Bulletin for Dec. 27

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’S MOMENT

*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 BLESSING

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.