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, January 3, 2016
GREETING and PRELUDE Trois pièces en ré mineur (L’Organiste) — César Franck
Lighting of the altar candles in honor of the baby born in Bethlehem, Jesus, who is the Light of the World
CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT No. 2095 (Vs. 1 & 5) Star-Child
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Arise; shine, for your light has come.
All: Stand up; a new day is dawning,
One: A new year is born,
All: Fresh and clean.
One: Arise; shine, for your light has come.
All: Emmanuel, God is with us
One: On every path we take,
All: No matter where we go.
One: Arise; shine, for your light has come,
All: And the stars still shine
One: Where Christ is present
All: And voices sing in praise!
*HYMN No. 249 There’s A Song in the Air
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Let us adore the Father, the God of love who created us; who every moment preserves us and sustains us; who has loved us with an everlasting love, and given us the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Jesus Christ …
Who, being in the very nature God was made in human likeness
Who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor
and took on the very nature of a servant;
Who went about doing good and preaching the truth about God;
Who was tempted in every way like we are, yet was without sin;
Who became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross;
Who was dead, but lives forevermore;
Who opened the Kingdom of heaven to all who would believe;
Who now sits at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
Let us rejoice in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by whom we are born into the family of God, and made members of the Church, which is the Body of Christ;
Whose witness confirms our salvation;
Whose wisdom teaches us the Way, the Truth, and the Life;
Whose power enables us to reject the spiritual forces of evil and live
victoriously in and through Jesus Christ. Amen!
CALL TO PRAYER No. 204 Emmanuel
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
ANTHEM Your Light Has Come — Jon Paige Chancel Choir
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Pastorale (Christmas Concerto) — Arcangelo Corelli
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234 O Come Let Us Adore Him!
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS Make Us One Lord
THE WRITTEN WORD Matthew 2. 1–12
HYMN No. 254 We Three Kings
A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION What’s Worth Such Commitment? Dr. Brian Homan
OUR COMMON CONFESSION
One: O God, you have set forth the way of life for us in your beloved Son; we confess with shame our slowness to learn of him and our reluctance to follow him.
All: Forgive us those times when you have spoken and called to us and we have not responded; when you have shown us beauty, and we have been blind; when you have stretched out your hands to us through our friendships, and we have passed by. We have taken great benefits and offered little thanks.
One: Forgive us the poverty of our worship, the formality and selfishness of our prayers, our inconstancy and unbelief, our neglect of fellowship and the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our false pretenses, and our willful ignorance of your ways.
All: Forgive our wasting of time or when we have misused our gifts; when we have excused our own wrongdoing or evaded our responsibilities.
One: Forgive us when we have been unwilling to overcome evil with good and have drawn back from bearing the cross in our relations with others.
All: Forgive us that so little of your love has reached others through us, and when we have so lightly borne the wrongs or suffering of others. We have cherished the things that divide us from others, and we have made it hard for others to live with us.
One: Forgive us for the times when we have been thoughtless in our judgments, hasty in condemnation, and grudging in offering forgiveness.
All: If we have ignored fellowship with your people, or kept in our heart a grievance against another and have not sought reconciliation. If we have been eager that those who have angered us get what we believe they deserve and slow to seek their redemption, though we are not deserving, have mercy upon us.
INVITATION TO RENEWING OUR COVENANT WITH GOD
I will no longer be my own, but yours. Lord, make of my life what you will; I put myself fully into your hands: put me to doing, put me to suffering, let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and with a willing heart give it all to your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it! And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen!
THE BLESSING OF THE WATER OF BAPTISM
RENEWAL OF OUR BAPTISM
You are invited to come forward through the center aisle to touch the water in the basin. You can make the sign of the cross upon your forehead, remember and renew your commitment to follow Christ. Place your “Covenant” card in the basket and return to your seat by the side aisle.
PRAYER OF BLESSING
*CLOSING HYMN No. 251 Go, Tell It on the Mountain
THE SENDING Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Sortie en fa majeur (L’Organiste) — César Franck
*Please stand as you are able
Join us in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and refreshments following worship.