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaughan Williams
*Please stand as you are able
Join us in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and refreshments following worship.